Wessington Lodge #107 Honors
Two members of Wessington Lodge #107 were honored on September 15 at Open Air Lodge at Rowen’s Gulch. Brother Douglas E. Fritzsche was presented with his 50-Year Pin by Brother Roger Fritzsche. Brother Lyle B. Rowen, Sr., PGM, was presented with his 60-Year Pin by Hazel Rowen. MWGM DaNiel Wood and PGM Robert Osborne were present, along with members of seven different lodges. There were 37 people in attendance.
(L-R)District Master Doug Bjorke of District 9, Roger Fritzsche, Doug Fritzsche, Lyle Rowen Sr., Hazel Rowen, MWGM DaNiel Wood, Lyle Rowen Jr.
As you may, or may not know, RWB Richard Hagler has moved out of our jurisdiction with his new employment. He searched diligently for a position in-state for over a month, but nothing materialized. He was forced to pursue options in other states and landed employment in Omaha. With a heavy heart, he submitted his resignation from his Grand Lodge position. He will be missed, and we wish him the very best of success.
To replace the vacancy left by RWB Hagler, I have appointed RWB Jason Swindler to the position of Senior Grand Warden for the 2018-2019 Masonic year. RWB Swindler will then stand for election at our next Annual Communication for the position of DGM/GME. Although his path has been accelerated and the learning curve is [difficult], I have no doubt that he will rise to the challenge and perform his duties admirably. Please join me in congratulating him.
DaNiel Wood, Grand Master
Brother Elmer Ehlers Receives 60-Year Pin
Two of the principal tenets of Freemasonry are loyalty and seriousness to the brotherhood and obligation taken upon becoming a Master Mason. Brother Elmer Ehlers epitomizes these tenets and was awarded his 60-Year Pin from the Grand Lodge of South Dakota on September 27, 2018. The pin was presented to him at his home in Whitehall, Montana, with his wife Mary Ann proudly observing. Presenting the pin were Junior Warden Jim Staedt, Senior Steward Tom Jenkin, and Secretary John Kreis of Mystic Tie Riverside Lodge #17 in Whitehall.
Brother Ehlers was born on July 15, 1935. He married Mary Ann Goodart on April 1, 1953. They had three children, two of whom survive — daughter Mary Jean and son Merlin Dean. He has a history of not only loyalty, patriotism, and family, but also hard work. He went to work for the U.S. Forest Service on January 1, 1955, and, despite suffering a serious injury, worked continuously until February 1974. Brother Ehlers moved several times over the years and finally settled in Whitehall 1979.
His Masonic history is long. He was initiated in Tin City Lodge #112 in Hill City, South Dakota, on April 2, 1958; passed July 2, 1958; raised August 6, 1958. He also assumed leadership roles in his lodge, serving as Junior Warden in 1962 and Senior Warden in 1963 and 1965. He was awarded his 50-Year Pin on June 6, 2008.
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