5th Something Social!

Bring your whole family and join us on  Friday, July 31, 2015 for dinner at Ten Penny and “Bye Bye Birdie” put on by the River City Community Players at historic Hollywood Theater.  Brother Neal Long, FC, is Music Director and July 31st is opening night.  Please make reservations now by sending an email to or call Brother Rick Reichert, PM.  Include headcount for dinner and/or the show.

Dinner.  We’ll meet at ~6:00 pm at Ten Penny Restaurant, 529 Cherokee St, Leavenworth, KS 66048.  We’ll be in the private room to the left of the entrance.  Order when you are ready.  Menu is on the Ten Penny web site if you want to read ahead.

Theater. By 7:30 pm, we’ll make our way to Hollywood Theater box office, 500 Delaware St to pay for and pick up reserved tickets.  Ticket Prices: Adults: $10.00, Seniors: $8.00, Children: $5.00.
Additional details are on the River City Community Players web site.

Show. BYE BYE BIRDIE begins at 8:00 pm and is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The singer, Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley type, has a pompadour and thick sideburns; he wears gaudy gold costumes and speaks in a rugged voice. Albert Peterson, his agent, is a very pleasant mild mannered young man. Albert’s faithful secretary Rose Alvarez keeps him and Birdie moving forward in the world. Rosie concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad’s induction.

Grand Master takes a Chair!

Courtesy of Inge Marrero.

Courtesy of Inge Marrero.

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.