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 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.
Congratulations, Jim.


Welcome back, Gwen!

Gwen Olson has replaced Kari Muller as the Grand Lodge Office Manager effective October 21. It is great to have her back in the office and moving forward with our programs of support to the Masons and Lodges within South Dakota. Thank you to Kari for her service to the Grand Lodge.
Congratulations, Gwen.


Bookkeeping Changes

The day-to-day bookkeeping will now be accomplished by our staff in-house with oversight by our CPA firm as our association with K&B Solutions has ended.


South Dakota Child Identification Program Appreciation Award

The South Dakota Child Identification Program Appreciation Award was given to Pauly’s Pizzeria & Sub Company, 1624 E Saint Patrick St., Rapid City, on August 30 for its continued support at our annual Outdoor Expo and Youth and Family Services Child Identification events.
Pauly’s got its name from the first store started by Paul Dadah (Brian’s father) back in the mid ’80s in Box Elder as a place for active duty personnel and employees from Ellsworth to grab a quick, cheap, and quality lunch without spending their lunch time running to Rapid City and back or “brown bagging” one. At one time there were four locations as Paul had left each of his children a store when he retired. This store on East Saint Patrick is the only one left and Brian has done a great job of keeping up with the industry.
For the past three years Pauly’s has donated free lunches to our volunteers at these Child Identification events. The menu typically is a six-inch sub with chips and a water one day and pizzas the next. Pauly’s typically provides at least 80 sub lunches and 20 pizzas per event.
Although Brian Dadah (the owner) is not a Mason, he certainly is a “Friend and community supporter of Masonry” and continues to support our endeavors in all that we do. Be sure to tell him “Thank You” the next time you stop in for a fresh sub or one of his famous Pauly’s pizzas.
We look forward to many more years with Pauly’s and its continued support.


Brother Matthesen Honored

Historic Spearfish Lodge 18 presented a Fifty-Year Pin to Donald Matthesen at its November meeting. Pictured are the brothers attending the presentation by Harold Walker, District Master, District 17 and Charles W Nicholas, Master of Spearfish Lodge #18 AF&AM.

Masons gathered for 50-Year Presentation for Donald Matthesen


Brother Goodhope Honored

On September 13, members of Joppa Lodge #120 (Hurley) gathered together in Sioux Falls to present Brother Robert Goodhope his 70-year pin. It just happened to be Brother Robert’s 96th birthday that day as well. Pictured standing from left to right: Donald Weeg, Secretary Wayne Petersen, Paul Scheidt, Wayne Davey, Charles Larsen, Bobby Goodhope (son), Worshipful Master Roger Petersen. Seated is Brother Robert with special friend Darlene Petersen.


Sharon Piper Honored

On October 12, Masons of Hill City gathered at Desperados Cowboy Restaurant for a luncheon celebration to honor Sharon Piper as the Masonic Lady of the Year for Tin City Lodge #112.
Sharon has had a long association in the Masonic family in the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile, having served on their national board and along with her dedicated service, she and her late husband, Charlie have been enthusiastic supporters of the many Masonic charitable programs for many years. On hand to honor Sharon and present her award was the Grand Master of Masons in South Dakota, Harold Ireland and his wife Edie, and the current Master of Tin City Lodge #112, Jack Welker.
The Masons of Hill City are currently sponsoring the Delta Dental Mobile Clinic, Bikes for Books with the Hill City Library and two high school scholarships every year.



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