Mark you Calendars for Town Hall Meetings

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.


Updated Plate Information

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 plates@kansasmason.org.

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.


Pre-Registration Open for Kansas Mason License Plates

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 plates@kansasmason.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.


Leadership Academy Attracts Sponsors

The Grand Lodge is pleased to announce that Kansas Masonic Home will be sponsoring the second annual Grand Lodge Leadership Academy to be held this year on October 6 at the Kansas Statehouse, and that Abdallah Shrine will provide the course material to all attendees.

 

Partnerships like these will help ensure that Grand Lodge events deliver the most bang for the buck, said Grand Senior Warden Michael Halleran.

 

“Although sponsorship is nothing new with Masonic events,” Halleran said, “this partnership between the Kansas Masonic Home, Abdallah Shrine and the Grand Lodge will transform an ordinary training seminar into a first-rate conference. And that is a relatively new idea. Before, many of these events were done on a shoestring, sometimes with little preparation, and relying on materials from years’ ago.”

 

According to Halleran, since 2011, however, things have changed. “I think the Masons who attended last year’s Academy will testify to the fact that it was a huge jump in quality. We had a big name speaker, and the event was very well organized in an impressive venue. It will be even better this year,” he said.

 

Halleran noted that the entire Grand Lodge line is actively supporting the success of programs like the Leadership Academy – with the elected officers taking on planning roles.

 

“Now with the Masonic Home coming on board to actively assist the Craft, and with Abdallah Shrine also demonstrating its commitment to make this event a success, we hope to deliver on the promises we – the Grand Lodge – have made to the Craft: to promote quality, quality, quality.”

 

Robert Roswurm, the Director of Development at the Kansas Masonic Home was equally positive. “This partnership makes sense for Kansas Masonic Home,” he said.

 

“One of the strategic goals of Kansas Masonic Home is to actively promote a climate of growth, knowledge and effectiveness by becoming a learning and teaching organization. We are actively engaged in cultivating advancement on our campus through numerous partnerships. We believe that joining with the Grand Lodge to enhance the leadership academy will not only encourage the growth and development of Masons across the state of Kansas.”

 

Michael Tavares, Potentate of Abdallah Shriners was also upbeat about the chance to pitch in and make the event successful.

 

“When I first joined Masonry, I was told that one of the benefits of joining the Masons was that I would be taught to lead and be provided ample opportunities to lead. Now Grand Lodge is fulfilling their promise to Masons. Last year they launched a highly successful leadership seminar which was well attended. This year, they have put together another great program that will teach organizational leadership skills and touch on personal leadership skills as well. We, as Masons, need to converge on Topeka on the sixth of October to find further light in Masonry!”

 

The Leadership Academy, formerly known as the Warden’s School, has traditionally been the responsibility of the Deputy Grand Master. According to Rick Reichert, Deputy Grand Master for 2012, the emphasis on quality hasn’t been the only change that’s been made.

 

“The original Warden’s School scope was too narrow, concentrating on officers who would be using the knowledge gained for one or two years in preparation for their term in the East,” he said. “The Leadership Academy aims to develop confidence of any officer, committee chair, or member at large to take ever- progressive leadership roles in their lodges. Because this forum is oriented toward organizational leadership development, the principles are applicable to the entire Masonic family and you can see their enthusiasm through growing sponsorships.”

 

This year’s Leadership Academy is slated for Saturday, October 6 at the Kansas Statehouse and features renowned Masonic author Chris Hodapp as the keynote speaker. The registration form is included below and will appear in the next issue of the Kansas Mason.

 

2012 Academy Registration Form_2012

 


Leadership Academy Registration Information

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.

 

2012 Academy Registration Form_2012


Grand Secretary Pfuetze Retires

July 18, 2012. Grand Secretary R:. W:. Robert B. Pfuetze announced his retirement as the Fourteenth Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Kansas after twelve years of service.

 

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.”

 

Appointment of Interim Secretary


Emporia to Host Strategic Plan Seminar – June 16

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 ddgm23@kansasmason.org.


Abdallah Divan Announces Support of Background Checks

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.


President of CHIPs International to Speak in Coffeyville

 

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.

http://www.masonichip.org/

The Location of this Town Hall is 106 E 7th St, Coffeyville, KS 67337.


Heritage Lodge No. 458 to hold its first meeting.

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

Russ Given

Vic Adams

Clifton Glidewell

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.

http://www.facebook.com/HeritageLodge458AFAM