2002 - 2003
Jeptha Lodge #121 was honored with the Bronze Certificate for overall activity at Grand Lodge. P.M. Les Spies P.G.M. was re-elected Grand Treasurer/ Secretary.
July 15, 2002
JepthaLodge.org had its 1,000th visitor.
September 3, 2002
Brother Kenneth Miller received his 60-Year Palm. Our own P.M. Ron West, District Master, made the presentation before seventeen Brothers.
Brother Jerald Van Woudenberg was injured in a motorcycle accident near Denver. After an extended stay in the hospital, he is recuperating at his home in Phoenix.
P.M. Bob Iverson and P.M. Oscar Loe, Jr., were presented Past Master’s pins.
September 7, 2002
The Jeptha Lodge float appeared in the annual Hudson Alumni Parade.
September 17, 2002
Brothers Dave Hansen and Curt Vipond played in Canton Lodge’s scholarship fund golf tournament.
We recapped this past summer’s 128th Grand Lodge Session.
The Lodge donated $70 to a Job’s Daughter’s travel expense fund.
A $100 donation in memory of Mary Fitch was earmarked for building improvements.
Brothers Les Spies, Ken Snedeker, and Oscar Loe were pictured in October 2002 Masonic Messenger.
October 1, 2002
We discussed vinyl siding for Lodge next year. We estimate that the materials will cost less than $3,000, coming from our Building Fund CDs, with labor by the Brothers.
We reviewed the 2002-2003 Grand Lodge Program. Education Officer Curt Vipond, P.M., presented ‛Society of the Cincinnati.’ B. Keni Snedeker had elbow surgery; Shirlee Porter had foot surgery.
October 8, 2002
Due to inclement weather, ditch cleaning was reset for October 22.
October 15, 2002
We had the second reading and a positive ballot on a Recommendation of Candidate.
We agreed to do courtesy degree work for the Elk Point lodge sometime in December.
November 5, 2002
Brother Gordon Jacobs was injured in a farm accident.
A pre-petition for the Degrees of Masonry was read.
P.M. Ron West, District Master, made his official visit and discussed Grand Lodge programs.
Masonic coffee mugs are available for a contribution to our Life Member Savings account.
November 19, 2002
Our Oyster Stew/Chile Supper was attended by 19 members and 24 visiting brothers. P.G.M.
Ronald Lockwood, P.G.M.
Charles Kaufman, and W. B
Lamont Cain, member of Jurisprudence Committee, were all recognized. ‛Masonic Jeopardy’ was presented by Education Officer Curt Vipond, P M.
Charles (‛Chic’) Scott became our 41st Life Member in Perpetuity.
December 3, 2002
A new pre-petition was read.
The Lodge made donations to the Sioux Falls Children’s Home Society and Black Hills National Cemetery.
Jeptha Lodge was invited to Sioux Falls Job’s Bethel #38 Book of Gold Ceremony December 22.
Trestle Board #2, December 2002
Seasons greetings to all,
During the holiday season, it is a time for family and friends. The Brothers of Jeptha Lodge are honored that you are a part of their lives and would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
We kicked off the Masonic year with our installation of officers on August 18th with a picnic in the backyard of the Masonic Lodge. I was very happy to see such a good turnout. It reassured me for, as nervous as I was, it was going to be a good year.
On November 19th, we held our annual oyster stew/ chili supper. Our attendance was terrific this year, with guests from several other Lodges. I’m sure in thanks to our gourmet chefs, Brothers Curt Vipond, Hobie Cole, Oscar Larson, Dale Smith, Dave Hansen, and Tom Lewis. They did a terrific job, the food was delicious as always!
By the time you receive this greeting, Santa Claus will have already visited our Lodge on Saturday, December 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. This is always an exciting time for the children and we look forward to this even every year. I would like to thank Galen and Deb Jansen for being Santa’s special helpers and to everyone who donated their time and goodies for lunch. Without all of you, special events like this wouldn’t be possible.
Brian Sohl, W.M.
December 14, 2002
Santa’s visit to Hudson was declared a success, and W.M. Brian Sohl thanked all Santa’s helpers.
December 17, 2002
Practice for the upcoming Entered Apprentice Degree work is set for Sunday, January 5, 2003, at 2:00 P.M. for the Degree Team.
Les Spies, P.G.M.,
spoke on his enjoyable visit to Grande Loge Nationale Française in Paris, December 5 through 10, as our Grand Representative.
Education Officer Curt Vipond, P.M., presented a program on the origin of ‛Taps’ and several other interesting bits of trivia.
W.M. Brian Sohl wished all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
January 7, 2003
Two new pre-petitions and one Petition for Affiliation were read.
We will put on a Master Mason Degree at Elk Point Lodge Saturday, January 18. Our group will leave Hudson at 1:30 P.M.
Masonic logo t-shirts in various colors and sizes can be purchased for $6 each.
An E.A. Degree was performed for new Brother Calvin De Ruyter.
Darryl Zimbelman has become our 42nd Life Member in Perpetuity!
January 21, 2003
There will be a special meeting at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, January 28, to confer the E.A. Degree on candidates Arlan G. Verburg and Mark Verburg.
At 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, February 4, we will perform F.C. for Brother Calvin De Ruyter.
An education program was presented by W.B. Curt Vipond, Education Officer, from the Masonic play In Defense of the Ruffians.
The date for our annual George Washington Party was changed from the 16th to Sunday, February 23.
February 4, 2003
The Annual Grand Lodge Report was reviewed.
Meals on Wheels delivery was set for February.
Valentine roses will be delivered to our local widows.
Committees were set for our annual George Washington Party, to be held Sunday, February 23.
The F.C. degree was successfully conferred on Brother Calvin De Ruyter.
February 18, 2003
F.C. Degree work is planned for the March 4 meeting. The Lodge will open at 7:30 P.M.
M.M. Degree work is planned for the March 18 meeting. The Lodge will open at 7:30 P.M.
We discussed a March 5 visit to Canton Lodge, the March 22-23 Yankton Scottish Rite Centennial, and the March 25 Northwest Iowa Table Lodge in Sanborn.
An education program was given by W.B. Curt Vipond, Education Officer.
March 4, 2003
We reviewed our successful George Washington Party.
Six Brothers plan to visit the Silver Star Lodge meeting in Canton.
We performed Fellowcraft Degree work for Arlan G. Verburg and Mark Verburg.
We confirmed M.M. Degree work on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 P.M.
March 18, 2003
About ten Brothers plan to attend the Northwest Iowa Table Lodge in Sanborn on March 25.
The M.M. Degree was conferred on Brothers Arlan G. Verburg and Mark Verburg. This marks the first time Jeptha Lodge has raised a father and his son at the same time.
April 1, 2003
We will do a courtesy E.A. Degree for St. John’s Lodge #1, Yankton, in our lodge hall on Wednesday, April 9, opening at 7:30 P.M.
Both the Table Lodge in Sanborn, Iowa, and the Scottish Rite Centennial in Yankton were reported to be very enjoyable events.
M.M. Degree was conferred on new member Calvin De Ruyter.
April 15, 2003
Education Officer Curt Vipond, P.M., presented a program on David Atchison, who was President of the U.S. for one day in 1849, and also on the purpose of circumambulation of candidate in degree work.
May 5, 2003
Sixty-two attended a very successful Honors Banquet, where Brother Ken Nicholas received his 50-Year Mason Award.
Our ditch cleaning will be held Thursday, May 21, at 6:00 P.M.
We reviewed our standing in this year’s Grand Lodge Program.
The Election of Officers and a School of Instruction has been scheduled for our May 20 meeting.
May 20, 2003
The election of officers was held:
Randy Porter: Worshipful Master
Galen Jansen: Senior Warden
Ron West: Junior Warden
Dave Hansen: Secretary
Tom Lewis: Treasurer
A petition for affiliation was read for first time.
Brothers Galen Jansen, Tom Lewis, Oscar Loe, and Dave Hansen played in the Canton Lodge Scholarship Golf Tournament.
W.B. Keith Nash, member of the Board of Custodians, presented a fine School of Instruction.
June 3, 2003
A Petition of Affiliation for James C. Harrison was read for the 2nd time, and he was elected as our newest member.
W.M. Sohl thanked the Brothers who assisted with the ditch cleaning.
M.W.B. Les Spies, W.B. Oscar Loe, and W.B. Ken Snedeker are planning to attend Grand Lodge, June 20-21.
A program was presented by Education Officer Curt Vipond, W.B., on the origin and changes to our Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the origin of Columbus Day as a national holiday, both by Masons.
June 17, 2003
Education Officer Curt Vipond, P.M., presented a program on Masonic ties to the unfortunate Donner Party.
We conducted a roundtable on why we became Masons.
The Brothers express their thanks to W.M. Brian Sohl for his dedication and a fine year under his leadership!
2003 - 2004
June 20-21, 2003
At Grand Lodge, P.M. Les Spies P.G.M. was re-elected Grand Treasurer/Secretary.
September 2, 2003
W.B. Curt Vipond was named 2003 South Dakota Masonic Education Officer of the Year.
We reviewed the June Grand Lodge session highlights.
Under Special Dispensation from the Grand Lodge of South Dakota, Brian Sohl was elected Master of the Lodge for 2003-2004.
September 16, 2003
Around 50 Brothers enjoyed a fine cookout given by M.W.B. Les Spies and his lady, Bettie, in honor of W.B. Curt Vipond, Jeptha Lodge Education Officer, and in honor of R. W.B. John Ramsay, Grand Representative to South Dakota from the Republic of Ireland. The weather was excellent at the Spies shelter house and a good time was had by all.
M.W.B. Richard Luther presented W.B. Curt Vipond, Jeptha Lodge Education Officer, the ‛2003 South Dakota Education Officer of the Year’ award.
G. M. Gary Griffith, P.G.M. and Grand Representative to Ireland Alvin Wahlert, and P.G.M. and Deputy to the Supreme Council of the Orient of South Dakota Charles Kaufman were all recognized and spoke.
John Ramsay, Grand Representative to South Dakota from the Republic of Ireland was recognized and spoke. Accompanying R. W.B.
Ramsay were his lady, Amanda, their daughter, Shirley, and son-in-law, Michael.
Jeptha Lodge Officers for the ensuing Masonic year had the honor of being installed by M.W.B. Gary Griffith, Installing Officer; M.W.B. Alvin Wahlert, Installing Marshal; and M.W.B. Charles Kaufman, Installing Chaplain.
October 7, 2003
We will clean ditches on October 14.
We reviewed the Grand Lodge Program for the new Masonic year.
Our education program featured B. Red Skelton’s rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.
October 21, 2003
Brothers Gerald Dow, LeRoy Ross, James Skogman, Arthur Swanson, and William Van Wyhe became our newest members.
Brother Cal DeRuyter completed proficiency in the Master Mason degree.
We were informed that W.B. Russ Sorenson was recognized as the City of Sioux Falls Employee of the Year.
W.B. Galen Jansen, Senior Warden, and W.B. Curt Vipond, Education Officer, enacted the riveting Masonic play In Defense of the Ruffians.
November 4, 2003
We had a first reading of a Recommendation of Candidate for the Degrees of Masonry.
Committees were set for our Oyster Stew and Chili Supper.
W.B. Oscar Loe, District Master of District #2, made his official visit. His message was excellent!
November 18, 2003
We had a second reading of a Recommendation of Candidate, followed by a favorable ballot.
W.M. Brian Sohl thanked the workers for a successful Oyster Stew and Chili Supper attended by 24 members and eight visiting Brothers.
W.B. Virgil Anderson, Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota, and Brother Larry Carlson, Executive Director of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota, were recognized and spoke.
Brother Tim Shindele, member of the Board of Custodians, presented a School of Masonic Instruction.
Education Officer Curt Vipond M.C.’ed a game of Masonic Jeopardy.
December 2, 2003
It was a pretty nasty night so we kept our December 2 meeting short.
Brothers Rolfe Cole, Arlan Verburg, Charles Scott, and Curtis Cole are all in the hospital.
Santa will visit kids at the Lodge Hall on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1:30 P.M., preceded by the Fire Dept. Open House and pancake feed from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
W.B. Mark W. Myers, a cornerstone of our Lodge for many years, is our newest Memorial Life Member in Perpetuity. Thank you very much Brother Frank Myers!
December 16, 2003
Forty-four children and their parents visited Santa at the Lodge and enjoyed refreshments. Thanks to W.B. Galen Jansen and other Brothers who helped. Special thanks to Santa’s helper, Deb Jansen, for her crafts.
W.B. Ken Snedeker was awarded K. C. C. H. by the Scottish Rite in recognition of his many contributions to Masonry.
Education Officer Curt Vipond discussed the George Washington National Memorial.
January 6, 2004
A new Petition was read. Steven L. Ericksen became our newest Life Member in Perpetuity. An E.A. degree was conferred, with eighteen members present. We have scheduled Degree work for Saturday, January 10:
F.C. degree to commence at 2:00 P.M.
M.M. degree to commence at 4:30 P.M.
Break for dinner at 5:30 P.M.
M.M. degree to recommence at 6:30 P.M.
We were invited to an Oyster Stew and Chili Supper at the Centerville Lodge on January 8.
January 10, 2004
Jeremy J. Huls became our newest member while on leave from the Navy in meetings held under special dispensation from the G. M. Jeremy is Brother Bob Iverson’s granddaughter’s husband.
January 20, 2004
A new petition was read for the first time. A petition was read for the second time, followed by a favorable ballot. The E.A. Degree was conferred.
Five Brothers attended a 50-Year Mason presentation in Centerville, South Dakota.
Mark and Arlan Verburg finished 1st and 2nd in Farmers Elevator’s annual corn yield contest.
February 3, 2004
Plans were finalized for our George Washington’s Birthday Party, at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 15. Join us for cards, games, cherry pie, and fun!
E.A. Degree work, originally scheduled for tonight, was postponed until February 17.
We nominated M.W.B. Les Spies for Grand Secretary and W.B. Lamont Cain for Junior Grand Warden for the next Grand Lodge year.
Brothers Darryl Zimbelman, Galen Jansen, and Les Spies will deliver roses to our Masonic widows on Valentine’s Day.
We had an education program on Arthur Mellette, the last territorial and first state governor of South Dakota.
February 17, 2004
Our George Washington’s Birthday Party was enjoyed by many card and game players.
The District Meeting will be Thursday, March 25, at 7:00 P.M. in Parker. G. M. Gary Griffith will speak.
The E.A. Degree was conferred on two new Candidates by our fine Degree Team.
March 2, 2004
M.W.B. Les Spies and W.B. Ken Snedeker participated in degree work recently in Mitchell.
W.B. Curt Vipond presented an Education Program on the Masonic values of Morality and Integrity. Also, a non-Mason’s newspaper description of how at home he felt at a Masonic Awards Banquet he attended was presented.
We will open Lodge at 7:30 P.M. all the time, not just during degree work.
March 16, 2004
A Petition for Affiliation was read for the first time. The F.C. Degree was conferred on two candidates.
We began planning for our May 2 Recognition Banquet.
M.W.B. Les Spies is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
W.B. Kenneth L. Snedeker was pictured in the Yankton Scottish Rite News upon being invested Knight Commander of the Court of Honor.
April 6, 2004
With 39 Masons from Elk Point Lodge #3, Parker Lodge #30, and Jeptha Lodge #121 in attendance, the M. M. Degree was conferred on five new Brothers: Mark Mount and Brad Fowler from Elk Point, Tom Williams from Parker, and Sherman Cole and Jerry Robertson from Hudson!
Don Brundeen, Petition for Affiliation, was elected to the Lodge.
District Master Oscar Loe thanked Parker Lodge for hosting an excellent District Meeting. He thanked eleven members of Jeptha Lodge and two wives for supporting him with their attendance.
April 13, 2004
Ditch Cleanup at 6:00 P.M.
April 20, 2004
We received invitation to Job’s Daughters Installation Ceremony Sunday, June 13, at 2:00 P.M. at the Masonic Center in Sioux Falls. Laura Schlup, daughter of Brother Robert Schlup is Honored Queen Elect.
A committee was formed to make recommendations for the exterior of the Lodge building.
A F.C. Degree was conferred.
May 2 and 4, 2004
Our Recognition Banquet on May 2 was attended by 59 Honorees, Ladies, and Masons. W.B. Oscar Loe received his 50 Year Award and Katie Wickre was recognized as Outstanding Student.
The Building Committee conducted a lengthy discussion with options including exterior vinyl siding and an addition to the Lodge.
Our membership is at an all-time high! We currently have 64 members (with four more in-process) compared to a previous high of 60 in 1958-1959!
May 18, 2004
Scheduled M. M. Degree work was postponed to June 1 due to illness.
We reviewed Grand Lodge items up for ballot and Grand Lodge Program points earned.
We conducted our election:
Galen Jansen - W.M.
Ron West - S.W.
Randy Porter - J.W.
Tom Lewis - Treasurer
Dave Hansen - Secretary
We had an Education Program on John and John Quincy Adams, father-and-son presidents, and their contrasting views of Masonry.
We discussed presenting 50-Year Mason Award to Brother Frank Myers on the September 10-11 All School Reunion weekend.
Brothers LeRoy Ross, Jim Skogman, and Art Swanson presented a striking Masonic sign for posting at one of the entrances into Hudson.
June 1, 2004
Greg Westra, by Petition for Affiliation, was elected to the Lodge. We conferred the M. M. Degree on Steve Wickre, newest member of Jeptha Lodge #121.
Brothers Galen Jansen and Tom Lewis finished 4th in the Canton Lodge golf outing.
June 15, 2004
Thanks to W.B. Don Brundeen and other new Lodge members who obtained Officer’s Aprons and other Masonic items for use in our Lodge.
District Master Oscar Loe presented W.M. Brian Sohl with a miniature Masonic trowel in thanks for his fine leadership.
We qualified for the Grand Lodge +1 Award with a net gain of eight members.
All members will soon receive a letter and questionaire to assess their views of building and funding an addition onto our Lodge hall.
2004 - 2005
June 17-21, 2004
At Grand Lodge, P.M. Les Spies P.G.M. was re-elected Grand Treasurer/Secretary.
Trestle Board #1, July 2004
Greetings as we conclude another busy and successful year during which we received the Gold Award for outstanding participation in the brand edge program, raised four new members, and admitted seven members. We now have 66 members, surpassing our previous all-time high of 60 in 1958. Two additional Masons will be affiliating with our Lodge as soon as possible. Our Education Officer received the brand Lodge Traveling trophy in 2003 and was again recognized for the one programs he presents during our meetings at the Grand Lodge session held last month.
We continue to do all of our own degree work and assisted several neighboring Lodges with their candidates. We again participated in the All School Reunion parade. We sponsored Santa’s visit to Hudson, delivered meals on wheels, cleaned the roadside ditches, recognized our local Masonic widows on Valentines’s Day held our card and game night for George Washington’s birthday, and recognized a 50 Year Mason and a local student at our day banquet. At Grand Lodge, M.W.B. Les Spies was re-elected brand Secretary-Treasurer and W.B. Oscar Loe was again appointed District Master.
Those of you who are able to attend meetings regularly or read the news on our awesome Web site (jepthalodge.org) know we have spent some time discussing what we need to do with the exterior of our dodge building. A committee was appointed to put these ideas into focus, The 1985 paint job has peeled badly and the original thought was to cover the building with vinyl siding. We have the funds on hand to do this.
As discussion continued, it was noted that our basement has reached the point where it is an embarrassment to use and probably not worth the cost of repair. At present, we clear the Lodge furniture out of our meeting room and bring in tables for our large gatherings. The Building Feasibility Committee has suggested that before residing, an addition be built onto the north side of the current building to house the kitchen and dining room. It would be 30 x 40-feet in size. A handicap accessible ramp is also a growing need.
The labor and expertise for such an addition has been volunteered by our many able members, except perhaps some backhoe work, etc. Total cost of the project is pegged at $20,000 to $24,000. Using funds on hand, we would need to raise $ l5,000 for this project to be possible. Several members have already committed $1,000 each.
The last time we raised money was in 1992 when we easily raised $5,000 for a new roof. This protect is more expensive and more an improvement than maintenance. We hope to assure Masonry in the Hudson area for future generations and this addition would certainly make us more visible and shed a positive light on the Craft. We NEED to know the thoughts and wishes of our members. If you feel you can support the proposed project, we need to know how much you can help. To make this possible, please answer the following questions and return in the stamped envelope enclosed by July 15th. We will be having a special meeting Tuesday, July 22, at 7:30 P.M., to review the results. Please plan to attend....
Please let us know what you think. Thank you!
Galen Jansen, W.M.
July 20, 2004
The Brothers of Jeptha Lodge assembled at 7:30 P.M. to discuss the possibility of building an addition to the existing building.
Brian Sohl received an estimate for replacing sewer and water lines used by the Lodge and the neighbor to the east. It would cost about $1,500 to replace and re-route the lines around the proposed addition.
The dimensions of the addition were discussed, and it was decided we should consider 42 x 32' because the material would work out better than with a 40 x 30'. Randy Porter recommended nine-foot-high walls instead of ten, resulting in considerable savings.
Randy Porter had an estimate that compared favorably with one provided by Steve Wickre at our last meeting. It was concluded that the cost would be about $16-17,000, plus $4-5,000 for unlisted expense to build a 42 x 32' addition on a poured slab with a steel roof and to re-side the existing building.
The matter of taping, texturing and painting the interior drywall was estimated to cost $860, but the conclusion was that we should do it ourselves for about $200-$300.
Les Spies gave a report on the pledges and contributions received so far and it was decided we had sufficient funding to build the project. Les then made a motion to build the 42 x 32-foot addition on a cement slab, with a steel roof, and siding on the new and existing building with a top quality vinyl. Second by Allen Eide. There was no further discussion so W.B. Bryan Sohl called for the vote. It passed by a unanimous ballot.
Ron West was appointed Chairman of cement and all related work. Randy Porter and Steve Wickre were appointed Co-Chairmen of the general construction and the work thereto related. Everyone is automatically and both these committees. The Secretary is to open a checking account under the name “Jeptha Lodge Building Fund” to be used exclusively for transactions regarding the building project. The Secretary is to send a letter to the membership informing them of the decision made tonight and ask all who have pledged to send their checks as soon as possible by August 30, 2004. He should also remind those who have not yet made a commitment that we do need their support and to give immediate consideration toward helping fund the project at whatever level they feel they can. He is also to solicit any talents, materials, fixtures, tools, transportation or anything that might benefit the cause, even leftover material from some other project (2 x 4’, 4' or longer, etc.) Randy will furnish some used insulation. Les to contact Groths about fill gravel. Construction is scheduled to begin in about three weeks.
Les Spies, Secretary Pro Tem
July 22, 2004
The Brethren are extremely pleased with the positive outcome of the July 20 meeting on the matter of expanding and improving our facility. We are excited about the activities and hope you, too, will share in the joy, satisfaction, and support of this worthy project to whatever extent you are able.
We are canvassing the membership to thank those who sent an initial pledge, and to request that you pay that pledge by August 30. Send checks payable to “Jeptha Lodge Building Fund” to the Secretary.
We would appreciate hearing from those still considering financial support. If it is difficult for you to send support at this time, please send a pledge so we can feel confident in the financial affairs of the Lodge.
Any contribution a Brother can make of labor, materials, fixtures, tools, transportation, and so on, that might be beneficial to the construction, would be appreciated. Let’s not forget talent. We never have too much of that, so bring yours to the site and put it to good use.
Even if you are unable to participate financially or directly with the construction, stop by, observe the progress, and be proud you are a member of a Lodge that is preparing a Masonic future for Masons yet unborn, right here in Hudson.
(excerpts from Dave Hansen to the Brethren)
September 7, 2004
We reviewed and discussed June’s Grand Lodge session, in Sioux Falls.
W.M. Jansen thanked all who have contributed labor, material, and funds for our Lodge addition.
W.M. Jansen presented his Trestle Board for this Masonic year.
The installation of officers was led by Installing Master Les Spies, Installing Marshall Ken Snedeker, and Installing Chaplain Oscar Loe.
September 21, 2004
Forty people enjoyed a fine 50-Year Mason Award Presentation for Brother Frank Myers.
Fifteen brothers traveled to Lake Okoboji for a voyage on the Empress II and saw a double 50-Year Presentation at the invitation of the Spirit Lake Lodge.
The Building Committee reported the rafters will arrive in two weeks so the project can continue in earnest.
District Master Oscar Loe brought greetings from Grand Lodge and a well-received message with the MMSAT Program and community visibility/involvement emphasized.
The Grand Lodge Program was reviewed in detail with our goal to again far surpass the requirements.
September 28, 2004
Brothers met at the Lodge at 6:30 P.M. to clean ditches.
October 5, 2004
W.M. Galen Jansen thanked the ditch-walking crew for their efforts on September 28.
Seven members will visit the Canton Lodge at their next meeting.
Education Officer Curt Vipond presented “The Military and Freemasonry,” discussing how the traits of honor and trust linked Masonry to America’s military leadership from Revolutionary War times to present.
October 23, 2004
Lodge Addition Work Day. At least eighteen Brothers helped out.
October 30, 2004
Lodge Addition Work Day.
November 2, 2004
The roof to the Lodge Addition has been completed, thanks to the help of at least 20 talented Brethren the past two weeks.
Congratulations to Alan Miller on becoming our 45th and newest Life Member in Perpetuity!
November 6, 2004
Lodge Addition Work Day: Siding and soffit, wiring and insulating.
November 11, 2004
Brothers visited Worthing Lodge.
November 16, 2004
Our Annual Oyster Stew and Chili Supper was enjoyed by 24 Brothers of Jeptha Lodge and and eleven visiting Brothers.
Three Petitions for Affiliation were read for the first time.
Steve Wickre reported the Building Addition work is advancing well.
Education Officer Curt Vipond hosted Masonic Jeopardy, won by Chic Scott.
We will attend the Oyster Stew and Chili Suppers at Hurley on December 1 and at Parker on December 2.
Bettie Spies has graciously fed us a noon meal each Saturday we worked on the Addition. Brian Sohl volunteered to do it this Saturday.
December 7, 2004
Mark Nibaur, Malcolm Kratochvil and Ric Porter became the newest members of our Lodge. We now have 69 members, a new all-time high.
Four new Petitions were read for the first time.
Numerous members enjoyed visiting Lodge brothers at meetings in Hurley, Parker, and Sloan (Iowa).
The Building Committee reported that exterior work has been completed. An 8' Square and Compass will soon adorn the front.
W.B. Lee Lewis, member of the Board of Custodians, conducted an informative School of Instruction.
December 21, 2004
We welcome John Gubbrud, Lloyd Johnson, Roger McKellips, and Charles Sundstrom as members of our Lodge!
Santa’s visit to the Lodge was a huge success for the children who were photographed with him, made craft projects, and received gifts and treats.
Thirty-five Masons and Ladies enjoyed the Lodge Christmas Party/Surprise Birthday Party for W.B. Dale Smith at the home of M.W.B. Les and Bettie Spies. It was a great evening!
W.B. Curt Vipond presented an Education Program on the origin and purposes of the Masonic Service Association.
Building Committee Report: The inside wiring is 90 percent complete and the insulating and paneling are 50 percent complete.
January 4, 2005
Attendance and meeting length were limited due to blizzard-like conditions.
Congratulations to Brothers Hobart Cole and Jerry Robertson on becoming Life Members in Perpetuity! We now have a total of 47!
Building Committee Report:We hope to have a good worker turnout Saturday so the sheet rocking can be completed. Jobs will be there for both experts and novices.
January 18, 2005
Donations to the Masonic Model Student Assistance Program, MSA Hospital Visitation Program, and the George Washington National Memorial, made along with dues payments, were the highest they have ever been!
M.W.B. Les Spies brought a Masonic clock, some Masonic bumper stickers, and many photos from various Lodge events for the Brothers to choose from and take home. They can be seen again at the February 1 meeting.
Education Officer Curt Vipond presented a program describing the colorful trials and tribulations involved in the formation of the Grand Lodge of the Dakota Territories in 1875.
Building Committee Report: Sheet rock will be mudded and sanded this week with Steve Wickre and Darryl Zimbelman in charge. Insulation will be blown in on top of the main layer in the ceiling. Les Spies finished the wiring. Brian Sohl is working on the required furnace connections. J. C. Harrison will head the paint crew soon.
February 1, 2005
The date for our annual George Washington’s Party has been changed to February 27 at 7:00 P.M., in hopes that it will be our first event in a completed new addition.
Brothers Galen Jansen, Darryl Zimbelman, and Dave Hansen volunteered to deliver the Valentine roses.
Education Officer Curt Vipond told of the sad affair of William Morgan who disappeared in 1826 in New York after threatening to expose ritual work. Later, it was proven by his letters to relatives that he lived out his life in hiding and was not the victim of foul play by Masons. Detractors used it to turn public opinion against the Craft for many years.
Building Committee Report: The ceiling has been textured and painted. Vinyl paneling and finishing molding have been installed. Overhead lights are wired. Carpet, cabinets, countertops, and the center isle have been ordered. Wood flooring will be laid in the kitchen. Brothers Steve Wickre, Brian Sohl, Les Spies, Ken Snedeker, J. C. Harrison, Ron West, Darryl Zimbelman, and Arlan Verburg were in charge.
February 15, 2005
Education Officer Curt Vipond presented a program on:
POW Lodges in German Stalags during World War II. Many countries were represented and dues were paid in cigarettes.
In 1891, the Lodge in Baraboo, Wisconsin, met with the seven Ringling brothers, of circus fame, and their fatherall occupying officers chairs!
A discussion of Hiram Abiff.
Building Committee Report: The new addition looks fantastic! The only unfinished tasks are carpetlaying, plumbing the kitchen, and some trim board. Financing looks to be close, but sufficient to complete the job. The room will be used for our George Washington Party on February 27.
March 1, 2005
Our George Washington Party on February 27 was enjoyed by 44 guests, Masons, and wives, as we successfully celebrated the Grand Opening of our Lodge Hall addition.
M.W.B. Les Spies was re-nominated for Grand Secretary-Treasurer.
We discussed options for landscaping the parking and lawn areas surrounding our completed building project.
Education Officer Curt Vipond conducted a Q & A discussion on:
Why does ritual work differ from State to State?
How can the Lost Word be discovered?
What is Freemasonry, what do Masons do, and what rewards does Masonry offer?
March 15, 2005
Committees were appointed for our May 1 Recognition Banquet.
We discussed holding a rededication ceremony for the Lodge Hall in 2006 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of our current building.
April 5, 2005
Preparations for the Recognition Banquet on May 1 at 6:30 P.M. in our new addition were finalized.
Members will visit the Elk Point and Centerville Lodges this week.
Educucation Officer Curt Vipond presented “RitualHave We Lost Our Perspective?” It suggested our ritual is important, but the lessons communicated through ritual are our real foundation. Ritual differs between jurisdictions and has evolved many times by both accident and intent, but the actual lessons taught have endured.
May 1, 2005
The Recognition Banquet was attended by 58 persons who enjoyed a fine meal and fellowship in our new addition. We recognized our Ladies and Outstanding Student Kylie Jansen. Hess Roorda, provided entertainment, and the thoughts of speaker M.W.B. Charles Kaufman, P.G.M., highlighted the evening.
Banquet caterer Larry Swanson (Centerville Steakhouse) offered to till the lawn for seeding, when we are ready, in support our voluntary efforts to improve our community.
Ron West and crew will complete sidewalks and a ramp to the addition in the coming week.
Ditch cleaning will be done May 10. Mike Miller has already completed the east side of town on his own!
Ken Snedeker and J. C. Harrison attended a M. M. Degree in Huron.
May 15, 2005
The Grand Lodge Program points were reviewed in detail. 150 are required for the award, our busy year earned us 480 points.
Galen Jansen and Tom Lewis will play in Canton Lodge’s Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.
Education Officer Curt Vipond gave a program on the symbolism of the Tyler’s sword.
June 7, 2005
The Election of Officers was held, with these results:
W.M. Ron West
S. W. Randy Porter
J. W. Alan Eide
Treasurer Tom Lewis
Secretary Dave Hansen
Brothers Hobie Cole, Dale Smith, Curt Vipond, Ron West, and Ken Snedeker attended a “One Day, All the Way” session in Vermillion with Hobie, Dale, and Curt participating in M. M. degree work.
