Super Bowl Sunday Pot Luck

Hancock Lodge will be hosting its first annual Super Bowl Sunday pot luck dinner (snacks)February 1st. You are encouraged to bring your own everything as our JW has said he has a limited budget. Wives are encouraged to attend but must not choose a team based on uniform colors.

– Bro. Jerry Osborne, Jr., Worshipful Master

Game Day Get-Together

Game Day Get-Together

5th Thursday Dinner

Join your brothers and their ladies for a casual 5th Thursday dinner at Mama Mia’s at 402 South 20th Street, Leavenworth starting at 6:30 p.m., this Thursday, January 29th.

If you’re like me, having a 5th Thursday in a month makes you wonder what we’re missing since we’re usually doing something on Thursday.  Now you can satisfy that angst while involving the better half.  Come join us.

Click the picture below to see the menu.

Mama Mia’s Italian Restaurant, 402 South 20th Street, Leavenworth, KS

Hot off the Press


Spring 2015 Edition of The Kansas Mason

The latest edition of The Kansas Mason should be wending its way to your mailbox by the end of January.  Meanwhile, get a sneak peak at the online version by going to the Grand Lodge website.

Includes some great information about the upcoming 159th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Kansas including the amendments that we’ll need to review in Hancock Lodge.

— R:. W:. Herb Merrick, PM

Proud of Hancock

Thanks, Brothers. We had a good showing at the District 2 School of Instruction today. Twelve out of the twenty-four (50%) attendees were your Hancock Lodge #311 brothers. Only the missing Stewards kept the lodge from scoring a perfect attendance certificate. Hopfully, they can make up the school in another district soon.

Thanks for hosting the event and supporting your District Deputy Grand Master for the 2nd District, R:. W:. Vic Henke.  We can all be proud that so many brothers are interested in the degree work and doing it correctly.

You remain: The Grand Masters’ Own!

School of Instruction Jan 17 2015

Looking toward the East during District School of Instruction


R:. W:. Wayne Rector, Grand Lecturer, making a point during District School of Instruction

R:. W:. Wayne Rector, Grand Lecturer, making a point during District School of Instruction

Fort Leavenworth Access Control Changes

All visitors to Fort Leavenworth, and thus Hancock Lodge, will have to go through new installation access rules on or about 4 February 2015. Due to increased secure posture gaining access to Fort Leavenworth will become much more complicated. Visitors will be screened using NCIC III checks, which means it could take up to 15 minutes or more than the already lengthy process if one does not have a DOD issued id card. If a brother wishes to visit the Lodge or the Armed Forces Scottish Rite please contact the secretary some days before so we can try and help with the paperwork. We may have to provide escorts. We will post updates here on the website and on Facebook.

For more information, visit the Ft. Leavenworth Garrison website’s gate information page and the information paper entitled “Vetting and Credentialing of Visitors and Uncleared Contractors Requiring Access to Fort Leavenworth”.

Click the image below to view the entire briefing about the upcoming access control changes (.pdf):


District No 2 School of Instruction – 17 January 2015

On Saturday, January 17, 2015 Hancock Lodge No. 311 is hosting the 2nd District School of Instruction.

8:00am – light refreshments
9:00am – roll call and instruction begins

There will be a lunch served.

This year we will be using a different format specific lodges have not been assigned positions. We will just rotate in and out. Make sure to invite those members who are not officers since this school is for them also. Hancock Lodge is looking forward to seeing Brothers from all District 2 Lodges participate in the instruction.

District School THIS SATURDAY – Attendance Important

Hancock Lodge has been enjoying a long perfect attendance record. I hope that continues with all Hancock Lodge officers present this year, too,

says R:. W:. Vic Henke, District Deputy Grand Master for the 2nd District.

The District School of Instruction will commence at our own Lodge at 9 o’clock (0900 local) on Saturday, January 17, 2015. RW Vernon Clark will be attending to a very ill daughter so RW Wayne Rector will be our lecturer.

