HUNTER Strong Benefit Breakfast

HUNTER Strong! A community-wide fundraiser breakfast, sponsored by the Philip Masonic Lodge #153, was held Saturday, August 26, at the Bad River Senior Citizen’s Center. The menu included pancakes, sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice. The free will donations were supplemented with $1,500 from the Philip branch of Modern Woodmen. One hundred percent of the proceeds, totaling $4,700, went to the Peterson family. Their teenage son, Hunter, is recovering from extreme leg injuries incurred during an agriculture work-related four-wheel accident on August 13.

From left: Tucker Smith, John Heltzel, Matt Arthur and Brad Kuchenbecker. Photo by Del Bartels

 

Philip Masonic Rascal Rodeo

The annual Philip Masonic Rascal Rodeo, Saturday, July 29, was geared for fun by contestants and audience alike.
The Philip Roping Arena saw young cowboys and cowgirls of four different age brackets entered in seven different events. Competition began at noon this year.
The goat tying involved older kids on horse back, or younger kids on foot untying a ribbon from the tail of a tethered goat. The younger kids could have an older person lead them through the barrel route. Some events were intentionally geared so those entries did not need to have a horse. Kids could enter any or all of the events.
All the entry fees collected went back to the top winners in each event. As in previous years, the kids seemed to appreciate the other prizes, such as halters, straps, spurs, ropes and hoof knives.
Livestock was provided by local producers and organizations.
Barrel Racing: 6 & under: 1. Charlee Ramsey; 2. Hinsley Harvey; 3. Hatlynn Harvey
7-9 year olds: 1. Weston Reedy; 2. Kammy Reedy; 3. Christopher Lurz
10-12 year olds: 1. Faith Martin; 2. Dymond Lurz
13-14 year olds: 1. Alec Crowser
Flag Race: 7-9 year olds: 1. Tel Gropper; 2. Teagen Gropper
10-12 year olds:  1. Dymond Lurz
Pole Bending: 6 & under: 1. Charlee Ramsey; 2. Hinsley Harvey; 3. Hatlynn Harvey
7-9 year olds: 1. Christopher Lurz, 2. Tel Gropper; 3. Hia Fitzgerald
10-12 year olds: 1. Faith Martin; 2. Dymond Lurz
13-14 year olds: 1. Alex Crowser
Mutton Bustin’: 6 & under:  1. Jordyn Jones; 2. (tie) Camo Kochesberger and Charlee Ramsey
7-9 year olds: 1. Jaydon Martin; 2. Weston Reedy; 3. Layne Martin
Calf riding: 10-12 year olds: 1. Christopher Lurz; 2. Teagan Gropper; 3. Kash Slovek
Steer riding: 1. Eagan Fitzgerald
Goat Tying: Goat ribbon race - 6 & under (without horse): 1. Hatlynn Harvey; 2. Jordyn Jones; 3. Charley Ramsey
Goat ribbon race (without horse) 7-9 year olds: 1. Jaydon Martin
Goat ribbon pulling - girls (with horse): 7-9 year olds: 1. Kammy Reedy
Goat ribbon pulling - boys (with horse): 7-9 year olds: 1. Tel Gropper; 2. Weston Reedy; 3. Christopher Lurz
Goat tying - girls: 10-12 year olds: 1. Fayth Martin

 

2nd Grand Lodge Civility Champion Award

The Grand Lodge presented its second Grand Lodge Civility Champion Award to the Senior Class at Douglas High School in Box Elder at an all-school assembly on May 26. The Class elected Katie Haugh, who has Down Syndrome, its prom queen.
Katie and her parents along with the senior class president receiving the award.

The Grand Lodge also presented the 20117 Community Service Award to Douglas High School JROTC. The Douglas High School ROTC has been a long-time supporter of the Grand Lodge by participating in the area SDCHIP events. They also participated in the 75th Anniversary event at Mt. Rushmore by ushering and were the color guard.

Douglas High School JROTC accepts Community Service Award

 

Pictures from 143rd Annual Communication (Posted August 2017)

Dr. David Harte, spokesperson for the NCEMC, gives Friday luncheon address

Brother Bob Stanfel recieving the Grand Master’s Award of Merit, pictured with WB Doug Thorson

Brother Lenny Tucker receiving the Master Builder Award for Region B

Color guard opening 143rd Annual Communication

Custer City Lodge #66 receives Lodge of the Year for Region C

Elected Line Officers presenting MWB Don Gray his 50-Year Pin at the GM’s banquet

Grand Lodge Officers Opening 143rd Annual Communication

Jack Welker, PGM and Willie Steinlicht, co-general chairmen, taking care of details

Ladies’ Program presentation by Helen Merriman, founder of SD CEO

Larry and Gladys Clark receiving awards for service to SDCHIP

Leeds, ND, Banner Girls perform at GM’s banquet

Mike Lamb, SD Masonic Education Officer of the Year, presented his award by Assistant Education Committee Chairman Jim Taylor and GM Mike Rodman

MWB Stan Barclay, PGM of Manitoba, receives his green coat as honorary SD GL officer