The Building Committee reported numerous heavy rains will delay landscaping until after Grand Lodge.
Education Officer Curt Vipond presented a program called “Secrets of Freemasonry Revealed,” which gave the view that Means and Modes of recognition are all that must be guarded. Symbols, working tools, etc., can all be disclosed. This misunderstanding and lack of openess has hindered membership in our Craft.
2005 - 2006
June 7, 2005
W.B. Oscar Loe was appointed Grand Organist and M.W.B. Les Spies was re-elected Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota for the 2005-2006 Masonic Year. Jeptha Lodge received three awards at Grand Lodge:
the Special Grand Lodge Award
the Plus One Award for Positive Membership Growth
Outstanding Financial Support of the MMSAT Program through the active participation of many of our members.
Education Officer Curt Vipond explained “Who was Hiram Abiff?,” the master craftsman in charge of the building of King Solomon’s Temple.
July 6, 2005
Jeptha Lodge held a presentation of awards at the Spies shelterhouse, following a dinner prepared by Bettie Spies. Approximately 40 Brothers and guests attended.
A presentation of the Fifty-Year Award to Brother Vern C. Lindgren, of Sunrise Lodge #211, Aberdeen, was scheduled. Unfortunately, Brother Lindgren was unable to attend at the last minute.
W.B. Oscar Loe (right) was honored for his recent appointment as Grand Organist for the Grand Lodge of South Dakota.
In a surprise to the recipient, honored guest W.B.
Douglas C. McFarland, Grand Historian, presented W.B.
Curt Vipond (seen right) the Education Officer of the Year Award. This is the second time Curt has been so recognized for his outstanding work.
W.B. Dale Smith (seen left, with Les Spies and his "gold watch") was honored for his steadfast service as the long-time Chaplain of Jeptha Lodge.
An excellent time was had by all!
September 6, 2005
A Petition for Affiliation was read for the first time.
District Master Galen Jansen reported the District Meeting will beheld in our Lodge on Friday, September 30, at 7:30 P.M. The speaker will be D. G. M. Ken Glaser.
The Installation of Officers for the ensuing year was conducted by the team of M.W.B. Les Spies, W.B. Ken Snedeker, and W.B. Dale Smith.
The rail has been installed on the handicapped-accessible ramp to the addition by W.B. Ron West.
Recently, various Brothers visited six different Lodges in the area.
September 20, 2005
Brother Arnold Lund is in the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, recovering from surgery.
Several Brothers will hear a Masonic motivational speaker and meal in Mitchell on Thursday, September 29. Call Ken Snedeker in advance and meet at his house at 4:00 P.M. if you want to go.
District Master Galen Jansen will hold his District Meeting in our Lodge Friday, September 30, at 7:30 P.M. It is open to the public.
Rededication Ceremony of our “new” Lodge Hall will be Sunday, October 16, at 2 P.M. It is open to the public and will include a historical pageant by our members in the fulfilled schedule of events.
W.B. Richard McBride, Vermillion Lodge, presented a fine Masonic Trivia game for use by our Education Officer for assistance provided by numerous members in degree work. W.B. Kent Broyhill, Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska was present and spoke to the Brothers.
October 4, 2005
W.B. Gerald Dow was presented with his 50-Year Mason Award.
W.B. Curt Vipond was appointed to the South Dakota Commission on Masonic Education.
Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented a program on a fraternity called the Orangemen.
Ditch Cleaning is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, at 6:00 P.M.
October 18, 2005
Sixty-six people, including 22 Brothers enjoyed our Temple rededication festivities.
Early plans were made for the annual Oyster Stew and Chili Supper to be held before our November 15 meeting.
Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented a program on the use of terminology that often seems archaic in our Masonic ritual. Like most groups, Masonry has it’s “buzz words” and should be studied over time under the guidance of a learned Brother because changing ritual standards can cause misunderstandings and confusing.
An 8-foot square and compass now adorns the south face of the Lodge hall thanks to Brother Cal De Ruyter.
M.W.B. Les Spies was renominated for Grand Secretary/Treasurer and W.B. Ken Snedeker was nominated for Grand Trustee.
We received word that Brother Arnold Lund passed away. May he rest in peace.
November 1, 2005
Eighteen brothers attended the Masonic Service for Brother Darryl Zimbelman prior to our meeting.
We voted to contribute to the Hudson Economic Development Fund for the purchase of the former grocery store building on Main Street.
District Master Galen Jansen outlined three simple steps to share what Masonry is with non-Masons:
Tell them who we are with our words, rings, bumper stickers, etc. so they asked questions and receive answers from Masons, not our detractors.
Let them into our Lodge rooms so they see for themselves, e.g., our George Washington Birthday Party and Santa’s visit.
Publicize our activities.
November 15, 2005
Our Oyster Stew and Chili Supper was enjoyed by nineteen who braved the winter conditions.
Two petitions were read for the second time and approved. There will be an E.A. Degree Practice on Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 P.M. The E.A. Degrees will be conferred at our December 6 regular meeting at 7:30 P.M. and at a December 13 special meeting at 7:30 P.M.
We enjoyed a spirited game of Masonic Jeopardy by Educucation Officer Ken Snedeker.
Members visited Masonic functions in Hurley, Sioux City, Aberdeen and Sloan (Iowa).
December 6, 2005
We conferred the E.A. Degree on one candidate with additional E.A. Degree work scheduled for one candidate on December 13, two on January 3, and one on January 17, all at 7:30 P.M.
We made our annual contribution to the Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls.
To the Brothers of Jeptha Lodge #121,
We are having a good year. So far, we had an E.A. degree on December 6, and we are planning on having one on December 13.
As you may or may not know, we had two Brothers pass away this year, Brothers Arnold Lund and Darryl Zimbelman.
I am happy to let you all know that the new addition is paid for. A big thanks to all who helped to get the job done. The new addition looks great and is enjoyed after every meeting for lunch. We will be using it December 10th for Santa. This will be the first year that Santa will be using it.
It is a great opportunity to show off our lodge to people of Hudson and to the kids who come to see him. The weather was bad for the night of our Oyster Stew, but we still had 19 people there. Don’t forget to look at our Web site, www.jepthalodge.org.
Thanks, and have a wonderful Christmas,
Ron West, W.M.
December 20, 2005
Forty-five children and their parents enjoyed Santa’s visit to our Lodge, along with several craft projects.
Richard McBride, member of the Board of Custodians, and Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented ritual work from 1787 by Thomas Webb, father of American ritual work. The Brothers found the differences and similarities very interesting.
January 3, 2006
The 50-Year Mason Award presentation for W.M. Dale Smith will be done at our May Recognition Banquet.
The E.A. Degree was conferred on new Bros. Tom and Dave Miller, making them fourth-generation members of our Lodge.
January 17, 2006
District Master Galen Jansen and W.B. Ron West participated in a 60-Year Pin presentation in Sioux Falls.
District Master Galen Jansen was accompanied by W.B. Brian Sohl for his official visit in Canton.
The E.A. Degree was conferred on new Brother Larry Jensen. Congrtulations Larry!
E.A. Degree work is also planned for our February 7 meeting.
February 7, 2006
E.A. Degree was conferred on new Brother Kent Newby, with 21 members present.
Brother Reverend Jerry Robertson was presented with a Masonic Bible by M.W.B. Les Spies.
February 21, 2006
Valentine roses were delivered to our Masonic widows by Brothers Les Spies, Ken Snedeker and Galen Jansen.
Ken Snedeker and Les Spies attended E.A. Degree work at the Moville, Iowa, lodge.
Ron West, Galen Jansen and Ken Snedeker participated in a Masonic bowling tournament in Canton.
We reviewed the Grand Lodge Program, and we will again have more than enough points to receive the award.
Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented “A Response to the Critics of Freemasonry.” All groups have certain terminology which may seem unusual to outsiders. Masonry attempts to band men together to improve themselves ethically, morally and benefit the community at large, but not to tell him how to best practice his faith.
March 7, 2006
The F.C. Degree was conferred on Brothers Joe West, Tom Miller, and Ryan Albrecht.
F.C. Degree work scheduled for up to three Candidates at our March 21 meeting.
New member Gregory Olson was welcomed to our Lodge!
Our George Washington’s Birthday Party was enjoyed by 44 persons.
We received invitations to Table Lodges in Sanborn, Iowa, on March 24 and in Vermillion, South Dakota, on March 30. Contact the Secretary ASAP if interested in going along with our group of Brothers.
March 21, 2006
F.C. Degree work was rescheduled for April 4.
Committees were set and preparations made for our Sunday, May 7, Recognition Banquet. Included is a 50-Year Mason presentation to W.B. Dale Smith.
Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented a Masonic trivia program taken from a book belonging to W.B. David Graham and later W.B. M.W. “Doc” Myers. A sample of the interesting anecdotes: An explanation of how the letters G O D can be interpreted to mean Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty. The three Presidents from Tennessee were all Masons and born in North Carolina. The heaviest known Mason weighed 1000 lbs. and his wife weighed only 98 lbs!
April 4, 2006
Brothers Ken Snedeker, Les Spies, Oscar Loe, Allen Eide, and Ron West attended Table Lodge in Sanborn, Iowa.
Brothers Ken Snedeker, Les Spies, Oscar Loe, Allen Eide, Ron West, Brian Sohl and Dave Hansen attended Table Lodge in Vermillion.
Brothers Les Spies, Ken Snedecker, Brian Sohl, Ron West, and Galen Jansen attended Lodge in Worthing.
April 18, 2006
David Miller was passed to the F.C. Degree.
Cassandra Hazel, daughter of Brother Russ and Anita Hazel, was selected as Outstanding Graduating Senior and will be honored at our May 7 Annual Honors Banquet.
Ditch Cleaning will be done Tuesday, April 25.
May 2, 2006
Thanks to Ron and Joe West, Ken Snedeker, Curt Vipond, Bryan Sohl, Les Spies, and Tom and Tyler Lewis for handling our Lodge’s ditch cleaning responsibility.
W.B. Galen Jansen reminded golfers that the scholarship tournament hosted by the Canton Lodge will be Saturday, May 20, at 9:30 A.M. The cost is $30. Let him know if interested in this excellent cause.
W.B. Ken Snedeker reported that our new Degree Team for the Scottish Rite 4th Degree gave an admirable first-time effort at the Spring Reunion in Yankton.
A new Masonic Almanac written by Brother Jan Beaderstadt includes a very complimentary reference to the work of Jeptha Lodge #121.
Proposals for the upcoming Grand Lodge session were discussed, and our preferences were decided.
May 16, 2006
A new petition was read for the first time.
Sixty-three Masons, wives, and guests enjoyed our Recognition Banquet honoring the Ladies, oustanding student Cassandra Hazel, and W.B. Dale Smith on the occasion of his 50-Year Mason Award.
F.C. Degree work is planned for June 6.
W.B. Brian Sohl was presented with miniature working tools of a Master Mason and Masonic taillight decals in recognition of his contributions to our Lodge.
W.B. Alan Eide explained the Comfort One Resuscitation Program detailing how individuals can legally contol certain life-saving techniques on their behalf.
June 6, 2006
A petition was read for second time.
Results of Election of Officers: W.M. Randy Porter, S. W. Allen Eide, J. W. Oscar Loe, Treasurer Tom Lewis, and Secretary Dave Hansen.
Congratulations to Brother Larry Jensen on being passed to the F.C. Degree.
June 20, 2006
Jeptha Lodge received the Silver Grand Master’s Award at Grand Lodge for our accomplishments this past year!
Also at Grand Lodge, W.B. Ken Snedeker received the Education Officer of the Year Award. P.M. Les Spies P.G.M. was re-elected Grand Treasurer/ Secretary.
W.B. Galen Jansen has again accepted the District Master position for District 2.
Welcome to Randy Smith on receiving the E.A. Degree!
W.B. Jan Beaderstadt, Grand High Priest of the Grand Lodge of Michigan, shared his thoughts.
2006 - 2007
September 5, 2006
Twenty members were present as officers for 2006-07 were installed by M.W.B. Les Spies, Installing Officer; W.B. Ken Snedeker, Installing Marshall; and W.B. Curt Vipond, Installing Chaplain. W.M. Porter spoke of keeping the Lodge proficient while making it fun.
Brother Joe West did an outstanding job proving up on the M. M. Degree in open Lodge.
W.B. Ken Snedeker and W.B. Curt Vipond will be doing courtesy degree work in Vermillion.
W.B. Ron West was presented with his Past Master’s pin by our W.M. and received warm applause.
Brother Steve Wickre will drive our Lodge float in the All School Reunion.
Brother J. C. Harrison and W.B. Ken Snedeker completed remodling work in the the Lodge.
September 19, 2006
W.B. Ken Snedeker was appointed as chairman of committee to paint and lay carpet.
M.W.B. Les Spies has donated an electric furnace which he and W.B. Brian Sohl, Ron West and Ken Snedeker will install.
District Master Galen Jansen will hold his District Meeting on Wednesday, September 27, at 8:00 P.M. in Hurley. Be part of our group will leaving the Lodge at 6:45 P.M. to support him.
M. M. Degree Work is scheduled for our October 3 and October 17 meetings. Practice for members with parts in the work will be Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 P.M.
We reviewed the Grand Lodge Program in detail and set the committees and goals called for.
October 3, 2006
Congratulations to Larry Jensen on being raised Jeptha Lodge’s newest Master Mason!
M.W.B. Les Spies, Worshipful Brothers Curt Vipond and Ken Snedeker, and Brother Joe West participated in M. M. Degree work in Vermillion.
October 13, 2006
At a special meeting, John “Randy” Smith was passed to the F.C. Degree.
October 17, 2006
W.B. Richard McBride, member of the Board of Custodians presented an informative School of Instruction.
November 7, 2006
Brother Joe West joined the Scottish Rite at the recent reunion in Yankton. Brothers Ken Snedeker, Les Spies, Alan Eide, Ron West, Brian Sohl, Galen Jansen and Dave Hansen put on the 4th Degree using Brother Joe as the active Candidate.
Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented “Freemasonry & Conspiracy Theories.” It discussed how political and religious fearmongers have at times created false and disparaging links between Masonry and certain religious groups to help maintain their control by attempting to weaken organized groups they fear may question their authority.
Thanks to M.W.B. Les Spies for the commemorative plaque, which he built and installed on the west side our addition.
November 21, 2006
Twenty-four Brothers enjoyed our annual Oyster Stew & Chili Supper.
W.B. Charles Bledsoe was recognized as a long-time friend of Jeptha Lodge.
W.B. Dennis Gildemeister spoke of his enjoyable return to Jeptha Lodge.
Education Officer Ken Snedeker MC’ed the annual Masonic Jeopardy game, this year concentrating on famous American Masons.
December 5, 2006
Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented a program on Brother Prince Hall and the history of Prince Hall lodges.
District Master Galen Jansen made his official visit. Among his messages was to encourage the Brothers to consider taking out a Life Membership in Perpetuity.
December 12, 2006
Over 100 kids and adults visited Santa Ron, had their pictures taken by Bettie Spies, and did crafts with Aggie Snedeker, Deb Jansen, Judy Lewis and Vicki Sohl. The gifts, candy, and cookies made many smiles appear.
Members attended Lodge in Hurley, Parker, and Centerville.
Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented a program on early Masonry in Hawaii. The last Hawaiian king was a Mason and adorned his palace with Masonic symbols.
January 2, 2007
Tom Miller became a 4th generation member of Jeptha Lodge as he was raised a M. M. with 23 Brothers present.
January 16, 2007
The annual report to Grand Lodge was reviewed.
Brothers Ken Snedeker, Curt Vipond, Ron and Joe West, Brian Sohl, and Dave Hansen participated in M. M. Degree work in Vermillion.
Committees were set for our George Washington’s Birthday Party.
February 6, 2007
Brothers Galen Jansen, Ken Snedeker, and Les Spies will deliver Valentine roses to our Masonic widows.
February 20, 2007
The annual George Washington Birthday Party was enjoyed by 32 card and game players.
M.W.B. Les Spies, W.B. Ken Snedeker, and W.B. Galen Jansen delivered Valentine roses to our local Masonic widows.
W.B. Ron West and W.B. Galen Jansen attended Lodge in Worthing.
We have been invited to do courtesy M. M. Degree work in Elk Point in May.
March 6, 2007
We will depart from the Lodge for the March 26 Table Lodge in Sanborn at 5:00 P.M.
We congratulated W.B. Ken Snedeker on his nomination for Junior Grand Warden.
Brother Don DeGeeist was introduced and welcomed to our Lodge.
Education Officer Ken Snedeker presented a program detailing the life of B. President Gerald R. Ford. In addition to being the only non-elected President and Vice President, he was House Minority Leader, a Navy veteran, Yale Law graduate, college coach, University of Michigan football star, and an Eagle Scout. He became a Mason with his three brothers in 1949, joined the Shrine in 1959, and became a 33o Mason in 1960. He pardoned President Nixon and was known as a reconciler and moderator.
March 20, 2007
A Petition for Affiliation was read for the first time.
Brother Russ Hazel presented an interesting program on the history of ethanol in general and the local plant in particular. In 2006, 40 people turned 16 million bushels of corn into 54 million gallons of ethanol.
April 3, 2007
Don Van Geest was elected as a member of Jeptha Lodge by Petition for Affiliation.
John “Randy” Smith became the newest member of Jeptha Lodge, receiving the M. M. Degree. Congratulations to Randy and his father, W.B. Dale Smith!
April 17, 2007
Final plans were set for our May 6 Recognition Banquet.
We will be doing courtesy M. M. Degree work during our May 15 meeting for three candidates.
May 15, 2007
Election of Officers was held with the following results:
Allen Eide W.M.
Dave Hansen S. W.
Brian Sohl J. W.
Tom Lewis Treasurer,
Les Spies Secretary
A new petition was read for the first time.
With 17 members and 16 visiting Brothers present, we conferred the M. M. Degree for three candidates from Elk Point and Vermillion.
June 5, 2007
Brother Mike Ingebrigtson received his E.A. Degree.
We contributed to the MMSAT and CHIPs programs.
June 19, 2007
Grand Lodge was reviewed. Congratulations to M.W.B. Les Spies, re-elected Grand Treasurer-Secretary; W.B. Galen Jansen, re-appointed as District Master; and W.B. Ron West, new Jr. Grand Deacon and member of the Masonic Education Committee.
Jeptha Lodge received the Grand Lodge Program Silver (Second Place) Award and the +1 Award for membership gain.
2007 - 2008
September 4, 2007
Our Charter was draped in memory of Brother Doug Steinfadt.
M.W.B. Les Spies, W.B. Ron West and Ken Snedeker, and Brother Joe West participated in M.M. Degree work in Cherokee, Iowa. Brother Joe West gave a fine history lecture.
Our M.M. Degree Team did courtesy work in Elk Point.
New W.M. Allen Eide and his officers were installed by Installing Officer Les Spies, Installing Marshall Ken Snedeker, and Installing Chaplain Curt Vipond.
Education Officer Ron West led a discussion of Lodge dues, proving how inexpensive membership is and how little the cost has increased in real dollars compared to yesteryear.
September 18, 2007
We voted to increase annual dues by $10.
Oscar Loe had thyroid surgery. A malignancy was found, and Oscar will receive more medical attention.
Don Horner is procuring a new Master’s chair, which we should have by next meeting.
Work is to begin on the new electric furnace.
Our fourth degree team did a fine job at the Scottis Rite fall reunion in Yankton last weekend.
October 6 is our Worshipful Master’s wedding day.
Education Officer Ron West gave a program called “Answering Your Questions about Freemasonry.”
W.M. Allen Eide went over his Trestleboard so all would be well-informed regarding upcoming events.
October 2, 2007
Brian was named Chairman of the Membership Committee with Les and Ken assisting.
Furnace Committee reported Brian and Les will try to locate a suitable blower.
We are invited to a 50/60 year presentation and Oyster stew in Centerville on November 1.
Brother Mike Englebritsen will be ready for the F.C. degree on December 4.
Curt will head up the Oyster Stew Committee for our November 20 meeting.
Santa Party was discussed and the necessary arrangements confirmed.
Our Lodge’s 4th degree team was recognized for taking second place at the Fall Reunion.
Ron West gave a nice program on Masonry’s involvement in the forming of this nation.
The W.M. was recognized pictorially to confirm that he is indeed Mr. Elaine Eide.
November 6, 2007
Brother Ken Miller entered the Nursing Home.
We got the new Master’s Chair. Brother Horner will report particulars next meeting.
The Furnace Committee procured a proper blower fan and will install it soon. There is no #1 fuel oil available.
W.B. Galen Jansen, District Master, made his official visit and shared with us some interesting information and personal stories about how Masonry builds character He also encouraged us to participate in a CHIPS event.
Education Officer, Ron West, gave a program pertaining to Masonic Presidents and the effect Masonry had on our country through that office.
The Oyster Stew and Chili Supper will be held at 6:00 P.M., November 20. A regular meeting will follow, and the evening will culminate with a rousing game of Jeopardy prepared by W.B. Ron West.
November 20, 2007
After a delicious Oyster Stew and Chili feed, a lodge of Entered Apprentices was opened. Visitors from several lodges were introduced and M.W.B. Charles Kaufman, P.G.M., made appropriate remarks.
A petition for the degrees of Masonry was read for the first time.
Brother Don Keck from Sioux City has been secured for the entertainment at our May Recognition Banquet.
Brother Dave Hansen was recognized for 13 years of service as Lodge Secretary. W.M. Eide presented him with a framed certificate proclaiming him Secretary Emeritus.
Brother Spies presented the original Charter from Dale Lodge #456 at Hawarden, which he obtained from the Akron Museum board. It will be displayed in our lodge as a memento for the members from Hawarden that are now affiliated with Jeptha Lodge. Brother Skogman will bring us the Bible from Dale Lodge and Brother Van Wyhe will bring the official seal from Dale lodge. These items will be placed in the archives.
Lodge was put at ease while Brothers Ron West and Arlan Verburg set up for a game of Masonic Jeopardy, which was the educational program for the meeting.
December 4, 2007
The Charter drape in memory of Brother Shields was removed.
Final preparations were made for the Santa Party. Goodie bags and Christmas cards were prepared.
Second reading of petition for Anthony Halbur, ballot was read, and he was elected to receive the three degrees of Masonry.
Immediate Past Master, Randy Porter, was presented with his Past Master’s card.
Seven Brothers are planning to attend lodge at Hurley Wednesday for their annual Oyster Stew event.
Brother Ken read a short article pertaining to the number 13 and how that number was involved in the the early days of our government and the design of our currency.
Education Officer Ron West read a profound poem regarding our servicemen, their dedication and sacrifices.
December 18, 2007
A Lodge of Fellowcraft was opened for regular business and for conferring the degree.
The success of the Santa party was discussed and it was decided two hours was long enough.
Seven Brothers visited Hurley Lodge on December 5. Four visited Parker Lodge on the December 6, and five will visit Worthing Lodge on the 20th.
Lodge was put at ease while the Officers changed places for the purpose of conferring the F.C. degree on Brother Mike Ingebrigtson. Brother Tom Lewis served as Master, Ken Snedeker as S. W., Dave Hansen gave the staircase lecture, Les Spies the Letter “G” and Hobie Cole the Charge. Mike is proud to become a member of his Grandfather’s lodge.
December 7, 2007
Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy new year from the officers and brothers of your lodge. Your lodge is active, well, and active. If and when it is practical we would like to see you in Lodge for the first and third Tuesday of some month. When you attend you will see that the Worshipful Master is now in “the East.” Brother Don Horner deserves the credit for recognizing an opportunity for Jeptha Lodge, and for the travel involved in bringing this first-rate antique chair to our Lodge. Thank you, Brother Don.
Did you know that Jeptha Lodge has a website, Jepthalodge.org? It is updated frequently and always has a summary of the most recent meeting. It has a calendar upcoming activities, so that you can know not only what has happened, but also what we expect to be doing. Right now, for instance, it tells us that tomorrow Santa will visit the Lodge, that we’ll practice for the F.C. degree after Santa’s visit, that we’ll be doing the F.C. degree at our next regular meeting on December 18, and that we hope to have an E.A. degree on January 8. (We don’t expect a quorum for our regular meeting on January 1.) Through the wonders of electronic communication, our webmaster, Wayne Spies, lives and works over 1,000 miles from Hudson, but still keeps us all informed. It is the best website I’ve ever seen for a lodge, not just in South Dakota, but everywhere. I urge you to check it out and put it on your list of favorites.
The Grand Lodge is increasing the per capita assessment by $10 over the next two years. To respond to this, the annual dues of Jeptha Lodge will increase by $10, effective with 2008. This lodge has the highest percentage of Life Members in Perpetuity of any lodge in South Dakota. A one-time payment of 17 times the annual dues then in effect will not only pay a Brother’s dues for the rest of his life will continue his financial support of both of Jeptha Lodge and the Grand Lodge of South Dakota forever. Because of the dues increase, a Life Membership costs $170 less now than it will in January and thereafter. If you have any interest at all in becoming a Life Member, contact our Secretary, M.W.B.
Les Spies at either email@example.com
or 712-982-2505. If you’re not interested in a Life Membership, we would appreciate payment of your 2008 dues at your earliest convenience. If you are a Life Member, you may sit back and know that the fee increase in dues won’t cost a penny.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night,
W.M. Allen J. Eide
January 8, 2008
A Lodge of Entered Apprentices was opened in Special Communication for the purpose of conferring the E.A. Degree upon Mr. Anthony Halbur.
Brother Ken reminded us to sign off on the Long Form Ritual as is required by the Constitution.
Due to the illness of Tom Lewis, 93-year-old W.B. Dale Smith was drafted back into service and given two hours to prepare for the presentation of the Door Lecture. It was, of course, done perfectly. As usual, the Degree Team did an excellent job and the entire event went very well.
W.M. Eide thanked the Brothers for the cards and concern after the death of his mother.
January 22, 2008
Furnace committee reported the proper parts have been installed and the unit should soon be operational.
Membership committee reported we have one candidate preparing for his F.C. degree and two preparing for the M.M. degree. No time has been set for the degree work.
Valentine roses will be delivered in Canton by Galen, in Hudson by Ken and Randy and in Rock Valley by Les.
The George Washington Party was set for 7:00 P.M. Sunday, February 17.
W.B. Ron West presented an interesting education program explaining the different viewpoints of the cabletow. The Worshipful Master ordered a copy of it be sent to the entire membership.
February 5, 2008
A Memorial Service was held for Brother Oscar “Smiley” Larson. The Charter was draped in his memory.
Dave Hansen provided the heavy wire needed to complete the installation of the electric furnace, which is ready to be put into service.
An upcoming 60- and two 50-year recognitions were discussed.
Final preparations for the George Washington Birthday card and game party were discussed, and duty assignments made.
W.B. Oscar Loe, Grand Musician, W.B. Ron West, Junior Grand Steward, and W.B. Galen Jansen, District Master of District #2, participated in a M.M. degree for the Grand Master’s “One Day” class in Pierre last week.
Education Officer, Ron West, summarized the first 45 years of Jeptha Lodge, and highlighted the many special events held and achievements made during those years.
February 19, 2008
We had two visiting Brothers from Omadi Lodge #5, S. Sioux City. They expressed how impressed they were with our conferral of the F.C. degree.
The W.M. read a resolution, requesting our Internet banking privileges be re-instated. Les is to hand-deliver it to the banker.
The George Washington card party, although not well attended, was considered a success.
The electric furnace should be installed and operational by next meeting.
There was discussion over the inconsistent functionality of our thermostats in the fellowship room. M.W.B. Les Spies was nominated for the Grand Secretary for the 2008-2009 Grand Lodge year.
A CHIP event with five lodges participating, was held in the Hills, where they reportedly ID’d 441 children.
The Brethren did an excellent job of conferring the F.C. degree on Brotheer Tony Halbor, who was a very receptive candidate.
March 4, 2008
The new electric furnace is up and running and is predicted to save us approximately $20.00 a meeting on heating costs. Fuel oil now costs $3.34 a gallon Tom’s Internet banking privileges have been re-instated.
The annual report indicates we increased our membership by one last year. We went over the Grand Lodge program and made plans to complete it.
Statistically, 32 of our members reside in Iowa and 34 in South Dakota, with 11 scattered throughout the U.S.
W.B. Ron West gave an informative program regarding the wide variety of uses and purposes of Masonic aprons, jewelry and medals used in the family of Freemasonry.
“W.B. Wayne Benson and Kent Broyhill, sojourned to Hudson, SD, for the February visitation. The brothers at Hudson provided very gracious hospitality and fellowship. They also put on the finest Fellowcraft degree I’ve had the pleasure to witness.
“It’s amazing what a difference the presentation makes. They actually spoke to the candidate the way it should be done as opposed to spewing out one memorized word after another in a monotone voice.
“A lodge can take a lesson in degree work from Jeptha Lodge #121 in Hudson, South Dakota.”
from the Omadi Lodge newsletter, 3/2008
March 18, 2008
Gene Polson, a Brother from Iowa, visited and noted the differences in ritual. After examination, W.M. Eide declared Brother Mike Engelbrigston proficient and prepared the lodge for a M.M. conferral. After the degree was completed there were many good comments and congratulatory remarks from the sidelines.
In the absence of our Education Officer, W.M. Eide presented an education program concerning Masonic influence during the Civil War.
April 1, 2008
Visitors were: WBs Royce McGuire and Robert Deitrich from Attica Lodge #502, Sloan, Iowa, and WB Vernon Andersen from Myrtle Lodge #91, Centerville.
Plans for the May recognition banquet were discussed and committees appointed.
Tom Lewis will seek info for the Deserving Student award; Arlan Verburg will cashier; Ken and Aggie will be greeters; Les Spies will recognize wives and widows.
Candidate was examined and following a very favorable report, was declared proficient by WM Eide.
Everyone enjoyed the “Pot Luck” dinner. W.M. Eide thanked the Brethren for their generous participation. Following the dinner the M.M. degree was conferred in the usual outstanding manner.
April 15, 2008
Les reported on the progress of the new Grand Lodge Web site, MyGrandLodge.org
, and noted its similarity to Jeptha Lodge’s site.
Jeremy Jansen was selected to receive the Deserving Student Award.
The status of the Dale Lodge Charter was reviewed.
Worshipful Master Eide recognized and thanked Brother Don Horner for finding, transporting and providing the lodge with a new Master’s chair. The Brethren acknowledged his generous contribution with a standing ovation.
Ditch cleaning will take place April 29 at 7:00 P.M.
Ron West gave an interesting program regarding Masonic hardships that accompanied the Great Depression.
May 6, 2008
The Recognition event went very well with 71 in attendance, and everyone had a good time. Charles Scott was not well enough to attend. Jeremy Jansen, son of Ron and Jodie Jansen, was selected as the deserving student and was presented with a US savings bond by Brother Galen Jansen, the recipient’s Uncle. Peggy Steinfadt, widow of Brother Doug Steinfadt, was recognized and presented a “Broken Column” pin by Brother Les Spies, who explained the significance of the pin.
The Lodge Brothers that make up the 4th degree team were recognized for receiving the traveling trophy for their effort in the Scottish Rite Spring Reunion.
Brother Jim Skogman presented the lodge with two Bibles that originated from Dale Lodge in Hawarden. One dated back to 1909.
The curator of Calliope Village would be pleased to receive a copy of the Charter we have from Dale Lodge.
Ron West reported on the one-day class in Sioux Falls, in which four of our lodge brothers participated. They raised 70 Master Masons at that event.
Grand Lodge was discussed; several brothers plan to attend.
Education Officer Ron West gave a Masonic puzzle presentation.
May 20, 2008
The election of officers was held:
Dave Hansen, W.M.
Brian Sohl, S.W.
Joe West, J.W.
Tom Lewis, Treasurer
Les Spies, Secretary
W.M. Allen Eide made copies of the Dale Lodge Charter to be presented to Calliope Village Museum.
The bequest from the Arnold Lund estate will be placed in the Life Membership Fund.
Les will look into purchasing a bookcase for displaying the Dale Lodge Bibles and other artifacts.
