The Council of Administration, our advisors, and our Ritualistic Committee and I have been following closely the rapidly changing Covid-19 pandemic responses in our state and local governments. There has not been a significant reduction in cases for our state and many counties to have confidence to open public schools or allow for large indoor gatherings. In fact, many counties and cities have returned to more restrictive measures to mitigate the health risk for their citizens.
Fall District Schools of Instruction (S.O.I.) are set to start on September 19th. Our Ritualistic Committee and our Grand Lecturers and our District Deputies have been preparing for these schools with precautionary measures. However, we have been receiving notices from our brothers of some serious concerns for their safety as well as the safety of our Grand Lecturers and our Grand Lodge leadership.
Therefore, with the advice of the Council of Administration and our advisors, I have determined that the risk is too great to hold our SOI’s across our state this year in the usual format. However, the COA and our Ritualistic Committee are offering an alternative solution. Our new plan is to offer all lodges an “individual lodge ritual training class” on request.
Any Lodge that wishes to engage a class must contact our Ritualistic Committee Chairman directly and work out date’s times and details. This will help you, the leadership in our lodges to train together with a qualified instructor in your own lodge to perform the necessary Web Work and degree work safely and proficiently. If we practice and prepare, we will be ready to bring new men into our craft safely and in a quality manner that they deserve when this crisis abates.
Our Grand Master M:.W:. Lyn E. Beyer has determined that he will allow all three degrees to be conducted in a one day class to be held at Scott City on February 18th on qualified candidates. It will be conducted in the same format as the two Grand Master’s C2A Classes allowed in 2016, but with the addition of the First Degree.
Please keep in mind all candidates, whether they are taking the first, second or third degree are required to be registered, as is anyone who is intending to be present at the event, through the online registration, found here.
As many of us travel around the state, whether for business or pleasure, it is always a good idea to visit Lodges in the areas of our travels. It is now even easier to find Lodges anywhere in the state. The new Lodge Locator found on the Locate a Lodge page under the Contact Us tab of the Grand lodge Website is just the ticket. Simply enter your search criteria and find the Lodges near you. Meeting and contact information is provided for those Lodges that meet your criteria.
The interactive Lodge List formerly found on the Locate a Lodge page is now on the Listing of Lodges page also under the Contact Us tab.
Home is just a handshake away. Happy travels Brothers.
Before too long the campus of Emporia State University will be filled with the sound music as the 33rd Kansas Masonic All-State Marching Band will assemble to once again to perform for the Annual Shrine Bowl Football Game.
Last year at Ft. Hays the band set an all-time attendance record of 225 and we hope to beat that this year, but we need your help. If you haven’t already done so please make contact with your high school band director and let them know that your lodge is interested in send a student(s) to camp. Time is of the essence as the applications are due to the KMF by May 1st.
If your high school doesn’t have or isn’t interested in sending students and your lodge still wants to sponsor there will be the opportunity to do so. We typically receive applications from students needing sponsors.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact David W. Hendricks, Director of Development and Programs, Kansas Masonic Foundation, 785-357-7646.
Video providing description and background of per capita by-law proposal (Section III, 2-301) to be discussed at the 2016 Annual Communication. Features introduction by M:. W:. Daren Kellerman, Grand Master of Masons in Kansas.