Grand Lodge wants to hear from you! There are two Town Hall meetings planned in the near future and all are invited to attend to listen to what is planned, ask questions and provide input. Information will range from integrating your lodge into the Grand Lodge strategic plan, current programs and resources, the rapidly changing demography of Masonry in Kansas and the potential need to adjust districts again, and much more. Secretaries that have questions about the new database or the upcoming annual report are especially encouraged to attend, and there will be a separate breakout for them. The next planned meetings are Saturday, October 13 in Emporia, and Saturday, October 20 in Scott City. Mark the dates now, and contact the Grand Lodge office for more details.
The Grand Lodge office has received a variety of questions about motorcycle tags. While the statute that allowed for our tags does not include authority for motorcycle plates, IF there is enough expressed interest, we will return to the Legislature this winter and ask for expanded authority; so, if you would be interested in plates for a cycle, let that be known to the Grand Lodge office, also through email@example.com.
Those who currently have handicap plates, and who want a Masonic plate, will have to return to a rear-view mirror card handicap permit, there is no provision for a combined Masonic-handicap plate.
Due to the explosion of special-interest plates, and the needs of law enforcement to quickly identify vehicles, there will not be a sequential numbers of plates, each will be numbered with a combination of several numbers and letters, and no reservation of any one possible.
With negotiations being finalized with the Kansas Department of Revenue for the Kansas Mason License Plate, many minor details are still being worked out. One critical item is that the Grand Lodge needs to show an interest of at least 500 Masons who would be eligible to purchase these plates. Kansas Masons who would like to purchase a plate after January 1,2013 are asked to notify the Grand Lodge office (785) 234-5518 that they would like a plate. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Grand Lodge office and have your name added to the list.
The legislation requires that the Grand Lodge provide a written consent form for the member requesting the plate. This pre-order list will allow the Grand Lodge office to arrange for that letter ahead of time. Kansas Mason License Plates will only cost an additional $25 in addition to the State and County Taxes and Fees. The Funding received by the Grand Lodge will be split between the Grand Lodge Library and Kansas Freemasons Charities Inc.
Registration is now open for the Grand Lodge Leadership Academy, slated for October 6 in Topeka. Now in its second year, the day-long seminar will be held at the Kansas Statehouse and will feature nationally known Masonic author Chris Hodapp.
Early-bird registration is open until September 20 and offers substantial savings to attendees with registration for the Mason’s course available for $20 and the ladies’ course at $10. From September 21 – October 1, registration will cost $30 for men and $20 for ladies. The price difference — according to Grand Senior Warden Michael Halleran – is to encourage people to register early.
“We’ve been really fortunate,” he said, “that we’ve been able to attract some major sponsors for this event and we’re planning a first-class conference with a really nice catered lunch among other things. Unlike events we’ve held in the past, we really need to have a head count for the caterer, so we’re hopeful people will register early, as we won’t be able to take registrations after October 1.”
Registrants may print and send in the registration form (below), or register online at kansasmason.org/shop in the registration area of the Grand Lodge Online Shop, or via telephone by calling the Grand Lodge office.
Hired as Office Manager of the Grand Lodge of Kansas in 2000, R:. W;. Bro. Pfuetze was appointed as Interim Grand Secretary later that year, when PGM Don Robinett resigned. He successfully stood for election the following year, and has been reelected by the Craft to the post of Grand Secretary since that time.
He Graduated Kansas State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, and a minor in Secondary Education, and he taught chemistry, physics, general science and photography for eight years at Washington High School, in Washington, Kansas. In 1975 he purchased the Bergman Studio in Concordia, Kansas, and became a full-time professional photographer.
A tech-guru even in the 1980s, Bro. Bob also opened the first computer sales and service business in Concordia in 1985.
Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason in St. Johns Lodge No. 113 in Concordia, Kansas, in 1981, he served as Worshipful Master of that Lodge in 1985 and again in 1997.
He was also active as a Grand Lodge officer, serving as Grand Junior Deacon in 1990 for M:.W:. Don Robinett, and as District Deputy Grand Master in 1995, and Area Deputy Grand Master in 1996 and 1997. Bro. Bob also chaired the Grand Lodge Technology Committee in 1996-97 and was a key player in the development of a new member database.