Education Officer Ron West gave an interesting program regarding the geometric inconsistencies surrounding the two great pillars that suggests they were not round.
Travel activities included Elk Point, Yankton and Vermillion.
June 4, 2008
We received a check for $1,000.00 from the estate of Brother Arnold Lund. It was put in the Life Membership account. We discussed the possibility of increasing the maximum amount a recipient could receive.
Grand Lodge proposals were discussed. We decided to vote no on the issue of every member having a ballot and left the other two up to the discretion of the attending delegates.
The Secretary finalized the information for the Grand Master’s Program; we have a total of 750 points.
LEO Ron memorized and presented the “Traveling Charge” which was very impressive and appreciated.
2008 - 2009
June 20, 2008
At Grand Lodge, Ron West received the Lodge Education Officer of the Year Award. In addition to Grand Master’s Gold Award, Jeptha Lodge received a Plus One Membership Award, a lodge property and curb appeal award and a recognition award for our twenty years of Life Membership promotion that resulted in an over fifty percent participation along with the largest number of Memorial memberships. MWB Les Spies was re-elected Grand Secretary-Treasurer.
Ron West receives Education Officer of the Year Award.
Ron West accepts Grand Master’s Gold Award on behalf of the lodge.
The Worshipful Master reported the new rules governing the Life Membership account had not been completed.
There was discussion regarding the rededication of the South Dakota capitol building. Several brothers from Jeptha Lodge participated in the activities. CDs that document the affair will be available.
Les revealed that we had qualified for the Grand Lodge “Gold Award” in our participation in the Grand Master’s program.
The Secretary made the necessary arrangements to participate in the MSA Twain award program that recognizes lodges for outstanding activities designed to promote Masonry to the general public as well as within its fraternal parameters.
Ron West gave a great education program entitled “50,000 names” narrated by George Jones.
July 1, 2008
Mike Miller had some extensive surgery and is OK but very weak.
The purpose of the Special Meeting on July 1 was the reading of a petition. The Secretary read the petition and provided the background information that led up to the need for the Special meeting. Due to the urgency of the matter the Lodge directed the Secretary to appeal to the Grand Master for a special dispensation that would allow balloting on the petition at a Special meeting and also another to move the Charter to the Spies Picnic area for the purpose of conferring the EA degree. It was decided that this activity would replace of the Obligation renewal and commitment originally scheduled for that date.
We will have a “Low Vale” Obligation Renewal and Commitment at the Spies shelter house on July 26. It will include the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree obligations and charges followed by the traveling charge by Ron West. The event will end with a catered dinner.
I was surfing the web and looking up the town of Hudson and my grand parents. Your website is very nice and it was great to see the picture of my grandfather. I am Glen Ferris, Son of Richard Ferris, who is the son of Virgil D. Ferris. Great job and God bless.
July 26, 2008
Over 30 Brethren assembled at the Les Spies picnic area to share refreshments and fellowship while the Brothers of Jeptha Lodge made the final arrangements to confer the Entered Apprentice degree upon Mr. Benjamin Duran, in a “Low Vale” setting. The visitors, the degree team, the Candidate and the beautiful weather all cooperated to create a Masonic environment that would delight the most seasoned of masons. The festivities began with the Degree Team being “piped” in by our Grand Historian and South Dakota resident Piper, WB Douglas McFarland from Brookings.
All officers remained at their regular stations and places except for the WM and SW who exchanged places for the first section. Brother Tom did the Door Lecture; Brother Carter, the Apron Lecture; Brother Brian, the Second Section; Brother Ron the Third Section; and Brother Leroy, the Charge. Everything went well considering how the logistics had to be modified in order to accommodate the outdoor arrangement.
Our excellent degree team presented its usual magical performance which mesmerized the visitors. The degree work concluded with many fine remarks from the sidelines and a heartfelt expression of appreciation by the Candidate, Ben Duran. Following the closing of lodge everyone moved to the shelter house for a fine dinner prepared by Bettie Spies. At the conclusion of the dinner Worshipful Brother Doug McFarland, serving as Chairman of the Grand Lodge Education Committee, presented WB Ron West with the Education Officer of the year award, traveling trophy, to place in the lodge for the ensuing year.
September 2, 2008
Several notes of appreciations for our Low Vale event were read.
WM Eide presented each of his 2007-2008 officers with a laser engraved coaster as a thank you gift for their services.
Dave read a very interesting email he received from a Virginia Mason that surfed into our Web site.
Installation of officers was held with Les, Ken and Curt serving as installing officers. All were installed except Tom Miller, Tyler.
Reports were given on the Low Vale lodge and also the Grand Lodge Session.
It was suggested we make arrangements for the re-carpeting of the hallways. No action was taken.
Galen will see that our float is entered in the homecoming parade. Thanks, Galen.
We will have a Fellowcraft degree on Sept. 16th.
We will practice Sunday the 14th at 4:30 P.M.
Education Officer Eide gave a very interesting program on the evolution of the Masonic ritual.
September 16, 2008
The retired 48-star American flag, which had served the lodge for over seventy years, was encased for proper display and placed in a prominent location in the lodge room.
The matter of carpeting the hallways was discussed and will be further pursued at next meeting.
Hudson Recreation Board requested financial support. We will send them $50.00.
Ken reported on the proficiency exam of Ben Duran. WM Hansen declared him proficient and began the process of conferring the FC degree. Brother Tom Lewis presented the first section; Dave Hansen, the staircase lecture; Les Spies, the letter “G” lecture and Hobie Cole, the charge.
Ken and Ron traveled to Yankton.
October 7, 2008
Our candidate is progressing and December 2nd is tentative date for MM Degree.
Building and Grounds Committee appointed; Brian, Ken, Ron, Arlan, Steve and Les.
Custodian, Ron West, explained the Grand Lodge Proficiency Program.
There was a brief discussion regarding suspending two members for NPD.
Aprons were presented to Mike Ingebrigston and Tony Halbur.
There was discussion regarding the Steward’s apron’s cornucopias.
Education Officer gave presentation on White Leather Apron.
October 21, 2008
A cold rain accompanied by strong gusty winds discouraged attendance, but 10 Brothers did brave the elements. The Building and Grounds committee discussed repairing a rain gutter and the WM and others plan to repaint the entry and bathroom. Two Brothers agreed to furnish the paint.
Tom Miller announced the Hudson Day Care needs baby rockers to work mornings.
The Tyler, Tom Miller, was installed.
The annual Oyster Stew and Chili feed will precede the regular meeting on November 18th at 6:00 PM.
We plan on a visit from our Custodian next meeting. He will be concentrating on proper introduction procedures.
Ken and Ron traveled to Sioux Falls to participate in a 1-day event. Ron and Les traveled to Orange City to participate in a MM degree.
Education Officer, Allen Eide presented a portion of a very interesting video entitled “The Mystery, the Myth and Truth about Masonry.”
Les mentioned our participation in the Twain award program sponsored by MSA.
On October 14th 13 Brothers turned out to help clean road ditches.
November 4, 2008
Brother Dale Smith has moved to Stony Brook Suites Apt #5 in Sioux Falls. Bob Fitch had a heart problem and is doing OK now.
A BIG thanks to Dave and Brian for the badly needed paint job in the entry, bath and hallway. It looks great. This may qualify for the Property improvement award at Grand Lodge.
We will host the District meeting on December 6 at 2:00 P.M. We need four officers: WM, Sec, SD and Chap. Erin and Bettie are in charge of lunch. We will confer the Master Mason degree on Dec. 2nd, with the meeting starting at 7:00 P.M.
We will do Xmas cards and bag candy prior to the Santa party that runs from 1:003:00 on Saturday, December 13th. Motion to buy 50 gallons of fuel oil passed.
Birthdays read. Ron gave a report on the SR reunion in Yankton. Our fourth degree team easily brought home the traveling trophy.
Custodian, Ron West presented himself at the Altar and then to the East where he posed a number of questions regarding ritual and Masonic activities. He concluded his school of instruction by demonstrating the correct manner in which to introduce and conduct visiting Brethren and GL Officers. He also explained the new GL Ritualistic Award. It was his opinion that our lodge would easily qualify. Sec. offered books and pamphlets for the taking.
Education Officer, Allen Eide presented the second part of the three part video, Mystery, Myth and Truth.
On October 25th, seven brothers traveled to Yankton.
November 18, 2008
We held our annual Oyster Stew and Chili feed.
Final preparations were made for hosting the District Meeting on Dec. 6th at 2:00 P.M.
Plans were finalized for the Santa party on December 13, 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Ron West was recognized for his efforts in the installation of our new electric heaters.
Les Spies explained the Twain award and needs help gathering the pertinent information.
We had three visiting Brothers from Floyd Lodge, Orange City, Iowa.
Our Education officer presented us with an outstanding game of Masonic Jeopardy.
Three Brothers traveled to Sioux City for a Masonic event.
On November 20, Brother Dale Smith died. Twenty-five Brothers attended Masonic services provided by W. Brothers Curt Vipond and David Hansen. Six Lodge Brothers served as casket bearers.
December 2, 2008
The charter was draped in honor of our beloved Brother, Dale Smith.
Eight visitors were in attendance to observe the conferring of the MM degree. They were from Akron, Sioux City, Orange City and Sanborn. The work went well with many good comments from visiting Brethren. Brother George Harrison readily conceded that Les was probably correct in his propensity to seemingly exaggerate the capabilities of this lodge.
Our new Brother, Ben Duran, told of his early childhood fascination with Masons and the Masonic Lodge.
The Education Officer presented a program regarding the Civil War monument entitled “Friend to Friend” and explained its Masonic significance.
December 16, 2008
Nine brave souls ventured out on a cold, windy, snowy night only to be confronted with a power failure that occurred just as the meeting began. Being unable to do business in the dark and cold we adjourned and reconvened informally at the home of Brother Ken Snedeker.
Two Brothers were suspended for non-payment of dues and another had his dues remitted due to his deteriorating health.
Arvilla Vipond had surgery and is doing well. It was reported that Brother Les Spies was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
WM Dave thanked all who were involved in the District Meeting, the Santa Party and the Soup and Sandwich supper.
Lodge to sponsor an event recognizing the Snedekers on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Education Officer Eide gave an interesting presentation entitled “Understanding Where Our Masonic Ritual Came From.”
Ben Duran became the latest member to invest in a life membership.
Santa visits Hudson!
January 6, 2009
Seventeen Brothers were in attendance to kick off the new year.
Br. Bill Van Wyhe presented the lodge with the official seal from the now closed Dale Lodge #456 in Hawarden.
Brothers Ben Duran and Mike Ingebrigtson were recognized as our two newest life members.
WM Dave read from the Hudsonite a complementary article regarding our Santa Party.
A moment of silence was observed while the Charter drape honoring Brother Dale Smith was removed.
A questionnaire concerning when and where Grand Lodge should be held was completed.
Ron West explained the Ritualistic Awards program; our lodge should qualify.
WB Eide presented the final portion of the video Mystery, Myth and Truth.
January 20, 2009
We will hold our Annual George Washington Card and Game Party on February 22nd.
The lodge will participate in a fund raiser for the new Community Building on April 11th by arranging, preparing and implementing an Easter Egg hunt.
We will consider having the lodge pay for a Grand Lodge featured pin to honor some of our great ritualists.
An education program dealing with how obligations, promises and/or penalties pertain in today’s world.
February 3, 2009
Sickness and distress: Don Van Geest had surgery and is recovering, Don Cole had a heart attack and is now doing fine, Les is going to Mayo Friday for a Parkinson’s evaluation.
The Secretary read an article from the Hudsonite recognizing Brother Brian Sohl for the fantastic job he does as the Hudson Maintenance Man.
Brother Galen was crowned King of the Canton Love Inc. fundraising event.
Brothers Ken, Galen and Les will deliver roses to our Masonic widows on Valentine’s Day.
Preparations were made for our annual George Washington’s card and game party on February 22nd.
Preliminary plans were made to sponsor an Easter Egg hunt in conjunction with a community fundraiser in April.
Education Officer Eide presented a program entitled “Ten cool Masonic places to visit.”
February 17, 2009
After 60-plus years Hobie Cole is retiring from all ritualistic work. His talent and effort will be missed.
Les brought the new “Bunny Suit” that was purchased for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt. Cute.
Final arrangements were made for the George Washington Birthday Party.
Preliminary arrangements were made for the March “Guy’s Pot-Luck.”
Education Officer Eide gave a nice presentation on Masonic humor.
The MM degree was conferred upon Brother David Miller. As usual, the work went exceptionally well.
Last week Ken and Les traveled to S. Sioux City, NE, to an Oyster Stew sponsored by Omadi Lodge #5.
March 3, 2009
Our recent activities, including roses to widows, the Card Party, and the recent MM degree were reviewed, and the results were all positive.
The Secretary went over annual report. Our membership is now 76, down one from last year.
There was discussion regarding our participation in the community Easter Egg Hunt coming up on April 11th.
Brother Bill Van Wyhe will present the lodge with a glass display case suitable for displaying our numerous artifacts and memorabilia.
The Secretary shared the good news that Jeptha Lodge had been selected to receive the MSA’s highly coveted Twain Award for demonstrating Masonic excellence and awareness both within our order and throughout the community.
Final arrangements were made for the special “Man’s Potluck” which will be held at 6:30 P.M., March 17th.
After 60-plus years Hobie Cole is retiring from all ritualistic work. His talent and effort will be missed.
March 17, 2009
The evening began with lots of good food provided by the “Man’s Pot Luck.”
The business meeting consisted primarily of in-depth discussion and planning for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt the lodge is sponsoring in conjunction with the Community Building fundraiser breakfast on April 11th. The hunt begins at 10:00 am.
Education officer Eide, gave an interesting presentation on Scottish Poet, Robert Burns, and his dedication to Masonry.
April 7, 2009
Sickness and distress: Curt’s wife Arvilla had an extensive eleven hour surgery on her jaw to remove a tumor.
On March 28th several Brothers participated in a One Day class in Sioux Falls and helped raise 59 new Master Masons.
Final arrangements for the Easter Egg hunt were made. We have two bicycles, a Hot Wheels and over eighty smaller prizes to distribute along with 800 eggs.
Plans were made and committees assigned for the annual recognition banquet to be held on May 3rd at 6:30 P.M. We also plan to present sixty year pins to Brothers, Bob Iverson and Art Swanson during that event.
Brother Ken and Aggie Snedeker will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at the lodge on April 19th from 1:003:00 PM.
WB Allen gave a very informative talk regarding meth labs and how they produce waste that could be harmful to the Brothers as they pick up debris from road ditches.
April 21, 2009
The Lodge will sponsor another Easter Egg Hunt in 2010.
The Twain Award will be officially presented by the Grand Master on behalf of MWB Richard Fletcher, Executive Director of the MSA, after the Friday night banquet at Grand Lodge.
Angie Hazel, daughter of Russ and Anita Hazel, was selected to receive the “Deserving Student Award” for 2009.
We will clean road ditches at 6:30 April 14th.
Bill Van Wyhe presented the lodge with a nice glass display case to accommodate our memorabilia.
Education program was taken from the current Scottish Rite Journal which described the Twain Award program and included Jeptha Lodge in the announced list of recipients.
May 5, 2009
A petition for affiliation and a petition for the three degrees were read for the first time.
The Recognition Banquet was discussed and considered to be very successful.
We discussed our participation in the Grand Lodge program.
We will have election of officers at next meeting.
MWB Les was presented with a fine etched glass block created by WB Ron West as a memento from the lodge in recognition of the extra effort he extended in the quest for the Twain Award.
Masonic Information Center Announces Jeptha Lodge #121 Winner of the 2008 Mark Twain Award for Excellence in Masonic Awareness!
Jeptha Lodge No. 121, Hudson, SD, achieves national recognition for its 2008 submission to the Mark Twain Award competition in which it documented strategies, programs, and evaluations for improving Masonic Awareness. The Lodge turned to its members to build a needed addition to its facility while it continued to support Masonic education and community service programs.
The Masonic Information Center (MIC) announces the 2008 winners of the highly regarded Mark Twain Award for Excellence in Masonic Awareness. The Twain Award recognizes Lodge leadership for asserting a uniquely Masonic identity both within the Lodge and throughout the community that is consistent with the fraternity’s historic focus on education, self improvement, good works, and fellowship.
Richard E. Fletcher, Executive Secretary of the Masonic Information Center says, “The 2008 Twain Award winners represent hundreds of Masons putting energy and creativity into their Masonic identity.” Fletcher continues, “Winning a Twain Award means that members of a Lodge have come together to plan, implement, and evaluate a year’s worth of activities focused on enriching the experience of being a Freemason.” Winners receive a custom designed award for display and nationwide recognition through MIC web and print publications.
Jeptha Lodge Secretary Les Spies says, “We’ve received recognition for our increased membership, Lodge property beautification, and community service, but the awards are not our goals.” David Hanson, Lodge Master says, “We hold fast to our Masonic beliefs in honesty, morality and integrity and that time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things.”
Fletcher says, “When given the opportunity, I enjoy participating in presenting the award and recognizing the individuals who are strengthening the distinction of being a Freemason.”
For more information on the Mark Twain Award go to the Masonic Service Association of North America (MSANA) at http://www.msana.com.
May 19, 2009
Sixteen Brothers present.
We had the second reading of two petitions, and both resulted in a favorable ballot.
Brother Hobie Cole shared highlights of his WW II Veteran’s Trip to Washington and what a great time they had.
We now have new glass in the display case and will be painting it soon.
Some of the lodge Brothers are willing to assist in the sheetrocking of the new Community Building to help cut the costs of finishing.
Election of Officers was held and elected as follows:
WM Brian Sohl
SW Joe West
JW Ron West
Treas. Tom Lewis
Sec. Dave Hansen.
The education topic was the “Halliwell Manuscript” or Regus Poem.
June 2, 2009
Les thanked the Brothers for the cards, calls, concern and assistance after his auto accident.
We will make a 60-year recognition presentation for WB Art Swanson at lodge on June 16th.
Ben Duran will prove up on the MM degree on June 11th at 7:00 P.M.
We will confer an EA degree in a “Low Vale” setting at the Spies picnic area on July 11th. Details later.
WM Dave urged everyone to attend the MSA “Twain Award” presentation on June 19th after the Grand Lodge banquet.
We welcomed newly affiliated member, Ron Chenault, to the lodge. Ron presented us with an interesting overview of his personal, professional and Masonic life. We are pleased to count him among us.
June 16, 2009
WBs Charlie Bledsloe and DM Ron Hammer visited from Worthing Lodge #141.
Brother Ben Duran presented himself for the Master Mason proficiency exam and was declared proficient by WM Dave Hansen.
The furnace ducting, the back door and the display case received a new coat of paint courtesy of Brother J.C. Harrison.
DM Ron Hammer, assisted by the officers of Jeptha Lodge, presented Brother Art Swanson with his Sixty-Year Recognition Award.
Brother Randy Smith presented the lodge with a large check in memory of his late father, long time, highly respected member, Brother Dale Smith.
Grand Lodge was discussed, and about a dozen Brothers plan to be in attendance to officially receive the Twain Award.
2009 - 2010
July 11, 2009
A “Low Vale” meeting was held at the Spies picnic area for the purpose of conferring the EA degree. Forty-four brothers attended the event that began with a social gathering which included refreshments and fellowship under near-perfect weather conditions.
The Officers made their Grand entrance led by WB Doug McFarland, Grand Historian, who furnished and played the bagpipes.
The work went well and the many visitors seemed delighted with the event. After enjoying a great buffet dinner provided by Bettie Spies the program began with MWB Andersen presenting WB Curt Vipond a Master Ritualist pin and noted that although the program is two years old Curt was the first one to qualify. MWB Andersen then explained the Twain Award and praised Jeptha Lodge for earning such a prestigious award. WB Doug McFarland was called upon to “officially” present the LEO award to WB Allen Eide.
September 1, 2009
Installation of officers was conducted by our fine team of Randy Porter, Installing Officer, Ken Snedeker, Installing Marshall, and Galen Jansen, Installing Chaplain. Installed were WM Brian Sohl, SW Joe West, JW Ron West, Secretary Dave Hansen, SD Randy Smith, JD Tony Halbur, SS Larry Jensen, Marshall Ben Duran, and Tyler Arlan Verburg. Treasurer Tom Lewis and JS Steve Wickre will be installed at a later date.
New WM Brian Sohl thanked the Brothers who accepted the various officer positions for the ensuing year. Outgoing Master Dave Hansen thanked the Brothers for making the past year run so smoothly.
Helping at the CHIP event at the Turner County Fair in Parker were Ron and Sue West, Les and Bettie Spies, Ken and Aggie Snedeker, and Dave and Erin Hansen, The event was well received with 187 children participating.
Ron West, Ken Snedeker, and Les Spies participated at Masonic events held in Brookings, Sioux City, and Hurley.
Education Officer Alan Eide began the defense of his Education Officer of the Year title with a presentation on the life of Brother Benjamin Franklin. His amazing résumé included being a printer, author, editor, inventor, scientist, diplomat, school founder, postal worker, ambassador, speaker, philosopher, politician, and active Mason. He was Initiated in 1731 in St. John’s Lodge of Philadelphia, Lodge Secretary in 1735, Jr. Warden of the Grand Lodge of PA in 1732, and Grand Master in 1734. One interesting fact for such a master of many trades is that he even wrote his own epitaph.
September 15, 2009
W.B. Tom Lewis was installed as Treasurer for the ensuing year.
Brother Randy Smith did an outstanding job in the long-form proficiency examination for the M.M. Degree and received a hearty round of applause from the Bros.
W.B. Galen Jansen entered the Lodge float in the annual Hudson parade. He reported that misinterpretation of his candy dispensing instructions to daughter Kelsie, niece McKenzie, and nephew Tyler resulted in lots of leftover candy for himself!
W.M. displayed the Gold Award, Education Officer of the Year Award, and Mark Twain Award presented at Grand Lodge and commented that he hoped our new display case would soon be ready to house such treasures.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented “Some Masonic Virtues”. In Masonry, we are taught to symbolically use the gavel to transform the Rough Ashlar, or imperfect, uneducated man, into the Perfect Ashlar, representing the educated man striving to perfect his relationship with God and his fellow man. In the E.A. Degree, we are admonished to continue this life-long journey to strengthen ourselves intellectually and morally as we construct our “Masonic building”. The virtue of toleration for the beliefs of others was also highlighted. There was also some discussion of the new book by Dan Brown. A future program will go into detail.
October 6, 2009
W.B. Ron West presented the E.A. Degree slide lecture to Brother Tracy Homandberg, assisted by W.B. Brian Sohl. This completes the outdoor, low vale degree work done at the Spies picnic area this past July.
W.B. Ron West will receive his KCCH red hat from the Yankton Scottish Rite during the fall reunion.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a timely and informative program on the H1N1 or “swine” flu. The Pandemic of 1918 was caused by a strain of H1N1. It is thought to have originated when an Army cook contracted it while home on leave to a farm in Kansas, then spread it to others while doing his mess hall duties. As it traveled around the world it mutated, becoming more deadly. The outbreak in 1957 was less severe, possibly due to immunities built up from 1918. According to National Public Radio, the vaccines for H1N1 are made by the same makers as seasonal flu vaccines with much more scientific scrutiny. Rare side effects seem to be concentrated in persons with underlying health problems, predominantly respiratory.
October 20, 2009
W.M. thanked ditch cleaners Tom and Tyler Lewis, Tracy Homandberg, Les Spies, Ken Snedeker, Galen Jansen, Steve Wickre, Joe West, Brian Sohl and Dave Hansen.
Brother Ben Duran was presented with his Masonic Apron completed with his Masonic dates.
W.B. Ron West, member of the Board of Custodians, presented an excellent school of instruction. Covered were the twelve steps required to open a Lodge meeting and a critique of tonight’s opening, purging the Lodge, the proper way for an investigating committee to proceed when a person cannot be vouched for, the proper way to ground and carry a staff, and the proper way to make a 90* corner.
Education Officer Allen Eide present a program on the Apron Lecture given in the E.A. Degree. He reviewed each line and explained the meaning and origin of many terms it contains, such as The Order of the Golden Fleece, the Roman Eagle, and the Star and Garter. We also had additional discussion of references to Masonry in Dan Brown’s new book and the coverage it received on CNN and NBC.
Brother Ben Duran will be a Candidate at the Scottish Rite Reunion in Yankton. Ron and Joe West, Galen Jansen, Ken Snedeker, Brian Sohl, Les Spies and Dave Hansen will participate in the degree work.
November 3, 2009
Brother Ben Duran was elected the Orator of his Scottish Rite class.
Oyster Stew & Chili Supper committees were appointed for November 17. We start serving at 6:00 P.M. Education Officer Allen Eide will host Masonic Jeopardy.
We reviewed discussed the new Grand Lodge Program in detail.
Education Officer Allan Eide presented the early history of St. John’s Lodge #1 in New York City. It was chartered in 1757 by the Grand Lodge of England. A fire destroyed the Lodge room and records in 1770. In 1772 new by-laws were established and signed by 70 members. With the onset of the Revolutionary War, most members favored the cause of the Colonies and were forced to flee. When a new Grand Lodge was constituted after the war, they were issued a new Charter in 1789 and recognized and the oldest Lodge in the State.
November 17, 2009
A fine crowd of 23 Masons attended our annual Oyster Stew & Chili Supper, including five visiting Brothers.
Work on the glass display case donated by W.B. Bill Van Wyhe has been completed and it now holds our Twain Award and many other items of Masonic interest.
W.B. Ken Snedeker and W.M. Brian Sohl explained the benefits of Life Membership. We currently have 39 Life Members, 5 deceased Life Members and 8 Memorial Life Members for whom Jeptha Lodge receives a payment from Grand Lodge each and every year.
W.B. Don Gray, District Master of District #1, was presented in the East and shared a message with the Brothers.
W.B. Allen Eide, our Education Officer, presented the 2009 version of Masonic Jeopardy. The categories were excellent and informative, providing Masonic facts on a wide variety of topics. W.B. Curt Vipond tapped his vast reservoir of Masonic knowledge to win the prize.
December 1, 2009
Jeptha Lodge will be well represented at the December 8 District Meeting in Hurley with Les Spies serving as District Master pro-tem, Randy Smith as Sr. Deacon, Brian Sohl reporting as head of the Membership Committee, and Ron West informing the Brothers what he can provide as a Custodian.
Duties were assigned for Santa’s visit to the Lodge on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
Allen Eide entered the Lodge room decked out as Santa to the sound of Brother Gene Autry singing “Here Comes Santa Claus” and presented his program “The Legend of Santa Claus” for three reasons: 1) We sponsor his visit to Hudson, 2) he is one symbol of Christmas, as Masonry is full of symbolism, and 3) like Hyram Abif there is a nugget of fact woven into a mine full of legend. Based on St. Nicholas of Myra, a 4th century Greek Christian bishop known for generous gifts to the poor. Allen described his many names, garb, and story variations in countries throughout Europe and North America. Common theme is that good little boys and girls tend to make out better than bad ones!
December 15, 2009
Around 40 children and 70 adults attended Santa’s visit to the Lodge.
The Lodge made its annual donation to the Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls.
Travel and food was abundant with Brian, Ron, Les, Allen, and Ken attending the Oyster Stew in Hurley, Ron, Allen, and Ken to the Oyster Stew in Parker, and Ken and Aggie and Ron and Sue to the Friendship Feast in Elk Point.
District Meeting in Hurley: MWB Les served as District Master pro-tem and ran a terrific meeting with much participation from those present. Randy Smith handled the Sr. Deacon duties with his usual excellence. Allen Eide gave an informative talk on the MMSAT program. Ron West described the services he can provide as a Custodian. Ken Snedeker gave an inclusive report on our many activities during the year. Arlan Verburg, Galen Jansen, Dave Hansen, Bettie Spies, Aggie Snedeker, and Sue West also attended the open meeting. MWB Jack Welker, our Grand Master, was the featured speaker.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a program on the form, meaning and possible origin of the constituent parts of the Substitute Word. This information may be found in Mackey’s Masonic Encyclopedia if the Bros. desire to review it further.
January 5, 2009
A crew of Brothers will meet at the Lodge Saturday, January 9, at 10 A.M. to remove snow that has built up on the lunch room roof.
Our W.M. thanked W.B. Ken Snedeker for delivering Meals on Wheels for Jeptha Lodge.
Several Brothers are planning to journey to Orange City on Tuesday, January 12, to attend their Installation of Officers.
Larry Jensen has become our newest Life Member in Perpetuity.
Education Officer Allen Eide, in recognition of Masons’ love of patriotism and freedom, presented a current events program based on a report by three high ranking officials of the U.S. intelligence community entitled “A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.” The extensive report describes how our military is excellent at achieving initial success, but not having as effective results at fighting the counter-insurgency and guerilla warfare that follows. Intel received in the field from the top in not adequate. It suggested methods to improve relations with the Afghan people we are trying to help and to improve the flow of information to our troops in the field.
January 19, 2010
Les and Bettie Spies, Ken Snedeker, Brian Sohl, Ben Duran, and Dave Hansen attended a very well done supper and Installation of Officers at the Orange City, Iowa, lodge.
Minus 20 degree weather didn’t stop Brian Sohl, Steve Wickre, Tom Miller, and Dave Hansen from removing the accumulation of snow from the Lodge lunch room and entryway roof.
We discussed recognizing members on anniversary dates of becoming Master Masons (5th, 10th, 25th, etc.) at regular meetings to boost attendance, increase participation, and make meetings more interesting for all.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a refresher course on the duties of the Tyler, including the definition and origin of various terms. “Cowan” was highlighted.
February 2, 2010
We will begin recognizing members in their Master Mason anniversary month at our February 16 meeting. The first group of Brothers honored will be Leroy Ross (40 years), Ric Porter (25 years), and Charles Scott (10 years).
Les Spies, Brian Sohl, and Galen Jansen will be delivering roses to our local Masonic widows.
Education Officer Allen Eide began a two part program entitled “Grand Lecturers of Dakota Territories” by W.B. Doug McFarlan. It discussed early South Dakota history, how Wisconsin ritual was adopted in 1882 as the basis for our ritual, and how it was standardized and disseminated to South Dakota Lodges. Originally there were three Grand Lecturers who covered East River, West River, and what is now North Dakota.
February 16, 2010
Les Spies, Galen Jansen, and Brian Sohl delivered Valentine roses to our local Masonic widows.
We discussed our 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held in conjunction with the fundraiser for the new Hudson Community Center.
Education Officer Alan Eide began his education program with the presentation of Recognition Awards prepared by Joe West to Charles Scott (10 Years), Ric Porter (25 Years), and LeRoy Ross (40 Years) on their Master Mason anniversaries. The program included minutes available from the night they were raised and reminder of historic event that occurred in February of the year they were raised. In turn they each gave a fine response and received a warm applause from the Brothers gathered. At lunch after the meeting the three honored Brothers had their picture taken to commemorate the evening and we enjoyed cake brought by Ron West.
Alan continued the program with the conclusion of “Grand Lecturers of Dakota Territory” by WB Doug McFarland. Numerous heated debates took place over how the large area including all or parts of four states should be divided. The first W.M.s of new lodges were required to attend an existing lodge and show he could open and close in all three degrees AND do all parts to confer all three degrees. In 1883 it was decided that Grand Lecturers would be paid $10 per visit to a Lodge for a school of instruction. North Dakota lodges eventually adopted their own version of the ritual.
March 2, 2010
We received a check for $790 from Grand Lodge for our 52 Brothers who are Life Members.
The Charter was draped in honor of our dear, departed W.B. Rolfe Cole.
Joe West has submitted his name for the position of District Master.
The George Washington Party was deemed to be a success, although the card players felt it sounds like game players had too much fun.
The 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Jeptha Lodge will be on the morning of April 3rd.
Our Men’s Pot Luck will be enjoyed before our March 16 meeting. We will eat at 6:30 P.M.
WB Eide’s education program was based on material from the Short Talk Bulletin and other sources and was entitled “Freemasonry: Its Place in the World.” He emphasized the importance Masonry places on the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man and how this concept contributes greatly toward a moral and constructive atmosphere, which, in turn, creates individual happiness that ultimately contributes to a joyous life. He concluded by stating “The world really needs what Masonry has to offer.”
