Dedication of Celestial Lodge Marker

On June 7, the Grand Lodge of South Dakota rededicated the Celestial Lodge at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in honor of the installation of a Masonic marker and interpretive panel developed in conjunction with the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission.

On June 13, 1877, Deadwood Lodge #7 was charted and in May 1878, Lawrence County purchased land for the development of Mt. Moriah Cemetery. In 1887, the Deadwood Masonic Lodge purchased 1.5 acres in Mt. Moriah for a new burial ground, which would become known as Section 10. On December 10, 1892, a group of concerned citizens created the Deadwood Cemetery Association. The first five-member board included Byron P. Dague, who became Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota. This association ran the cemetery for the next 46 years before turning it over to the City of Deadwood. In 1914 the Deadwood Lodge #7 installed concrete walls, sidewalks and granite altar that contains the names of the members buried within 25 feet of the concrete circle, forming the Celestial Lodge.
Knights Templar Arch of Steel presentation at Deadwood Welcome Center cornerstone ceremony.

 

Masters, Wardens, Deacons and Anyone Wanting to Better His Lodge

If you have a desire to see your Lodge become a thriving, vibrant hub of activity, where people actually want to come and spend some time; if you want to see your Lodge become a force for good in your community; if you want to attract the best possible candidates to your Lodge, or if you are just wondering what Lodge Leadership is all about, YOU need to attend the Grand Lodge Leadership Conference.
Your Grand Lodge is once again offering Leadership Training to anyone interested. We have Most Worshipful Brother Daren Kellerman, PGM of Kansas, returning to provide training on how to select the BEST men to be allowed to join, how to keep them interested and coming back (and maybe get those “older” member to return as well), to give Lodge leadership teams the tools they need to provide a quality program for their Lodge this year and to talk about rising above mediocrity and taking pride once again in what we do.
Assisting MWB Kellerman will be RWB Adam Hathaway, DGM of New Mexico, who will also let you know how to tell if your Lodge will be here in 10 years.
Those of you who attended last year know how great this Conference was. This year will be even better. We have tailored our trainings to be more specific and relevant to South Dakota, while providing leadership skills you can use in other areas of your life. This is an event you will not want to miss.
The Leadership Conference will once again be held at Cedar Shores Resort on August 25 and 26. Registration is $40.00 and includes all training materials and lunch on Saturday. Registration forms can be found at the end of this article or at mygrandlodge.org (please print and mail the form). We have reserved a block of rooms at Cedar Shores. Please call 888-697-6363 or go to www.cedarshore.com to reserve a room.
We will have an informal gathering Friday night, starting about 7:00, with some fun and games. There will plenty of time to socialize and enjoy some fellowship. We will start again at 9:00 am Saturday and finish up about 4:30.
Please call the Grand Lodge office or any of your elected line with questions.
Make your reservations now to secure your spot at this year’s conference.
The Leadership Conference will once again be held at Cedar Shores Resort on August 25 and 26. Registration is $40.00 and includes all training materials and lunch on Saturday. Registration forms can be found at the end of this article or at mygrandlodge.org (please print and mail the form). We have reserved a block of rooms at Cedar Shores. Please call 888-697-6363 or go to www.cedarshore.com to reserve a room.
We will have an informal gathering Friday night, starting about 7:00, with some fun and games. There will plenty of time to socialize and enjoy some fellowship. We will start again at 9:00 am Saturday and finish up about 4:30.
Please call the Grand Lodge office or any of your elected line with questions.
Make your reservations now to secure your spot at this year’s conference.

Leadership Conference Registration Form

Leadership Conference Flyer

 

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2017 Scholarship Recipients

The Masons of South Dakota have announced their scholarship recipients for 2017.
“In addition to the many scholarships awarded by local Masonic lodges throughout the state, we are very pleased to award six highly qualified South Dakota students each with a one thousand dollar scholarship” said Mike Rodman, Grand Master of Masons of South Dakota. “The Masonic scholarship funds were made possible through a bequest from Harold O. & Mary Allen Anderson. We congratulate each of these talented young people as they move forward in their academic endeavors.” The six recipients are:
Keaton Smith, Rapid City
Alex Klingaman, Mitchell
Marisa Smith, Britton
Chase Klingaman, Mitchell
Brady Hamer, Kennebec
Luke Weber, Arlington
The Masons operate their philanthropic and charitable activities, including the South Dakota Child Identification Program and South Dakota Masonic Model Student Assistance Training Program, through South Dakota Masonic Charities, a 501c-3. Worldwide, Masons are celebrating the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of modern-day Masonry.

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