This is a reminder that the Grand Master’s Chance to Advance Class will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Cooper Lodge #36 in Boonville, Mo. Registration opens at 7:30 with light breakfast, program starts at 8:15. Lunch around 11:30; ends around 3:45.
All Master Masons–whether seasoned or new–are cordially invited to attend to witness our new educational program and experience some of the best ritual around.
If you are planning to attend yourself or have a candidate to bring from your lodge, please contact Cooper Lodge Secretary John Holtzclaw at (660) 882-9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we have head count for the food.
RWB Charles Palmer, DDGM 22nd District, will be the host DDGM. His email address is email@example.com should you need to contact him.
All candidates should bring the necessary paperwork from their respective lodge secretary and have a Master Mason from their lodge with them. Candidates need to arrive in time to register no later than 8:00 am.
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED–SEATING IS LIMITED AND WE HOPE TO LIMIT THE CANDIDATE CLASS TO NO MORE THAN 25.
If you have a part to perform in the C2A, there will be a short rehearsal beginning Friday night at the Lodge from 7:00-9:00 pm. If you need a hotel room, please contact the Grand Lodge office ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 474-8561.
Grand Master 2015-2016
Please read the attached announcement from MWB Brent Stewart regarding the offices of Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer
Announcement of Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer
Our Grand Secretary, RWB Dale Bryan, has found it necessary to step down as Grand Secretary. A copy of his letter to me is attached. RWB Dale has agreed to stay on until his successor is named and Assistant Grand Secretary RWB Keith Neese will be helping to cover things in the office while RWB Dale relocates back to St. Joseph to be closer to his family and a new Grand Secretary is selected. The Craft should notice no disruption of service in the day to day operations of the Grand Lodge office.
I am currently in Wisconsin at the Conference of Grand Masters of North America but I am in the process of appointing a special committee pursuant to Section 2.010(l) of the By-Laws to search for and recommend a qualified successor.
We have retained the resumes of all those who applied for the position last spring so those of you who submitted a resume at that time need not resubmit in order to be considered.
For those who wish to be considered but did not submit a resume before, please send your resume and cover letter explaining why you believe you are qualified for the position ON OR BEFORE MARCH 4 to RWB Keith Neese at email@example.com.
I plan on moving things along as quickly as possible.
Please join me in thanking RWB Dale for his service to the Craft and in wishing him and his family all the best.
Grand Master 2015-2016
Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri
6033 Masonic Drive, Suite B
Columbia, MO 65202
RWB Bryan Resignation Letter
I am pleased to make the following announcements resulting from the implementation of our new membership database system, the 2014-2015 report of the independent auditors, and reassessment of internal office processes and workload. Please keep this letter as a handy reference.
Dale M. Bryan
Grand Secretary Letter – January Packets
ANNOUNCEMENT – NEW REGIONAL GRAND LECTURER – REGION A
I pleased to announce the appointment of Right Worshipful Brother Bob “Bobby” R. O’Dell as our new Regional Grand Lecturer for Region A. He replaces Right Worshipful Brother G. David Wheelock who recently was appointed as our new Grand Lecturer.
Right Worshipful Brother O’Dell previously served as Regional Grand Lecturer for several years. He was raised on February 12, 1977 in Friendship Lodge No. 89 in Chillicothe where he passed his third degree proficiency ten days later. He is a past Master of both Friendship Lodge No. 89 and Brookfield Lodge No. 86 and has been or is a multiple member in several other lodges in the north central area. Well known throughout all the lodges in Region A as an expert ritualist, he is perhaps best known as the host of the annual “Chiggerfest” outdoor degree conferrals on his farm.
Please join me in welcoming back Right Worshipful Brother O’Dell.
ANNOUNCEMENT- NEW GRAND LECTURER
It is with a very heavy heart that I must inform you that Right Worshipful Brother Michael E. Wheeler has resigned as your Grand Lecturer due to personal reasons involving his family. I asked him to reconsider but he advised me that his current circumstances just would not permit it. I must respect his wishes and ask that all of you join with me to sincerely thank him for his service as our Grand Lecturer and in wishing him and his family all the best.
With his departure it necessarily falls upon me to name his successor. It is a difficult task, especially so when we have so many qualified brethren who are deeply devoted to preserving and teaching our Ritual. I believe, however , as did Most Worshipful Brother Haywood before me, that the Craft at this time is best served ·by selecting our next Grand Lecturer from among the ranks of our sitting Regional Grand Lecturers.