March 16, 2010
Our 3rd Annual Men’s Supper featured Irish corned beef with cabbage prepared by Bill Van Whye among the many scrumptious choices.
Members have traveled to Masonic functions at Elk Point, Yankton, and Sioux City since our last meeting.
W.B. Curt Vipond delivered a fine Masonic service in memory of our W.B. Rolfe Cole.
Final preparations were made for the Easter Egg Hunt to be held at the City Park on April 3. We need as many Brothers as possible to help with the activities, starting at 9:30 A.M. Thanks to the many Brothers and friends who have contributed prizes. If you have toys you would like to contribute, please bring them to Roxanne Wickre at the Hudson City Office.
Education Officer Allen Eide emceed a game of “Name That Mason” where he gave increasingly less obscure clues to the identities of famous Masons.
April 6, 2010
Our 21st Degree Team consisting of Les Spies, Ken Snedeker, Ron and Joe West, Brian Sohl, Ben Duran, and Dave Hansen took part in the Sioux City, Iowa, Scottish Rite Reunion.
147 children enjoyed our 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Hudson City Park. Following the hunt, they all received a toy prize in the drawing at the safety complex. Special thanks to Tracy and Barb Homandberg, Denise and Doug Van’t Hof, Tom and Judy Lewis, Galen and Deb Jansen, and Siouxland Energy for donated the grand prizes!
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program on the history and effects of the U.S. Census and the information it provides. The first census was taken in 1790 at which time there was one Representative for every 33,000 citizens. Currently it is one for every 700,000. Wyoming, Vermont, Arkansas, and North Dakota are statistically too small to have a Representative, but for the requirement that each state have one. There have been 435 Representatives in Congress almost continually since 1913. The census helps determine how revenues are apportioned between the states. Texas, Arizona, and Florida are expected to show the largest population gains and Ohio the largest loss in the current census. Nationally, 60 percent of households had answered the 2010 to date; South Dakota is at 67 percent, Iowa at 70 percent, and Lincoln County at 75 percent.
I just returned from our 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Toss. On behalf of your Lodge, thanks to all of you who donated your time, your supplies, your prizes, and your money to another successful endeavor by our Lodge.
There were around 25 of us there to put on the show and I’m sure you will agree that it took every one of us to get the job done because those kids are pretty darn quick! They all had a good time and it helped bring lots of people into Hudson for the benefit meal to raise money for the new Community Center.
I think I heard the cooks filled 500 plates with food in less than a half hour and they were serving for a lot longer that that.
Please make plans to work this great event again next year. It provides wonderful visibility for Jeptha Lodge and Masonry while helping out in a good cause!
You guys are the best!
Dave Hansen, Sec.
April 20, 2010
Final preparations for our May 2 Banquet: W.B. Allen Eide will give the tribute to the Ladies and M.W.B. Les Spies will do the District Master role in presenting the 50 Year Mason award to W.B. Bill Van Wyhe and 60 Year Mason award to W.B. Curt Vipond.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented “Cold Case Sioux Falls” concerning the odd circumstances surrounding a mysterious death in 1906.
May 4, 2010
Ken Snedeker, Allen Eide, Tom Lewis, Brian Sohl, and Ben Duran cleaned the ditches.
Fifty-six enjoyed the annual Recognition Banquet. Congratulation to W.B. Curt Vipond on receiving his 60-Year Award, W.B. Bill Van Wyhe on his 50-Year Award, and honored student Kelsey Turner. Guest speaker W.B. Steve Jewett provided a fine message.
Galen Jansen was honored on his 15th anniversary of becoming a Master Mason.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a program comparing three versions of the E.A. Degree Apron Lecture contained in 1942 South Dakota Monitor.
May 18, 2010
Twenty-three Brothers watched as the F.C. Degree was conferred on Brother Tracy Homandberg. Congratulatons to Tracy, and great job, Tom, Joe, Randy, Tony, Ben, Hobie, and the rest of the Degree Team!
A new Petition was read.
The E.A. Degree will be conferred at our June 1 meeting. Practice for the Degree Team will be May 25 at 7:30 P.M.
W.B. Dustan Roeds, W.M. of Brookings Lodge, spoke and introduced his S.W. Brad Huzaka and S.D. Todd Steever.
Brother Marvin Evenson of Morehead, Minnesota, Lodge #126 (and Ben Duran’s neighbor), was introduced and gave us a little history of his 97 years!
The Education Program concerned Memorial Day and the history of the poppy being used to honor our war veterans.
June 1, 2010
With 19 Brothers present, Doug Van’t Hof received the E.A. Degree.
Election of Officers results:
W.M. Joe West;
S.W. Ron West;
J.W. Randy Smith;
Treas. Tom Lewis;
Secr. Dave Hansen
The Brothers sent their best wishes to W.B. Bill Van Wyhe as he recovers from surgery.
Donations were made to the MMSAT and CHIP programs from the Stewards Fund.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program on Brother Hyam Salomon who was known as the “financier of the American Revolution” for his efforts in raising badly needed funds for the Continental Army.
Brother Arlan Verburg reported on a parade he witnessed in Wyoming where Masons participated dressed in full regalia.
June 15, 2010
We reviewed ballot items for the upcoming Grand Lodge session in Rapid City.
WB Ron West presented the E.A. Degree Third Section Slide Lecture to Brother Doug Van’t Hof.
Plans were finalized for an outdoor low vale F.C. Degree at the Spies picnic area on Saturday July 10. Refreshments will be from 4:30 to 5:00 P.M. with degree work and a meal to follow.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented “Vinnie Rheem, 8th Degree Mason??” Rheem was a famous sculptor, wife of the head of the Army Corp of Engineers, and a close friend of Albert Pike, who was said to have shared Masonic ritual with her.
2010 - 2011
July 10, 2010
Over 50 Brothers from 16 lodges gathered at the Spies picnic ground on a warm July afternoon as the F.C. Degree was conferred on Brother Doug Van’t Hof in a beautiful outdoor Low Vale setting. The officers entered, led by WB Doug McFarland and the musical stains of his bagpipe. Among those present included RWB Charles Gilson, JGW; RWB Del Kroon, Grand Secretary-Treasurer; PGMs, the MWBs Charles Bryan, Charles Kaufman, and Les Spies; WB Doug McFarland, Grand Historian; WB Oscar Loe, Grand Organist; WB Larry Carlson, Exec. Director of Grand Lodge; and District Masters Don Gray and Joe West.
Following the work we retired to the shelter house and enjoyed a WONDERFUL meal prepared by Bettie Spies.
Our District Master and WM-elect Joe West presented outgoing WM Brian Sohl with the Grand Lodge Program Gold Award and the Plus One Membership Award earned under his leadership.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a fine talk on the exploits of Jeptha Lodge this past year.
September 7, 2010
Officers were installed for the ensuing year by the team of Les Spies, Installing Officer, Ken Snedeker, Installing Marshall, and Galen Jansen, Installing Chaplain.
Our new WM and District Master Joe West said his District Meeting will be open to the public, on Saturday, October 2 at 2 P.M. in Hudson. The meal afterward will be a potluck.
Highlights of the Grand Lodge session were discussed. Congratulations to MWB Les Spies on his election to the Board of Trustees, and to WB Joe West, our new District Master.
WB Ken Snedeker will deliver Meals on Wheels.
WB Brian Sohl will enter the Lodge float in the All School Reunion Parade.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented “Women Freemasons”. Though allegations appear to exceed documented cases, it did occur. Elizabeth St. Leger of Cork, Ireland, and how she became a Mason was highlighted.
September 14, 2010
The purpose of this special meeting was to confer the E. A. Degree. Our new slate of officers did a fine job as we welcome Jason Wofford to Jeptha Lodge #121!
September 21, 2010
Congratulations to Brother Jason Wofford on receiving his F.C. Degree, as his father, Brother Paul Wofford, from Twilight Lodge in Spirit Lake, Iowa, looked on.
The Lodge Charter was draped and a moment of silence observed in honor of departed Brother Donald Bundeen.
Members were urged to attend our District Meeting on Saturday, October 2, at 2:00 P.M. at our Lodge in Hudson.
The Worshipful Master confirmed that Jeptha Lodge will host a Child Identification Program (CHIP) event at Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley on Thursday, May 26, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. This is an excellent program to help protect our local children and excellent for our Lodge and Masonry. To learn more, go to www.sd-chip.org.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program explaining the duties and origin of the Tyler.
October 5, 2010
We discussed the District Meeting. Participation by our members included WB Joe West ran a fine meeting as District Master; WB Ron West gave a talk on what the Custodians offer; WB Brian Sohl spoke on Membership; and WB Allen Eide spoke on the CHIP Program. Afterward, we enjoyed a potluck supper furnished by our members.
Our Scottish Rite Degree Teams participated in the 4th, 5th, 21st, and 31st Degrees in Yankton.
Brother Steve Wickre reported on the status of the new Hudson Committee Center.
MWB Les Spies shared an interesting letter dated 1944 from the Akron Lodge to the former Lodge in Doon, inviting them to Degree Work they were doing, provided a member had enough gas to get there and back during those days of war time rationing.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented “Visit to a Texas Lodge” in which he compares and contrasted the ritual in South Dakota and Texas.
October 19, 2010
Extremely wet conditions force ditch walking to be postponed until spring. We will do an extra good job then!
MWB Spies presented a metal flag stand he manufactured, so the large blue Square and Compass flag can be displayed at our meetings.
Oyster Stew/Chile Supper plans were finalized. The presentation of the 60 Year Mason Award to WB Mike Miller and a game of Masonic Jeopardy will highlight the evening.
W. Brother Eide’s education program for October 19 was based on American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities, by Mark A. Tabbert. W. Bro Tabbert is the curator of Masonic and fraternal collections at the National Heritage Museum (sponsored by the Northern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite) at Lexington, Massachusetts. The museum was one of the publishers of the book, which came out in 2005.
The first chapter of the book did not impress Brother Eide, but he learned a lot about the controversy in the late 1700s and early 1800s between the “Moderns” (the original Grand Lodge formed in 1717) and the “Ancients” or “Antients”, who were formed some years later. The book was quite instructive in a number of areas.
Chapter 11, the final chapter, is entitled “They Are All Exhausted,” and subtitled “Freemasons’ Service for New Communities, 1966-2000.” It begins by noting the changes in the United States during the 20th Century and then states “This shift had an even greater impact on Freemasonry. Membership nationwide dropped by more than 71 percent over a 40-year period as failing lodges merged or closed.” While older Masons continued to serve and to financially support the fraternity, they failed to inspire their sons to join it. Masonic philanthropy reached extraordinary heights, even as Masonic Lodges faded from many communities.
The very concept of fraternal and voluntary associations has changed. The emphasis has switched from initiation rituals to community service. Masons were slow to adopt the service mentality that other organizations stressed, but by the end of the century the emphasis had turned from improving the individual to improving the community. By 1965 American Freemasonry was a conglomerate, rather than a group of independent organizations. Masons contributed millions of dollars to charity, but its efforts were not focused on a single cause, but on many. Masonic programs usually failed to have great impact. Individual Masons lost their effectiveness by spreading themselves over too many branches and groups of the craft.
Leaders of the fraternity failed to appreciate the fundamental transformation of American in the 1960s. American core values were eroded.
Three major social earthquakes tested the fraternity and undermined Freemasonry’s place within American society. First, the expansion of leisure time, the ease of travel and the growth of disposable income allowed more Americans in the 1970s to watch television, shop and eat out....
Second, “counter-culture” freedom ran contrary to the views of the fraternity’s middle class hierarchy. Unable or unwilling to accept the changes, Freemasons resisted the trends of the modern world and the 1960s “youth movement.” Failing to adjust to post-modern, post industrial America, Freemasonry became alienated from society.
Struggling for credibility and for members, Grand Lodges tried various solutions. In 1992, the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia came up with “degree festivals.” The idea caught on. “One Day, All the Way” became possible in some jurisdictions. What had taken eight months or more and $500 in the 1920s, could be done in eight hours for $300 (in purchasing power, 1/7th of the 1925 cost). Still, by 1995, there were fewer American Masons than there were in 1920, although the nation’s population had grown from 106 million in 1920 to over 262 million in 1995. Masonry’s philanthropy did not affect the public perception of the craft.
(Underlying) each of Freemasonry’s problems was a deeper issue, one that Masonic leaders were inherently unable to recognize. Freemasonry was losing the one commodity that every craft must hold dear: quality. The post-war prosperity and social equality of the 1960s and 1970s opened the door for membership in formerly exclusive clubs. In the rush to compete with the growing number of civic organizations and to be more inclusive, Freemasons altered their standards in a vain attempt to make quantity as valuable as quality. At the same time, many professional and inquisitive men sought other interests. The honor and status once earned by being accepted as a Mason and being recognized as “a good man and true” was blurred with the emphasis on philanthropy.
The debate over the future of Freemasonry goes on. Is the present low level of membership a sign of obsolescence and imminent disappearance of the fraternity? If Masonry has a productive future within the American community, then the men who join will most likely continue to work as Masons did in the past: trusting in God and patiently practicing brotherly love, relief, and truth.
Worshipful Brother Eide opined that Jeptha Lodge has not given up on quality, but has let quantity take care of itself. That’s why he belongs here and that’s why this Lodge is special. He urged the Brothers to continue on the same path that has brought it this far.
November 8, 2010
Plans were confirmed for the Oyster Stew/Chili Supper. We will eat at 6 P.M. W.B. Mike Miller will receive his 60-Year Pin and the Brothers will get to play Masonic Jeopardy.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program which explained the differences between A.F. & A.M. (Ancient Free & Accepted Masons) vs. F. and A.M. (Free & Accepted Masons) in America. In 1751 disagreements in English Masonry caused a split into two Grand Lodges in England. Originally, Masons were mainly of nobility in England and the addition of commoners may have been a cause of this rift.
When Masonry was exported to the American colonies, some colonies were chartered by one Grand Lodge of England and some by the other. Interesting, the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons was actually the newer of the two English Grand jurisdictions.
Today, most Grand Lodges in the United States recognize each other as equal and it does not matter which you join. There are 25 AF & AM states, including Iowa and South Dakota. There are 24 F & AM states plus the District of Columbia. There is one AFM (Ancient Free Mason) state, South Carolina. Differences between the jurisdictions are minimal and minor compared to the importance of the shared brotherhood.
Our Oyster Stew/Chili Supper is set for next Tuesday, November 16. We will begin serving at around 6:00 P.M. with the meeting to follow. We usually get the meeting started a little before the normal 7:30 P.M. to help our traveling Brothers to get home at a decent time. It’s a great night so let’s see a big crowd!
W.B. Mike Miller will be receiving his 60-Year Mason Award and I encourage all of you to be there if possible and congratulate our honored Brother. We will also test our knowledge with the latest addition of Masonic Jeopardy.
I also want to talk to you about a tremendous opportunity to help your Lodge and, in the long run, yourself. We have received word that annual dues must begin rising, and possibly rise swiftly, in the very near future. There is a way to escape this, and that way is the Life Membership in Perpetuity Program. For $720 paid by year’s end (18 times our current annual dues of $40) you are done paying dues forever and Jeptha Lodge, your Lodge, will continuing receiving your dues money from Grand Lodge forever. By forever, I mean Jeptha Lodge will continue receiving money in you name each year, even after you are no longer with us.
Yes, $720 is a significant amount, but we now have two ways to lighten the load for a Brother who wants to become a Life Member and may not be able to completely finance it at this time.
The first is the fund Jeptha Lodge members have created to assist fellow members because this program is felt to be so important. Many have already taken advantage of it. This program makes it possible to anonymously receive up to $200 to apply toward a Life Membership with no strings attached. To do so, simply contact me, the Lodge Secretary. (Down the road if you want to help replenish the fund, that helps make it available to future members).
Currently, there are funds in this account to assist 11 members who would use the $200 maximum. But, in addition to our current 40 Life Members, we have 35 members who are not Life Members. So, we will endeavor to help all who wish to use the program, but ask that you use your own funds to the extent that you can. That way we can work together and maximize the goal of Life Membership for all who want it.
The second assistance is a result of the generosity of an anonymous member who has the goal of keeping our Lodge strong and active long into the future. The Brother has generously offered to match the $200 that can be received from the Lodge fund. This is very important to him, so please use this option if it helps make Life Membership possible for you.
To sum it all up, you can now become a Life Member for as little as $320!! Please take advantage of what truly is the last best opportunity. We simply ask that you pay all you can so that the maximum number of Jeptha Lodge Brothers can become Life Members. We also don’t want to take advantage of a generous Brother needlessly. BUT, do not hesitate to use one or both if doing so would cause you to miss out on joining the Jeptha Lodge Life Membership list. My “conservative” goal is 100% participation! Please give this your strongest consideration.
Dave Hansen, Secretary
November 16, 2010
Congratulations to our four new Life Members: Brothers Bill Van Wyhe, Bob Fitch, Greg Westra, and Art Swanson! Please join them by year end if you haven’t already!
Twenty-four members and 17 visitors attended our annual Oyster Stew & Chili Supper.
WB Merlyn “Mike” Miller received his 60-Year Mason Award. His son, WB Alan Miller, and grandsons, Brothers Tom and Dave Miller, assisted our WM/District Master Joe West in a fine presentation ceremony.
Education Officer Allen Eide, assisted by his son John, unveiled the latest and greatest version of Masonic Jeopardy. The biggest “know-it-all” Brothers were Ken Snedeker, Rich McBride, Randy Smith, Galen Jansen, and Jerry Keizer.
December 7, 2010
Jeptha Lodge Brothers traveled to various Masonic meeting in Hurley, Orange City, and Sioux Falls (twice).
Preparation was made for Santa’s visit, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the dangerous blizzard conditions. We were unable to reschedule.
E.O Allen Eide, decked out in a Santa hat and lovely musical Christmas tie, then took the stage to the strains of Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas”. It is the single best selling record of all time, more than 50 million copies, written by Brother Irving Berlin. Berlin is regarded as one of the greatest song writers of all time, including many patriotic songs such as “God Bless America”. He was born is Russia in 1888 and escaped to the United States with his family when he was 5 years old. They settled in New York City. He had very little schooling and did several menial jobs until he began to gain local acclaim as a singer and pianist. He got his big break at age 21 as a staff lyricist for the Ted Snyder Company. He became a Master Mason in Munn Lodge #190 of New York City in 1910.
December 12, 2010
The snow has already fallen and carols are playing loud and clear on the radio. The time has come to wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season. I hope this letter finds you and your family safe, warm, and well.
We’ve kicked off my first term as Master with a bang. In our first month we saw a meeting on three of the four Tuesday’s. During those meetings we held our installation of officers and conferred two degrees. Then (on October 2), we hosted the District Meeting. Potluck food was excellent and commented on by all. We definitely made a lasting impression on those visitors who attended.
...we were unfortunately unable to walk the ditches this year due to the rains.... We’re looking forward, I’ll assume, to doing an excellent job of walking them in April.
We hosted a smashing Oyster Stew this year. In attendance were 41 people.... We were very nearly at standing room only, which was a great sight to see...we presented Brother Mike Miller with his 60-Year-Pin and had present not only his son but his two grandsons, all members of the Lodge.
On a sad note, we were forced to cancel Santa’s visit to the lodge this year due to the weather. I know I wasn’t the only looking forward to seeing the joy on the kids’ faces and I am sure I’m not the only one looking forward to making next year’s visit even better to make up for it.
This brings us to events yet to come. First up is the George Washington card party on temporary 20, at 6:30 P.M. Our second meeting in March will be our potluck starting at 6:30 P.M. In April comes our third annual Easter Bunny visit, starting at 10:15 A.M. on the 23rd, hopefully at the park. Our annual Recognition Banquet is...May 1 at 6:30 P.M. On May 26 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M., we will host an SDCHIP event at the high school in Rock Valley (that’s the Iowa town across the river) as part of the hospital’s Safety Days. This, to my knowledge, will be the first time the Masons of South Dakota have posted an SDSHIP event outside of South Dakota.
Joseph E. West, Worshipful Master
December 21, 2010
The Brothers sent get well wishes to WB Ken Snedeker and Brother Chic Scott following their surgeries
Christmas cards and letters were mailed to members who live away.
Degree Teams were reminded to be prepared for an E.A. Degree and 3 M.M. Degrees to be conferred early next year.
Education Officer Allen Eide provided a program taken from “Masonic Trivia and Facts” by Allen E. Roberts. The topic was South Dakota Freemasonry and included:
Q. Which Grand Lodge issued the first dispensations and charters for Lodges in Dakota Territory?
A. Iowa. On April 23, 1862 it issued a dispensation for the formation of Dakotah Lodge at Fort Randall, but there is no evidence this Lodge ever met. Iowa issued another dispensation on Dec. 2, 1862 for St. John’s Lodge in Yankton. On June 22-24, 1875 a convention was held in Elk Point to form a Grand Lodge. On July 21, in the Baptist Church in Vermillion, the elected officers were installed.
Q. Who were among the first Freemason to travel in the Dakota Territory?
A. Meriwether Lewis, a member of Door to Virtue Lodge No. 44 of Virginia, and William Clark, a member of St. Louis Lodge No. 111, then under a Pennsylvania charter.
Q. When was Dakota divided?
A. It became North and South Dakota when they were admitted to the Union on Nov. 2, 1889. On June 13, 1890 separate Grand Lodges came into being.
In an addendum to the education program, MWB Les mentioned getting a Christmas letter from WB Allen. In the letter, he wrote about the major remodeling he did on his home in the past year. As part of the project, Bro. Allen noted that if you are in the attic and step on plaster board, the resulting hole in the ceiling is approximately the size of your foot! Now Brothers, THAT is an education!
January 4, 2011
MWB Spies spoke on the excellent results Jeptha Lodge achieved in increasing our Life Memberships. Congratulations to Bros. Bob Fitch, Dan Schlup, Art Swanson, Bill Van Wyhe, Greg Westra, Cal DeRuyter, Jeremy Huls, Donn Larson, Russ Hazel, Tom Miller, and Dave Miller for making this commitment to our Lodge. MWB Spies also purchased a Memorial Life Membership for his long time friend WB Don Brundeen. With these additions, Jeptha Lodge now has a total of 66 Life Memberships! If interested on becoming a Life member, please contact Secretary Dave Hansen for more information.
We discussed upcoming of work in the E.A. and M.M. Degrees
We discussed the Masonic Memorial Service given for a departed Brother. WB Curt Vipond has retired after giving the service so very well for many years and WB Galen Jansen is ready to step into the role.
Our Education Program by WB Allen Eide was taken from the Book of Ruth in the Bible, concentrating on Chapter 4, Verse 7. It deals with redeeming and changing, the ancient custom of confirming a transaction by removing a sandal and giving it to the other. The Book of Ruth sets the stage for this period in Israel and more fully explains one part of the lessons we learned in the Historical Lecture in the E.A. Degree.
January 18, 2011
WB Galen Jansen delivered a fine Masonic Memorial Service for our departed Brother Charles “Chic” Scott with 17 Jeptha Lodge Brothers among those present. WM West ordered the Lodge charter draped in Chic’s honor.
MWB Les Spies and our Web master Brother Wayne Spies attended Masonic events on January 7 in Pierre and January 8 in Chamberlain (Oacoma).
Thanks to Eva Horner for delivering Meals on Wheels on behalf of the Lodge!
Our Education Program by WB Allen Eide was a review of the book The Lost Symbol by best-selling author Dan Brown. Brother Eide concentrated on its many Masonic references, but left off the ending for the benefit of those who have not yet read it. The general feeling was that while Brown is not a Mason, the book views Masonry in a favorable light.
February 15, 2011
We signed a card for W.B. Bob Iverson who fell and broke his wrist. Get well Bob!
Master Mason Degree work is planned for our March 15 meeting. Practice time will be set next meeting.
M.W.B. Les Spies and W.B. Galen Jansen delivered Valentine roses to our local Masonic widows.
Committees were set for our rescheduled George Washington’s Party.
M.W.B. Spies, reported on financial issues which may be addressed in upcoming Grand Lodge legislation.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented “Who or What is Jeptha?” He read from Chapters 11 and 12 in the Book of Judges which deals with the letter to the king of the Ammonites and their subsequent reply. When asking the Lord to bring the Israelites victory over the Ammonites, Jeptha vowed to sacrifice the first thing he saw upon returning home. Following the victory and upon his return home, this turned out to be his only daughter. She asked for, and was granted two weeks to roam the fields and say goodbye to her friends. The dialogue we use in the 2nd Section of the Fellowcraft degree between the SD and JW was highlighted.
March 1, 2011
The Lodge sends “get well” wishes to W.B. Terry Groth as he recovers from back problems.
M.M. Degree work for Brother Doug Van’t Hof was scheduled for our March 15 meeting (NOTE: it was subsequently rescheduled to a March 29 Special Meeting.
Brother Chefs volunteered to serve up their specialties for our annual Men’s Potluck Supper. We will begin eating at 6:30 P.M. before the March 15 meeting.
The article in the local newspaper detailing W.B. Roger McKellips and his family receiving the Alcester Family Business of the Year Award was shared.
March 15, 2011
Practice for the Degree Team will be Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 P.M. A second M.M. Degree will be conferred at our Tuesday, April 5, regular meeting.
The visit to Hudson by the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 23, was discussed in detail. Registration from 10:00 to 10:20 A.M. at the City Park. Hunt to begin at 10:30. Past experience tells us we need at least 20 Masons (preferably 25) helping to conduct the hunt, the prize drawing, and the egg toss.
W.M. Joe thanked the Brothers who provided the food for our Men’s Supper and the nice crowd it drew to the meeting.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program on the use of the Bible in Masonry from the December issue of the South Dakota Lodge of Masonic Research bulletin. In South Dakota, we do not specify a particular page to open to, as it is displayed on the Altar. For the Master Mason Degree, many jurisdictions require that it be open to Ecclesiastics Verse 7. It deals with learning experiences and how we should use them.
March 29, 2011
With 19 Masons present, the M.M. Degree was conferred on Brother Doug Van’t Hof.
April 5, 2011
The M.M. Degree was conferred on Brother Tracy Homandberg. Brother Keni Snedeker was recognized as a 25-Year Master Mason. M.W.B. Les Spies was recognized as a 40-Year Master Mason.
Education Officer Allen Eide detailed the size of King Solomon’s Temple, compared to what we may have envisioned, and its measurement in cubits. Biblical and other sources agree that it was approximately 60 cubits long, 20 wide, and 30 high. A cubit was the length of one’s forearm and varied some from civilization to civilization. While the decor was grand and it took 7 years to build, the actual size of 84 feet long, 42 high, and 28 wide may seem small by today’s standards.
April 19, 2011
WB Ken Snedeker continues to be hospitalized following surgery. WB Curt Vipond and Brother Ben Duran are also under the weather.
A new petition was read, with Entered Apprentice Degree Work scheduled for May 17.
MWB Les Spies, WB Ron West, and Brother Arlan Verburg attended an Obligation Renewal at Elk Point, with Les giving the Master Mason Obligation.
WB Oscar Loe and MWB Spies attended the One-Day in Sioux Falls. Les was Master for the Master Mason Degree.
At our May 1 Recognition Banquet, WB Allen Eide will give the Tribute to Our Ladies. Brother Doug Van’t Hof will present the Deserving Student Award to Derek Schuller.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented Part 2 of “It Ain’t Necessarily So ” dealing with the legend of Hiram Abif. Chapter 7, 1st Book of Kings in the Bible tells of correspondence between King Solomon and Hiram King of Tyre. Described are the orders placed by Solomon for workmen and materials. Response by King of Tyre includes sending Hiram Abif and a description of his abilities. From this Masonic tradition infers that he was the chief architect of the Temple.
May 3, 2011
The Lodge Charter was draped in honor of fallen Brother James Skogman. WB Galen Jansen delivered the Masonic funeral service.
Justin Teunissen was elected to receive the three Degrees in Masonry. The Entered Apprentice degree will be conferred during our May 17 meeting.
Our Scottish Rite Degree Team conferred the 4th and 21st Degrees, and participated in the 31st Degree in Yankton.
A 70-Year Master Mason pin was presented to WB Lloyd Johnson in his home by MWB Les Spies and WBs Brian Sohl and Dave Hansen. His wife Olive and numerous other family members were present.
Nearly 200 children participated in our 3rd annual Easter Egg Hunt to help raise money for the Hudson Community Center.
W.B. Allen Eide delivered the tribute to the Ladies, Brother Doug Van’t Hof made the presentation to Student Award recipient Derek Schuller, and M.W.B. Les Spies introduced our fine guest speaker W.B. Neil Peck during another successful May Banquet.
Tonight’s Stewards Fund money will be donated to the CHIP program.
May 17, 2011
We welcome and congratulate Justin Teunissen on taking his E.A. Degree!
Thanks to Tom, Judy, and Tyler Lewis, Ron and Joe West, Steve Wickre, Tracy Homandberg, Doug Van’t Hof, and Dave Hansen for cleaning the ditches (where they weren’t flooded anyway!).
Education Program titled “Masonic Terms Defined and Explained” reviewed many terms from the opening, closing, and conferral of the E.A. Degree.
June 7, 2011
Our CHIP event held in Rock Valley ID’ed 172 kids with the help of Ron, Sue and Joe West; Doug Van’t Hof; Greg Westra; Allen and Elaine Eide; Les and Bettie Spies; Brian and Vicki Sohl; Randy Smith; Tom and Judy Lewis; and Dave and Erin Hansen.
Thanks to Eva Horner, Les and Bettie Spies, and Mike and Mary Miller for delivering Meals on Wheels.
Thanks to Tracy and Barb Homandberg and Doug Van’t Hof for caring for the Lodge lawn this year
Election of Officers:
WM Ron West;
SW Randy Smith;
JW Brian Sohl;
Sec. Dave Hansen;
Treas. Tom Lewis
Visiting Brother Gerald Edgar, Mosaic #125 Dubuque Iowa, gave an interesting talk on his Masonic experiences and enjoyment from his many visitations to other Lodges.
Carter Horner was recognized for his 20th anniversary of becoming a Master Mason.
Education Officer Allen Eide described the first Masonic meeting held in Montana Territory on September 23, 1862 by three Brothers traveling by wagon train from Minnesota.
June 14, 2011
MWB Les Spies and WBs Oscar Loe and Allen Eide represented us at Grand Lodge. Jeptha Lodge received the Premier Lodge Outstanding Achievement Award for Lodges with 50 to 99 members. WB Allen earned the Outstanding Education Officer Award for the second time.
Thanks to Eva Horner and Ken and Aggie Snedeker for delivering Meals on Wheels.
Outdoor Low Vale Fellowcraft Degree work is schedules for August 13 at the Spies picnic area. Watch your email for information as the time approaches and be ready if you have a part.
WM Joe West was recognized on his 5th anniversary of becoming a M.M.
2011 - 2012
August 27, 2011
Brother Justin Teunissen was passed to the F.C. degree during an outdoor, low-vale special meeting held on the Les Spies farm picnic area with 25 Brothers present. The work was follow by another fine meal prepared by Bettie Spies.
September 6, 2011
The Lodge charter was draped and a moment of silence observed in honor of departed Brother Larry Jensen Jr. He will be greatly missed. WB Galen Jansen delivered the Masonic service with 23 Brothers present
Installing Master Les Spies, Marshall Allen Eide, and Chaplain Galen Jansen installed the following officers for the ensuing Masonic year: WM Ron West, SW Randy Smith, JW Brian Sohl, Sec. Dave Hansen, SS Arlan Verburg, JS Tracy Homandberg, Chaplain Galen Jansen, Marshall Steve Wickre, and Tyler Joe West. The Treas., SD, and JD will be installed at a later date.
WB Joe West received his Past Master’s card for his leadership this past Masonic Year.
Education Officer Allen Eide introduced us to Melancthon Hoyt and George Hand, two Masons instrumental in bringing Masonry to South Dakota during the nineteenth century.
September 20, 2011
Get-well wishes were sent to W.B. Curt Vipond who is hospitalized with back problems.
