The Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of South Dakota wishes you a Merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year! Here is a picture of this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree as decorated with the pictures of the nineteen governors who were Master Masons stating when they were governor, and what Lodge they belonged to. The tree is decorated with the working tools of the Masons. From the Grand Lodge officers and staff we bring you season’s greetings.
New Grand Treasurer/Secretary
The Grand Master has appointed Brother James J. Burma, Jr., to replace RWB Terry Knutson as Grand Treasurer/Secretary, effective November 1. Brother Jim will serve the interim period until Annual Communication in June; and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
. He is the Past Potentate of El Riad Shrine in Sioux Falls, has served as a member of our Finance Committee for the past three years, and operated a large business in the Sioux Falls area. Jim’s expertise and knowledge are welcomed. Thank you to RWB Knutson for his service to the Grand Lodge.
Lily Lodge #62 and Ree Valley Lodge #70 Consolidate
The Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of South Dakota accepts the Resolutions to Consolidate from Lily Lodge #62 and Ree Valley Lodge #70 as prescribed in the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota under Sections 3.18. Effective January 1, 2020, the two lodges will be consolidating into Lily Lodge # 62. The new lodge will operate under the By-Laws of Lily Lodge No. 62 until such time as a new set of by-laws is adopted after the date of Consolidation.
Grand Lodge Midyear Session and SD Masonic Lodge of Research
The Grand Lodge Midyear Session and SD Masonic Lodge of Research will be held at Pierre Lodge #27 on January 11, 2020. The Grand Lodge Session will start at 12:00 CST. All Grand Lodge Officers and District Masters are encouraged to be in attendance as we review this year’s progress and programs. We are looking forward to rolling out MS Teams as a better way to enhance communications between the Grand Lodge and the Districts to the Lodges.
The SD Masonic Lodge of Research (LOR) is scheduled to start at 3:00 PM with the normal session and speakers. The LOR will be sending out invitations with more details soon. There will be a banquet after at 5:00 PM. MWB Jim Savaloja, ND Historian, will be the guest speaker at the banquet. He will speak on the development of Masonry in the territory and area, and the upcoming ceremony in Philip, on May 1-2, celebrating the accomplishments of Charles William (C. W.) Nash. He was the Founding Master of the first Lodge (Northern Lights) in west Rupert’s Land and the first Grand Master to charter a Lodge in the Dakota Territory. C. W. Nash, as he was usually addressed, is buried in the Philip Cemetery, and we plan to accomplish graveside Masonic Rites as part of the May celebration of Masonry.
Lunch will be available at 11:00 for those that come early for the Grand Lodge Session for $10.00. Please RSVP to WB Matt Schatz at 605-280-7248 or email@example.com for lunch or for the banquet after the Lodge of Research for only $15.00. We look forward to a productive session and fellowship in Pierre on January 11, 2020.
Deadwood Lodge #7 and Golden Star #9 Consolidate
The Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of South Dakota accepts the Resolutions to Consolidate from Deadwood Lodge #7 and Golden Star Lodge #9 as prescribed in the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota under Sections 3.18. Effective January 1, 2020, the two lodges will be consolidating into Deadwood Golden Star Lodge, No. 7 at Deadwood, South Dakota. The new lodge will operate under the By-Laws of Deadwood Lodge No. 7 until such time as a new set of by-laws is adopted after the date of consolidation. A recognition ceremony is planned for their first meeting under the new name on January 7, 2020, at the lodge in Deadwood. We will be presenting their new charter in a ceremony at this event as well. All Masons are encouraged to be part of this ceremony.