Only 70 days left until the next Annual Communication. Remember last year? That was a very popular event. Space filled up quickly. Register today!! See the last issue of The Kansas Mason (November 2014) for the registration form.
Even better than the 158th!
are the words to describe this year’s event that is drawing the Who’s Who of Masons from across the country. Vendors, Masonic Education, top speakers, Kansas Lodge of Research, appendant bodies representation, and much much more. You won’t want to be left out in the cold.
Kansas Lodge of Research’s inaugural Masonic Legends: Lunch n’ Lecture Series registration deadline is quickly approaching. Legendary Mason and well-published author Brother Robert G. Davis 33º G. C. of Guthrie, Oklahoma will be our first guest speaker. The luncheon will be held on August 30, 2014 starting at 11:30 a.m. at The Celtic Fox in Topeka, just two blocks from the Grand Lodge Building. This event is the same day as the Allied Masonic Degrees and the Mount Zion #266 meeting, both of which are being held in the Grand Lodge building. Registration for lunch is required but can be done online. Please register by Wednesday, August 20th to ensure you have a seat, book and lunch.
The Grand Master’s Chance to Advance Class for 2014 provided a superior forum to pass 31 Entered Apprentices to Fellow Crafts and 34 Fellow Crafts to Master Masons. The all-day event was held at the Wichita Scottish Rite Center on Saturday, August 9, 2014 with the full contingent of Grand Lodge officers present. Degree work was exemplified by the corp of Grand Lecturers who put on their best work.
Six past Grand Masters were present as were Area and District Grand Masters from across Kansas. “This is the only class this year”, M:. W:. Michael Halleran, Grand Master, said as he open Grand Lodge to start the class. M:. W:. Jeff Sowder, Past Grand Master 1997 remarked at the break that for those who missed the event, “the Grand Lecturers do great work and it shows in the many lodges who exemplify the high quality degree work .”
Remarks from one of our newest Master Masons, “This was an awesome experience. It has inspired me to seek even more light.”
The Grand Master has sanctioned a state-wide Chance to Advance (C2A) Class for August 9, 2014 at the Wichita Scottish Rite Center. C2A is a way to advance Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts to Master Masons. All degree work and lectures will be given, primarily by the experts in degree conferral, our Grand Lecturers. Each person attending must preregister; there will be no onsite registration the day of the event. Print and bring ticket generated when registration is complete. Reg closes 8-1-14. All attendees must register for a proper headcount.
Legendary Mason and well-published author Brother Robert G. Davis 33º G. C. of Guthrie, Oklahoma will be the first guest speaker in Kansas Lodge of Research’s new Masonic Legends: Lunch n’ Lecture Series. The luncheon will be held on August 30, 2014 starting at 11:30 a.m. at The Celtic Fox in Topeka, just two blocks from the Grand Lodge Building. This event is the same day as the Allied Masonic Degrees and the Mount Zion #266 meeting, both of which are being held in the Grand Lodge building. Registration for lunch is required but can be done online. For more information, see the KLOR page. To register online, see our Registration Page.
Fourty Masons gathered in Topeka today to take delivery of the new Kansas Masonic Education course from famed Masonic author S. Brent Morris, PhD, 33. The “Train-the-Trainer” session is based in the widely available new Special Kansas Edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry. These trainers will soon be scheduling regional gatherings to present up-to-date, exciting material that should spark much interest in learning our Masonic heritage and entice the uninitiated to join us. Contact R:. W:. Daren Kellerman for more information and check the Grand Master’s calendar for course offerings.
M:. W:. Donald Newman, Jr. revised an earlier order that implemented the requirement for electronic verification of all petitions with a new Edict released in December 2012. The new Edict makes optional the electronic verification for membership transfers between lodges in Kansas and petitions for plural membership in another Kansas lodge. This move transfers the responsibility of “know your petitioner” from the electronic verification back to the signers of the petition and the investigating committee. The intent of the original March 2012 Edict remains the same: To augment the ability of the investigating committee to ascertain the veracity of the petitioner’s characterization of himself. While many lodges train their investigating committees to exercise due diligence in performing their duties, many others, sadly, either do not perform their duty or the nature of our highly mobile society makes it hard to know really know the stranger that desires admission. Transfers and plural members should be a better known petitioner, therefore, the new Edict.
The Masonic bodies in and around the city of Atlanta played host to Grand Masters and their delegations from all over North America and as far away as Japan and Bulgaria. The April session entitled, “Cultivating the Masonic Experience” boasted over 800 attendees at the Conference of Grand Masters in North America.
“This is an extremely valuable experience,” remarked Rick Reichert, Grand Senior Warden. “It’s a great place to network with other Grand jurisdictions, share ideas, and talk with champions of the Craft.
The event consists of the council of Grand Masters or their representatives who handle matters that cross jurisdictions, such as recognition of other Grand Lodges. However, the greatest value is the ability to talk in smaller groups about the great things in Masonry. Each jurisdiction has its unique ways of doing certain things, but the universality of Masonry is the amazingly reinforced.
In addition to the plenum sessions there are several break-out sessions through the conference with a variety of topics on interest to the Craft conducted by well respected brothers. Brother Cliff Porter was one of the presenters and will join us in Salina for our Annual Communication in March.
The 2013 conference will be held in Kansas City jointly hosted by the Grand Lodges of Kansas and Missouri. It will be held at the Sheraton near Crown Center and the Grand Masters to be are looking forward to the trip.
Rev. Robert H. Schuller is quoted as saying, “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.”
To that end, materials for the October 1, 2011 Leadership Academyhave been posted in the Downloads areaof our web site. Please feel free to browse these items prior to the session in Topeka. Contact your District Deputy Grand Master or the Grand Lodge office if you have any problems getting access to the download area.
In the waning September 24th sunlight at an abandoned Silverdale rock quarry near Arkansas City, 279 Master Masons gathered from as far away as Oklahoma City and Leavenworth for a spectacular outdoor event. At the conclusion of a delicious steak dinner cooked over a charcoal fire, Silverdale Quarry lodge was opened in due form and turned over to the Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team who, in native American costume, exemplified the second section of the third degree on a live candidate. The team which formed in 1948, conferred their 999th degree that evening in an outdoor lodge with furnishings hewn from the nearby limestone.