Our 4th and 21st Degree Scottish Rite Teams welcomed back W.B. Ken Snedeker participating with them in the Pierre reunion.
W.B. Tom Lewis was installed as Treasurer and Brother Doug Van’t Hof as Senior Deacon.
M.W.B. Les Spies attended the Grand Lodge of Iowa in Davenport.
Congratulations to W.B. Russ Sorenson who was recognized in open Lodge on his 30th anniversary of becoming a Master Mason!
Education Officer Allen Eide continued his talk on the strong influence of fraternities in late 1800s South Dakota. In 1888 there were over 4,000 South Dakota Masons, and 100 Masonic Lodges. That year 512 new Masons were raised. We learned the biographies of Brothers George Kingsbury, William Beadle, Oscar Gifford, Arthur Mellette, and Andrew Lee.
October 4, 2011
Get Well wishes are sent to Hobie Cole as he recovers from surgery at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Our 4th and 21st Degree Teams participated at the Scottish Rite Reunion in Yankton.
We decided five-year anniversary certificates for Memorial and Deceased Life Members should be displayed on a wall in our lunch room.
October birthdays were read.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a video on the "Friend To Friend" memorial statue located in the military cemetery annex of the Gettysburg battlefield. Two Masonic friends, Union General Hancock and Confederate General Armistead found themselves on opposing sides. Mortally wounded, Armistead gave the sign of distress and received comfort from Captain Bingham, a Masonic Brother on Hancock's staff. Bingham received Armistead’s Masonic ring so that he could present it to General Hancock. This scene is depicted by the statue.
This compassionate act symbolizes the bonds of friendship and brotherhood, even under extreme conditions, espoused by Masonry. Presented by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, it was the first time the National Park Service did a joint project with a private organization.
October 18, 2011
Curt Vipond is now at Stoneybrook Assisted Living in Sioux Falls. Hobie Cole is back home in Canton following surgery. Both are doing well.
Ditches were walked by Tom, Judy, and Tyler Lewis, Brian and Lane Sohl, Tracy and Abby Homandberg, Ron and Joe West, Doug Van’t Hof, Randy Porter, and Dave Hansen. M.V.D.W. (Most Valuable Ditch Walker) Randy Porter found $76 which was added to our Life Member Savings account. It will be used to assist and promote becoming a Life Member of our Lodge.
Committees were set for our November 15 Oyster Stew & Chili Supper. Begin serving at 6 P.M. with stated meeting to follow.
W.B. Bob Iverson celebrated his 90th birthday on October 22 with an open house in our lunchroom.
W.M. Ron West presented the Traveling Charge to Bro. Doug Van’t Hof. It is an eloquent reminder to all Masons of the steps taken and the obligations assumed when we received the three Blue Lodge Degrees.
The 5 Year Master Mason certificate for departed Bro. Larry Jensen, a Life Member in Perpetuity of Jeptha Lodge, was read. It will be displayed in our lunchroom with all future such awards.
November 1, 2011
Education Officer Allen Eide continued a description of the origin and early history of South Dakota Masonry. It spurred one of the longest spontaneous sessions of discussion and questions we have had.
W.B. Ken Snedeker will deliver Meals on Wheels for the Lodge next week.
Trestle Board, November 2011
As I sit here, trying to think what to say or even what to write about, I think back why I joined the Lodge, and how different and how exciting it was to start on a different journey in my life.
I look back and I am very thankful for everyone who has helped me on my journey. I have never regretted joining the Lodge. I believe it is made a difference in my life and has offered me many opportunities to meet a lot of great and friendly men on the way.
To know that these men will offer help in any way that they can and not expect anything in return is still amazing to me this day.
I have belonged to different organizations, but I did not find the brotherly love that I have found in the Masonic family. So my Brothers, if you know anyone who would benefit from our fraternity, by all means get them to join our Lodge.
Don’t forget about our oyster stew and chili supper coming up on November 15, starting at 6:00 P.M.
Also remember that Santa will be in the Lodge on December 10. It is always fun to watch as the kids look and wonder, as they wait for their turn to go and sit on Santa’s lap. It makes you wonder what they are thinking about!
Remember also work hard party coming up in February and be sure to bring a friend or two. Easter will be here before you know it, and we have a lot of fun helping the Easter Bunny the last two years. I hope to see a lot of you there this year. In May, we have our banquet.
Let’s not forget about those who have gone before us this year, and always remember those who are sick and in distress.
I would like to thank all of you for your support and guidance this year.
Ron West, WM
November 15, 2011
Twenty-three Brothers, including 18 members and five visiting Brothers, enjoyed our annual Oyster Stew and Chili Supper.
MWB Les Spies and WB Ken Snedeker attended the Oyster Stew at Sloan, Iowa, and brought Bro. Arlan Verburg with them to the Oyster Stew at Hurley.
Preparations were made for Santa’s annual visit to Hudson on Saturday, December 10, from 12:30 to 2:00. There will be photos with Santa, crafts and treats for the kids; coffee, cider, cookies, and conversation with friends for the adults!
A brand new edition of Masonic Jeopardy prepared by WB Allen Eide was won by WB Curt Vipond, followed closely by WBs Brian Sohl and Rich McBride.
WB Don Gray, District Master of District 1 was recognized in the East.
Santa will be at the Lodge on Saturday, December 10 from 12:30 until 2:00.
We will meet at the Lodge at 11:00 A.M. to prepare Christmas cards for members who live away and to prepare the goodie bags for the kids.
Here is your early reminder of what you volunteered for (or volunteered your wife for ; - )
Allen Eide is Santa
Ken & Aggie Snedeker and Sue West - decorate the tree
Les Spies - gift bags, candy, and small toys
Ken Snedeker - 15 lbs of peanuts
Erin Hansen, Judy Jansen, and Denise Van’t Hof - Craft Helpers
Tom Lewis - Cider
Brian Sohl - Juice
2 dozen cookies - Ken Snedeker, Ron West, Brian Sohl, Tom Lewis, and Dave Hansen
Ron and Joe West - photos of kids with Santa
Dave Hansen, Secretary
December 6, 2011
Arlan Verburg, Allen Eide, and their spouses attended the Floyd Lodge annual Christmas dinner in Orange City, Iowa.
Secretary reminded the Brothers to remember our several Masonic charities listed on the dues notices.
We reviewed preparations for Santa’s visit to the Lodge on Saturday, December 10.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program on the life of Brother Joel Poinsett. We, in South Dakota, are familiar with the name because Lake Poinsett, one of the biggest lakes in the state, is named after him. Also named after him are lakes in Florida and Arkansas, a county in Arkansas, the plant known as the poinsettia which he introduced to the United States.
He was born in South Carolina in 1779. A very learned man, he was fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, and German, and he studied medicine, law, and military science. he served in the South Carolina legislature, as ambassador to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of War, and worked to improve the Smithsonian Institute and the West Point Academy.
Brother Poinsett was served as Master of Recovery Lodge No. 31, Greenville, and Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, Charleston, South Carolina. He was elected Deputy Grand Master of South Carolina and helped to establish the Grand Lodge of Mexico.
December 20, 2011
Two new petitions were read for the first time!
Congratulations to Brother Greg Olsen on becoming our newest Life Member in Perpetuity!
Les and Bettie Spies and Ken Snedeker attended for Sanborn, Iowa, Lodge Oyster Stew.
Ken and Aggie Snedeker and Ron and Sue West attended the Elk Point Lodge Friends Feast.
Around 60 kids and 100 adults enjoyed Santa’s successful visit. Thanks to the wives who helped!
Education Officer Allen Eide shared with us the life of St. Nicholas, the actual fourth century saint who inspired the legend of Santa Claus. While not a Mason, his life was one of giving brotherly love, relief, and truth to those in need.
Happy Birthday to...
This week marks the 10th anniversary of our Web site. In that time, I have received 192 messages from people outside our lodge, from as far away as Finland and Italy. I have received many compliments from my fellow Masonic Web masters, but the most gratifying e-mail has been from men from around the country who were seeking more light and wrote to me for information. How they stumbled upon our site, I will never know! I have also been asked questions like, “Why do they call it a ‛Blue’ Lodge?” and “Are you the same as the Shriners?”
At this anniversary, I want to say that none of this would have been possible without the dedication of Brother Dave Hansen, our long-time Secretary, who keeps me up-to-date and accurate on Lodge events. I also appreciate the many short notes of encouragement I have received over the years from my Lodge Brothers. Thank you, all.
Finally, I want to thank the Brothers of Jeptha Lodge for this opportunity to serve the Lodge, even though I am 1,440 miles away. Best wishes to you all in the days to come.
— Brother Wayne Spies
January 3, 2012
Two petitions were read for the 2nd time and 1 petition was read for the 1st time! E.A. Degree work scheduled for our January 17 meeting, with practice for the Degree Team on Sunday, January 15, at 2:00 P.M..
Congratulations and thanks to Ken Nicholas, Doug Van’t Hof, Tracy Homandberg, and Tony Halbur on joining our ever-growing list of Life Members in Perpetuity!
We made our annual donation to the Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls.
We discussed the reasons for the various questions contained in a petition for the three degrees.
Education Officer Allen Eide began his program with the musical strains of an overture from The Magic Flute.
This famous opera by Brother Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is filled with Masonic symbolism. Brother Mozart was a child protégé who began playing instruments at age 3 and composing music at age 5. He composed The Magic Flute at age 35, shortly before his death. The opera traces man’s journey from chaos to enlightenment, a theme recognizable to those who have been initiated, passed, and raised.
January 17, 2012
W.M. ordered the drape removed from the Lodge charter in honor of departed Brother Donald Van Geest.
Lodge charter was re-draped and a moment of silence observed in memory of departed Brother Malcom Kratochvil.
Congratulations to Brother Marlyn Dietrich on becoming our newest Life Member in Perpetuity!
Brother Tom Miller was presented with a certificate of recognition on his five-year anniversary of becoming a Master Mason.
The E.A. Degree was conferred on Duane Van Noort.
S.D. Tony Halbur and J.D. Doug Van’t Hof were recognized for a job well done in their first degree work.
E.A. Degree work is schedule for our February 7 meeting, following the second reading and positive ballot on another petition.
February 7, 2012
We welcome Brent Kuiken, who received the E.A. Degree and became our newest member.
W.B. Allen Eide attended the mid-year session of the South Dakota Lodge of Masonic Research in Pierre.
Committees were set for our annual George Washington’s Party to be held Sunday, February 19, at 6:30 P.M. It will be open to the public so bring some non-Masonic friends. Cards, games, cherry pie and ice cream, and a good time for all!
Galen Jansen, Ken Snedeker, Tony Halbur, Tom Lewis, and Les Spies will deliver Valentine roses to our Masonic widows.
Education Officer Allen Eide educated our newer members and re-educated the rest on the origin and meaning of numerous Masonic words including cowan, Golden Fleece, Roman Eagle, Star and Garter, and whence.
February 21, 2012
Thirty-two card- and game-players enjoyed our annual George Washington’s Party.
MWB Spies gave our new members a brief explanation of some of the lessons taught in the E.A. Degree to all men who enter our fraternity.
March 6, 2012
Food preparers were determined for our annual Men’s Potluck Supper at 6:30 P.M., before our March 20 regular meeting. Please attend and help enjoy this feast!
Final plans were set for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the City Park on Saturday, April 7, to help raise funds for the Community Center. Breakfast and prize drawing for the kids to follow.
Master Mason Degree Work is scheduled for our April 3 regular meeting, open at 7:30 P.M. Practice for the Degree Team is Sunday, April 1, at 2:00 P.M.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program entitled “What is a Grand Lodge?” giving background on the origins in England through present time in the United States and for us in South Dakota Masonry.
March 20, 2012
Seventeen Brothers, including three visiting Brothers, enjoyed our annual Men’s Pot Luck Supper.
WB Jeff Larson, our Jr. Grand Deacon, brought greetings from Grand Lodge and spoke on increasing membership and younger members.
Brother Robert Schlup was recognized as a 30-Year Master Mason.
A “History of Table Lodges” was our education program. Table Lodges are some of the oldest Masonic events for which we have a reliable record. Meetings to enjoy the fruits of labor were once used to place emphasis on the Summer Solstice (representing St. John the Baptist) and the Winter Solstice (representing St. John the Evangelist). Unlike regular Lodge meetings, Table Lodges are more a reunion and center of relaxation, celebration, and inspiration of Freemasonry. They are conducted around a table with food, beverages, and a variety of boisterous toasts. During the American Revolution, they were an important way Freemasonry helped raise spirits of the colonists.
Don’t forget, our annual Easter Egg Hunt is this coming Saturday morning. We plan to start meeting at the park around 9:00 A.M. or shortly thereafter. Experience tells us we really need about 25 Brothers to make this work. Numerous jobs need to be done:
Bring items from the Lodge to the park.
Mark out the hunt areas for the 3 age groups.
“Hide” 1,200 eggs.
Set up and man the registration areas at the park. (This year we need to make sure to steer people away from the registration area after they have signed up. It got congested and confusing last year).
“Stand guard” over the hunt areas.
Bring the drawing prizes from the City Office to the Community Center.
Assist with parking and point people toward the registration area.
Help with the Egg Toss.
Distribute the drawing prizes to the kids.
Anything else that I am forgetting.
Registration is from 10:15 to 10:45 A.M.
Hunt to follow as soon as possible thereafter, so please help if you can! The more visible we are the better!
Also we are walking the Ditches next Tuesday, April 10. Meet at the Lodge at 6:00 P.M. Bring a few garbage bags with you. When we get about 10 Brothers/wives/kids, we are done in an hour.
April 3, 2012
MWB Les Spies and WBs Ken Snedeker and Ron West attended the conferral of a M.M. Degree in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
Brother Justin Teunissen received the M.M. Degree and became the newest member of Jeptha Lodge. Congratulations!
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a program on “The Broken Column” taken from a Short Talk Bulletin.
The Broken Column represents a fallen Brother and is thought to have been created as a Masonic symbol in the early 1800s by Brother Jeremy Cross, a respected Masonic ritualist and lecturer, and Brother Amos Doolittle, a copper-plate engraver. Often included is an open book on the column, with a beautiful virgin who weeps over his memory as she reads of his deeds. Other symbols such as Father Time with his scythe, a sprig of acacia, and the hour glass are often included.
April 7, 2012
Jeptha Lodge #121 held its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 7. This is held in conjunction with the annual fund-raiser breakfast used to pay down the remaining balance on Hudson’s new Community Building.
Every registered child received a number through a double ticket registration system. After the Easter Bunny arrives and the 1,500+ eggs are gleaned from the City Park, the children are invited to join their parents for breakfast across the street in the Community Building where their registered numbered will be individually announced allowing each child to select the prize of their choice from an array of over 250 available prizes valued at from $1-$5 each, presented primarily by the Masons with some items coming from outside of the fraternity. The tickets are then placed in the three category baskets to be used in selecting the grand prizes, which this year were three appropriately sized bicycles (for the three age categories).
This year we registered 215 children and fed approximately 500 people. After the food and drawings we had two egg tosses, one for 12-to-18-year-olds and a second for 18 years and up. The prize for the younger group was two $50 bills provided by Poet Refinery (our local gasohol plant) and for the older group the prize was a 19-inch flat screen TV provided by one of our Lodge Brothers.
This is a fun and gratifying event, but as you can imagine, takes a great deal of time, effort and financing to pull it off. It also requires about 25 brothers to fill positions necessary to govern this event, and each one displays a 3 x 5 square and compass on their outer apparel to make certain everyone knows the Masonic Lodge in sponsoring this delightful event.
The message in the following letter speaks volumes about the credibility of our organization.
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2012 4:02 PM
Subject: A Joy to Share
When the Pastor in our church ask for Joys and Concerns today a little boy...piped up in a loud voice to say, “I WON A BIKE”!
He had won a bike at the Easter Egg hunt in Hudson (sponsored by the Masons). He went on to announce that he, “didn’t even need training wheels. ” The whole congregation was thrilled. [The boy’s] mom is a single mother that works ata low paying job that helps her get by but doesn’ t leave any money for extras like a bike. She has had a real struggle. [The boy] is in church with his great grandma and his aunt every Sunday and is always a happy little guy with lots to say during children’ s sermon. You can believe that the Pastor and many in the congregation said, “Thank You, Lord,”and I would add “Thank the Masons in Hudson” for blessing this little boy.
Your Easter Egg Hunt brought joy to so many. What a beautiful event. Many, many thanks for your part in making this happen.
Webmaster: names were hidden to protect the child’s privacy.
You and your Lady are invited to attend a dinner to be held at the Masonic Lodge in Hudson at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 6, 2012. The price of the dinner will be $10.00 per person, which will help cover the cost of complementary meals for our guests.
Following the dinner, the Lodge will honor our Ladies and the Widows of our deceased Brothers, recognize an area student, and enjoy the thoughts of our guest speaker.
We hope you and your Lady will be able to attend and enjoy an evening of fellowship with your Masonic friends.
Please RSVP as soon as possible (by May 1, 2012) to assist our caterer!
Ron West, W.M.
Dave Hansen, Sec.
April 17, 2012
Ken and Aggie Snedeker and Ron and Sue West attended the Elk Point Lodge Recognition Banquet.
A record 214 children participated in our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Thirteen teams competed in the Egg Toss.
Eleven individuals helped walk the ditches — Tom, Judy, and Tyler Lewis, Doug Van’t Hof, Ron and Joe West, Steve Wickre, Allen Eide, Brian Sohl, and Dave and Erin Hansen.
Ken Snedeker delivered Meals on Wheels.
Plans for our Recognition Banquet on May 6 at 6:30 P.M. were finalized.
Randy Smith was recognized as a five-year member of Jeptha Lodge.
May 1, 2012
Our 4th and 21st Degree Teams participated in the Scottish Rite Reunion in Yankton. We were able to have our very own Brother Randy Smith as the active candidate for both degrees.
We will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 22 for the purpose of conferring the Fellowcraft Degree.
Issues for the upcoming Grand Lodge session were discussed.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program on some of the unusual terms and phrases used in the E.A. Degree.
May 15, 2012
Sixty filled our banquet room for the Annual Recognition Banquet. WB Allen Eide paid our respects to the Ladies for the many things they do to make our lives complete.
Congratulations to graduating senior Gabe Van Noort who was presented with a scholarship by Brother Doug Van’t Hof. WB Dennis Gildemeister (25 years) and WB Hobie Cole (65 years) were honored on anniversaries of becoming Master Masons by WM Ron West. Guest speaker WB George Harrison relayed interesting Masonic history.
A great evening was highlighted when MWB Les Spies was surprised with a framed picture containing numerous pieces of Minneapolis-Moline farm equipment for the many things he has done to keep Jeptha Lodge active, visible, and proficient.
The Election of Officer for the 2012-2013 Masonic Year was held:
WM Randy Smith
SW Brian Sohl
JW Tony Halbur
Treas. Tom Lewis
Sec. Dave Hansen
June 5, 2012
We will confer the E.A. Degree at a Special Meeting on June 12 at 7:30 P.M.
Thanks to W.B. Ken Snedeker for again deliver Meals on Wheels for the Lodge.
M.W.B. Les Spies presented the Lodge with 3 gold staff holders to be used at the Sr. and Jr. Deacon places and at the Altar. Ironically, they replace holders he built 40 years ago.
We made our annual donations to the CHIP and MSAT programs from the stewards fund.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a two-part program. The first was a brief history of Oacoma, South Dakota which will be the site of Grand Lodge next year. Using the May Short Talk Bulletin as a guide, he explained the used of the plumb line in Masonry.
June 17, 2012
W.B. Joe West was elected to fill our vacant Jr. Warden station for the 2012-2013 Masonic Year.
September 1 is tentatively scheduled as an Outdoor Degree Work date at the Spies picnic area. We were not able to determine a Saturday in July or August that worked for the Degree Teams.
M.W.B. Les Spies reported on happenings at Grand Lodge.
W.B. Randy Porter was presented with an award to commemorate his 25 year anniversary as a Master Mason. He shared his strong family history in Masonry and a visit by W.B.s Spies and Snedeker that made Jeptha Lodge the beneficiary of his petition.
2012 - 2013
September 4, 2012
New officers were installed for the 2012-2013 Masonic Year.
WM Hobie Cole helped with the CHIP program put on by the Canton Lodge.
MWB Les Spies is home recovering from the first of two lengthy surgeries.
WBs Ron and Joe West attended meetings for Custodians, District Masters, and the Membership Committee in Sioux Falls.
WB Ken and Aggie Snedeker attended the Elk Point Lodge Installation of Officers.
Education Officer Allen Eide and Wife Elaine attended the 150 Year dedication ceremony at Independence Rock, Wyoming in July. This large land feature was an important point of reference as settlers in wagon trains traveled the Oregon Trail. He shared the commemoration of the Masonic meeting held there when four wagon trains arrived at once during the settling of the West.
September 18, 2012
WB Ron West is recuperating from an injury he sustained at work.
MWB Les Spies successfully completed the second of two surgical procedures.
We received a generous donation in memory of Ruth Jansen.
WB Galen Jansen and Brother Steve Wickre entered the Lodge float in the all-school reunion parade.
Education Officer Allen Eide used questions found in the U.S. Census for a talk on volunteering as it relates to what our Lodge can do to better our community. He spelled out many activities we have participated in both as a Lodge and individuals.
October 2, 2012
WM Randy Smith’s classic rock & roll band “Last Call” will be playing at El Riad Shrine Temple in Sioux Falls on Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 to midnight. $5 per person or $50 for a private table for eight. A number of Brothers are already planning to go. For tickets call Randy at (605) 359-1131.
Yankton Scottish Rite will raffle off a Buffalo Robe to raise money for its building. $5 each. Contact WB Ron West at (712) 470-5486.
Ever-dependable WB Ken Snedeker will deliver Meals on Wheels for the Lodge this month.
Education Officer Allen Eide shared events from our Jeptha Lodge history book 1895-1995: A Century of Masonry. His talk included brothers who formed the Lodge as well as those on hand when we celebrated the centennial. If you don’t have a copy and desire one, email Lodge Secretary Dave Hansen. It is a great nostalgic read!
October 16, 2012
Our 4th and 21st Degree Teams, consisting of Les Spies, Ken Snedeker, Brian Sohl, Galen Jansen, Ron West, Joe West, and Dave Hansen conferred these degrees in the Scottish Rite Reunion at Huron.
The Worshipful Master thanked ditch-walkers Randy Porter, Bob Fitch, Steve Wickre, Ron West, Joe West, Arlan Verburg, Duane Van Noort, Brian Sohl, Dave Hansen, and Randy Smith.
E.O. Allen Eide recognized deceased Life Member Don Van Geest on the anniversary of his 50th year as a Master Mason. The program continued with information from W.B. Curt Vipond’s 1867 edition of Mackey’s Masonic Ritual. It contained written out lectures and prayers, but not ritual, that are very similar to what we still use today.
Dues notices, Trestle Boards, and a letter from W.M. Randy Smith are being sent out. Members, including Life Members, please remember our worthy charities when remitting.
November 6, 2012
District Master Joe West will be holding his District Meeting at 6:00 P.M. on December 6 in Parker, preceded by an Oyster Stew Supper. We need to give them a head count at our November 20 meeting.
We will do courtesy M.M. Degree work in Elk Point on January 5, 2013.
MWB Spies led a discussion on possible ways to revitalize the Life Membership Program.
F.C. Degree Work is tentatively scheduled for our December 4 meeting.
Using Allen Robert’s “Masonic Trivia and Facts,” Education Officer Allen Eide went over the original requirements to become a Master Mason in old English Masonry. They are very similar to the teachings in our current Degree work and to the “furthers” in the Obligation.
November 20, 2012
Our Oyster Stew & Chili Supper was attended by more than 30 hungry Brothers.
MWB Les Spies was presented with the Grand Lodge Mason of the Year Award.
Jeptha Lodge #121 was recognized as “District #2 Lodge of the Year.”
WB Lamont Cain, who presented Jeptha Lodge with the beautiful hand-carved square & compass sign located behind our Master’s station in honor of MWB Spies, was named an honorary life member of Jeptha Lodge.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented his 2012 version of Masonic Jeopardy.
December 4, 2012
Worshipful Brothers Hobie Cole and Joe West are both home recovering after hospital stays.
We will confer the M.M. Degree during our December 18 meeting at 7:30 P.M. Practice for the Degree Team will be Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:00 P.M.
We confirmed plans to attend the District Meeting in Parker on December 6 and to do courtesy M.M. Degree work in Elk Point on January 5.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a program on “the Holy Saints John of Jerusalem”, namely St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, called the Patron Saints of Masonry we learn about early in the E.A. Degree. Traditionally St. John the Baptist was celebrated with a feast on June 24 and St. John the Evangelist with a feast on December 27. Election and installation of officers was often planned around these dates.
District Meeting & Oyster Stew in Parker tonight (December 6). Carpool from Hudson at 5:00 P.M.
Monday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7:00: Elk Point Lodge Friends Feast for Brothers and Ladies. Contact Ken Snedeker or Ron West if interested.
Committees were set for Santa’s visit to Hudson on December 15 from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. Brothers should meet by 11:15 A.M. to address Christmas cards to our non-local members and to sack the candy/peanuts for the kids. Duties that you volunteered for or someone volunteered you for:
Town Sign Board — Brian Sohl
Juice — Brian Sohl
Gift for Santa to hand out — Brian Sohl
2 gallons cider — Tom Lewis
Newspaper ads and posters — Tom Lewis
Peanuts — 15 lbs. — Randy Smith
Plates — Randy Smith
Letter to non-local Brothers — Randy Smith
Camera and film — Joe and Ron West
Santa — Allen Eide
Bags for toys, sacks for candy, labels to go on sacks, candy, and small toys — Les Spies
Postage and Mailing Labels — Dave Hansen
Craft Helpers (thank your husband!) — Erin Hansen, Bette Spies, Elaine Eide, Debbie Jansen, Denise Van’t Hof, and Judy Lewis
2 Dozen Cookies — Randy Smith, Allen Eide, Ron West, and Duane Van Noort
Decorating Tree — Aggie Snedeker and Sue West
Fellowcraft Degree work sometime in January — no details yet.
December 8, 2012
The snow has finally arrived and Thanksgiving is behind us so I guess this signals the “official” start of the holiday season. I hope this letter finds you and your family safe, warm, and well.
We’ve kicked off my first term as Master and have accomplished many things so far with much more planned for next year. In our first meeting we held our installation of officers and since then, have walked the ditches, entered the Lodge float in the all-school reunion parade, and hosted our annual oyster stew and chili supper. Many were able to attend this year’s supper with over 30 hungry Brothers satisfied!!! During this event, we presented to MWB Les Spies the “Grand Lodge Mason of the Year” award, an honor well-deserved! WB Joe West was also presented with the District #2 “Lodge of the Year” award and a special presentation was made to WB Lamont Cain by making him an “Honorary Life Member of Jeptha Lodge.” WB Lamont Cain is the creator of the beautiful hand carved Square and Compass sign located behind the Master’s station. The evening was completed with another challenging round of Masonic Jeopardy, hosted by WB Allen Eide.
This brings us to events yet come. First up will be Santa’s visit on Saturday, December 15th. We are already preparing gifts of toys, candy, and peanuts for the children. Cookies and cider along with games and crafts are planned. This should be another joyous event. Next we will honor and remember our widows on Valentine’s Day with fresh cut roses. The celebration of George Washington’s birthday will be on Sunday, February 17th starting at 6:30 P.M. Cards and board games are planned and of course plenty of cherry pie. Our 2nd meeting in March will be our “man’s” pot luck starting at 6:30pm. Make sure you bring your special dish and join in the fun. Also in March, the annual Easter Bunny visit will start at 10:15 A.M. on the 30th, at the city park. Our annual Recognition Banquet will be held this year on Sunday May 5th starting at 6:00 P.M. MWB Les Spies has lined up an exciting speaker for us this year.
We will confer the Master Mason Degree on December 18th to Brother Duane Van Noort and we will provide courtesy degree work for Elk Point Lodge on January 5th. Fellow Craft Degree work is also planned during January.
Well, Brothers, that’s about it for our activities planned for this year. I hope the New Year finds you healthy and prosperous.
Randy Smith, Worshipful Master
December 18, 2012
The M.M. Degree was conferred on Brother Duane Van Noort.
Sixty-four children had their pictures taken with Santa Claus during his visit to our Lodge. Special thanks to our wonderful wives who helped with the crafts and food!
Thirty-five Brothers attended the District Meeting in Parker, including MWB Les Spies, WBs Ron West, Allen Eide, Brian Sohl, Arlan Verburg, Dave Hansen and Bro. Mike Stead. Les, Ron, and Allen were excellent in their speaking rolls.
MWB Les Spies and WB Ken Snedeker attended the Oyster Stew meeting in Hurley.
In his “Random Thoughts on the 3rd Degree,” Education Officer Allen Eide described some of the layers of meaning contained in the Degree; how the Degree highlights the importance of staying true to your word; the difference between the oblong and the perfect square; the Trowel Lecture and how it condenses much of the teachings of this Degree; the ancient purpose of planting an acacia at the head of a grave to prevent inadvertently crossing a gravesite, and more.
January 15, 2013
Les Spies, Joe West, Ron West, Duane Van Noort, Arlan Verburg, Allen Eide, Tom Lewis, Brian Sohl, Randy Smith and Dave Hansen helped confer courtesy Master Mason Degree work for five candidates in Elk Point on January 5.
F.C. Degree work is planned for our February 19 meeting.
Jeptha Lodge will put on a CHIP event on May 30 from 4 to 8 P.M. at Rock Valley (Iowa) High School. Please mark it on your calendar as these events require a lot of help.
Thanks to WB Ken Snedeker for delivering Meals on Wheels on behalf of the Lodge.
Arlan and Mark Verburg were pictured at a meeting in Hudson in a Sioux Falls Argus Leader on-line article about small towns.
Education Officer Allen Eide discussed the works of famous Mason and Scottish poet Robert Burns. He was born in 1759 into a tenant farm family including seven children. He was home schooled and began his career as a poet at age 15. He became a Mason at age 22 and died in 1795 at age 37. The hundreds of poems and songs which he penned emphasized traditional Scottish culture, celebrating love, friendship, work and drink, often with a touch of humor. Concluding the program was one of his famous poems “John Barleycorn.”
February 5, 2013
F.C. Degree work is scheduled for our March 5 meeting.
Possible re-introduction of the Life Membership program was discussed.
WB Ken Miller will receive his 70 Year Mason pin at the nursing home in Canton on March 10 at 1 PM.
Brothers Ken Snedeker, Galen Jansen, Tom Lewis, and Tony Halbur will deliver roses to our local Masonic widows on Valentines Day.
Thanks to MWB Les Spies for locating three bulbs for our antique slide projector.
Final plans were made for the George Washington Party on Sunday, February 17, at 6:30 P.M.
Education Officer Allen Eide began a program on Operative Masons.
February 19, 2013
We will confer the Fellowcraft Degree at our regular meeting on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 P.M. for Brother Mike Stead.
We will recognize W.B. Ken Miller for being a 70-Year Master Mason at the nursing home in Canton on Sunday, March 10, at 1:30 P.M.
Two new Petitions were read for the first time.
Education Officer Allen Eide compare the opening and closing prayers in the 1867 edition of Mackey’s Masonic Ritualist with those commonly used today.
March 5, 2013
Two petitions were read for the second time and were balloted on favorably.
Best wishes to WB Hobie Cole and Brother Don Horner as they recover from surgery.
F.C. Degree will be conferred during the March 19 meeting.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program on the proper way to ballot.
We finalized several important events at Tuesday’s meeting.
Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 P.M. in the Canton nursing home we will present Brother Ken Miller with his 70-Year Master Mason Award. Please wear appropriate attire for this honor. Coffee and cookies will be served afterwards. Don’t forget to “spring forward” an hour with your clocks Saturday night.
Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 P.M. will be our annual Men’s Potluck Supper before the regular meeting. Come and sample the cooking skills of your Masonic Brothers, allegedly without female assistance. During the regular meeting we now have confirmation that we will confer the Fellowcraft Degree for at least one, and possibly two, candidates.
