Midwest Conference on Masonic Education

Brethren, mark your calendars now for the 2018 Midwest Conference on Masonic Education. The Conference will be held April 20-22 at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Rapid City, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
We have a great list of speakers lined up, including Brother Shawn Eyer, Most Worshipful Brother Jim Savaloja, and our keynote speaker, Worshipful Brother Mark Tabbert. More speakers will be added as we get closer to the Conference, and we finalize the agenda. If you have an interest in presenting, please contact Yancey Smith at GM@mygrandlodge.org.
Registration is $160.00 for both Brothers and Ladies. The cost includes conference materials, social time with hors d’ oeuvres Friday night, breakfast and dinner Saturday and continental breakfast Sunday. A hospitality room will be open Friday and Saturday nights after the events.
Men’s registration also includes lunch on Saturday at the Ramkota. Ladies’ registration includes a Saturday trip to the Journey Museum, a private tour of the StavKirke Chapel in the Hills, lunch at the Firehouse Brewing Company, and shopping at Prairie Edge Trading Post.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramkota Hotel, 2111 Lacrosse Street, Rapid City at $92.99 plus tax per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 605-343-8550 (mention the Masonic Education Conference to get this rate), or online at: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/groupSearch.do?groupId=9Y2DY4D3
The Ramkota will hold this block of rooms until March 20.
Registration for the Conference closes April 13, 2018, so don’t delay; register today.
The conference flyer can also be found here: Flyer for the Midwest Conference on Masonic EducationThe full agenda and schedule will be available soon.
We look forward to seeing you in Rapid City in April.
Yancey Smith, Grand Master


Four Master Masons Raised

District Master Dan Wagner presented a 50-Year Pin to Charlie Walker and Darrol Bjerke, a 70-Year Pin to Ray Neuhauser and a 70-Year Pin to Homer Harding at a celebration after the mid-year meeting of the South Dakota Lodge of Masonic Research. Numerous Brothers, family members and friends were on hand for the event. Brothers Bjerke, Walker, and Harding are members of Pierre Lodge #27 and Brother Neuhauser is a member of Hiram Lodge #123.

District Master Wagner and Grand Lodge officers with Brothers Bjerke, Harding, Neuhauser and Walker

Family members with the four pin recipients.



On Saturday, February 17th, Mitchell’s Resurgam Lodge #31 hosted a CHIP event at the Mitchell Health and Wellness Fair. Volunteers included Bill Kinder, Jamie Sloan, Brandt Verhey, Tom Verhey, Paul Peacock and Larry Clark of Elk Point Lodge #3, Lyle Swenson, Ed Higgins, Linda Kaus, Jerry McNary, Steve Harmes, and Craig Kelly

WB Bill Kinder working the ChIP computers

Br Jamie Sloan, Brandt Verhey, and WB Tom Verhey, working computers; Br Ed Higgins awaiting his next patient at the cheek swab station

CHIP volunteers Br Ed Higgins, swabbing cheeks; and Linda Kaus (OES Starlight Chapter #41) overseeing dental impression bitewings

WB Lyle Swenson and State ChIP Chairman WB Larry Clark (Elk Point Lodge #3) during a lull in registrations


Four Master Masons Raised

Four new Master Masons were raised at a one-day conferral in Pierre on January 27. Brethren from around the state came together to perform the Degrees. Two candidates from Aberdeen and one from Redfield received all three Degrees of Masonry, and one candidate from Mobridge received his Fellowcraft and Master Mason Degrees.

The Master of Pierre Lodge #27, District 13 District Master and Grand Lodge officers with the new Master Masons.

Brother Chestnut Presented 60-Year Pin

Brother Graham Chesnut was presented his 60-Year Pin at his home in Spearfish on January 2, 2018. The pin was presented by District Master Harold Walker and Graham’s wife Alma placed the pin on his lapel. Also present were PGM Mike Rodman, GM Yancey Smith, SGW Harold Ireland, WBs Gene Kinney, Herb Cook, Bob Tesch and Clare Armstrong.

The Brethren gathered for Brother Graham Chesnut’s 60-Year Pin. Also pictured is Graham’s wife Alma.



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