Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and wellbeing of our Brothers, their families, and their communities, Grand Master Tony Borum has issued the following edicts.
In conformance with and under the authority of the Constitution and By-laws of our Jurisdiction, on Friday, March 20th, 2020, at the Grand Lodge building in Topeka, Grand Master Delmus R. “Dale” Morrow formally turn over the leadership role as Grand Master to Deputy Grand Master Anthony W. “Tony” Borum. Brother Borum was duly elected Grand Master at the previous Annual Communication in Wichita and has served as Deputy Grand Master since that time. M∴W∴ Morrow personally performed the installation. This installation that usually takes place as a public event was instead completed with only necessary attendees present. This was done out of an abundance of caution and to follow the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control. We will do our best to bring that installation to you as a recorded video.
Your current elected Grand Lodge officers, which includes Grand Senior Warden Mikel J. Stoops, Grand Junior Warden Michael D. Johnson II, Grand Treasurer B. Cole Presley, and Grand Secretary Tracy L. Bloom, will retain their offices until the 164th Annual Communication can be held, and the official election of officers takes place.
All 2019-2020 appointed Grand Lodge Officers’ terms ended on March 20th at Noon.
All 2020-2021 appointed Grand Lodge Officers’ terms will begin soon. Further information about this will be sent at the appropriate time.
Click on the image to view the program of the public Installation that was to take place.
It is with a heavy heart and out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety and wellbeing of our Brothers, their families, and their communities, that our Grand Master, M.W. Dale Morrow, with the full support of your Council of Administration and the leadership of our Grand Lodge, has determined that the 164th Annual Communication will be postponed. The 164th Annual communication will be held at a time and place yet to be determined. When such a decision is made, due notice will be sent to all Members of the Grand Lodge and to its constituent Lodges.
Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and those involved in this decision are genuinely sorry for all the inconveniences it might cause. We thank you for your zeal and your service to your Lodge and to our Ancient and Honorable Fraternity.
May the Grand Architect of the Universe Bless and Protect you and your families.
With the postponement of the 164th Annual Communication, we wanted to make this program available so that those receive awards can be recognized for their accomplishments. Click the image to download the full program.
The administrative boundaries and designations for our Areas and Districts have been redefined. Reasons for change in the Area and District assignments are:
- To balance Areas in an attempt to have four Districts per Area. (Exceptions are Area 1 which has three and Area 4 with has five; mainly due to driving distance in Area 1.)
- To balance Districts with five Lodges per District.
- To minimize driving distances in the Areas and District. (Driving distance were minimized using Google Maps to determine those distances.)
- To attempt to keep Area distances under 200 miles and District Distance under 50 miles. (Some exceptions do exist.)
Scholarships Total Nearly $350,000
Our Local Lodges in conjunction with Our Kansas Masonic Foundation, the charitable arm for the Grand Lodge of Kansas, announces the award of 345 scholarships to Kansas students. The awards total nearly $350,000.
The scholarships, which range from $500 to $5,000, are awarded to graduating high school seniors and students already attending four- and two-year universities and colleges, including vocational and technical colleges, throughout the state.
“It is with great pride that we, as Masons, are able to provide this type of financial support to our future leaders,” said Michael J. Tavares, President of the Kansas Masonic Foundation. “Our commitment to the scholarship program – and to the numerous other programs that benefit Kansans and Kansas communities through the Foundation and the Masonic Lodges throughout the state – is at the core of our belief that charity beyond ourselves strengthens our community.”
Over the 50 years of its existence, the Foundation, along with the Grand Lodge of Kansas, its 230 statewide lodges, and almost 18,000 Kansas Masons, have given thousands of scholarships and millions of dollars to deserving students in Kansas.
“Whether it is this scholarship program, the almost $25 million that Kansas Masons have donated to the University of Kansas Cancer Center, the $20 million that was recently committed as part of the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, or any of the other worthwhile endeavors to help others that Masons are committed to do, our Fraternity provides significant charitable support to Kansas and throughout the world,” said Lyn E. Beyer, Grand Master of Masons in Kansas. Beyer also noted that more than $360 million has been raised annually by the American Masonic philanthropy alone.
The 345 scholarships will be presented to students by their local Masonic Lodge in April and May.
WIBW television coverage of the events at the State Capitol on March 18th, 2016.