Reminder to the cooks:
Bringing a Main Dish: Tracy Homandberg, Duane Van Noort, and Brian Sohl
Bringing a Side Dish: Randy Smith, Ken Snedeker, Les Spies, Joe West, and Dave Hansen
Bringing a Dessert: Galen Jansen, Tom Lewis, and Allen Eide
Bringing Bread: Allen Eide
Bringing Drinks: Doug Van’t Hof
Saturday, March 30 is the Easter Egg Hunt in the Hudson City Park before the pancake feed to benefit the Community Center. Meet at 9:00 A.M. to organize and set up the three hunt areas, the registration area, and the prize drawing tables. Registration is from 10:00 to 10:45 A.M. at the park shelter house. First hunt begins at 11:00 A.M. Experience tells us we should have at least 25 of us there to help with parking, directing traffic, registration, marking off hunt areas, hiding eggs, distributing prizes, and general crowd control and visibility. It is also a blast, so please help if you can! Thank You to our many generous contributors!
Items donated or still needed include:
Need at least 200 small/medium toys to be handed out at the drawing during the feed. Toys or cash donations can be dropped off at the Hudson City office.
Bicycle Grand Prizes: Donn and Linda Larson; Tom and Judy Lewis and Doug and Denise Van’t Hof
Big Wheel Grand Prize: Galen and Debbie Jansen
TV for Egg Toss Grand Prize: Tracy and Barb Homandberg
Candy: Les and Bettie Spies
Portable Sound System at Park: Les and Bettie Spies
Rope for Egg Toss: Les and Bettie Spies
5-6 Dozen Eggs: Ron and Sue West
Easter Bunny: Diana Spies
Yellow Hazard Tape and Spray Paint: Brian and Vicki Sohl
Plastic Eggs, Bags, Registration Signs, Double Tickets, Ticket Boxes, Sound System for Drawing, Masonic Badges, Paper Towels: All on hand.
Please let me know if you see anything I forgot!
Thursday, May 30 CHIP (Child Identification Program) Event with Hegg Memorial Hospital at the High School in Rock Valley. Four or five are needed at 3:00 to set up. We help the kids from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. We need a head count as soon as possible of the Jeptha Lodge members and wives who will be helping out at the various stations. Please send an email to me if you will help.
Only a Lodge with so many great Brothers can do all of these good works!
March 19, 2013
Twenty Brothers enjoyed our delicious annual Men␁s Potluck Supper.
The Fellowcraft Degree was conferred on Brother Mike Stead. Congratulations Mike!
Thanks to Randy Porter, Randy Smith, Arlan Verburg, Bob Fitch, Allen Eide, Ken Snedeker, Steve Wickre, and Joan Barr for generous donations to purchase toys for the Easter drawing.
Arlan Verburg was recognized as a 10-Year Master Mason and Brian Sohl as a 15-Year Master Mason.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a program on the Biblical references in First Kings and Second Chronicles to the two brazen pillars described in the Fellowcraft Degree.
April 2, 2013
One hundred fifty-two children participated in our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Thanks to all the Brothers who helped!
Preparations for our May Recognition Banquet were discussed.
Education Officer Allen Eide delivered a program entitled “Tied to Masonic Apron Strings.”
You and your Lady are invited to attend a dinner to be held at the Masonic Lodge in Hudson at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
The price of the dinner will be $10 per person, which will help cover the cost of complementary meals for our guests.
Following the dinner, the Lodge will honor our Ladies and the Widows of our deceased Brothers, recognize an area student, and enjoy the thoughts of our guest speaker.
We hope you and your Lady will be able to attend and enjoy an evening of fellowship with your Masonic friends.
PLEASE RSVP BY APRIL 30 to assist our caterer.
Dave Hansen, Secretary
Randy Smith, W.M.
April 16, 2013
The Entered Apprentice degree will be conferred for two candidates at our Tuesday, May 7, meeting.
The Secretary request early RSVPs to our Sunday, May 5, Recognition Banquet. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (712) 476-9376.
Our 4th and 21st Degree Teams consisting of Les Spies, Ken Snedeker, Galen Jansen, Brian Sohl, Ron West, Joe West, Randy Smith, and Dave Hansen did a fine job at the Scottish Rite Reunion in Yankton.
Ditch Walking will be Tuesday, April 30, at 6:00 P.M., weather permitting.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a very informative program detailing the “25 Landmarks of Freemasonry.”
May 7, 2013
Fifty-two enjoyed great food and fellowship at our annual May Recognition Banquet, with numerous Master Mason anniversaries recognized:
Mike Ingebrigtson: 5 Years;
Tom Lewis 30 years;
Robert Fitch: 35 Years;
Allen Eide 45 years.
We will hold Election of Officers next meeting.
Twenty-one Jeptha Lodge Brothers were present as Matt Hansen and Josh Hansen received the E.A. Degree.
Brother Cal DeRuyter was honored as a 10-Year Master Mason.
Education Officer Allen Eide explained numerous terms which may be unfamiliar to new Masons.
May 21, 2013
The result of our election of officers:
Worshipful Master: Joe West
Senior Warden: Allen Eide
Junior Warden: Brian Sohl
Secretary: Dave Hansen
Treasurer Tom Lewis
Proposed amendments and elections at the upcoming Grand Lodge session were discussed.
The Education Program was presented by WB Allen Eide: the Rights of an Entered Apprentice:
to own, wear, and be buried in a Masonic Apron;
to be instructed in ritual, history, meanings, and symbols of Freemasonry by a well-informed Brother;
to appeal to other E.A. or a Lodge of E.A. when truly in need; and,
to attend a Lodge of Entered Apprentices.
The wages of a Fellow Craft:
Corn of nourishment, meant any cereal grain, and symbolizes rebirth and renewal as it is buried and then produces a new plant;
Wine of refreshment is symbolic of spiritual transformation like the grape into wine; and,
Oil of joy representing comfort as used in medications to heal wounds. Physical comfort was blended with spiritual comfort because oil was burned in lamps to produce light and bring comfort to the night.
June 4, 2013
One hundred fifty-three children participated in our SDCHIP event, aided by Allen and Elaine Eide, Ron, Sue and Joe West, Ken and Aggie Snedeker, Les and Bettie Spies, Mike and Vicki Stead, Tom and Judy Lewis, Brian and Vicki Sohl, Ric and Cynthia Porter, Dave and Erin Hansen, Galen Jansen, Randy Porter Greg Westra, and Duane Van Noort.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program on St. John the Baptist.
June 18, 2013
Congratulations to Mike Stead on becoming our newest Master Mason.
Ken Snedeker delivered Meals on Wheels on behalf of the Lodge.
2013 - 2014
September 3, 2013
The Installing Team of Ron West, Ken Snedeker and Galen Jansen conducted the Installation of Officers. Installed were:
WM Joe West
SW Allen Eide
JW Brian Sohl
Sec Dave Hansen
Chaplain Galen Jansen
SD Doug Van’t Hof
JD Duane Van Noort
SS Arlan Verburg
Tyler Steve Wickre
Marshall Mike Stead.
Treasurer Tom Lewis and JS Tracy Homandberg will be installed at a later date.
The outgoing Master was presented with the +1 Award for increasing membership and his past Master’s pin.
Les Spies, Allen Eide and Oscar Loe attended the June Grand Lodge session and we reviewed happenings and changes that occurred.
WM thanked Brian and Lane Sohl, Allen Eide, Arlan Verburg, Duane Van Noort, Ric Porter, Mike Stead, Randy Smith, Ron and Joe West, and Dave Hansen for helping at the Lodge cleanup day. Also Ken Snedeker for Meals on Wheels deliveries and Tracy Homandberg for taking care of the Lodge lawn.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a program explaining what is or is not a regular Mason and a regular Lodge. Discussion included how it is controlled and supervised by Grand Lodges in conjunction with each other.
September 17, 2013
Our 4th and 21st Scottish Rite Degree Teams consisting of Ken Snedeker, Ron West, Joe West, Brian Sohl, Galen Jansen, and Dave Hansen participated in the reunion held in Mitchell.
The same Brothers travelled to Alcester as WB Galen Jansen delivered a fine Masonic service for WB Lloyd Johnson. The charter was draped and a moment of silence observed in honor of our departed Brother.
Brother Ken Nicholas will receive his 60 Degree Mason pin during the November 19 meeting following our annual Oyster Stew & Chili Supper.
Education Officer Allen Eide used The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry chapter entitled “A Field Guide to Masonic Symbols and Jewelry.” The square represents the WM and teaches us to square our actions in life by the square of virtue. The compasses to circumscribe our desires and keep our passions within due bounds, or, exercise self-control. The level represents the Senior Warden and reminds Masons they are traveling on the level of time to that undiscovered country from which there is no return. And the perpendicular line of the plumb symbolizes the Junior Warden and admonishes Masons to walk uprightly in their several stations before God and men.
October 1, 2013
We received a communication from Brother Jeremy Huls, greeting the Brothers and updating us on his how he is doing and possible duty changes in his career.
Brothers Duane Van Noort and Mike Stead reported on their first District meeting which they attended in Centerville with W.B.s Ron West, Joe West, and Dave Hansen.
W.B. Randy Smith invited the Bros. to his ’50s-to-’80s Band performance at Rocktoberfest in the Shrine Temple in Sioux Falls on Saturday, October 19 at 7 P.M. Tickets $5 at the door. Open to the public.
We will walk ditches on Tuesday, October 8. Meet at the Lodge at 6:00 P.M.
The education program continued on the symbolism of the Masonic working tools taken from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry. The 24-inch gage teaches Masons to divide the day into 3 equal parts with 8 hours for service of God and relief of distressed, worthy Brothers, 8 for our usual vocations, and 8 for refreshment and sleep. The common gavel teaches a Mason to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluities of live, thereby fitting us as livings stones for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. The trowel teaches us to spread the cement of brotherly love and affection, that cement which units us into one sacredband, or society of friends and brothers, among whom no contention should exist, but that noble contention of who can best work and best agree.
Would you be so kind and inform the Brothers at Jeptha Lodge #121, that I will be joining the Nobles at the Sioux Falls Shrine on November 2, 2013, Fall Ceremony. I would be honored if any of my lodge brothers could be present.
Please be so kind and inform them and your dad as Mr. Les Spies is dear to my heart.
I wish all my brothers good health. Hope to see everyone soon.
Benjamin Duran (605) 212-8243
October 15, 2013
Brian and Layne Sohl, Abbie Homandberg, Steve Wickre, Ron and Joe West, and Dave Hansen did the semi-annual Ditch Walk on behalf of the Lodge.
WB Dennis Gildemeister sent his greetings to his Jeptha Lodge Brothers and said he misses living close enough to attend meetings.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a very informative program discussing the 25 Landmarks of Masonry contained in the South Dakota Masonic Code.
MWB Les Spies is home resting following back surgery and rehab. Please call before visiting.
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October 17, 2013
Another year is upon us and while the weather held out long enough to walk the ditches it has now turned to fall. We have our standard events coming up: ditch walking (10/8 and 4/22), oyster stew (11/19), Santa’s visit (12/14), Valentine Roses for the widows (2/14), the George Washington Card Party (2/16), Pot Luck night (3/18), the Easter Bunny (4/19), and the Recognition Banquet (5/4).
One special note is our Oyster Stew on November 19th. We will start as normal at 6:00 P.M. with the meeting to follow. The special note is that at this meeting we will have our District Master’s official visit as well as a visit from the Grand Master. It’s also looking like we’ll have many other green coats in attendance and I hope we can show them just how proud we are of our Lodge through our attendance and our ritual work. The most important thing happening this night, however, is the presentation of a 60-year award. I hope we can fill all our seats and then some to honor our recipient.
Another change is the time of the George Washington card party on February 16th. Last year at the meeting following the card party attendance was commented on and ideas were floated as to what we could do to possibly change it. As nothing was decided upon I went with the time of the party. It is still on Sunday, but instead of starting at 6:30 P.M. it is going to start at 2:00 P.M. The idea behind the change in time is it is easier for the older members of the community to get around during the daylight hours and they’re also more willing to.
We also have one addition to the schedule this year and that is a Table Lodge that we are going to host one evening in late March. We have yet to nail down a date and time but all you need to do is keep an eye on your email and visit the website to find out when it will be.
I want to close this letter with a gentle reminder. I want each of you to think back to three specific nights. The nights you were initiated, passed, and raised a Master Mason. Think about the brothers who were there doing the work. Were there a lot of last minute substitutions? Were there a lot of brothers reading the work? How many brothers there had no part in the work but were still there, for you? As you think of the answers to these questions think of the brothers going through the work now. How do the answers compare from then to now? For our younger members I say this, it is up to US to carry on the legacy of those members who made this lodge one to be proud of and one that we wanted to join.
Joseph D. West, Worshipful Master
November 5, 2013
A new Petition was read for the first time.
Communications from Grand Lodge included a new Master Mason Obligation Award to be presented to Masons with less than five years in the Craft. Details available from the Lodge Secretary.
Committees were set for our November 19 Oyster Stew & Chili Supper before the regular meeting.
Education Officer Allen Eide began his education program with a review of the 25 Landmarks of South Dakota Masonry:
The Modes of Recognition.
The division of symbolic Masonry into three Degrees.
The legend of the Third Degree.
The government of the fraternity by a presiding officer called a Grand Master, who is elected from the body of the Craft.
The prerogative of the Grand Master to preside over every assembly of the Craft, whatsoever and whenever held.
The prerogative of the Grand Master to grant dispensations for conferring Degrees at irregular times.
The prerogative of the Grand Master to grant dispensations for opening and holding Lodges.
The prerogative of the Grand Master to make Masons at sight.
The necessity for Masons to congregate in Lodges.
The government of every Lodge by a Master and two Wardens.
The necessity that every Lodge when congregated should be duly tiled.
The right of every Mason to be represented in all general meetings of the Craft and to instruct his representatives.
The right of every Mason to appeal from the decision of his brethren in Lodge convened, to the Grand Lodge.
The right of every Mason to visit and sit in every regular Lodge.
That no visitor not known to some Brother present as a Mason can enter a Lodge without undergoing an examination.
That no Lodge can interfere with the business or labor of another Lodge.
That every Mason is amendable to the laws and regulations of the Masonic Jurisdiction in which he resides.
That every candidate for initiation must be a man, free born and of lawful age.
That every Mason must believe in the existence of God as Grand Architect of the Universe.
That every Mason must believe in a resurrection to a future life.
That a book of law of God must constitute an indispensable part of the furniture of every Lodge.
That all men in the sight of God are equal and meet in the Lodge on one common level.
That Freemasonry is a fraternal society in possession of secrets that may not be divulged to the uninitiated.
That Freemasonry consists of a speculative science, founded on an operative art.
That the Landmarks of Masonry can never be changed.
He then concluded with a review of the Grand Lodge line of succession, taken from the Masonic Code.
November 19, 2013
Eighteen Jeptha Lodge members, ten visiting Brothers, and one Candidate enjoyed our annual Oyster Stew & Chili Supper.
Our charter was draped in honor of WB Arthur Swanson, a life member in perpetuity.
MWB Charles Gilson, Grand Master of South Dakora Masons, RWB Don Gray, Grand Orator Scot Mannschreck, Sr. Grand Steward Larry Clark, and District Master Richard Foltz were all received in the East.
Congratulation to Brother Ken Nicholas on receiving his 60-Year Mason pin! He gave a fine talk on his Masonic career.
WB Lamont Cain displayed his knowledge on Masonry in winning the ever-popular Masonic Jeopardy.
December 5, 2013
The snow is holding off, but the carols are playing loud and clear on the radio. The time has come to wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season. I hope this letter finds you and your family safe, warm, and well.
We’ve been slower off the ground this year than the last time I was master in 2010 but we're still getting loads of things done. We had a very good showing at the District meeting and ditch walking went VERY quickly this year. As I write this we are gearing up for an EA degree at the first meeting in December and, as always, looking forward to Santa coming to visit on the 14th!
We hosted another great Oyster Stew (& Chili feed) this year. In attendance were 28 people for the stew, unfortunately not all of them were able to stay. Even with the reduced turn out we had some great visitors, including our official visitation from our District Master and the Grandmaster himself. I congratulate our brothers on impressing the visitors with our ritual work as I heard a few visitors commenting on the good job we did. We also had a 60-Year Pin that was presented to Brother Ken Nicholas. As I looked at the last Christmas letter I wrote in 2010 I noticed that we also had a 60-Year Pin then. I’m honored that at both my Oyster Stews I was able to present a 60-Year Pin and hope this is a tradition that continues. Let’s just hope the snow from 2010 isn’t a tradition for me in the Master’s Chair as well!
I want to be sure to point out a change in the time of the George Washington card party on February 16th. Last year at the meeting following the card party attendance was commented on and ideas were floated as to what we could do to possibly change it. As nothing was decided upon I went with the time of the party. It is still on Sunday but instead of starting at 6:30 P.M. it is going to start at 2:00 P.M.. The idea behind the change in time is it is easier for the older members of the community to get around during the daylight hours and they're also more willing to.
We also have one addition to the schedule this year and that is a Table Lodge that we are going to host on March 25th (a Tuesday) at 6:30 P.M. Keep an eye on your email and this Web site to find out more information on this and other future events!
Joseph D. West, Worshipful Master
Santa comes to our Lodge on Saturday, December 14 from 12:30 to 2:00. Brothers should meet by 11:30 to address Christmas cards to our non-local members and to sack the candy/peanuts for the kids. Her are the duties that you “volunteered” for:
Santa’s Craft Elves: Erin Hansen, Elaine Aide, Vicki Stead, Cheryl Kruid, and all others willing to help
Les Spies: Small toys for goodie sacks, sacks for the candy and toys
Mike Stead: 15 lbs. of candy
Ken Snedeker: 10 lbs. of peanuts, 2 dozen cookies, decorate Christmas Tree (Aggie)
Ron and Joe West: camera and film for pictures with Santa
Ron West: 2 dozen cookies, coffee, decorate Christmas Tree (Sue)
Brian Sohl: Town sign board, toy from Santa
Tom Lewis: Newspaper notice and posters, 2 gallons cider
Randy Kruid: 2 gallons juice
Allen Eide: Santa! 2 dozen cookies
Duane Van Noort: 2 dozen cookies
Thank you, Brothers and Wives! Hope to see you there.
Dave Hansen, Sec. >/div>
December 3, 2013
Congratulations to newly made Brother Randy Kruid on receiving his Entered Apprentice Degree!
We made our annual donation to the Children’s Home Society in Sioux Falls.
Duties were assigned for Santa’s visit on Saturday, December 14, from 12:30 to 2:00.
Thanks to WB Ken Snedeker for again delivering Meals on Wheels for the Lodge.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program catering to newly made Masons and as a refresher for the not-so-new, including the Masonic meaning of the East, West, South and North; the hat worn by the WM; and the terms Cowan, Golden Fleece, Star & Garter, Oblong Square, Whence & Worshipful.
December 17, 2013
Thanks to all the of Brothers and their wives who helped make Santa’s visit to Hudson a fun time for many local children and their parents.
Best wishes to WB Hobie Cole who is celebrating his 90th birthday.
Congratulations to WB Mike Miller, Bro LeRoy Ross, and Bro Duane Van Noort as new Life members.
Education Officer Allen Eide presented a program called “Nine Things You didn’t Know About Freemasonry,” which was shown on the CBS Sunday Morning Show:
When meeting Masons do not discuss religion or politics.
Freemasonry is not a religion.
The Catholic Church once condemned Freemasonry.
Atheists are not welcome.
Most of the Founding Fathers were not Freemasons.
There are NO secret Masonic symbols on the U.S. dollar bill.
Shriners are Freemasons.
The secret Masonic passwords originated as a job tool.
There is no hidden Masonic code on the Rolling Rock beer bottles.
January 7, 2014
Education Officer Allen Eide used his new Masonic watch, with various Masonic symbols in place of the numbers, to give a review of the Masonic meaning. They included the plumb, the setting maul, the square & compasses, the compasses, the Tyler’s sword, the All-Seeing Eye, the twenty-four inch gage, the square, the two bronze pillars, the trowel, and the level.
January 21, 2014
Brother Duane Van Noort is having some of our officer aprons repaired.
Members of the F.C. Degree Team should begin preparing for Degree Work in March.
Education Officer Allen Eide used the “Old Past Master’s Masonic Almanac” for his program on our two patron saints, “St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist.” He also shared the section on the “Value of a Membership Card” to a Mason.
February 4, 2014
We will confer the F.C. Degree at our February 18 meeting. Practice will be February 9 at 2:00 P.M.
Our quest to win the Mark Twain Award a second time has ended. We are the only South Dakota lodge to have won this prestigious award and have learned that it has been discontinued.
Mike Stead, Ken Snedeker, and Tom Lewis will deliver Valentine roses to our local Masonic widows.
February 16 George Washington Party plans and March 25 Table Lodge plans were discussed.
Education Officer Allen Eide gave a program from The Old Past Master’s Masonic Almanac telling about King Solomon’s Temple, Zerubbabel’s Temple (the second temple in Jerusalem), and Herrod’s Temple (the final temple).
February 18, 2014
Thirty-four energetic card and game players enjoyed the new afternoon time for our George Washington’s Birthday Party.
Congratulations to Brother Randy Kruid on receiving his Fellow Craft Degree!
Education Officer Allen Eide used his time to explain the Masonic meaning of a Fellow Craft, Operative vs. Speculative, what a Guild was, and other terms relating to this Degree.
I regret to inform you of the passing of a long-time member of our Lodge, Worshipful Brother Oscar Loe.
Born September 25, 1932, in Sioux County, Iowa, WB Oscar R. Loe is a Life Member in Perpetuity of Jeptha Lodge. He served as Grand Pursuivant and Grand Organist of the Grand Lodge, Associate Bethel Guardian of Bethel #38, Associate Grand Guardian of South Dakota Job’s Daughters, Supreme Director of Music for the International Order of Job’s Daughters, and Venerable Master of the Sioux Falls Valley of the Scottish Rite. He received his 33rd degree in 2001. He was Orient Chairman for Public Relations & Americanism. Worshipful Brother Loe was active in the Masonic Service Association at the VA Hospital.
On February 23, we were informed that Brother Oscar had suffered a broken hip, and had been admitted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. We learned that his health had taken a bad turn and that he passed away on the morning of February 28, surrounded by his family. He had requested a Masonic service by Jeptha Lodge.
Kari Janak, Brother Oscar’s daughter, provided this update:
My dad’s funeral services will be Friday, March 7, at 10:30 A.M. at First Congregational Church, 300 S. Minnesota Avenue, Sioux Falls. Immediately following the service there will be a Masonic service. Lunch and fellowship will follow the Masonic service with burial at the Hudson Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. A memorial fund in Oscar’s name will be set up with donations going to the Scottish Rite Foundation.
Please know Oscar loved the Masons and the lodge...it was very near and dear to his heart...sure wish he could have been here for his 60 year pin in May.
|Wayne Spies, Web Master |
March 4, 2014
Our Charter was draped and a moment of silence observed in memory of our departed WB Oscar Loe. He was a Life Member in Perpetuity of our Lodge and a 60-Year Mason. He will be greatly missed.
Duties were set for the March 25 Table Lodge. Suggested attire is jacket and tie. Please let Secretary Hansen know as soon as possible if you will attend.
Allen Eide, Galen Jansen, Duane Van Noort, Randy Smith, Ron West, Joe West, Randy Kruid, Les Spies, Brian Sohl, and Mike Stead are the chefs for the Men’s Potluck supper before our March 18 meeting.
March 18, 2014
Blizzard-like conditions prevented some from enjoying the tasty meal before the night’s meeting which was prepared by the Brothers themselves.
We will confer the Master Mason Degree at our April 1 meeting. Practice will be Sunday, March 30, at 2:00 P.M.
Practice for the March 25 Table Lodge will be Sunday, March 23, at 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, April 19, is the Easter Egg Hunt in the Hudson City Park before the pancake feed to benefit the Community Center. Meet at 9:00 A.M. to organize and set up the 3 hunt areas, the registration area, and the prize drawing tables. Registration is from 10:00 to 10:30 A.M. at the park shelter house. Experience tells us we should have at least 25 of us there to help with parking, directing traffic, registration, marking off hunt areas, hiding eggs, distributing prizes, and general crowd control and visibility. It is also a blast, so please help if you can!
We need at least 200 small/medium toys to be handed out at the drawing during the feed. Toys or cash donations can be dropped off weekday mornings at the Hudson City office. We don’t have too many yet, so please help out if you can. It is definitely worth it when the kids hear their number called and you get to see them look the prizes over and pick out the one they want.
Also, invitations will soon be going out for our annual banquet on Sunday, May 4, at 6:30 P.M. Mark it on your calendar to plan to attend so we can get a head count to the caterer as soon as possible.
April 1, 2014
Congratulations to WB Curtis Cole as he turns 100! He was raised in Jeptha Lodge along with his brothers Rolfe and Hobie in 1947.
Congratulations to Randy Kruid on receiving his Master Mason Degree!
Forty-seven Brothers and wives enjoyed an excellent meal and the fun of the first Table Lodge to be held in Hudson.
Final plans were made for our 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held April 19.
Due to the length of the evening, our Education Officer gave a brief program touching the various signs, words, and passes of the M.M. Degree, the Civil War Friend to Friend Statue, and why the Mormon Church, led by Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, is not a fan of Masonry — all to be explained in depth at future meetings.
Here is a list of who brings what:
Plastic Eggs — Tom Lewis and Dave Hansen
Candy to fill eggs — Les Spies
2 bikes for Grand Prizes — Tom/Judy Lewis, Doug/Denise Van’t Hof and Donn/Linda Larson
Hot Wheels Grand Prize — Galen/Debby Jansen
Toys/Money for Drawing — We still need a lot more.
TV for Egg Toss — Tracy/Barb Homandberg
Portable Sound System, a rope — Les Spies
Masonic Badges, magic markers — Dave Hansen
Spray paint, measuring tape — Brian Sohl
2-3 dozen eggs — Ron West
Everything else we need is on hand.
Tuesday, April 15 — any Brothers able to get to the meeting a little before 7:00 P.M. will fill eggs.
Saturday, April 19 is the Easter Egg Hunt in the Hudson City Park before the pancake feed to benefit the Community Center.
Meet at 9:00 — 9:15 A.M. to organize and set up the three hunt areas, the registration area, and the prize drawing tables.
Registration is from 10:00 to 10:30 A.M. at the park shelter house.
Experience tells us we should have at least 25 of us there to help with parking, directing traffic, registration, marking off hunt areas, hiding eggs, distributing prizes, and general crowd control and visibility.
We need at least 200 small/medium toys to be handed out at the drawing during the feed. Toys or cash donations can be dropped off weekday mornings at the Hudson City office.
Dave Hansen, Sec.
You and your Lady are invited to attend a dinner to be held at the Masonic Lodge in Hudson at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The price of the dinner will be $10 per person.
Following the dinner the Lodge will honor our Ladies and the widows of our deceased Brothers, recognized some person or persons, and hear the thoughts of our guest speaker.
We hope you and your Lady will be able to attend and enjoy an evening of fellowship with your Masonic friends.
Please RSVP by April 30.
Joe West, W.M.
Dave Hansen, Sec.
April 15, 2014
A Petition for Affiliation was read for the first time.
WB Ken and Aggie Snedeker and WB Hobie Cole visited WB Curt Vipond for lunch and a game of Whist.
Thanks to our many businesses, friends, and Brothers who donated toward our Easter Egg Hunt and Drawing to benefit the Hudson Community Center.
Ron West, Joe West, Randy Smith, Brian Sohl, Tom Lewis, Ken Snedeker, Les Spies, and Dave Hansen participated in the Spring Scottish Rite Reunion in Yankton.
Lineup for the May 4 Recognition Banquet was set.
Education Officer Allen Eide’s program was a discussion of Mormonism and Freemasonry. Founder of Mormonism Joseph Smith came from a family of Freemasons and was a Mason himself. The religion originated in New York State in the 1920s. This coincided with the time of the Morgan affair, causing them to be lumped together in an anti-Masonic, secret society sentiment that damaged our fraternity for many years.
May 6, 2014
We welcome Bob Sannes as the newest member of Jeptha Lodge!
199 Children enjoyed the Easter Bunny’s visit to Hudson. Thanks to Poet Ethanol, Larson Sales, the Fillin Station, Galen and Debbie Jansen, Tom and Judy Lewis, Doug and Denise Van’t Hof, and all who contributed time, material, and prizes for the event.
Ron and Joe West, Doug and Denise Van’t Hof, Ric Porter, Randy Kruid, and Brian Sohl did the semi-annual ditch walk.
Forty-eight Brothers and Ladies enjoyed our annual May Recognition Banquet.
Election of Officers will be next meeting.
Grand Lodge voting issues were reviewed.
Education Officer Allen Eide continue his program on Mormonism and Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge of Illinois was formed by the Mormon Patriarch, Judge and General James Adams in 1840. The first five presidents of the Church, including Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, were all made Masons in Nauvoo, IL Lodge. In 1550 there were over 2,000 Masons in the 3 Nauvoo Lodges and the 2 nearby Iowa Lodges. Smith was assassinated in 1844 amid religious antagonism of the time. Legend has it that he attempted an escape by leaping out of a second story window and had begun verbalizing the Grand Hailing Sign of Distress when he saw Masons in the assembled mob as he was cut down by a volley of musket balls.
May 20, 2014
MWB Les Spies presented WB Robert Ullom with his 60-Year Masonic pin at Brookings Lodge. Bettie Spies and WB Allen Eide were also in attendance.
Congratulations and thank you to our newly elected 2014-2015 officers: WM Allen Eide, SW Brian Sohl, JW Ron West, Treas. Tom Lewis, and Sec. Dave Hansen.
Education Officer Allen Eide began with information on the 70th Anniversary Celebration of D-Day to be held in Valley Spring, SD, on June 1. He continued by displaying and telling about around 50 various Masonic items he collected from many states over the years.
Brother Allen gave the final installment of Mormonism and Freemasonry as the move to Salt Lake City, Utah, was made under the leadership of Brother Brigham Young. Many pictures of Young show him wearing Masonic pins. He talked about the importance of King Solomon’s Temple in both Mormonism and Freemasonry. The beehive, the Masonic emblem of Industry, was adopted by Young as a symbol of the community and church, and included in his personal seal.
June 3, 2014
Ken Snedeker and Dave Hansen will travel to Elk Point Lodge on June 6 where Ken will deliver the history lecture in the E.A. Degree.
SW Allen Eide will attend Grand Lodge in Oacoma and Secretary Dave Hansen will attend the Masonic On-Line Registry Interface (M.O.R.I.) training session there.
W.M.-elect Allen Eide tentatively plans to hold an open Installation of Officer before our September 2 regular meeting.
Our education program was a Masonic word search puzzle which was won by W. B. Brian Sohl in a landslide.
2014 - 2015
August 15, 2014
You may have read on our Lodge’s website that I have been elected to serve as your Worshipful Master for the upcoming Masonic year. Hopefully you will be able to attend the Public Installation of Officers prior to our September 2 meeting. Installation will occur at 5:30. About 6:00 your new W.M. will provide a light supper of meat/cheese sandwiches, chips, beverages, and dessert. Family members and other interested persons will be welcome at the installation and supper.
We look forward to you staying for the regular meeting at 7:30. We may have some visitors from out of town and I expect a good turn-out of our own members. Having you there will only make it better.
I will be talking about my hopes and plans for this year, but in case you are not able to be at the meeting, here is an outline:
All of the recent special activities of the Lodge will continue, including:
Walking the ditches of the roads east and west of town in the fall and spring.
Oyster stew (and chili for those so inclined) before our meeting on November 18, with Masonic Jeopardy played during the meeting.
Santa’s visit on Saturday, December 13.
Present flowers to the widows of deceased members for Valentine’s Day.
George Washington Birthday Party with card and board games, cherry pie and ice cream on Sunday afternoon, February 15.
The pot luck dinner prepared by the brothers for the brothers, probably before our meeting on March 3.
On April 4, the Lodge will host the Easter Egg Hunt.
On Sunday, May 3, the annual recognition banquet will be held in the evening.
Delivering Meals on Wheels in Hudson on a rotating basis.
