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“Best Masonic Experience All Year”

This quote above is consistently the feeling of brothers who regularly attend the Leadership Academy.  Brother from all over Kansas and beyond assemble for a day of excellent information, instruction, and resource gathering.  Thus armed, they take the great ideas back to their lodges.  In turn, great lodge programs and shared ideas liven up lodge meetings and get more attendance.

Leadership Academy will be held on Saturday, November 4th at the Capital Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka.  Registration is required.   For more information and to register, click the REGISTER link below.

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OCTOBER Happenings! Join us for SoI and 2nd Stated

Brothers,

The District School of Instruction is on October 14th  beginning at 0900 Hours at Easton Lodge in Easton.  It is vitally important that all elected and appointed officers attend.  ALL Master Masons are welcome and encouraged.  District School is the place to learn the ritual and about the ritual from the experts.  Easton Lodge #15 is located at 3rd and Riley St. in downtown Easton.  If you see the Post Office, the lodge is in the same building.

Your Worshipful Master also hopes to see you at the second stated meeting in October on 19OCT17 at 1900 hours.

A Triple First! September 21, 2017

Please join us for our Stated Meeting, Thursday September 21st. Fellowship begins at 6pm. Officers please be there by 6:30. We will open early to save time and conduct a brief business meeting followed by 3 first degrees in conjunction with Atwood Lodge #164! We will begin degree work as close to 7pm as possible. WB Mike Tavares will confer the degree, all other officers will act in their normal capacities. Hope to see you all there to support out newest brothers as they begin their journey in the craft.

W:. Bro. Herb Addresses Grand Lodges

Topeka, Kansas.  Our own brother, Herb Merrick, Past Master and current Grand Flag Bearer, recipient of the Grand Master’s Order of Merit, sole holder of the Kansas Lodge of Research honor as Professor of Masonic Education, was invited to address the Midwest Conference of Masonic Education.  In the afternoon session of the conference, Brother Herb presented a beautifully illustrated and well received history of the forming of Hancock Lodge by our first Worshipful Master and Medal of Honor recipient W:. Carle Augustus Woodruff.

Herb’s presentation was exhaustively researched, expertly delivered, and well received by the conference attendees.  The main point of Herb’s presentation was that each lodge has a great history and colorful, historic figures who were part of both the history of the lodge as well as integral parts of Americana.  If a lodge needs to look for great topics of interest for lodge programs, they need look no further than their own members, past and present.

We are extremely fortunate to not only have a unique and important place in American military history, but also blessed to have a capable historian who has been willing to bring our historically significant members to life.  Kudos and thanks to Brother Herb for continuing to promote Hancock Lodge pride.

Enjoy Summer

Brothers, The summer heat and a lodge room without air conditioning reduces the likelihood of lodge events during July and August.  We have an ‘alternate’ lodge in the cool of the lower level of Boughton Memorial Hall, so check back often to see if there any pop-up events.  Otherwise, enjoy your summer.  The next official Stated Meeting is on Thursday, September 7th.

Congratulations to Brother Matt Penman who was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason at a Special Communication on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Master Masons’s Degree – Thursday, July 13, 2017

Officers (elected and appointed) are requested and all other local Masons are invited to assist in the raising of Brother Penman to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on Thursday, July 13, 2017.  The gavel falls at 1800 hours (6 pm).  Dress is business casual (no jeans).  W:. Bro. Jerry Osborne will be in the East.

The lodge is normally ‘dark’ during summer months due to heat, but this degree will likely be held in the cool basement using the back-up lodge facility.  Business casual (Shirts with collars.  No jeans, please.) will be quite comfortable apparel.

For further information, contact W:. Bro. James Dahl.  He can be reached via our contact page.

June 29th – 5th Thursday Pot Luck

Boughton Memorial Hall.  Our JW, Mike K., is trying something new – a Pot Luck meal rather than a restaurant meal for our 5th Thursday get-together.  The meal will take place in our air-conditioned dining room on the main floor of Boughton Memorial Hall on Thursday, June 29th beginning at 6 pm.  The lodge will provide …  Please plan to bring a dish and, so we don’t end up with 10 bags of rolls, let us know what dish you plan to bring via the Registration Form below.  Bro. Mike will let you know if that dish is already in abundance.

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Stated Communication – Thursday, April 6th

Don’t forget the Stated Communication this tonight, April 6th starting at 7 pm.  Job’s Daughters will provide a splendid meal, serving at 6 pm; RW Steve Humes our DDGM is conducting his spring visit to our lodge; and we will have several items to communicate as a result of the Grand Lodge Annual Communication.  See you there.

Masonic Funeral for Bro. Billy McAfee – Friday March 24

His column was broken and his brethren mourn.

Hancock Lodge mourns the loss of another legacy.

Brother Billy J. McAfee (88), LTC, Ret., Past Master of Hancock Lodge in 1992, passed away on March 14, 2017.  Brother Billy was also Past Potentate of Abdallah Shriners, Past President of Fort Leavenworth Chapter No. 154, National Sojourners, and Past Camp Commander, Old Frontier Camp, Heroes of ’76®.  He was a retired military veteran with service in several conflicts dating back to WW II.

A Masonic Funeral is scheduled for 6 PM, Friday, March 24, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 422 Chestnut Street, Leavenworth.  A complete obituary can be seen on the Davis Funeral Home web site.  Brothers, please be at the church by 5:45 pm for line-up.  Visitation is 5-7 with the Masonic Service at 6 pm.  Memorial Service starts at 7 pm.  Read about his inurnment in the obituary.

Ill. Bro. Billy J. McAfee, 33º I.G.H. Heroes of ’76®

Brother Billy was a quiet but omnipresent brother at every Masonic event when health did not deter his attendance.  He was a mentor to many and part of a band of brothers of an earlier era that set the course for the close-knit family we have now.  He performed every leadership role for every organization he joined but in later years was happy to be a much-needed side-liner, coach, and mentor.  He and Maryann are avid supporters of Sojourners and he will be sorely missed by his fellow Heroes.  He exemplified the fervent wish of every Sojourner that, “Once a Hero – always a Hero.”  He loved Masonry and his brother Masons.