You are hereby summoned, with your Wardens and Past Masters (whom you will please notify), to attend the One Hundred and Forty Sixth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of South Dakota to be opened at 10:00 AM (Mountain Daylight Time) on Friday, 19 June 2020 in the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center, 2111 N. Lacrosse, Rapid City, South Dakota.
Worshipful Masters and Wardens unable to attend will appoint qualified Proxies to attend and vote in their stead. All Members must show their current 2020 Dues Card, and if attending as a Proxy, they must present a properly signed proxy card. All Master Masons, in good standing, in a recognized Lodge, are cordially invited to attend.
The Secretary of each Lodge shall read this summons in open Lodge at the first meeting after its receipt.
Harold D. Ireland, Grand Master
C.W. Nash was the Founding Master of the first Lodge (Northern Lights Lodge) in west Rupert’s Land / Dakota Territory, which is now in North Dakota. The first Masonic Lodge meetings for Northern Light Lodge were held in Nash’s Officers Quarters in his personal living space at Fort Pembina.
Later, as Grand Master of Minnesota, Nash chartered Lodges in Dakota Territory.
Schedule of Events:
-May 1: Welcome Steak Fry at 73 Steakhouse for fellowship
-May 2: 8:00 Breakfast and Program at Senior Center
-10:30 Masonic Rites at grave site in Philip Masonic Cemetery
For Lodging Reservations:
- Motel West, 421 Auto Ave, Philip, SD 57567, 605-859-2546
- Americas Best, 401 SD-73, Kadoka, SD 57543, 605-837-2188
- Lakota Lodge, 106 SD-73, Kadoka, SD 57543, 605-837-2151
- Sundowner Motel, 510 SD-73, Kadoka, SD 57543, 605-837-2296
Scholarship Applications Deadline Extended to April 15
The deadline for submitting Grand Lodge Scholarship Applications has been extended to April 15:
Lodge Education Officer of the Year Nominations
It’s time to nominate the Lodge Education Officer (LEO) of the Year:
Masonic Brothers from Nelson Lodge #135 (Buffalo, MN) and Star Lodge #62 (Rockford, MN) joined Brothers from Gettysburg, Aberdeen and Redfield for an evening of fraternal fellowship and an exchange of activities in Lodges represented to further our local presence and the interests of Masonry. We enjoyed Oyster Stew, Chili, sandwiches and dessert. The following comments are from W.Bro. Secretary of Star Lodge:
We raised six last year and had two transfers into our lodge from other lodges, We are involved with and raise money for an active local 501c3 that runs the food shelf, lunch deliveries in the summer for kids, and a variety of other local community events and services. They are called RiverWorks Community Development. We also provide a 2 x 2,000 scholarships each year to local seniors for tech schools (2 year programs) as we have found that support for 2-year vs 4-year degrees are limited.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me for further info.
We hope for a repeat next year and will make a strong effort to get pictures.
Larry Madsen, Secretary
Ionic Lodge #83, Gettysburg
South Dakota Masons announce the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Incense Lodge #2 in Vermillion
The Masonic Grand Lodge of South Dakota is proud to announce that they will be performing a historic cornerstone rededication ceremony as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the dedication of what was originally Incense Lodge #257, chartered by the Grand Lodge of Iowa, in Vermillion, South Dakota at 2:00 PM CDT at the Lodge at 7 West Main on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
“The Grand Lodge of South Dakota is pleased to honor Incense Lodge #2 and its 150 years of involvement in the community of Vermillion,” said Harold Ireland, Grand Master of Masons in South Dakota. “We invite South Dakotans to come and witness this piece of Masonic history being made with us on March 8th.” Other events scheduled for the day include a community luncheon hosted by Incense Lodge #2 that will begin at 1:00 PM CDT, at the lodge in downtown Vermillion, the cornerstone rededication ceremony at 2:00 PM CDT and tours of the lodge building will be provided after the rededication ceremony.
Incense Lodge #2 was named in 1875, when the Grand Lodge of Iowa gave its jurisdictional rights to the newly formed Grand Lodge of Dakota, making it the second oldest lodge in the jurisdiction, behind St. John’s Lodge in Yankton.
Contact Tom Sorensen, WM of Incense Lodge #2, (605) 659-5483, firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
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