Two of our Lodge Brothers used their skill to craft fine additions for Jeptha Lodge: Randy Porter used wood from the old Henry Groth house, built in the early 1900s, to make a new apron box for the Lodge. His son Josh then used his commercial laser to burn a Square & Compasses into the top of the lid and the story of where the wood came from on the underside of the lid. He will present the prototype to MWB Les Spies. Mike Ingebrigtson made a new Masonic Funeral Wreath for the Lodge, with the help of Kim Sogn at “The Garden Shed” in Canton. It consists of a wooden Square & Compass, with a blue background and gold border and red, white and blue flowers below.
Galen Jansen will be honored with the Scottish Rite K.C.C.H. “Red Hat” at a ceremony in Deadwood on November 2.
Duane Van Noort and Mike Ingebrigtson will join the Yankton Scottish Rite at the Fall Reunion.
Education Officer Ron West tested the Brothers with a 20-question quiz based on the E. A. Degree slide lecture.
Here is a picture of Duane Van Noort (directly below Pike) and Mike Ingebrigtson after taking Degrees 4 through 32 in Yankton.
Mike Ingebrigtson with the terrific new Masonic funeral wreath he made. Thanks, Brother Mike!
Randy Porter and the superb new apron box he had made. He visited his son in Colorado, who has a machine which he programed to do the etching. The wood used is the same wood as is in the old Groth (now Spies) cement block house where Ron West lives. Thanks, Brother Randy!
How Do I Join?
Freemasonry is available to men of good character who believe in a Supreme Being. We are closed to avowed atheists and agnostics. There are no restrictions relating to race, creed, or religion.
To begin, contact a Mason by telephone, by e-mail, or in person. He will be happy to answer your questions, or refer you to someone who can.
If you decide that Masonry is right for you, the next step is to request a Petition for Degrees of Masonry, which will ask for some basic information, such as your name, age, occupation, and place of residence.
Your sponsor will present your petition to the Lodge, which will consider your request. When your petition is accepted, you will face a three-step initiation. Each step opens doors to new knowledge and deeper understanding.
These initiation rites are solemn and wholesome, intended to convey basic moral truths and principles of morality that are accepted by good men everywhere: the Golden Rule, tolerance, gratitude to the Almighty for His many blessings, love of and respect for ones family, charity towards all men, and patriotism. Upon taking part in the the first step, called the Entered Apprentice degree, you will advance to the second degree, known as the Fellowcraft, and, ultimately, raised to the Master Mason degree.