Read the latest South Dakota Masonic Messenger.
May 7, 2013
Dear Members of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota:
I want to extend our apology for the errors in the Proposed Amendments section of this issue of the Masonic Messenger. We always feel terrible when an error occurs, that is especially true in this case.
The error (the deletion of any strike-throughs and underlines) occurred when we were doing a routine procedure meant to ensure all the fonts print correctly. We were unaware that the procedure would delete the strike-throughs and underlines. Our whole staff is now aware of the issue and we are confident it won’t happen again.
We know that the error will cause you some difficulty and again apologize for the technical mistake. We appreciate your business and have taken steps so this type of error won’t happen again.
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Worshipful Brother Fred Geranen Receives 50-Year Pin
Worshipful Brother Fred Geranen was presented his 50-Year Pin by District Master Yancey Smith at Hospice House in Rapid City on April 28. Many of Fred’s family members, friends, and Masonic Brethren were present.
Successful SDCHIP Event in Rapid City
On April 5, 6, and 7, Mount Rushmore Lodge #220 hosted the South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) in conjunction with the Rapid City Youth and Family Services (YFS) Kids Fair held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. These organizations had a very successful combined effort in providing a community service.
The purpose of ChIP is to provide parents with a packet of identification material which would help in the recovery and/or identification of a missing child. The information contained in the kit meets the requirements for posting an Amber Alert. Each kit contains a DNA sample, dental imprint, digital fingerprint, height and weight, voice recording, and a photo ID. More than 15,000 kits have been provided to parents across the state.
During the YFS Kids Fair, the Masons provided 514 identification kits to families, free of charge. Although the material for each kit costs approximately $5.00, all cost are covered by donations from the State Masonic Foundation, local Masonic Lodges, and occasionally local service organizations.
The local Masonic Lodge is the coordinating organization for each event, and relies on volunteers from within the local Lodge as well as support from local organizations. Over 75 volunteers were needed to make the YFS Kids Fair a successful event. It is therefore with much gratitude and appreciation that the Masons of Lodge #220 wish to recognize and thank the volunteers from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Women’s Basketball team, Western Dakota Tech School of Nursing, the local Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets of Douglas High School, and Masons from Mount Rushmore Lodge #220, Rapid City Lodge #25, and Hill City Lodge #112, with special thanks to the event-coordinating dynamic duo, Jack Welker and Herb Cook.
Since this was the first year that the Masons and YFS have teamed up on presenting this program, the Masons are very excited to continue the partnership established with YFS and look forward to being part of future YFS Kids Fair events so the SDCHIP program will continue to be a community based asset for future families.
SDCHIP in the News
Custer City Lodge 66 Awards Scholarship
On April 2, Custer City Lodge 66 awarded our yearly scholarship to a deserving teen student towards college. The recipient was the granddaughter of one of our Past Masters, Ralph Kelley. The award was followed by a pizza party for the recipient and her family. A great time was had by all.
Spring is here and Grand Lodge is near. In the past, I have requested photos and a brief history of your Lodge so we can include it in a history book I am compiling for Lodges in South Dakota. However the response has been poor. As a result, I am going to focus on collecting Lodge histories. Please send me a brief history of your Lodge before your Lodge goes dark for the summer. Even if you don’t know much about your Lodge’s history, please share what you do know. It is important to preserve our past for future generations.
I will be traveling the state extensively through the next two summers because of my job and I will be able to photograph most Lodges in the state with a quality camera. If you already have good photos or someone who can take them, please send them to me anyway. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also mail histories and photos to
109 S. Pierre St.
Pierre, SD 57501.
To: All Masonic Lodges
From: Redfield Lodge #34 A.F. & A.M.
We are planning a one day Blue Lodge conferral on Saturday April 27, 2013, in Pierre, at 8:00 A.M. We have eight candidates from Redfield; Pierre, Wessington, Mobridge, and Aberdeen also have candidates coming. There will also be Grand Lodge officers here that day. We will call it “The Grand Masters Day.”
We are requesting any help available to do the degree work. We will also need some additional help that day for various parts and any costumes that you can bring along would be appreciated.
Any questions, you can call W.M. Mario L. Hansen (605) 450-0332 or Sec. Adam L. Hansen (605) 460-0754.
Thank you very much,
Mario L. Hansen, Lodge # 34 A.F. & A.M.
At age 95 Rich Smith helped raise his grandson last week at Philip Lodge #153.That by itself may not be news but when Lincoln Smith was raised he became the 7th Smith to be an active member of Philip Lodge #153. Rich has three sons that live near Philip (Larry, Mel and Keith) and all have been members of the lodge for over 20 years. Mel has one son (Brock) living in the area and he joined in 2010 with Tucker (Kieth’s son) Now Lincoln (Kieth’s younger son) has moved back into the area and he was raised March 20.
Back row L-R. Mel, Lincon and Kieth (WM). Front row L-R Brock (SD), Tucker (SW), Rich and Larry