“I have very much enjoyed my tenure as Grand Secretary,” he said, “and I want to thank all of the Grand Lodge officers, Grand Masters, Lodge Secretaries, and Brothers, who made my term of office as the Fourteenth Grand Secretary of Kansas interesting, exciting, and occasionally frustrating. It has been great to serve with you, and for you, for more than twelve years.”
In light of Bro. Bob’s retirement, M:. W:. Donald D. Newman Jr., Grand Master has appointed Tracy L. Bloom, PGM and current Grand Lodge Office Manager as Interim Grand Secretary effective today. M:.W:. Bro. Bloom will stand for election at the Annual Communication on March 15, 2013.
According to Bro. Bloom, “Bob Pfuetze isn’t an easy act to follow, and I have some big shoes to fill. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Bob and although we will miss him as Grand Secretary, I wish him the very best in his retirement.”
R:. W:. Rick Reichert, Deputy Grand Master also commented on the high standards Bro. Bob set for the Grand Lodge of Kansas. “I am sincerely grateful for Brother Bob’s dedication as Grand Secretary and stellar performance as Office Manager. He helped us achieve the highly respected status we have in Kansas and from our neighboring Grand Lodges. I wish him great enjoyment in his many other endeavors both within Masonry and beyond.”
There will be a Vision 20/20 Seminar at Lodge No. 12 in Emporia on Saturday, June 16, 2012. R.W.: Rick Reichert, DGM will be the facilitator for the seminar.
Registration and fellowship (Donuts, Milk and Coffee) will be held in the Recreation Room beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Seminar will begin in the lodge room sharply at 9:00 a.m., ending at 12:00 p.m. A light lunch will provided by the local Eastern Star chapter.
All lodges are invited. Principle Officers are asked to attend, any additional brothers who wish to participate are also encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attending the seminar, or for the luncheon or the pastries, however donations for lunch will be appreciated.
This is a hands-on project and everyone attending will be given the paperwork and worksheets required. There will be a general information session and then the lodges will be separated into workgroups by specific task.
Emporia Lodge No. 12 does request that you RSVP the number of brothers who will be attending so they can have the proper amount of food for everyone. Please RSVP by Monday, June 11, 2012, to R.W. Bill McCord, DDGM of District 23, to email@example.com.
The Divan of Abdallah Shrine in Overland Park announced their support of the new Grand Lodge petitions and the requirement for background checks on all petitions in a formal resolution on May 8.
New petitions for the Mysteries of Freemasonry, dual and plural membership, which include a provision for mandatory background checks were developed in early 2012 by the Council of Administration and required for us by all lodges under the edict of Grand Master Donald D. Newman, Jr.
The Resolution, signed by the entire Divan, echoes the comments of the Grand Master that our members are “not getting the job done” as far as investigating candidates for the degrees, and states that the Abdallah Shriners Divan “is serious about the moral and upright character of EVERY man we accept into our ranks.”
According to Potentate Michael J. Tavares, “all of the Abdallah Shriners Divan supports the background investigations,” adding that all officers signed “of their own free will” and not under pressure from Shrine leadership.
When asked why the Divan had taken the step of passing a resolution, Tavares said, “I think the biggest thing is that we feel it’s the right thing to do. From our perspective we all agree that we have been falling short in investigations and we as Shriners have to step up and get the kind of guy who has the right stuff to be a Mason.”
Formed in 1887, Abdallah Shrine is the thirtieth Shrine temple chartered in the United States, and was the first of five Shrine Centers to be chartered in Kansas. For more information on Abdallah Shrine, visit their website.
Denny Robinson, the President of CHIPs (Child Identification Program) will be attending the Grand Master’s Town Hall Meeting in Coffeyville, KS on April 21, 2012 from 9.00 am to 11.30am.
The Grandmaster will be on hand to answer any questions of concern to the craft and Robinson will be on hand to provide ideas and instructions on how to enhance the Kansas CHIP Program.
Masonichip International is a 501(c)(3) public charity and resource for espousing Child Safety Education and assisting Masonic Safety Identification Program Events across North America. They are recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and are a featured partner on their TAKE 25 Campaign…“Take 25 minutes for Child Safety.”
For more Information about them click the link below.
The Location of this Town Hall is 106 E 7th St, Coffeyville, KS 67337.
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.
Click the link below to learn more about them.