Due to last week’s storm, the phone system at the Grand Lodge remains down, although the Grand Lodge building is open.
Well in advance of the September 15 deadline, the Fall 2011 issue of the Kansas Mason is now online.
This issue features information and a registration form on the new Grand Lodge Leadership Academy along with details of that event which will be held in the Kansas Statehouse on October 1.
In addition, the issue also features insightful commentary by Grand Senior Warden Rick Reichert on Masonic unity which should not be missed.
Also in this issue, J. Howard Duncan reviews Andrew Hammer’s Observing the Craft, and Nolan Sump provides answers to the burning questions of the Craft.
Our regularly featured departments, including columns by the Grand Secretary and the Grand Master, as well as Masonic news and events from around the state round out our Fall offering.
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A fast-moving thunderstorm that rolled through Topeka last night has knocked out power to the Grand Lodge offices. The office will be closed on Friday, August 19, but will reopen on Monday, August 22.
A walk-up pheasant hunt, sponsored by Justice Lodge No. 457, will be held on Saturday, November 19, to raise funds for the lodge’s Widows & Orphans Benevolent Fund. All Masons and their guests (ages 18 and above) are invited to attend.
Check-in for the hunt will begin with a mandatory safety briefing at 7.00 a.m., at Millbrook Lodge No. 281, 305 W. Main Street, Hill City, Kansas, with the hunt starting at 8.00 a.m. Hunters shall provide their own shotguns and ammunition, safety orange hat and vest, eye protection, as well as a valid Kansas hunting license. The morning session will break at 11.30 a.m.
Lunch will be served between the sessions, and an afternoon hunt will begin with a safety briefing starting at 1.45 p.m. A reception will follow the afternoon hunt. Both events are open to all participants.
Ladies are encouraged to attend the hunt, or the ladies program (pay as you go) at Rock Haven Day Spa in Hays.
The entry fee of $30 per gun will allow Justice Lodge to assist its widows and orphans and includes the cost of lunch. Space is limited and reservations are required.
“Masonry in Kansas is not as unique as you would think”, commented Rick Reichert, Grand Senior Warden, while attending the 2011 Midwest Conference of Grand Lodges on August 13th. Grand Lodge officers from Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Manitoba assembled near Minneapolis to share problems and their potential solutions. “Very valuable information is presented. It is time well spent and we get to bring new and innovative solutions back to Kansas,” said Tracy Bloom, Grand Master, who along with Brother Reichert, attended with Brothers Don Newman, Deputy Grand Master, Bob Pfuetze, Grand Secretary, and Joey Stiles, Assistant Grand Secretary. “Kansas Masonry may have some issues in common with other Grand jurisdictions, but thanks to Vision 2020 we’ve been forging ahead with solutions. We’re leading in a lot of areas and need to continue leading and improving in Kansas”, concluded Reichert.
The Grand Lodge of Scotland announced yesterday that has withdrawn recognition of the Grande Loge Nationale Francaise – the French Grand Lodge considered by Anglo-American Freemasonry as the only regular jurisdiction in France.
The action by the Scottish Grand Lodge follows a lengthy period of turmoil at GLNF which has seen the French courts step in to resolve several long-standing disputes between a faction of the membership and the Grand Master, François Stifani. According to the statement issued by Scotland’s Grand Master, “the continuing state of affairs in the Grand Loge Nationale Francaise is liable to damage the International status of Freemasonry and it is therefore necessary that the reputation of the Grand Lodge of Scotland be protected.”
This decision by Scottish authorities expressly prohibits GLNF brethren being received as visitors in any Lodge under the Scottish Constitution, denies visits by Scottish members to any Lodge working under the GLNF and prohibits any affiliation by GLNF members with any Scottish Lodge.
Ben Hur Lodge No. 322 of Kansas City, in association with Kansas Rocks & Recreation Park will hold a 4×4 Rock Crawl fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City. This event is an open run at Kansas Rocks & Recreation Park located in Mapleton, Kansas on September 10, 2011.
According to Andrew Cassity, Master of Ben Hur lodge, the rock crawl “consists of 4×4 traversing trails, obstacles and generally going places that you wouldn’t believe an automobile could climb over or drive through!”
Registration Packs starting at $25 and include a rig, one meal, an Event T-shirt and a raffle ticket. Additional meals are available at a cost of $6 per person, and extra T-shirts and raffle tickets will be offered for sale.
Questions about the event should be directed to Ben Hur Lodge.
To learn more about the Downs Syndrome Guild please visit their website.
Downloadable donor registration form for registration and contact information:
Mark Saturday, October 1 on your calendar and consider attending the Grand Lodge Warden’s Class in the historic Kansas State House. The annual Warden’s School is a leadership seminar conducted by the Grand Lodge and addresses all aspects of lodge leadership. While having sections specifically designed for the upcoming Master, this year’s session with have a variety of topics and breakouts appropriate for every lodge leader.
Registration for the event is open to all Masons and their wives. This year’s seminar will be held in conjunction with the Grand Secretary’s class for Secretaries.
G. Cliff Porter, Worshipful Master of Enlightenment Lodge No. 198 in Colorado Springs,Colorado will be the featured speaker at the event. His address will discuss the psychology of leadership. W:. Bro. Porter’s biography may be found here.
Lunch will be provided and the traditional ladies program will also include a chance to hear WB Porter speak.
Registration information will be available soon; check back for updates.
The schedule for events is as follows:
Nationally-known Masonic author and commentator Cliff Porter will be the featured speaker at the August stated communication for Justice Lodge No. 457, which is slated to meet in the quarters of Emporia Lodge No. 12 on Saturday, August 13, 2011.
Cliff Porter is W:. M:. of Enlightenment Lodge No. 198 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he works as a homicide detective for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Bro. Porter is also recognized nationally for his work in teaching and presenting on the areas of Subconscious Communications as it relates to personal interactions and communications. He has worked cases gaining international attention, been featured by the Biography Channel, and has lectured Internationally for the United States government and military, state and local law enforcement, private corporations, churches, and spiritual centers. He has had published a number of Masonic writings as well and is the author of The Secret Psychology of Freemasonry: Alchemy, Gnosis and the Science of the Craft, Masonic Baptism: A Postmodern Ritual for an Ancient Craft, and 10 Easy Steps to Being a Heretic.
The meeting will tyle at 2 p.m. and is open to all regular Masons. A Festive Board will convene at 4 p.m. at Plumb Place in Emporia and is open to Masons and their guests. Cost for dinner is $25. Seating is limited, please contact the lodge secretary for reservations.