After much thought, careful consideration, and consultation with your Advancing Line Officers, I have appointed Right Worshipful Brother David G. Wheelock as our new Grand Lecturer. He has agreed to serve at the will of the Grand Master for a period not intended to exceed five years.
Right Worshipful Brother Wheelock was born in Pleasanton, Kansas in 1947 and moved to Missouri in 1976. He is a member of Twilight Lodge #114 where he was initiated, passed , and raised within the first three months of 1983. He served as Master in 1989 and then as DDGL from 1990-95 and again from 2013-15, when he was appointed Regional Grand Lecturer, Region A, and a member of the Ritual Committee. He was Dad Advisor for the Rainbow Girls from 1986- 90 and a recipient of the Grand Cross of Color. In 2013 he lost his wife, Barbara, after eighteen years of marriage. He first learned Masonic Ritual under then-Grand Lecturer RWB Stanton T. Brown Sr. and holds all five Missouri Ritual cards. Please join me in welcoming Right Worshipful Brother Wheelock as our new Grand Lecturer.
NOTICE REGARDING GRAND LODGE BY-LAWS UPDATE
Due to the rising costs of publication and postage, the Grand Lodge Committee on By-Laws this year has again elected not to distribute paper copies of the 2015 edition of the Constitution and By-Laws. The full document is available for direct viewing, download, and printing from the Grand Lodge website at http://www.momason.org under the “Resources” tab. Alternatively, you may contact the Grand Lodge Office and purchase a full paper copy for the actual cost of printing and shipping the entire publication.
For ease of use in locating and inserting appropriate updates, below is a listing of all By-Law and annotation revisions by page and section number through the 2015 Annual Communication.
- The By-Laws themselves have been amended to reflect all legislation approved at the 194th Annual Communication. The amended Sections are as follows:
- Section 9.051 outlining the Treasurer’s Duties has been added at page
- Sections 9.070 and 9.090 relating to Formation of and Reporting by Building Associations have been amended at pages 48 and
- Section 10.040 has been amended at page 54 to reflect the codification of the Public Relations Assessment for dues paying members. Note this assessment does not apply to those whose dues have been remitted, relieved, or
- Sections 16.050 (pg. 70), 16.070 (pg. 71), 17.130 (pg. 74), 17.150 (pg. 75), 20.010 (pg. 82), and 20.080 (pg. 83) have been amended to eliminate references to the requirement of a Candidate’s Proficiency which was repealed in 2000 at the 179th Annual Communication.
- The Junior Grand Warden has been added to the Resolution at page 125 concerning Representatives at the Conference of Grand Masters and meetings of the George Washington National Memorial
- With the approval of the legislation noted above, previous Committee Notes and Annotations relating to proficiency requirements have been eliminated for individual sections. A citation to previously repealed Section16.040 Proficiency (Repealed 2000-70,71) has been added at page 70 and all annotations relating to proficiency requirements have been added
- A Committee Note at 3.035 regarding previous erroneous by-law language has been
- The annotation regarding Treasurer’s Reports at 8.010 has been eliminated as it has been superseded by the addition of Section 051.
- Appropriate language and a Committee Note has been added to 10.040 to correct a previous omission in printing the By-Laws clarifying that lodges are not assessed per capita dues for Master Masons whose dues have been exempted or remitted.
- The Resolution regarding support of extraneous organizations has been removed due to conflicts with Section 053.
The members of the Committee trust that the Craft will appreciate our efforts to reduce costs. Should you have any problems accessing the Constitution and By-Laws on the web site, please do not hesitate to contact the Grand Lodge office for assistance.
Fraternally and sincerely,
John C. Spielman, Chairman
Grand Lodge Committee on By-Laws
Be It Known By All :
Pursuant to Sections 2.0lO(k) and 2.040(0) of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri,as Grand Master I have on this date approved the appointment of Right Worshipful Brother H. Keith Neese to serve without compensation, unless otherwise determined at a later date, as an assistant to the Grand Secretary.
Right Worshipful Brother Neese shall hold the temporary title of “Assistant Grand Secretary” for the term of his appointment, which shall continue until such time as determined by the Grand Secretary and approved by the Grand Master.
This action has been deemed necessary due to the inordinate amount of work created for the Grand Lodge Office in transitioning from the administration of the former Grand Secretary to the current Grand Secretary.
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