Recognizing brothers whose 5th, 10th, 15th, 45th, 50th etc anniversary of their Master Mason degree has come around.
Improving the education program of the Lodge with a new, but well-experienced, Education Officer.
Maintaining the best website of any Lodge in South Dakota.
Last year, at the request of Grand Lodge officers, we held a Table Lodge, which was open to spouses and significant others. It was successful, so I will be asking the brothers if we want to do it again. It could be held on Tuesday, March 24, or March 31, as there are five Tuesdays in March, which will cause an extra week between our regular meetings.
There are nine Lodges within 53 miles of Hudson that meet on nights other than our meeting nights of first and third Tuesdays (see below). We will discuss whether we want to promote more contact with those Lodges, by sending a car-load or two of brothers to visit each of them sometime during this Masonic year.
Some brothers who live within a reasonable driving distance of our Lodge do not attend Lodge often, or at all. If you are one of them, what can we do to make it easier for you to attend at least one meeting this year?
If you have an idea about how to improve Jeptha Lodge, and especially how we might better serve the Hudson area, please contact me, so we can discuss it.
See you at Lodge,
Allen J. Eide, Worshipful Master-elect
PO Box 903
Brandon, SD 57005
|Canton||Silver Star #4||1st Wed.||7:30||17 mi.|
|Centerville||Myrtle #91||1st Thu.||8:00||27 mi.|
|Elk Point||Elk Point #3||1st Thu.||8:00||43 mi.|
|Harrisburg||Zonta #215||occasional||?||34 mi.|
|Hurley||Joppa #120||1st Wed.||8:00||43 mi.|
|Parker||Parker #30||1st Thu.||8:00||53 mi.|
|Sioux Falls||Minnehaha #5||1st Thu.||7:00||42 mi.|
| ||Unity #130||2d & 4th Thu.||7:00||42 mi.|
| ||Trinity #200||1st Mon.||7:00||42 mi.|
September 2, 2014
We got the year off to a good start on September 2, with our open installation of officers and supper, and then a new petition read at the meeting.
Speaking of degree work, we have been asked to put on the MM Degree for three or four candidates on Saturday, September 27, starting at 3:00 P.M.
We need to know that it will work for the degree team so I can give Elk Point an answer ASAP. Specifically, that work [will] be Les Spies, Galen Jansen, Joe West, Brian Sohl, Cal DeRuyter, Ron West, Randy Smith, Ken Snedeker, Tom Lewis, Mike Stead, Carter Horner, and Duane Van Noort. I know some answered last night, but I would appreciate it if you would email
. And everyone is welcome to come along!
Scottish Rite in Yankton is Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4. Those teams need to start brushing up on their parts so we can line up a practice at our September 16 meeting.
Thanks to Mike Stead for volunteering to enter the Lodge float in the parade this coming Saturday.
Education Officer Ron West presented a program reviewing some of the early history of our Lodge.
Past Grand Master Spies and His Lady, Bettie, Honored
On September 2, Grand Master Doug McFarland traveled to Jeptha Lodge #121 in Hudson to be a part of the Lodge’s Installation of Officers. GM Doug also made a special Grand Lodge presentation to MWB Les Spies and lady Bettie for their “Exemplary Service to Masonry.” They both were presented plaques for their many years of service to and for the fraternity and a short, detailed account of their many accomplishments was noted. Also in attendance, representing the Grand Lodge, were RW Don Gray Deputy Grand Master; MW Denny Robinson PGM, GrandTreasurer/Secretary; and PGM Virgil Andersen. Both MWB Les and Bettie were very surprised and moved by their awards.
Back: Grand Treasurer-Secretary Denny Robinson, PGM; Deputy Grand Master Don Gray; Grand Master Doug McFarland; and Past Grand Master Virgil Andersen honor Past Grand Master Les and Bettie Spies
September 16, 2014
New Candidate! We will confer the E.A. Degree at a Special Meeting in our Lodge on Thursday, October 9, at 7:00 P.M. Practice time is to be determined.
Brother Mike Stead entered the Lodge float in the all school reunion parade.
MWB Les Spies and WM Allen Eide reported on Grand Lodge and the District Meeting.
Ways to increase visibility were discussed, including a large banner for the outside of the Lodge building, advertising possibilities using “Did you know” questions and answers on Masonry in general and our Lodge in particular, and Masonic apparel.
WB Aaron Zahn, Grand Standard Bearer, WB Scott Mannschrect, Grand Orator, and District Master WB Richard Foltz were recognized and spoke.
Education Officer Ron West presented a program on Past Masters. They no longer wield any power, but should have the respect of their Brothers for their efforts for the good of the fraternity over a long period of time and for the ritual knowledge they possess.
October 7 (Regular Meeting) and 9 (Special Meeting), 2014
Congratulations to Isaac Van Noort on receiving his E.A. Degree!
W.B. Joe West received his Past Master card.
A Grand Lodge handout entitled “The Mason’s Lady” is available to anyone who wants a copy. Contact Secretary Hansen.
Our 4th and 21st Degree Scottish Rite Teams consisting of Galen Jansen, Ron West, Joe West, Brian Sohl, Randy Smith, Tom Lewis, and Dave Hansen conferred these degrees in Yankton on October 3.
Our Master Mason Degree Team traveled to Elk Point on September 27 to do courtesy degree work. In addition to the regulars, new team members Duane Van Noort, Mike Stead, and Cal DeRuyter should be recognized for their fine work.
Education Officer Ron West shared interesting Jeptha Lodge history event from the 1920s through the 1950s, including:
August 1922: Our 25 oak chairs plus three officers chairs were purchased for $176.01.
1927: C. A. Vipond, Jay Juisman, and R. E. Iverson donated the large metal dimmer switch we still use.
1930: Only three meeting were held during the year.
February 1935 : the first George Washington's Birthday Party was held.
November 1947: C A Vipond provided a Moose meat supper.
June 28, 1956: Our current Lodge building (a former Methodist Church and then funeral parlor) was purchased for $500 plus $159 back taxes.
October 21, 2014
Our semi-annual Ditch Walking was done by Allen Eide, Ron West, Brian Sohl, Steve Wickre, Mike Stead, and Dave Hansen.
The committees for our Tuesday, November 18, Oyster Stew & Chili Supper were set. We will begin eating at 6:00 P.M.
Education Officer Ron West shared Jeptha Lodge history highlights from the 1960s through the 1980s, including:
1960 - Corn crop project netted $1,215.80
1961 - new Lodge roof cost $555.16
June 1971 - WB David Graham received his 50-Year Pin.
1973 - Annual dues raised to $15.
1975 - Our current carpet was laid for $678.55.
1976 - WB Curt Vipond was named District Master.
1981 - Major remodeling of the Lodge interior at a cost of $1,500.
1981 - Began delivering Meals on Wheels on a regular basis.
1985 - Soybean crop netted $793.44.
June 1989 - MWB Les Spies installed as Grand Master and WB Ken Snedeker as Sr. Grand Deacon.
November 4, 2014
Best wishes to WB Mike Miller as he recuperates and regains strength.
A letter of greetings from Brother Ken Nicholas was shared.
WM Allen Eide, WB Brian Sohl, WB Dave Hansen, and Brother Duane Van Noort attended Lodge in Sioux Falls and saw 8 new Master Masons raised.
WM Eide presented a banner purchased from Grand Lodge based on the new petition to be used at various events as part of his program to increase Lodge visibility.
Education Officer Ron West began his program recognizing the 75th anniversary of departed Brother Donald Brundeen, a Memorial Life Member of our Lodge, becoming a Master Mason. MWB Les Spies sponsored Brother Brundeen in becoming a Memorial Life Member. The program continued with a discussion of many prominent Masons throughout American history, such as George Washington, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, John Paul Jones, fourteen presidents, Davy Crockett, Buffalo Bill Cody, Lewis and Clark, Charles Charles Lindbergh, and John Glenn to name a few.
November 26, 2014
We had a busy meeting Tuesday night and there are several events to give you details on. I’ll do it in chronological order:
Wednesday, December 3 - Hurley Lodge Oyster Stew & Chili Supper. We will discuss departure time for those interested at our December 2 meeting.
Thursday, December 4 - Parker Lodge Oyster Stew & Chili Supper - Discuss departure time at our Dec. 2 meeting
Saturday, December 13 - Santa comes to our Lodge from 12:30 to 2:00. Brothers should meet by 11:45 to address Christmas cards to our non-local members and to sack the candy/peanuts for the kids. Duties that you volunteered for or someone volunteered you for:
Town Sign Board & Santa Banner: Brian Sohl
Juice: Brian Sohl
Gift for Santa to hand out: Brian Sohl
2 gal. Cider: Tom Lewis
Newspaper Ads & Posters: Tom Lewis
Peanuts 10 lbs.: Doug Van’t Hof
Letter to non-local Brothers: Allen Eide
Santa: Allen Eide
Bags for candy and toys: Les Spies
Small Toys: Les Spies
10# of Candy: Les Spies and Randy Kruid
Labels to go on bags: Dave Hansen
Postage and Mailing Labels: Dave Hansen
Craft Helpers: Erin Hansen and Elaine Eide
2 Dozen Cookies: Allen Eide, Randy Kruid, Mike Stead, and Duane Van Noort
Decorating Tree: Ken and Aggie Snedeker
Camera and Film: Joe and Ron West
Tuesday, December 16 at 7:30: “Dress For Christmas Night.” Wear your favorite (most interesting?) Christmas attire.
Dave Hansen, Sec.
November 18, 2014
Our annual Oyster Stew & Chili Supper was enjoyed by 16 Brothers from Hudson, four from Hurley, and two from Elk Point.
Brothers should keep in mind the December 3 visit to Hurley and December 4 visit to Parker for their Oyster Stew meetings.
Final preparations for Santa’s visit to the Lodge on December 13 from 12:30 to 2:00 were made.
Our December 16 meeting will be “Dress for Christmas Night.” Join us in your favorite Christmas attire.
Ken and Aggie Snedeker, Hobie Cole, and Curt Vipond enjoyed lunch together, followed by a few games of Whist.
Brian Sohl and Ken Snedeker tied for the top spot in this year’s edition of Masonic Jeopardy.
December 16, 2014
In the last meeting of the year:
Hungry Jeptha Lodge Brothers and wives attended Oyster Stews at Hurley, Parker, and Sanborn plus Elk Point’s Friends Feast.
Curt Vipond will be recognized for his 65 years as a Mason on Saturday, December 27, starting at noon with a meal at The Attic restaurant in Sioux Falls. All Brothers, their wives, and friends are welcome. RSVP to Secretary Hansen as we need to give at head count.
Education Officer Ron West presented a program on “The Legend of Hyram, King of Tyre.”
After the meeting, all present gathered for group pictures. Highlighted were those dressed in “interesting” Christmas attire, including Mike Stead as the world’s tallest elf!
January 6, 2015
Bad weather trumps the schedule.
January 20, 2015
Allen Eide, Ken Snedeker, Duane Van Noort, and Dave Hansen attended the Oyster Stew & Chili Supper at Elk Point Lodge.
Curt Vipond was recognized for his 65 years of exemplary service to Jeptha Lodge and Masonry at a luncheon in his honor on December 27 at Callaway’s Restaurant in Sioux Falls. A total of 26 Masons, wives, and family members enjoyed a wonderful meal and program in Curt’s honor.
Committees were set for our annual George Washington’s Birthday Party to be held on Sunday, February 15, at 2:00 P.M. Please note the duties got volunteered for if you weren’t there:
2 Pies each - Duane Van Noort, Allen Eide, Brian Sohl and Dave Hansen
Coffee - Allen Eide
6 Baskets - Les Spies
Ice Cream - Les Spies
Check the Playing Card - Ken Snedeker
6 Prizes - Galen Jansen
Grass for the Baskets - Galen Jansen
Bring Games - Galen Jansen and Dave Hansen
Invites and Tallies - Dave Hansen
Town Sign Board - Brian Sohl
Poster Advertising - Tom Lewis
Juice - on hand
Dave and Brothers,
The certificate recognizing my 60 years as a member of Jeptha Lodge arrived last week and it has taken its place as one of our valued possessions. Thank you very much!!
February 3, 2015
WB Ken Snedeker and his lady Aggie paid visits to WBs Mike Miller, Hobie Cole and Curt Vipond.
Jeptha Lodge nominated our WM Allen Eide for a position on the Grand Lodge Jurisprudence Committee.
Education Officer Ron West began with a reading of important events in history for January 1980 and presentation to WB Ken Snedeker to recognize his 35 years of active participation in Masonry, and for being an important member of Jeptha Lodge, helping to keep us proficient in our ritual work.
He continued by sharing a poem entitled “The Old Master’s Wages.”
He concluded with a piece called “What is different about a Mason” taken from the 1823 Farmers Almanac:
The real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of mankind by the uniform unrestrained rectitude of his conduct. Other men are honest in fear of punishment that the law might inflict; they are religious in expectation of being rewarded, or in dread of the devil in the next world. A Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine, except those written in the heart by the fingers of his Creator. In every climate, under every system of religion, he is the same. He kneels before the throne of God in gratitude of blessings that he has received; and in humble solicitations for his future protection. He venerates the good men of all religions; he disturbs not the religion of others. He retains his passions because they cannot be indulged without injuring his neighbor or himself. He has no offense because he does not
choose to be offended. He is honest upon principle.
February 17, 2015
Allen Eide, Ken Snedeker and Dave Hansen enjoyed a visit to Worthing Lodge last Thursday.
Thirty-two Masons, their Ladies, and friends enjoyed playing cards and games and eating cherry pie and ice cream at our annual George Washington Party.
We hope to do outdoor Degree Work in May or June at the Spies Farm picnic area.
Tom Lewis, Ken Snedeker and Allen Eide delivered Valentine roses to our local Masonic widows.
Cooks were determined for our annual Men’s Potluck Supper will be at 6:30 before our March 3 meeting.
Education Officer Ron West began a program on WB Ben Franklin taking from a Short Talk Bulletin.
March 3, 2015
The possible date for Outdoor Degree work in May and June appear to be May 2, May 9, and June 6 (with June 6 already hitting a snag).
Thanks to Donn Larson, Tom Lewis, Doug Van’t Hof, and Galen Jansen for offering to donate bikes for the drawing following our Easter Hunt. This benefits the Hudson Community Center and we also need to start accumulating toys to be given away during the drawing at the breakfast which follows.
WM Eide thanked the Brothers who furnished the great food we enjoyed before the meeting at our Men’s Potluck Supper. The only problem was there were not enough of us there to enjoy it, forcing those who were to over eat!
Education Officer Ron West gave an excellent program on Examination of Visitors. First, they must show their dues card. Second, take the test oath. Third, they must answer test questions and WB Ron called on the three Masters for the three degrees, WBs Dave Hansen, Tom Lewis abd Galen Jansen, to do this. Included were the passwords and grips for the degrees, and a few questions relating to each degree. A lot discussion followed, including WB Ken Snedeker and MWB Les Spies telling of the extensive examinations they underwent in Arkansas Lodges.
March 17, 2015
We hope to have a Lodge potluck/picnic for the Brothers and their families sometime this summer.
Final preparations made for the Saturday, April 4 Easter Egg Hunt.
Outdoor F.C. Degree Work is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, at the Spies picnic area.
Education Officer Ron West shared “Boring Our Members to Death, ” from by Freemasonry for Dummies author Chris Hodapp, suggesting good ways to prevent this from happening.
April 7, 2015
Allen and all of the Masons,
A special thank you to all that the Masons do for this event. I have been a part of the planning committee for this event since the beginning. As I have said to many — I am not sure how this happens but it does.
This fundraiser somehow has all of the right factions that it just works. Not just this year but has worked for many years. How we attract the people that we do, when there is a lot of neighboring competition, still amazes me. We have all the right things at the right time and the right groups and people doing it evidently. So again I say thanks, you are a vital part of this event and the community. Congratulations and keep it up!
April 7, 2015
A potluck picnic with family members will be combined with our outdoor F.C. Degree work at the Les Spies farm on June 6.
184 children participated in our 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt to benefit the Community Center.
WB Ric Porter was recognized as a 30-Year Master Master. Congratulations Ric!
You and your Lady are invited to attend a dinner to be held at the Masonic Lodge in Hudson at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
The price of the dinner will be $10 per person, which will help cover the cost of complementary meals for our guests.
Following the dinner, the Lodge will honor our Ladies and the Widows of our deceased Brothers and enjoy the thoughts of our guest speaker.
We hope you and your Lady will be able to attend and enjoy an evening of fellowship with your Masonic friends.
PLEASE RSVP BY APRIL 30, 2015, to assist our caterer.
Dave Hansen, Sec.
Allen J. Eide, Worshipful Master
April 14, 2015
Our 4th and 21st Degree Teams consisting of Galen Jansen, Brian Sohl, Ron West, Joe West, Randy Smith, Tom Lewis and Dave Hansen participated in the Scottish Rite Reunion in Yankton last week.
Secretary Hansen needs to send a head count of Brothers who will attend the Table Lodge in Worthing at 6:30 P.M. on Friday, May 15, no later than our next meeting date. Let him know if you are going.
Finally preparations were made for our Recognition Banquet on Sunday, May 3, at 6:30 P.M. Please RSVP to Secretary Hansen or WM Allen no later than April 30.
Our next three lunch donations will go to the MSAT Program, the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, and the SD CHIP Program.
Table Lodge at Worthing will be on May 15 at 6:30 P.M. Please let Secretary Hansen know if you intend to attend. He needs to give them a head count after our May 5 meeting
Outdoor F.C. Degree work is a go for Saturday, June 6. Study up if you have a part. There will be a picnic/potluck with our families following the degree work — more details to follow.
We will Walk Ditches on Tuesday, April 28. Meet at the Lodge at 6:00 P.M. Bring gloves and a few trash bags. Any and all family members are welcome!
Education Officer Ron West presented “America’s Symbol — To Have and to Hold.” This is a “first person” account given by Old Glory herself of remembrances over her lifetime. It was an excellent reminder of the respect Americans used to have for our flag and our country and, hopefully, still do. However, it seems that many do not feel the same patriotism as in days gone by. Hopefully, this trend is reversed soon.
May 5, 2015
Grand Lodge proposals and nominees were discussed in detail.
Forty-three attended a very successful May Banquet. Ken and Aggie Snedeker and Duane and Isaac Van Noort were recognized by Vicki Stead for their contributions to the Hudson nursing home.
Table Lodge in Worthing is Friday, May 15, at 7:00 P.M. Six Brothers and three wives plan to attend so far. Carpool leaves Hudson at 6:00 P.M. Please let Secretary Hansen know if you wish to be added to the list.
Outdoor F.C. Degree work on Saturday, June 6: Brothers will need to help with mowing and moving the necessary paraphernalia to the site. Bettie Spies will plan the meal and contact others if she desires help with this meal for Masons and their families which will follow the degree work.
WM Eide thanked Duane Van Noort, Ron Chenault, Ron West, Joe West, Ric Porter, Randy Kruid, and Brian Sohl who helped him with ditch walking last Tuesday.
WM Eide gave an education program on the “Friend to Friend” Monument in the Gettysburg Cemetery. The statue honors the terrible price paid by soldiers in this conflict and how Masonry intervened as a common bond of Brotherly Love for the opposing sides of the Civil War.
June 1, 2015
On Saturday, June 6, at 3:30 P.M., Jeptha Lodge will be conferring the Fellowcraft Degree at the picnic area on the farm of MWB Les Spies. Following the work, there will be a picnic supper in the shelter house there. Please let WM Allen Eide or MWB Les know you are planning to attend so they can judge how much food to have on hand. Do not answer to me as I will be away all next week and will not see your emails.
Dave Hansen, Sec.
June 6, 2015
Brothers, the Low Vale meeting was held this afternoon at the Spies farm, with 22 brothers, both ours and visitors, in attendance. Brother Isaac Van Noort was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft as planned.
Afterwards, Bettie Spies served a delicious Swiss steak dinner, with a multitude of excellent salads and several tasty desserts.
WB Bob Ullom of Flandreau, who filled in as Chaplain today, was proclaimed a lifetime honorary member of Jeptha Lodge. WB Jeff Buchman of Sioux City did a masterful stair lecture, Iowa-style. It is close to ours, but not exactly the same. Thanks to WB Galen Janssen and Bro. Ron Chennault for taking pro-tem positions.
However, not all was well. MWB Les came home from a short stay in the hospital, just as the meeting started. Before the evening was done, he was back in the hospital, after his blood pressure spiked. We have not had further word since we left the Spies home about 8:00 PM.
Our prayers are with MW Bro. Les and Bettie in this time of concern.
Allen J. Eide, Worshipful Master
P.S. There is one more stated communication before the Lodge goes dark for the summer. 7:30 on Tuesday June 16. Please attend if you can.
June 2, 6, 16, 2015
Jeptha Lodge is pleased to welcome John Eide to the membership roll.
Isaac Van Noort received the F.C. Degree in the outdoor, low vale setting of the Spies farm picnic area, followed by a wonderful meal prepared by Bettie.
Education Officer Ron West gave a program on some do’s and don’ts in Masonic ritual and shared a Short Talk Bulletin called “The Seven Deadly Cynics” who can cause disharmony in a Lodge.
Best wishes from all of the Brothers of Jeptha Lodge to MWB Les Spies as he continues to battle various health issues.
The results of the election of officers:
Brian Sohl WM
Ron West SW
Duane Van Noort JW
Dave Hansen Sec.
Tom Lewis Treas.
We are organizing a Masonic Fantasy Football League. We will hold an offline draft next Sunday Aug. 23 at 3:00 in the Civic Center (American Legion Building) downtown Worthing. We will order pizza and have snacks and refreshments available.
The draft will be an auction style and will be hosted through Yahoo.
If you are interested please reply with a Yahoo email address that we can use to invite you to the league. If you haven’t played through Yahoo or Fantasy Football before but have a general knowledge of the game this will be an easy league and one of the other Brothers will help you through the draft.
Our intention is to make this another fun way to get Masons together. If you just want to come for the pizza and BYOB (if you desire other than soda or water) we invite you to just come and enjoy the fellowship and the excitement of a Fantasy Football draft. We could use some help also just to enter data into the computer as we go or maybe even a referee! Either way even if you’re not in the league you’ll still have fun at the draft
We would like to keep it to Masons only for now. Please forward this on to other Brothers in your lodge or other Masons you think would be interested.
Aaron Zahn, Secretary / Treasurer
Worthing Lodge 141, Worthing, SD
August 18, 2015
With the end of summer fast approaching, the start of the new Lodge year will soon begin, and even faster than usual.
Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 PM.
I think this is an important year for our Lodge. Attendance has become a little “sketchy” in recent years as some former regulars have become part-timers, some part-timers come even less, and others disappear almost entirely. I say this not to point fingers, but out of concern for the future of a Lodge that is more visible, and has more activities for the good of Hudson, than ever. And I think we do more event planning and learn more on a variety of interesting Masonic related topics than when I first joined.
Somehow I’ve become one of the “old guys” and maybe I haven’t noticed that Jeptha Lodge needs a little “tweaking” to be more fun. If so, please come and share any ideas to make the experience more interesting!
I do not think Masonry has become irrelevant. To the contrary, just take a look around and it is pretty obvious that the country and the world needs Masonry more than ever!
Dave Hansen, Sec.
2015 - 2016
September 1, 2015
WM Brian Sohl and his 2015-2016 Officers were installed by Randy Smith, Installing Officer, Allen Eide, Installing Marshall, and Galen Jansen, Installing Chaplain with 16 members in attendance.
The Lodge Charter was draped in honor of departed Brother Gerald Dow, may he rest in peace.
Thanks to Brother Tracy Homandberg for the fine job taking care of the Lodge's lawn again this year.
Education Officer Ron West presented WB Galen Jansen with a certificate recognizing his 20 years as a Master Mason. Galen stated he remembers that night well and has great enjoyment from his Masonic experience.
August 2015 Short Talk Bulletin entitled “Where Have All The Past Masters Gone?” was shared. It describes a Masonic pyramid of new Master’s building up new levels after the Past Masters. If some of the lower Past Master “blocks” disappear, the entire pyramid can come tumbling down. It is a visual example of why it is necessary that Past Masters continue to stay involved and contribute their experience for the good of the Lodge.
WB Allen Eide assembled his officers from this past year for a photograph session.
September 15, 2015
Duane Van Noort attended the Masonic Leadership Conference in Oacoma, SD.
Brian Sohl and Steve Wickre, with the help of 5 grandchildren, entered the Lodge float in the all-school reunion parade.
Immediate PM Allen Eide presented WM Brian Sohl with the +1 Award received at Grand Lodge for an increase in membership this past year.
Ken and Aggie Snedeker attended Installation of Officers at Elk Point Lodge.
Education Officer Ron West shared some of the ancient history of Masonry as it was in England and the American Colonies.
October 16, 2015
Our 4th and 21st Degree Scottish Rite Teams — Galen Jansen, Randy Smith, Brian Sohl, Ron West Joe West, Tom Lewis and Dave Hansen — participated in the Fall Reunion in Yankton.
MWB Les Spies attended a meeting of the Grand Lodge of Iowa in Sioux City.
WB Ken Snedeker reminded the Brothers how much our Brothers in various nursing homes enjoy it when we take the time to stop and visit them.
Ditch Walking will be Tuesday, October 13. Meet at the Lodge at 6:00 PM.
Education Officer Ron West described the first Presidential Inaguration Ceremony, concentrating on the rolls of our first President George Washington and Robert Livingstone of New York.
November 3, 2015
WM Brian Sohl and WB Allen Eide attended the District Meeting in Vermillion.
WB Eide completed a proposed rewrite of the Lodge by-laws which will be emailed out to members before a vote at the Nov. 17 meeting (It can also be downloaded here.) Changing meeting times from 7:30 PM to 7:00 PM is one of the major items.
All is ready for our Annual Oyster Stew and Chili Supper before our Nov. 17 meeting. Begin serving at 6:00 PM.
WB Curt Vipond appears in the commercial for Stony Brook Suites in Sioux Falls.
WB Allen Eide gave an education program on his recent trip to Scotland and Ireland. Highlighted were his tour of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in Edinburgh and the Glengoyne Whiskey Distillery in the Scottish Highland. It is left to your opinion which drew greater interest and discussion!
November 17, 2015
We had a busy meeting last Tuesday night and there are several events to give you details on. I’ ll do it in chronological order:
1. Santa comes to our Lodge on Saturday, December 12 from 12:30 to 2:00. Brothers should meet by 11:30 to address Christmas cards to our non-local members and to sack the candy/peanuts for the kids. Duties that you volunteered for:
Town Sign Board and Santa Banner — Brian Sohl
Juice — Brian Sohl
Gift for Santa to hand out — Brian Sohl
Letter to non-local Brothers — Brian Sohl
Christmas Cards - Brian Sohl
2 gal. Cider — Tom Lewis
Newspaper Adsand Posters — Tom Lewis
Peanuts 10 lbs. — Doug Van’ t Hof
Santa — Allen Eide
Bags for Candy and Toys — Les Spies
Small Toys — Les Spies
10# of Candy — Tracy Homandberg and Mike Stead
Labels to go on bags — Dave Hansen
Postage and Mailing Labels — Dave Hansen
Craft Helpers — ??
2 Dozen Cookies — Allen Eide, Randy Kruid, Mike Stead, and Ron West
Decorating Tree — Ken and Aggie Snedeker
Camera and Film — Joe and Ron West
2. We will confer the E.A. Degree on Tuesday, December 15, open at 7:00 PM. Practice will be on Saturday, December 15 after Santa’ s visit to the Lodge. Please study up and be ready for practice and the actual degee if you have a part in the work.
December 15, 2015
WB Allen “Santa” Eide, Elaine “Mrs. Claus” Eide, and Santa’s helpers Diana “the Penguin” Hansen and Vicki Sohl gave the Hudson area children a fun time on Santa’s visit to Hudson.
We welcome Charles Smith to Jeptha Lodge on receiving the E.A. Degree!
We will co-sponsor a C.H.I.P. event at the Union Co. Fair with Elk Point Lodge.
New Lodge By-Laws were discussed, voted on, accepted, and submitted to Grand Lodge for approval.
January 19, 2016
Jeptha Lodge welcomes Michael Bjelland on beginning his journey in Masonry!
Education Officer Ron West presented a program explaining many of the terms heard in the E.A. Degree.
February 16, 2016
There was no meeting on February 2 because of the weather.
WBs Ken Snedeker, Allen Eide, Ric Porter, and Tom Lewis delivered Valentine roses to our local Masonic widows.
We made final preparations for our annual George Washington Party on February 21 at 2:00 PM and our Men’s Potluck Supper to be held at 6:30 PM before the March 1 meeting.
We began preparing for the Saturday, March 26 Easter Egg Hunt & Raffle to benefit the Community Center.
Education Officer Ron West gave a program on “The Handicapped Brother.”
March 1, 2016
The new By-Laws have received Grand Lodge approval. Effective March 15, 2016, all regular meetings will start at 7:00 PM.
Our Men’s Potluck Supper before the March 1 meeting was the best ever with lots of great food to chose from.
Annual George Washington’s Party was enjoyed by 30 card and game players. Cherry pie and ice cream capped off a fun afternoon.
Final plans were set for the Saturday, March 26, Easter Egg Hunt and Drawing to benefit the Hudson Community Center.
Education Officer Ron West used a Short Talk Bulletin to describe “The Ideal Lodge.” It is not one with a big bank account but few active members. It fully informs new petitioners. It has Teams, not Committees, where a Chairman does all of the work. It considers fellowship and lunch time very important in addition to the ritual.
Several important items in the works for you:
First, we will meet at the Lodge to walk ditches Tuesday, March 22,at 6 PM. We decided to do it a little early this year because the forecast is pretty nice and before the grass starts growing. Bring a pair of gloves and a few trash bags. It should take us about an hour.
Second, the Easter Egg Hunt on next Saturday, March 26. Meet at the City Park at 9:30 AM to hide egg, rope off the hunt areas, and get the raffle prizes set up in the Community Center. Registration is from 10:00 to 10:30 AM. Hunt begins at 10:45 AM. It goes great if we have 20 to 25 Brothers on hand.
Lastly, it looks like we will be conferring the F.C. Degree at the April 19 meeting. Please be preparing if you have a part. I’m sure we will be talking about a practice at the April 5 meeting.
Dave Hansen, Secretary
March 15, 2016
We’ll walk ditches Tuesday, March 22, at 6:00 PM.
At lunch we filled 1,500 plastic eggs for Saturday’s hunt.
MWB Les Spies shared “The Stolen Car,” a semi-tongue-in-cheek short story about a man with Masonic bumper stickers on his car who was stopped by a police officer for behaving in a very unMasonic manner because the officer thought he must have stolen the car.
WB Ron West presented “5 Things You Might Not Know About the Washington Memorial.”
Continental Congress voted to erect a monument to Washington in 1783, but it was not begun until 1848.
The original plan called for pantheon with stone columns and statues, with the obelisk we know in the center.
In 1982 a Navy veteran held the monument and those inside at the time hostage, threatening to blow it up. It turned out he had no explosives.
The monument was damaged in a 2011 earthquake. No one was injured, but it was closed while $15 million in repaired were made.
Numerous other lesser-known tributes to Washington are scattered around the country.
April 5, 2016
WB Allen Eide presented three Brothers with Master Mason anniversary certificates: Bro. Tracy Homandberg - 5 Years, Bro. Doug Van’t Hof - 5 Years, and MWB Les Spies - 45 Years.
At the annual Easter Egg Hunt, 167 children toughed it out on a cold morning to fill their baskets.
Tom, Judy and Tyler Lewis, Ron and Joe West, Steve Wickre, Tracy Homandberg, Brian Sohl, Duane Van Noort, Randy Kruid, Galen Jansen and Dave Hansen were the semiannual ditch walker crew for the Lodge.
Final plans were made for the Sunday, May 1, Recognition Banquet.
Education Officer Ron West shared a Grand Lodge of Louisiana piece entitled “When Is a Man a Mason?”
April 19, 2016
Jeptha Lodge 4th and 21st Degree Teams consisting of Brian Sohl, Randy Smith, Galen Jansen, Ron West, Joe West, Tom Lewis and Dave Hansen participated in the Yankton Scottish Rite Spring Reunion.
