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.


Grand Lodge Christmas Tree

The Grand Lodge will have a Christmas Tree in the state capitol again this year to honor our Masons. The theme for this year is “Home for the Christmas.” We will be decorating the tree with globes commemorating the nineteen governors who were Master Masons and listing what Governor they were (i.e.: 1st Governor), what years, and of what Lodge they were a member. Also as decorations we will be using the Masonic tools in lieu of normal items. Our fraternity was part of the early development of the Dakota Territory long before South Dakota became a state. We feel it is only fitting to display the impacts Masonry has had on our great state. This year we plan to highlight the fact that we have about 5,000 Masons in 70 South Dakota communities and we are your friends and neighbors. We will be decorating the Grand Lodge Capitol Tree on 24 November starting at 10:00 AM central time. If you are available and would like to assist you are welcome.


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


Zenith Lodge Pins Three

A 50-Year pinning ceremony was held Sunday, November 10, at Zenith Lodge #202 in Tulare. A potluck dinner was served at 6:00 pm. There were 20 people in attendance.

Pictured are Douglas Bjorke, District Master of District #9 of Masons of South Dakota; Gordon Marzahn, who was pinned by his wife, Cynthia Marzahn; Alan Steinheuser, who was pinned by his wife, Diane Steinheuser; Bernard Blume, who was pinned by family friend, Deb Schultz; Worshipful Master Zenith Lodge #202, Tom Schultz.

Unique tidbit: Gordon, Alan and Bernard were all initiated, passed and raised all on the same days in 1969. They all followed each other through the Masonic line, and at one point, they were Master, Senior and Junior Wardens of their lodge. Congratulations to a combined 150+ years of Masonic Service to the Craft.



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