With an overwhelming vote from the craft at the 156th Annual Communication, the newest Lodge in Kansas was formed. Heritage Lodge No. 458 is an Affinity Lodge and claim as their hallmarks, the love of riding motorcycles and for the ritual of our sacred art. This is only the second Lodge to be formed is this manner, following Justice Lodge No. 457 last year.
The first meeting of Heritage Lodge will be on April 26, 2012 at 8.30pm. Their meeting will be held at Ben Hur Lodge No. 322, located at 1442 S 30th, Kansas City, KS. The Grand Master will attend and will present membership pins to members of Ben Hur following the meeting. The agenda for their first meeting will be to adopt their By-Laws and to install the appointed officers.
Charter Members of Heritage Lodge #458 are:
Mike Tanner Worshipful Master
Mike Matteson Senior Warden
Don Matteson Junior Warden
Warren Arnold Treasurer
Tim Fowler Secretary
Though still in their infancy, the members have made great strides toward getting organized by drafting By-Laws and organizing their member requirements. They have also set up a Facebook page to make it easier to reach out to thier membership as well as to those who would like to attend their communications.
With an auditorium filled with about 350 masons, representing over half of the lodges represented in Kansas. The public session began with the Grand Procession and reception of visiting dignitaries. Kansas Masons and their ladies were able to hear reports from the several appendant bodies recognized in Kansas.
The formal Tiled session began on time with the Grandmasters address, who wholeheartedly thanked the craft for giving him the opportunity to serve as Grand Master. Reports from the Kansas Masonic Foundation and the Kansas Masonic Home showed that Kansas Masons are working hard to continue their charitable endeavors.
At 1130, the craft adjourned to one of three breakout sessions before return to their work in the Tyled session. The afternoon session held debates and votes over 5 different By-laws Proposals. There was also the presentation of a petition to charter a new lodge.
Upon an overwhelming vote of he craft, Heritage Lodge #458, was created and the Grandmaster ordered the charter officers to report to the lodge room for installation once the Grand Lodge was at refreshment. This is only the second lodge in almost 50 years to be created by such a vote.
Grand Lodge officers and area Masons traveled to Emporia on Monday to dedicate the Bowyer Community Building — a multi-purpose meeting facility donated by NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer to the people of Lyon County.
A native of Emporia, Kansas, Bowyer drives the #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series for Michael Waltrip Racing. Early in his career, he drove for Richard Childress Racing. He won the 2008 Nationwide Series championship.
The building, which was completed in early March was made possible by a donation of $1 million by Bowyer in July 2010 and will be available for many uses including children’s and community events.
Grand Master Tracy L. Bloom presided over the ceremony, and was joined by Past Grand Masters Jimmi L. Grassi and Roy T. Sullivan, Deputy Grand Master Don Newman, and a host of Masons from across the state. On hand to watch the ceremony was a crowd of 250 spectators, community leaders and the media.
Additionally, Mark Snider, the Master of Emporia Lodge announced that Bowyer has petitioned for membership in Emporia Lodge No. 12.
With less than 14 days to go, the Grand Lodge of Kansas is rapidly preparing for the 156th Annual Communication in Salina. This year, like years past, will feature a packed agenda with much more for the attending brothers to do than sit through a legislative session. Breakout Masonic Education Session are again planned and will feature some very noted Masonic Authors and Educators.
Dr Jim Tresner will present on Dealing with Anti-Masons
G. Cliff Porter, who has presented in Kansas several time, will present on Subconscious Communications and Investigating Committees/back Ground Investigations.
There will also be a class on the New Petition for the Mysteries.
Each of these courses will be offered 3 times to allow as many as possible to attend as many classes as they desire. While the deadline for reduced meal prices has past, Kansas Masons have until March 6th to register and purchase meal tickets, however registration to attend the Annual Communication will be allowed at the door.
With a vote of 110 Yeah’s – 8 Nea -and 7 Absent, the Kansas House of Representatives passed House Bill #2499 sending it to the Senate on February 17th. This vote occured before the self imposed congresional deadline for new legislation to clear its respective house and has kept it alive.
A hearing has been set for March 8th at 830 am before the Senate Transportation Committe, it is still important that as many supporters of this project as possible, contact their Senator. This Bill must clear the committee before it can be brought to the floor of the Senate for a full vote.
With the birth of Vision 2020, our Grand Lodge Strategic Plan adopted by the Craft in 2010, a lot of questions have surfaced. How do we achieve so many of these goals? Your Grand Lodge has worked tirelessly since then with the focus of achieving these goals.
One goal in our Strategic Plan concerns our image and visibility to the public. With that goal in mind, a bill permitting Masonic personalized license plates was introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives Transportation Committee on February 1st.
R:. W:. Joesphe G. Stiles, Assistant Grand Secretary, presented House Bill No. 2499 to this committee and stood for questions. The bill, upon passage into law, would allow for the production of a Kansas Masonic License Plate with funding from the plate to be used in part for the Grand Lodge Library and Kansas Masonic Charities Inc.
While many details of this bill and program are being worked out, it has cleared the committee and arrived on the House Floor for a vote. As with all House Bills, once they have passed, it will be presented to the State Senate and finally the Governor for his signature. Once published in the Statute Book as law, the Grand Lodge can begin coordinating with the Director of Motor Vehicles to finalize the design and logistics of getting this plate available to Kansas Masons.
This project helps Grand Lodge accomplish a great number of things towards our Strategic Plan. having our Masonic Emblem on License Plates goes along ways towards improving our Image as well as making it a more recognizable symbol. The funds raised from these plates would allow the Grand Lodge Library to enhance its collection as well as be a better conduit for providing Masonic Education to local lodges thus improving the Masonic Experience. Funding from these plates applied to our newest charity, Kansas Freemasons Charities Inc, will make great strides towards ensuring that the charity is fiscally sound and able to perform its duties.
Many Masons will also have an opporotunity to make their plate a bit more personal by celebrating their achievment of being a Past Master or other roles through the adoption of smaller decals applied to the plate. This is still being developed by Grand Lodge as well.
No large program like this has ever been successful without help and support from the craft. We ask that you visit with your State Representative and Senator while this bill is moving through the Capital Building and show your support for this bill. Check back with the Grand Lodge Website for updates on this project.
Click the Link Below to find your House Rep and Senator.
Arizona Deputy Grand Master Michael Meier has been removed from office by the Grand Master of Arizona, D. Brook Cunningham, on December 26.
According to a January 2 letter sent by the Grand Master to all Arizona lodges, Meier was removed following a “pattern of disrespect and intentional disregard for the Grand Master’s directives.”
Unsubstantiated accounts of other high level Grand Lodge officer resignations have also appeared online . Masonic blogger Chris Hodapp has stated that the “Senior Grand Warden and the only other elected officer besides the Grand Master himself have recently resigned, as well,” although no details have been made public.
The Grand Lodge of Arizona website offered no information on any of the recent events and as of this writing, Michael Meier was still listed as the Deputy Grand Master. There is no word on Meier’s replacement.