143rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge
The 143rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of South Dakota will be Thursday, June 15, through Saturday, June 17, at the Best Wester Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Rapid City.
This year’s annual communication has s great line-up of speakers and entertainment that you will not want to miss:
Here is the preliminary agenda:
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On April 7, 2017, Cedar Branch Lodge #179 in Buffalo, hosted a Child Identification Event for students of Harding Elementary School, Buffalo, and Camp Crook, Ludlow. A total of 55 students received identification packets. The event was a great community effort. Donors to the event are listed on the wall. Brothers assisting with the event are on the left Tom Wilson, Mark Millett, John Helms. On the right side, Brian Teller, Gordy Helms, Jack Welker, PGM. Thank you to Cedar Brand Lodge #179 and all the donors and volunteers.
Covey Honored for 60 Years
WB Walt Covey was presented his 60-Year Pin on Monday, April 10, during the Deadwood Valley Scottish Rite Remembrance and Renewal Dinner by RWB Yancey Smith, DGM/GME and RWB Harold Ireland, Junior Grand Warden. MWB Mike Rodman, Grand Master, presented the 60 year poem. WB Covey was raised in Oklahoma in 1957. He affiliated with Lemmon Lodge #151 in 1987 and served as the Grand Lodge Sword Bearer in 1990-1991.
Mt. Moriah Masonic Temple Centennial Celebration
On March 25, the Grand Lodge Officers joined the members of Mt. Moriah Lodge #155 and Evergreen Chapter OEA for a centennial ceremony and cornerstone rededication. The emcee was MWB Kenny Ireland, PGM, and the featured guest speaker was Ted Spencer, Director of Historic Preservation for South Dakota.
In 1916, the membership of Mt. Moriah Lodge, having quadrupled in eight years, started selling $25 bonds to fund the proposed $4,000 cost of a building and lots. Construction began that summer with members donating their labor. Excavation was done with horses, scrapers, picks and shovels. In 1917, lodge member and area attorney, A.G. Granger, agreed to furnish the Birdseye maple flooring, and cherry wood doors and moldings.
When it was clear that there was still a $2,000 shortfall, Past Master and area rancher, Joseph Rooks, wrote a check for that amount.
The building was dedicated on October 29, 1917. It was called, “The largest and finest edifice of its kind in the world for the size of its membership and community.” Besides serving as the home for the Mt. Moriah Lodge and Evergreen Chapter OES for the past 100 years, it has also been a community center for Kadoka area activities and groups. During the Great Depression, the local Works Progress Administration office operated from the 3rd floor. The building has undergone a nearly ten-year restoration, culminating in being designated a historic property by the State of South Dakota and being named to the National Register of Historic Places. The ceremony concluded with an outstanding lunch and great Masonic fellowship.
Tin City Lodge #112’s Polar Bear Chili Cook-Off
On February 18, Tin City Lodge #112 held its annual Polar Bear Chili cook-off in Hill City. Over 300 people participated in this year’s successful event. The proceeds from this event are used by the lodge to fund charitable events throughout the year. The three Masons in the photo who look like they had amply sampled the chili are MWB Jack Welker, PGM; WB Mikal Lewis, Chairman of the Grand Lodge Board of Trustees and WB Bob Tesch, Grand Sword Bearer.
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Fanning Awarded 75-Year Pin
Minnesota Brother Don Fanning, 106, was congratulated by GM Mike Rodman and DGM Yancey Smith at the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota upon receiving his 75 Year Medal from the Grand Lodge of Manitoba in a special ceremony. Brother Fanning was raised at Flin Flon Lodge #153 in 1942, where he is still a member. He is also a member of Minneapolis Lodge #153, where he continues to serve as Tyler, a position he has held for 33 years