Banner Girls

PGM Ladies youth fundraising booth

Resurgram Lodge #31 receives Lodge of the Year for Region B

SDCHIP Awards given to Mt. Rushmore 220, Rapid City 25, and Tin City 112 Lodges

SDCHIP Training Session with Dr. David Harte

WB Dave Meltz receives the Master Builder Award for Region C

WB Jeff Larson, SGIG, presenting the Grand Lodge Oration

Wednesday night practice session

WM Aaron Zahn, Worthing Lodge #141, receives Lodge of the Year for Region A

 

Spearfish Lodge #18 Ice Cream Social (Posted August 2017)

On July 24, Spearfish Lodge #18, in conjunction with the D. C. Booth Fish Hatchery, hosted an ice cream social at the Booth House. The Lodge unveiled the historic marker it commissioned for display in front of the lodge recognizing that D. C. Booth was Master of the Lodge in 1905-1906. Many local dignitaries were in attendance including descendants of D. C. Booth, who was the long-tome superintendent of the national fish hatchery that now bears his name.

 

From the Deputy (Posted July 2017)

Moving from Senior Grand Warden to Deputy Grand Master is a milestone for each officer that crosses that threshold. It is that election in which the Brethren have voted and given both the honor and responsibility of becoming Grand Master the following year. As I progressed through the Grand Lodge, first with several years of appointed positions, elected Junior and then Senior Grand Warden, my roles changed greatly and responsibilities increased. It wasn’t until this last election however that the full weight of this actually hit me; the realization that in one vote, you have been chosen for both offices. It is an extreme honor, one in which mere words cannot express. I’m both excited and daunted by the path before me. Masonry is more than a fraternity, more than a Brotherhood, more than lessons in civility and morality. It is greater than the sum of its parts and it is universal. It is with that thought that I take on my next role as your servant and a steward to our great Craft.

Fraternally,  
DaNiel Wood, Deputy Grand Master  

 

From the West (posted July 2017)

Brethren, it is my pleasure and honor to serve as your Senior Grand Warden for the coming year. As I reflect on my year as Junior Grand Warden, I am struck by all the great works that were accomplished. From the Mason’s Day of Celebration and 75th Anniversary of the completion of Mount Rushmore; to the Rededication Ceremonies at Mt Moriah Lodge #155, White River Lodge #161, Mount Moriah Cemetery, and the Cornerstone Laying Ceremony at the Visitor’s Center in Deadwood; to the experiences gained by visiting other Grand Lodge jurisdictions; our Leadership Seminar; participation in SD CHIP events; Longevity Awards and DeMolay Presentations; Civility Award Presentations; and our membership support materials provided in the Path to Brotherhood folders to every Lodge in South Dakota; we have accomplished a lot of support to the Constituent Lodges which I am very proud of. As your Senior Grand Warden this year I hope to focus on Leadership and how we can make better leaders to direct us into the future for Masonry in this jurisdiction. Do not forget the resources available with your District Leadership teams or any of the other Grand Lodge Officers. Leadership starts with you and to become a better leader you must have initiative and willingness to put in the time to learn excellent tenants and skills. Leadership is mostly learned so I hope to see many of you at the Leadership Seminar in Oacoma on 25-26 August. Be a part of the future of Masonry in South Dakota.

Fraternally,  
Harold D. Ireland, Senior Grand Warden  

 

Tidings from the Grand Treasurer-Secretary (posted July 2017)

It never crossed my mind that I would be considered for such a prestigious position in the Grand Lodge. I am honored and humbled that you consider me to be worthy of such responsibility. It quickly becomes apparent in this position that communication is the name of the game. I will strive to ensure that we keep everyone informed of what is going on and respond to all inquiries in a timely manner. If there is anything we in the Grand Lodge office can do to help the Lodges, do not hesitate to let us know. Thank you for bestowing this honor upon me.

Fraternally,  
Terry Knutson, Grand Treasurer-Secretary  

 

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.

 

From the East (posted June 2017)

It is indeed an honor to write this article as your new Grand Master. The last three years since I was elected Junior Grand Warden have flown by and I am humbled to be serving.
There are many responsible for putting me here, including those who have mentored me, scolded me and given me advice — good and bad. Thank you. Thank you also to the Brethren who voted me here.
Masonry is a lifelong journey, not something to be entered into lightly, or on a whim. It is a process of self-transformation and improvement. I am still in that process, even as Grand Master, and will be all of my life. It is my hope that the self-improvement I have achieved thus far will serve me to guide the Craft this coming year.
In everything I do, I will have the best interests of the Craft at heart, and though some make take issue with the decision, please know it was intended for the betterment of Masonry.
I look forward to seeing old friends, making new friends, and improving Masonry as I travel this year. Please keep me, the other Officers and District Masters, and the Grand Lodge office, notified of your events. We would love to attend if possible.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve.

Fraternally,  
Yancey Smih, Grand Master  

 

From the South (posted June 2016)

Thank you for your vote of confidence and allowing me the privilege to serve you as Junior Grand Warden.  I take this honor seriously and will do everything possible, to make Freemasonry in South Dakota better.  Better is hard to define, regarding improving Freemasonry, as we all see “better” as a different strategy or vision.  My vision at this point is cloudy, but I do know we will have to make changes.  We must make changes to stop the decline in Masonry by making, and keeping, new Masons.  We need good quality Masons and the quantity will fix itself.

Fraternally,  
Richard Hagler, Junior Grand Warden  

 

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