February 19, 2015 – The Raising of Brothers

Brothers,

In conjunction with a brother FC from Solomon 10, we will raise him and our very own Brother Kwiatkowski on February 19th. The gavel will sound at 1800. We will open for stated business at 1900 but will finish the work as needed.

WM Jerry Osborne
SW James Dahl
JW RW Herb Merrick
SD Dan Brown
JD Robert Casto
SS Joseph Rios
JS Kyle Valdez
Sec Devin Larson
Tres. RW Mike Tavares
1st Ruf James Dahl
2nd Ruf Fred (Solomon 10)
3rd Ruf Patrick Scallion (Solomon 10)
Q&A the Dan and James show

Respectfully,
Jerry B Osborne Jr.

159th Annual Communication of the M:.W:. Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Kansas

Friday March 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM CDT
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Saturday March 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM CDT

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Online registration for the 159th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Kansas is now open, please click here to register.

Registration information and motel accommodations can be found and made through the online registration form. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Grand Lodge office, Monday through Friday, at 758-234-5518. If you are a newly raised Kansas Master Mason and you have received a voucher for your registration fee for the Annual Communication, please call our office for the promo code to enter when registering online. Likewise, if your Lady wants to go on the Ladies tour, please contact Mary Halleran at mary@kansasmason.org to reserve your seat.

The number is limited and reservations for it is on a first come first serve basis.

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):

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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.

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

MEMORANDUM

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)