Lawrence Dedication Makes News

The dedication of the Lawrence Masonic Center was well-attended by Lawrence Masons and brethren from around the state.  One unusual visitor also made an appearance: the local media with a camera crew.  The ceremony was a featured story in the Lawrence Journal World website as well as on Channel 6 News in Lawrence.

The story, featured here, contains interviews with Bro. Jon Woodward of Lawrence Scottish Rite and Grand Master L. Kent Needham, accompanied by a video segment of the actual dedication and cornerstone laying, with many Masons in attendance.

Underscoring the critical importance of communication – an element of our Strategic Plan — the Grand Master congratulated the decision to invite the press to the ceremony. “Our brethren in Lawrence did a fantastic job of involving the news media in this event; this helps get the word out about what Kansas Masons do and what we’re about.” he said.

For assistance in involving the media in your lodge event, contact the Grand Secretary’s office.

Chris Hodapp To Speak At 2010 Warden’s School

The author of numerous Masonic books and articles including Freemasons For Dummies and Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C.,  Chris Hodapp will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Grand Lodge Wardens School at Emporia Lodge No. 12 on Saturday, October 2, 2010.

Open to all Master Masons and their wives, and particularly valuable to incoming wardens and masters, the Wardens School provides training for the three principle officers of the lodge.  With presentations on Masonic law, leadership, budget and finance, and for the first time real-time lodge scenarios illustrating common problems and their solutions, the Wardens School is indispensible for anyone approaching the East. A companion program for Master Mason’s ladies will accompany the men’s program, focusing on the Masonic education for ladies. Along with an explanation of Freemasonry, and answers to common questions about the fraternity, the ladies will tour a typical Masonic lodge before adjourning for an afternoon tea in a Victorian mansion. Registrations for the School must be made in advance and will include lunch (See registration form, Page 8). For more information about the Wardens School, please contact Jan Nelson at Grand Lodge, (785) 234 – 5518.

Hodapp, who will speak about “Revitalizing a Struggling Lodge,” as well as addressing the ladies’ program, will also be the featured speaker at dinner following the Wardens School.  He has appeared on The History Channel and the Discovery Channel on the subject of Freemasonry and its role in the founding of the United States and the building of Washington D.C. He is a frequent TV and radio guest, as well as a popular speaker on Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, conspiracy theories, and secret societies. His new book, Deciphering The Lost Symbol, was published in January 2010.

The morning session begins at 9:00 a.m. (registration 8.30 a.m.). Dinner will be served at 6.00 p.m. in the Lodge dining hall at a cost of $15.00 per person.  Attendance at the Wardens School is not required for dinner, but please make reservations by contacting the Grand Lodge Office as seating is limited.

After dinner, Bro. Chris will address the Lodge about “Freemasonry and the Dan Brown Effect.” Copies of his many books will be available to purchase, and fellowship and a book signing will be held immediately following.