All Master Masons welcome. Lunch will be served. No assigned parts so not to worry about being put in a position you don’t know. See excellent degree work.

If you’re not military, please be sure to have US-based government issued picture ID card available to show at the post gate.

Masonic Legacy Scholarships

Passing on an appeal from our Deputy Grand Master


I just received information on masonic related scholarships from the Kansas Masonic Foundation.  If you have any kids, or grandchildren that are of college age THIS IS FOR THEM.

There are a lot of general scholarships, but there are “Legacy” scholarships specifically for relatives with a Masonic legacy (connection). These scholarships are for any Regents school in the U.S. or the Kansas technical colleges. All but the legacy scholarships are open to any Kansas resident who will be attending the larger Kansas colleges or technical colleges.

The application and information are on all online: Click here to go to the website.  Please forward this to anyone who may be able to use it.

Daren Kellerman

Masonic Scholarships for Legacy Youth

Stated Meeting & Degree Work – 15 January 2015

Brothers, our next stated meeting will be held on Thursday, 15 January 2015. We will hold refreshments as usual at 6:00pm and open on the 2nd degree at 7:00pm sharp. Entered Apprentices are welcome to attend and practice their proficiency with the Tyler.

We will be conferring the 2nd degree to some of our new Entered Apprentices, and will then conduct our usual business before closing the Lodge.

Grand Lodge Annual Communication – Freemason Charity Auction


DATE:           January 2, 2015
TO:                 Kansas Masonic Lodge Secretary
FROM:           Robert A. Shively, CAE, CFRE, Kansas Masonic Foundation Executive Director
RE:                 Annual Communication Auction Event

In early Fall your Lodge received a communication from Auction Committee Chair, Deputy Grand Master Daren Kellerman, concerning the Kansas Masonic Foundation conducting an auction, in conjunction with the Friday night dinner during the Annual Communication in March.  The proceeds from this event will benefit Brothers and families in need across Kansas through the newly created Freemasons Endowment.

While I think we can all agree that this type of initiate is long overdue it is time for all of us to come together and solidify the Promise we made when we took our Obligation.  This Endowment, when fully funded, will do just that.

We are asking each Kansas Lodge to help by soliciting or contributing at least one item for the auction.  There will be approximately 15-18 items sold at live auction during the Friday dinner and appropriately 150+ items offered by online and silent auction prior to the live event.  All Kansas Masons will be able to participate as the auction items will be available for bidding online at the Kansas Masonic Foundation website and a method of absentee bidding for those unable to attend Annual Communication in March.

I have attached a listing of items already donated by Lodges and Masons across the State to help with idea generation by your Lodge.  These are the type of auction items that we are seeking—ones that have a broad appeal to the Craft.  If you’re Lodge would rather simply donate money for the event and allow the Foundation to help secure items that would be great.  The Foundation is working on a number of travel packages and can use the funding to secure airline tickets, or other travel related aspects, to enhance the value of the package.

The Most Worshipful Grand Master Michael A. Halleran has sanctioned this event and applauds all of our efforts to help our needed Brothers and their families.  We would like to have a description of the item your Lodge is donating as soon as possible and by no later than February 1st so that we can help promote the item on the website and maximize dollars realized.  Your Lodge will be recognized in the auction catalog and other promotional marketing efforts, as well as receiving C-Club credit from the Foundation.

Please discuss this at your next Lodge meeting and help a fellow Kansas Brother in need.  Also please encourage any of your members wishing to participate on their own to do so as well.  Should you have any questions or would like to discuss you auction item idea with someone, please contact Ms. Diane McDermed at (785) 357-7646 or at Diane@KansasMasonic.Foundation.

Thank you for sharing this with the Brethren.

Robert A. Shively, CAE, CFRE
Executive Director
Kansas Masonic Foundation, Inc.
2909 SW Maupin Lane
Topeka, Kansas 66614-5335
Tele:   785.357.7646
Fax:     785.357.7406
Cell:    785.224.6971

Lodge Auction Donation Form (.pdf)

Freemasons Charity Auction–Lodge List (.docx)