Starting its 100th year since being chartered, the Lindsborg Masonic Lodge now numbers 113 members from the Assaria, Falun, Gypsum, Lindsborg, Marquette, McPherson, Mentor, Galva, Smolan, and Salina, areas, plus many more who have moved out of the area and continue to renew membership.
This year the mid-December “open” installation of officers began with a supper prepared and served by the members of the Lindsborg Eastern Star at the nearby Senior Center. The “open” installation at the lodge meant that wives and non-Masons could also attend.
The Masons is the largest fraternal organization in Kansas, the U. S. A., and internationally. Masonry is best known for its philanthropic efforts. For example, many college students have benefited from the continuing Kansas Masonic Foundation Student Loan Program.
A Partnership of Life is a program sponsored by Kansas Masons, that’s completed raising the necessary millions to fund the new Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute at the KU Medical Center. The Institute is to be a home to an elite, comprehensive cancer research, treatment, and education center. It will be the only such institute in the region.
Note: The Lindsborg Masonic Lodge’s Centennial/Rededication is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, February 21 at the Lodge. It’s open to family members and non-Masons, too. A soup supper will be followed by the rededication conducted by a Grand Lodge of Kansas officer.
For more information about Masonry, http://lindsborgafam.org or call 620-241-2618.
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2012 Officer Installation
February 21, 2012, Lindsborg Masonic Lodge #397 will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Kansas presenting its charter!
The Lindsborg Lodge now numbers 110 members. Although originally most of its members were from the Lindsborg area, over the years the scope of active membership has greatly expanded as brothers have moved away. In addition to Lindsborg, local active members now list various addresses that include Assaria, Falun, Smolan, Salina, Gypsum, Little River, Mentor, Marquette, and McPherson.
The Masonic Lodge is the largest fraternal organization in both the U. S. A. and internationally. There are more than one million Masons in the country, and more than 20,000 in Kansas.
Philanthropic efforts is probably for what Masons are best known. The Lindsborg Lodge is emphasizing KS CHIP—Kansas Child Identification Program—that’s sponsored by Grand Lodge. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recognizes CHIP as one of the most complete child recovery and identification programs in the nation. It involves electronic fingerprinting , photographing against a height chart, and obtaining a DNA swab. The parents receive a CD with the information gathered and the DNA swab in a container in case proper identification later becomes an issue.
Front row, Left to right: Joe Hoffman, Bob Saunders, Bob Powers, Chet Peterson, Michael Terry, Bob Brazil ADGM, Tom Lemons.
Back Row, left to right: Clinton Terry, Walter Arnold, Doug Dutton , Chase Ellis.