2017 David R Bedwell Memorial Masonic Renewal Essay Competition

The Masonic Renewal Committee is sponsoring an Essay Competition that will offer cash awards to the top three levels:

  • Champion – $1,500
  • First Runner-up – $1,000
  • Second Runner-up – $500

The 2017  Essay Theme is “Masonic Renewal – What does it mean to you now and in the future?”

For more information and to find out more about the Masonic Renewal Committee click the image to the side or this link.

Photo of Masonic Legislators

Photo taken on May 4, by the official photographer of the Missouri House of Representatives, of the Grand Master with members of the 98th General Assembly who are Freemasons or members and Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation. The picture was taken the dais of the Missouri House of Representatives. Unfortunately, a number of Mason-legislators were unable to be in the photograph due to ongoing meetings.

Pictured left to right (with District number in parentheses):

Front row (going bottom to top), GM Stewart, Rep. Nate Walker (3), Rep. Bonnaye Mims (27), Rep. Kevin Austin (136), Sen. David Pearce (21), WB and Sen. Dan Hegeman

Second row, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (5), Sen. Jay Wasson (20), Rep. Caleb Jones (50)

Third row, Rep. Warren Love (125), Rep. Dave Muntzel (48)

Fourth row, Rep. Pat Conway (10), Rep. Lynn Morris (140), Rep. Bill Lant (159)

Top Row, Rep. Bryan Spencer (63), Rep. Joe Don McGaugh (39)

Masonic Legislators 98th General Assembly


Greetings Brethren:

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 jholtzclaw@reecenichols.com so we have head count for the food.

RWB Charles Palmer, DDGM 22nd District, will be the host DDGM.  His email address is cwspalmer@centurytel.net 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 themCandidates need to arrive in time to register no later than 8:00 am.


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 grandsecretary@momason.org or call (573) 474-8561.

Thank you.

Brent Stewart
Grand Master 2015-2016



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 grandsecretary@momason.org.

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.

Thank you.

Brent Stewart
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
(573) 474-8561

RWB Bryan Resignation Letter

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.

Brent Stewart
Grand Master

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.


Brent Stewart

Grand Master

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