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November 3, 2020

The Secretary spoke with Ron Chenault, and they are staying healthy, but being careful about going out.
We sent a card to Brother Arlan Verburg on the passing of his mother.
A moment of silence was observed, and the Lodge charter was draped in memory of Brother J. C. Harrison.
The Brothers sent a get-well card to WB Hobie Cole as he recovers in the Canton nursing home.
We received the new JP Luther Masonic catalog.
We received an email from Grand Lodge on the availability of face masks from Grand Lodge. For $30 you get two masks, one with the square & compass logo, and one with the seal of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota.
Ditches on the west side of town were walked on October 13 by Brian Sohl, Greg Westra, Joe West, and Dave Hansen.
We didn’t have enough daylight time to get the east side done.
2 Memorial Life Memberships were recognized: Merlyn “Mike” Miller (70 years) and M. W. Myers (85 years).
A Demit for Brother Joe Swanstrom was forwarded to Grand Lodge per his request.
WB Galen Jansen brought up the idea of a “drive by” visit with Santa next month. Weather permitting, Santa would be outside and give children some kind of wrapped candy and toy, rather than our usual indoor activities with pictures, crafts, and snacks. WB Brian Sohl will talk to the fire department and see what they are doing. We plan to make a decision next meeting.
WB Brian Sohl noticed the outside fuel barrel for the old furnace is starting to leak. He will disconnect and dispose of it.
Education Officer Joe West gave a program on balloting.

October 13, 2020: Ditch Walking



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