It was a topsy-turvey evening that was entertaining as it was unusual. We enjoyed a sumptuous feast of fried chicken, corn, potato salad, and, of course, the Masonic vegetable, green beans prior to the Grand Master’s arrival. Fortunately, there was plenty for M:. W:. Daren L. Kellerman and some Grand Lodge officers who joined us prior to dessert. Bro. Bob Shively, Executive Director, Kansas Masonic Foundation, presented three donor recognition plaques, including one for the Grand Master. R:. W:. Mike Tavares was awarded the Philanthropist level plaque. The Grand Master then presented Bro. Lawrence I. Tate, Jr. with a 70 year emblem to the accolades of all in attendance. After some celebratory cake, all retired to the lodge room. Bro. Tate made a short visit to see the lodge room where, in decades past, he ably presented the Stair Lecture to countless brothers on their way to the middle chamber.
Upon resuming labor, the Grand Master was discovered comfortably seated in the Junior Deacon’s chair. He did a fine job during the opening and closing and one brother was heard to remark, “that Daren fellow has a lot of future potential. He’ll go far.” Ah, hello brother. That’s the Grand Master who took the chair.
Continuing the regressive agenda, the Grand Master was received last but given full Private Grand Honors.
It was a fun and well attended night at Hancock Lodge.