We will confer the F.C. Degree at our May 3 Meeting.
Education Officer Ron West shared the Masonic Messenger article on Mt. Rushmore.
You and your Lady are invited to attend a dinner to be held at the Masonic Lodge in Hudson at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
The price of the dinner will be $10 per person, which will help cover the cost of complementary meals for our guests.
Following the dinner, the Lodge will honor our Ladies and the Widows of our deceased Brothers and enjoy the thoughts of our guest speaker.
We hope you and your Lady will be able to attend and enjoy an evening of fellowship with your Masonic friends.
PLEASE RSVP as soon as possible or BY APRIL 26, 2016 to assist our caterer.
Brian Sohl, W.M.
Ph. (605) 984-2032
Dave Hansen, Sec.
May 3, 2016
Congratulations to Brother Michael Bjelland on receiving his FC Degree!
Visiting Brothers Chuck Yates, Past Grand Master of Iowa, and Guy Posey, Past Grand Marshall of Iowa were recognized.
Fifty-one Masons and Ladies attended a successful Recognition Banquet.
Education Officer Ron West reviewed the life of Law Wallace. He is an important, but little remembered Mason who was an attorney, served as an officer in the Mexican and Civil Wars, served in the Indiana State Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, was Governor of New Mexico, Ambassador to Turkey, and also somehow found the time to write the classic Ben Hur.
May 17, 2016
The election of officers will be done at the June 7 meeting. Ron Chenault’s famous baby-back ribs prepared in a smoker should entice a big turnout.
When reviewed Grand Lodge nominees and issues to be voted on.
WB Allen Eide filled in as Education Officer and shared “Ritual Education” from the February 2014 Short Talk Bulletin. It emphasized that we need to understand what the ritual actually means, not just memorize the words.
June 7, 2016
Bro. Jeremy Huls, a Lt. Commander in the Navy, sent heartfelt greetings to his fellow Jeptha Lodge Brothers as he deploys to the Middle East with the Eisenhower Strike Group.
Election of Officers was held:
WM Ron West
SW Duane Van Noort
JW Doug Van’t Hof
Treas. Tom Lewis
Sec. Dave Hansen
Education Officer Ron West shared “Top 10 Scandalous Freemason Secrets” by ANONYMOUS. When we heard some of the laughable and untrue reasons in the list, we knew why it was anonymous. We also realized that we must continue fighting the sometimes uphill battle to show what a wonderful force for good in the world Masonry is.
June 21, 2016
We will plan to confer the Master Mason Degree on Tuesday, July 12, at 7:00 P.M. Practice will be Sunday, July 10, at 2:00 PM.
WB Allen Eide reported on happenings at the Grand Lodge session.
WB Ron West received the Education Officer of the Year Award at Grand Lodge.
We discussed taking down the old trees on the Lodge lawn and will check on some options to have it done.
Tonight’s education program was “Dispelling Myths About Masons.”
2015 - 2016
September 6, 2016
The old trees around the Lodge were taken down in July after deciding they were getting too messy and possibly dangerous.
WB Galen Jansen delivered a fine Masonic Service for a Brother of a neighboring Lodge.
We sponsored a CHIP event at the Union County Fair in Alcester with the Elk Point Lodge.
Installation of Officers was done by WB Allen Eide, Installing Officer, WB Randy Smith, Installing Marshall and WB Galen Jansen, Installing Chaplain. Officers for the 2016 — 2017 Masonic Year are WM Ron West, SW Duane Van Noort, JW Doug Van’t Hof, Treas. Tom Lewis, Sec Dave Hansen, SD Joe West, JD Michael Bjelland, SS Arlan Verburg, JS Tracy Homandberg, Chaplain Galen Jansen, Tyler Brian Sohl , Marshall Steve Wickre and Educ. Off. Joe West.
A 95th birthday celebration for WB Bob Iverson will be held in our hall on Saturday, October 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. It is open to the public.
WB Allen Eide presented WB Ron West with the 2015 — 2016 Grand Lodge Education Officer of the Year Award for his fine programs this past year.
New Education Officer Joe West distributed a crossword puzzle to all of the Brothers entitled “Master, Officers, and their Installation.” It dealt partly with Jeptha Lodge in particular, Grand Lodge in general, and duties of some of the Lodge officers.
September 20, 2016
WB Brian Sohl attended the Mt. Rushmore 75th Anniversary Ceremony.
Congratulations to WB Russ Sorenson on being recognized as a 35 Year Master Mason!
Education Officer Joe West presented the November 2013 Short Talk Bulletin “Death of a Craftsman” about the Apprentice tasked by a Master Mason, who possibly wanted him to fail, with carving the Apprentice Pillar at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland with little or no instruction. When the jealous
Master Mason saw the beautiful result, he struck the Apprentice dead with a setting maul. As punishment, other Masons carved a stone likeness of the murderer’s head and placed it to forever gaze upon the Apprentice Pillar. This teaches 3 lessons: 1) It is every Mason’s duty to help others succeed. 2) We must circumscribe our passions and keep them within due bounds. 3) Finally, do the best we can, regardless of the consequences.
October 4, 2016
WBs Randy Smith, Galen Jansen, Ron West, Joe West, Brian Sohl, Ken Snedeker, and Tom Lewis conferred the 4th and 21st Degrees for four Candidates at the Scottish Rite Reunion in Yankton.
Education Program was The Short Talk Bulletin “The Importance of Degrees — A Viginette.” It compared the reactions of new Lodge Candidates and current Lodge Brothers in vibrant, active Lodges to those of Lodges with very little activity or excitement of any kind. Jeptha Lodge is definitely the former!
October 18, 2016
This Saturday, October 22, there will be a 95th birthday party for Bob Iverson in the Lodge lunchroom from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. This is open to the public with Bob and his family present. Stop in and greet Bob and enjoy some refreshments!
We will walk ditches next Tuesday, October 25. Meet at the Lodge at 6:00 PM. Bring a pair of gloves and some bags. It should take less than an hour if we have a good showing.
We will confer the E.A. Degree at our meeting on Tuesday, November 1 opening at 7:00 PM. Practice for the Degree Team will be Sunday, October 30 at 2:00 PM. Please be ready if you have a part in the work. Let WM Ron West or me know right away if you cannot be there to do your part.
Oyster Stew & Chili Supper be start at 6:00 PM before the November 15 meeting. If you can help get things ready around 4:00 or 4:30 that afternoon, that would be great. Good food and Masonic Jeopardy!
Lastly, WB Curt Vipond has been hospitalized. Not sure at this point what his time table will be, but I’m sure he would love a card or to hear from us.
November 1, 2016
Sixteen Brothers were on hand to welcome Joe Swanstrom to Jeptha Lodge! SW Duane Van Noort, JW Doug Van’t Hof, and JD Michael Bjelland did a fine job in their first degree work at these positions.
Ditches were walked by Ron West, Joe West, Mike Stead, Ric Porter, Brian Sohl, Steve Wickre, Duane Van Noort and Dave Hansen.
Education Officer Joe West gave a program explaining many of the terms used in the EA Degree.
November 15, 2016
Eighteen members and four visiting Brothers enjoyed our annual Oyster Stew & Chili Supper.
Santa will visit the Lodge on Saturday, December 10, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM.
Education Officer Joe West presented the latest additional of Masonic Jeopardy, won by our well-informed WB Allen Eide.
Santa will visit the Lodge on Saturday, December 10 from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M. We will meet at the Lodge at 11:30 AM to prepare Christmas cards, sack the candy, etc. Here is what you volunteered for:
Santa — Allen Eide
Toys — Les Spies
Bags — Dave Hansen
Peanuts — Doug Van’t Hof
Candy — Ron West, Brian Sohl, and Joe Swanstrom
Label and stamps — Dave Hansen
Camera and film — Ron and Joe West
Blue Juice — Brian Sohl
Town sign and inform Fire Dept. — Brian Sohl
Christmas letter to Brothers — Ron West
Decorate — Ken Snedeker
2 gal. of cider — Tom Lewis
2 dozen cookies each — Duane Van Noort, Allen Eide, Tracy Homandberg and Dave Hansen
December 6, 2016
We are ready for Santa’s visit to the Lodge on Saturday.
Excerpts of a letter from Brother Jeremy Huls regarding his Masonic activities while serving our country in the military were shared.
Happy 90th birthday to Brother Ken Nicholas!
WB Allen Eide viewed the Grand Lodge of South Dakota Christmas tree at the State Capitol in Pierre.
Education Officer Joe West shared the Short Talk Bulletin entitled ”Virtues to Live By.” A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to ”do good.” The four cardinal virtues, temperance, fortitude, prudence, and justice, can be practiced by everyone and represent a moral foundation. They are often intertwined with one leading to another. The serve as a daily framework for daily living and are introduced in the Entered Apprentice Degree.
December 20, 2016
We removed the drape in memory of departed Bro. Neil Broscha from the Lodge charter. May he rest in peace.
A big thank you to Lesley and Ron Pedde for their contribution to Jeptha Lodge in memory of WB Dale Smith.
WB Allen “Santa” Eide received a hearty applause for making 43 children happy as they visited with Santa on his annual trip to the Lodge in Hudson.
Education Officer Joe West put our minds in overdrive with a word seach consisting of Masonic songs, composers, and singers.
January 3, 2017
We draped the Lodge charter and had a moment of silence in honor of our departed Brother Ken Miller. May he rest in peace.
We practiced the F.C. Degree opening, closing, and parts of the second section.
Education Officer Joe West presented ”10 Quotes by Freemasons That Will Make You a Better Man”:
- Bro. Benjamin Franklin: ”The things which hurt, instruct.”
- Bro. Winston Churchill: ”Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
- Bro. Henry Ford: ”Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us better, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
- Bro. Mark Twain: ”If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”
- Bro. José Rizal: ”There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.”
- Bro. Manly P. Hall: ”What nobler relationship than that of a friend? What nobler compliment can man bestow than friendship? The clasp of hands of comradeship unite in a bond eternal — the fellowship of spirit.”
- Bro. Ralph Waldo Emerson: ”Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
- Bro. George Washington: ”Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
- Bro. Winston Churchill: ”If you are going through hell...keep going.”
- Bro. James Naismith: ”Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.”
January 17, 2017
MWB Les Spies attended the Sioux City Scottish Rite Reunion.
FC Degree work is planned for our February 21 meeting. Please study up if you have a part!
Education Officer Joe West shared the first half of a piece by Brother Ben P. Rosenfield, P.M. on how to find Candidates, develop and inspire them, and retain them as active members.
February 7, 2017
The drape was removed from our charter and a moment of silence observed in honor of departed Brother Ken Miller.
FC Degree will be conferred at our February 21 meeting. Practice will be February 16 at 7:00 PM.
Valentine rose delivers for our local Masonic widows were planned.
Duties were set for our annual George Washington’s Birthday Party on Sunday, February 19, at 2:00 PM.
Education Officer Joe West completed the piece by Bro. Ben P. Rosenfield, P.M., on how to find Candidates, develop and inspire them, and retain them as active members.
We scheduled a number of things at the meeting Tuesday night. If you were not at the meeting and are unable to take care of a job listed for you below, please let me know and we will make other arrangements.
Valentine Roses for Masonic Widows:
Tom Lewis - Dorothy Skogman
Ric Porter - Helen Van Wyhe
Allen Eide - Peggy Steinfadt
Keni Snedeker - Ramona Schlup
George Washington Birthday Party (2:00, Feb. 19 at the Lodge):
Check playing cards - Ken Snedeker
Bring Games - Galen Jansen and Dave Hansen
6 Prizes - Galen Jansen
Grass - Galen Jansen
Baskets - Dave Hansen
2 Pies each - Ron West, Tracy Homandberg, Doug Van’t Hof and Dave Hansen
Ice Cream - Ken Snedeker
2 Juice - Tom Lewis
Town Sign - Brian Sohl
Posters - Tom Lewis
Talies and Invites - Dave Hansen
Coffee - on hand
Fellowcraft Degree Work will be Tuesday, February 21, open at 7:00 PM. Practice for the Officers and Degree Team will be on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM.
I regret to inform you that WB Robert “Bob” Iverson passed away this morning. He helped make Jeptha Lodge strong for many years and will be greatly missed.
There will be a Masonic Service for Bob at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden, Iowa on Monday night, February 20, at 7:00 PM.
For those who wish to carpool, we will meet at the Lodge at 6:15 to go to Hawarden. Suggested attire is dark slacks and a white shirt. Coat and tie optional. The funeral service for WB Bob will be Tuesday, February 21, at 10:30 AM, in the Hudson Lutheran Church.
|Dave Hansen, Sec. |
Robert Earl “Bob” Iverson passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Mica Hill Estates in Hawarden, Iowa on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. He was 95 years of age.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Hudson Lutheran Church in Hudson, South Dakota, with Rev. Nathan Hanson officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the Eden Cemetery at Hudson. Visitation will begin at noon Monday, with a Masonic Service open to the public beginning at 7:00 p.m. and a time of sharing and visitation following at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden, Iowa. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, please honor Bob’s legacy with donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children
Bob was born October 25, 1921 to Raymond “Kelly” and Inez (Anderson) Iverson in Hudson, South Dakota, where he was raised and graduated from high school.
Bob enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on August 6, 1942 and served in the 94th Bomb Group during WWII. Bob’s unit was responsible for first installing Radio Detection and Ranging or RADAR on B-17’s. He served in England until the end of the war in Europe. Bob’s journey home brought him to Chicago on October 11, 1945, or VJ Day, where he met the love of his life, Elly Greta Kuhnert.
Bob and Elly lived in Hudson after their marriage on October 12, 1946. Bob managed the Red and White Grocery Store for a time in Hudson, and eventually became Hudson’s Postmaster for about 30 years.
Bob was active in town and county politics during his life in Hudson, and was an enthusiastic member of the Jeptha Masonic Lodge and El Riad Shrine. Bob enjoyed being in the Shrine’s Clown Unit, but his true passion was children, especially those treated at Shriner’s Crippled Children Hospitals, sponsoring five youngsters during his adult life. Bob was an avid philatelist, teaching stamp collecting to school age children, as well as South Dakota State Fair attendees. Bob participated in clown activities and parades in many parts of North America, and always included his bride of 61 years and their children in their travels. When Hudson annually actively celebrated its town, Bob was in charge of some pretty awesome parades through the years. Bob was a 70-year member of Bergstrom Bodeen American Legion Post 128, the Hudson First Congregational Church of Christ, and professional and civic groups. He loved being outdoors, whether camping, fishing, gardening, mowing lawn, or pulling his granddaughters on a toboggan around Hudson’s snowy streets behind his car.
Bob is survived by his son, R.E. “Gene” (Joy) Iverson of Seattle, Washington; two daughters, Vicki (Mike) Stead of Hudson and DeeAnn Hendricks of Chatsworth, Iowa; two “adopted” children, Ken and Aggie Snedeker of Hudson; 4 grandchildren, Kelly (Jeremy) Huls of Yorktown, Virginia, Katie (Chris) Anderson of Hawarden, Iowa, and Russell and Joshua Iverson of Seattle; 6 great-grandchildren, Rianne, Austin, and Carter Huls and Kasadee, Cooper, and Swayze Anderson; and one sister, Phyllis Winterfeld of Ireton, Iowa.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Elly on October 12, 2007.
February 21, 2017
Masonic Service for WB Bob Iverson was attended by 30 Masons, including over 20 from Jeptha Lodge. WB Galen Jansen did a fine job delivering the service our Brother.
Attendance at our annual George Washington's Birthday Party was very poor this year.
Congratulations to Brother Joe Swanstrom on taking his second step in Masonry!
Education Officer Joe West shared “Masonic Civility and Personal Opinion in the Age of Social Media” by WB John Lawson, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Washington.
April 4, 2017
Duties were reviewed for the Easter Egg Hunt to be held Saturday, April 15.
Ten Brothers traveled to Elk Point on April 1st to help them raise two new Brothers.
We will walk ditches Tuesday, April 11. Meet at the Lodge at 6:00 PM.
Congratulation to Joe Swanstrom on being raised as a Master Mason and newest member of Jeptha Lodge!
You and your Lady are invited to attend a dinner to be held at the Masonic Lodge in Hudson on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 6:30 P.M.
The price of the dinner will be $10 per person.
Following the dinner, the Lodge will honor our Ladies and Widows of our deceased Brothers.
The highlight of the evening will be a special program featuring Bro. Theodore ”Teddy” Roosevelt, as portrayed by Bro. Darrel Draper of Omaha. Draper’s appearance is co-sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council.
We hope you and your Lady are able to attend and enjoy an evening of fellowship with your Masonic friends. PLEASE RSVP BY MAY 1.
Ron West, WM
Dave Hansen, Sec.
May 16, 2017
Forty-seven Brothers, wives, and friends attended our annual Recognition Banquet. Brother Darrel Draper from Omaha kept us spellbound with his portrayal and telling of the life story of Brother Theodore Roosevelt.
WB Allen Eide presented the Lodge with a Square & Compass lacework he received from a Florida Mason he aided. Brother Don Horner did a great job framing it so that it can be displayed in the Lodge.
Education Officer Joe West gave a 20-question quiz on the Master Mason Degree.
June 6, 2017
Congratulation to Brother Charles Smith on taking his second step in Masonry!
We will confer the Master Mason Degree at our June 20 meeting.
Education Officer Joe West used Freemasonry for Dummies as source for FC Degree facts, concentrating on the Flight of Winding Stairs and the Working Tools of a FC.
Our newly elected officers for next Masonic year are:
- WM Duane Van Noort
- SW Galen Jansen
- JW Joe West
- Treas. Tom Lewis
- Sec. Dave Hansen
June 20, 2017
Congratulations to Charles Smith on becoming our newest Master Mason!
WB Allen Eide presented a program he crafted entitled “The 300th Anniversary of Organized Masonry (Or Is It?)” He described the competing Grand Lodges found in England and their resulting effect on Masonry in the United States, particularly South Dakota.
Brother Huls Makes Waves...
A Hawarden native is making waves nearly 10,000 miles away on the small island of Diego Garcia. U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Huls became the officer in charge in May of the computer and naval support facility in the British Indian Ocean.
Brother Huls oversees 95 people at the communications support facility which serves 3,500 people. It is a unique assignment far away from family.
He says you can ask for a second year on the island, but that is rare due to its distance away from everything. Huls has been in the Navy for 16 years and prior to this assignment he was on the Dwight D. Eisenhower in Norfolk, Virginia. Huls says their goal is to improve the communications, facilities and operations on the island that includes a project for the Department of Defense.
Huls is a 1999 graduate of West Sioux Community High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas. His wife Kelly is a 1998 graduate of West Sioux.
Jeremy Huls (L) takes over from previous commander Brian Baker
2017 - 2018
September 5, 2017
Installation of Officers was conducted by Ron West, Installing Officer; Randy Smith, Installing Marshal, and Randy Porter, Installing Chaplain.
Congratulations to new Worshipful Master Duane Van Noort, Senior Warden Galen Jansen, Junior Warden Joe West, Treasurer Tom Lewis, Secretary Dave Hansen, Senior Deacon Brian Sohl, Junior Deacon Mike Ingebrigtson, Senior Steward Arlan Verburg, Junior Steward Tracy Homandberg, Chaplain Galen Jansen, Marshal Doug Van’t Hof, Tyler Ron West, and Education Officer Joe West.
The Lodge charter was draped in memory of departed Brother Roger McKellips.
Our District meeting will be in Worthing on Sunday, September 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Those wishing to carpool meet at the Lodge in Hudson at 1:00 PM.
Education Officer Joe West presented a humorous verbal exchange between Mahatma Gandhi and a law professor at the University College in London were he was studying.
September 19, 2017
WM Duane & Becky Van Noort and WB Ken & Aggie Snedeker attended the District meeting in Worthing.
WM Duane Van Noort entered the Lodge float in the Hudson parade.
Education Officer Joe West recognized Memorial Life Member Ken Miller on the 75th anniversary of his becoming a Master Mason. He followed with a very informative quiz on Masonic Symbols taken from all three Blue Lodge Degrees.
Masons, wives, and friends are invited to attend a 90th birthday party for WB Curt Vipond on Sunday, November 5, from 2:00-4:00 PM at StoneyBrook Suites, 4501 E. Pampas Place, Sioux Falls. I know he would love to see as many as possible!
October 17, 2017
Tthe 2017-2018 Lodge of the Year Program was reviewed.
Our 4th and 21st Degree Teams participated in the Yankton Scottish Rite Fall Reunion.
We will confer the E.A. Degree at our November 7 meeting.
Our annual Oyster Stew & Chili Supper is planned for the November 21 meeting.
Education Officer Joe West Shared ”Ideals of a Freemason
” by MWB Otto Klotz and we had fun guessing the answers while playing ”Masonic Hangman”.
November 7, 2017
Jeptha Lodge will hold our Oyster Stew & Chili Supper on Tuesday, November 21. We will begin eating at 6 PM with the regular meeting to follow.
The highlight of the evening will be a 70-Year Mason Pin presentation to WB Hobie Cole.
Now for the “Something New.” Several of our Ladies and others have expressed an interest in being present. We have decided to do the presentation in our lunchroom following the supper and invite anyone interested to join us for supper and stay to watch Hobie receive his honor.
Now, this gives us a new twist in deciding how much food we will need. So, we are asking that you RSVP this year with how many will be coming with you or your group. That way we can make sure no one goes home hungry.
Following the meal and presentation, we will have our regular tiled meeting including Masonic Jeopardy.
Non-Mason guests are welcome to stay in the lunchroom. We’ll try to keep the meeting as short as possible.
November 21, 2017
Jeptha Lodge welcomes Brother Philip Wynia on taking his first step in Masonry! Our Oyster Stew & Chili Supper with honored member WB Hobie Cole receiving his 70-Year Mason Pin was attended by 31. In addition to the 21 Masons, were Mike Cole, Don Cole, Laurie Cole, Bettie Spies, Aggie Snedeker, Mychelle Ingebrigtson, Barb Homandberg, Deb Jansen, Samantha Wynia, & Becky Van Noort. Following the meal, WM Van Noort had SD Brian Sohl present our honored guest to the front of the lunchroom. Secretary Hansen read our esteemed Brother’s Masonic record. District Master Brad Hazuka presented the 70 Year Award on behalf of Grand Lodge. Hobie’s sons and daughter-in-law joined him for the pinning. Hobie gave some heartfelt words on his life as a Mason and received a warm hand from all present.
Education Officer Joe West then did his best to educate us with the latest version of Masonic Jeopardy with the following catagories: Installation of Officers; Entered Apprentice Degree; Masonic Christmas Music; Masonic Presidents; and Masonic Symbols. WB Ken Snedeker took home this year’s first prize.
Santa will come to Jeptha Lodge on Saturday, December 9, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM. Meet at the Lodge at 11:30 AM to address Christmas cards to non-local members and sack candy.
Santa comes to our Lodge on Saturday, December 9, from 12:30 to 2:00. Brothers should meet by 11:30 to address Christmas cards to our non-local members and to sack the candy/peanuts for the kids. Duties that you volunteered for:
Santa — Ron West
Town Sign Board & Inform Fire Department — Brian Sohl
Decorating Tree — Ken Snedeker & Duane Van Noort
Posters — Tom Lewis
Master’s Letter to non-local Brothers — Duane Van Noort
Small Toys — Les Spies
Bags for Candy & Toys — Dave Hansen
Peanuts 10 lbs.— Doug Van’t Hof
Candy — Ron West, Duane Van Noort & Mike Ingebrigtsen
Blue Juice — Brian Sohl
2 gal. Cider — Tom Lewis
2 dozen Cookies — Duane Van Noort, Dave Hansen, Ken Snedeker & Galen Jansen
Labels to go on bags — Dave Hansen
Postage & Mailing Labels — Dave Hansen
Camera & Film — Joe West
Print Pictures — Duane Van Noort
Christmas Cards — on hand
Craft Helpers — ??
Please make note of any duty with your name.
December 5, 2017
Ron West agreed to learn Oyster Stew cooking duties from Ken Snedeker. We need one or, better yet, two more Brothers to join and make it like the old days with Clarence Nygaard, Dale Smith, Hobie Cole & Cole Vipond in charge.
Having the Ladies join us for the Oyster Stew & Chili Supper went so well that we are considering opening it up to the public and doing the same with our May Banquet.
Made final preparations for Santa’s visit to the Lodge on Saturday, December 9, from 12:30 — 2:00.
Education Officer Joe West shared the poem, ”The Lamb Skin,” which told what it can and should mean to a Mason.
Hobie Cole receives his 70-Year Pin at our Oyster Stew & Chili Supper. His son Mike is pinning it on, as son Don and a daughter-in-law Laurie look on.
December 19, 2017
Santa had another successful visit to the Lodge. Next year we will at a children’s Christmas movie showing in the Lodge room.
Education Officer Joe West shared a poem entitled ”The 10 Master Masons” telling of a Lodge membership dwindling from 10 down to 1 and then how to build it back up to 10 again.
Happy New Year to all. Due to the extreme cold temperatures meaning no one should be out traveling after dark, the Lodge will remain dark tomorrow night, January 2. Our first regular meeting in 2018 will be on January 17. Be safe.
|Dave Hansen, Sec. |
January 16, 2018
Our sympathies to the families of Mary Miller and Dorothy Skogman.
Get well wishes to Bro. J.C. Harrison as he recovers from a broken hip.
Happy Birthday to M.W.B. Les Spies!
W.B. Allen Eide’s letter regarding his duties as a professional Santa Claus was shared.
We plan to confer the F.C. Degree at our Feb. 20 meeting.
Education Officer Joe West presented WM Duane Van Noort with his 5 Year Master Mason Certificate from the Lodge.
WB Duane thanked the Brothers for the help and encouragement they have given him.
The Program continued with the December 2017 article ”Going to Lodge Could Extend Your Life” taken from the Freemasons For Dummies website. It discussed the tendency of individuals today having fewer friends and fewer personal contacts than in the past, and the effects it can lead to for communities and society as a whole.
February 6, 2018
WBs Randy Smith and Ric Porter made Valentine rose delivers to area Masonic widows.
Duties were set for our George Washington Party to be held on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 PM.
FC Degree will be conferred at our Tuesday, February 20 meeting. Practice will be Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 PM.
Congratulations to Bro. Craig Loe on becoming a 50-Year Master Mason!
Education Officer Joe West invented a game combining Hangman with Wheel of Fortune with the common theme being the EA Degree. Our newest member Phil Wynia won two games, Ken Snedeker also won two, and Ron West won the final round.
We have a LOT of things coming up in the next little while, some of which we still need help with. Here is the list of what we have covered and what we still need help with:
ITEM 1: Men’s Potluck Supper on Tuesday, March 20 at 6 PM:
Main Course: Ron West, Randy Porter, and Galen Jansen
Side or Salad: Dave Hansen, Joe West, and Phil Wynia
Dessert: Brian Sohl and Duane Van Noort
Bread: STILL NEEDED
Drinks: Ken Snedeker
ITEM #2: Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31.
Meet at the Lodge at 9 AM to fill eggs, then to the park at 9:30 to rope off the hunt areas & hide eggs. Registration from 10 to 10:30 AM. Hunt starts at 10:45 AM. As of Tuesday, we did not know if there will be any kind of a meal during the drawing which follows the hunt.
1500 Eggs — on hand
1500 Pieces of Candy total: Brian Sohl &
Bike for 0-4 ages: Galen Jansen
Bike for 5-7 ages: NEED VOLUNTEER
Bike for 8-10 ages: NEED VOLUNTEER
Toys or Cash for Toys: NEED ABOUT 100 MORE TOYS
Easter Bunny: NO VOLUNTEER YET
EGGS for both Egg Toss: NEEDED
TV for 18 & older Egg Toss: NEEDED
20-25 Brothers on hand to help: NEEDED
ITEM #3: Recognition Banquet on Sunday, May 6 at 6:30 PM:
Cashier: Arlan Verburg
Welcome by WM: Duane Van Noort
Prayer by Chaplain: Galen Jansen
Tribute to Ladies: Allen Eide
Memorial & Anniversary Awards: Joe West
Introduction of Guest Speaker: NEEDED
Guest Speaker: Virgil Andersen
Benediction: Galen Jansen
ITEM #4: Finally, I think we are all proud of the fact that Jeptha Lodge #121 remains proficient with ritual, is able to fill all of the chairs and can put on all three Degrees without help. We walk ditches twice a year, deliver Meals on Wheels, participate in the parade, and sponsor Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny for the kids. BUT, we have some signs that cause many of us to fear that this may not remain the case. This requires numbers. In keeping with this line of thought, Education Officer Joe West asks that this excellent thought be added:
Interactive Education Program: Homework
The education program on March 20th will be a little different. Instead of listening to the education officer talk we’re going to try having everyone answer a question or two. The homework comes in that we’re giving you the questions ahead of time so that you can think about your answer.
Picture a prospective member asking you these questions. Think how you would answer them. Is it worth it? It being a member of the Lodge. Why? Or What makes it worth it to you?
These are subjective questions. There is no right answer. What makes it worth it to one member will be different than what makes it worth it to someone else.
I will keep you up to date as needs are filled and anything new that comes up.
Thank You Brothers!
Dave Hansen, Sec.
March 20, 2018
Final preparations were made for the Easter Egg Hunt & Drawing on Saturday, March 31, at the Hudson Park. We will meet at the Lodge at 9:00 AM to fill eggs, move to the park at 9:30 to hide eggs and rope off hunt areas. Registration will be from 10:00 to 10:30 AM, and the hunt starts at 10:45 AM. The meal and prize drawing will follow at the Hudson Community Center. A HUGE thank you to the many Brothers and Ladies who help coordinate and donate to make this possible!
Education Officer Joe West asked all Brothers to come to tonight’s meeting having considered the question: ”Is Masonry really worth it and why”? This turned out to be one of the best and most discussion filled programs we have ever had. Every Master Mason present rose and spoke on why they enjoyed the Craft. The ideas presented centered on the camaraderie with good and like-minded Brothers of all ages, both in our Lodge and in other Lodges. It was followed by a good deal of reminiscing and much laughter. Great idea for a program Joe!
You and your Lady are invited to attend a dinner to be held at the Masonic Lodge in Hudson at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
The price of the dinner will be $10 per person, which will help cover the cost of complementary meals for our guests.
Following the dinner, the Lodge will honor our Ladies and the Widows of our deceased Brothers and enjoy the thoughts of our guest speaker.
We hope you and your Lady will be able to attend and enjoy an evening of fellowship with your Masonic friends.
PLEASE RSVP as soon as possible or BY May 1, 2018 to assist our caterer.
Duane Van Noort, W.M.
May 1, 2018
Ken & Aggie Snedeker attended the annual Elk Point George Washington & Widows Night.
Final Recognition Banquet plans were discussed.
We will hold Election of Officers at the May 15 meeting.
Master Mason Degree work in planned for our June 5 meeting.
We discussed the Grand Lodge Session starting June 15 and will determine our positions on proposals after members have had a better chance to review them in their latest issue of the Masonic Messenger. Numerous Brothers expressed an interest in having a carload or carloads of Brothers attend and vote.
June 1, 2018
Results of Election of Officers: WM Galen Jansen, SW Joe West, JW Brian Sohl, Sec. Dave Hansen, Treas. Tom Lewis
We will confer the MM Degree at our June 19 meeting.
We will review Grand Lodge proposals next meeting.
Education Officer Joe West presented ”What Masonry Teaches Me!” taken from the December 1870 issue of The Gavel and Freemasonry’s Journal, as reprinted in The Tracing Board, G.R.S. March 1976.
June 19, 2018
Congratulations to Brother Phillip Wynia on receiving his Master Mason Degree!
Arlan Verburg, Ken Snedeker, Allen Eide, Ron West, Brian Sohl, and Dave Hansen represented Jeptha Lodge and the Grand Lodge session in Rapid City.
Joe West received the Grand Lodge of South Education Officer of the Year Award for his fine programs and dedication to the Craft. He joins Curt Vipond, Ken Snedeker, Allen Eide, and Ron West as a winner of this prestigious award.