On March 21, 2017, at the Masonic Center in Rapid City, three Lodges worked together to perform Degree work to raise four new Master Masons. Rapid City Lodge #25 had two candidates, Mount Rushmore Lodge #220 and Custer City Lodge #66 each had one candidate. It is always good to do Degree work with a packed house on the sidelines. The Degree work was superbly done, and the Lectures were impressive. Grand Master Mike Rodman, Deputy Grand Master Yancey Smith, various Grand Lodge Officers, and two Past Grand Masters, Lowell Holmgren and Jack Welker, were in attendance. The meal of homemade beef stew and turkey noodle soup warmed everyone on a freezing, foggy night.
New Brothers raised: Brother Scott Marshovs from Custer City #66, Brother Dustin Willet from Mt Rushmore #220, Brothers Brett Jarmen and Ethan Smith from Rapid City #25
DeMolay Legion of Honor Recipients
On Saturday March 18th, 2017, the South Dakota Chapter of DeMolay International presented their highest honor to Brother George Parmeter and MWB Don Gray in an impressive ceremony at Huron Lodge #26. The ceremony was followed by a banquet full of fellowship and admiration for the accomplishments of the distinguished award recipients.
RWB Harold Ireland, Junior Grand Warden; Bro. George Parmeter, DeMolay Legion of Honor Recipient; MWB Don Gray, PGM and DeMolay Legion of Honor Recipient; MWB Mike Rodman, Grand Master
Dinner & Silent Auction
There will be a dinner and silent auction to benefit the West River South Dakota Child Identification Program (SDCHIP) from 5:00 until 8:00 PM, on Saturday April 22, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 815 E Mall Drive, Rapid City.
To reserve your seat, call (605) 381-1293 for tickets by April 17. The cost will be $40 for an excellent smoked roast beef dinner with sides.
Grand Lodge Master Builder and Revised Lodge of the Year Award Program
After several years of varying success with the Lodge of the Year and Mason of the Year programs, Most Worshipful Grand Master Rodman and the Elected line have developed two new programs to encourage better participation from the Lodges and individual Brothers.
Both programs require earning a minimum number of points in mandatory and optional categories, and are designed to allow every Lodge and every Master Mason to earn the award.
The awards are not intended to simply be a checklist of requirements to mark off; they require some effort, but every involved, active Brother, or every healthy, active and functioning Lodge should be able to complete the requirements.
Every Lodge and Master Mason completing the requirements will be recognized at Grand Lodge and there will be a Lodge of the Year and a Mason of the Year chosen from among those completing the awards.
Criteria for each can be found at:
There is no specific form for either award; please use the list of criteria as a guide and award form and each Lodge and Master Mason will utilize the Honor System in completing the award.
Please turn in to the Grand Lodge Office no later than May 15, 2016.
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