Masons present program to Mobridge Rotary Club

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By Peg Wunder

Linda Meyer introduced Bruce Redding, president; Chris Jansen, second vice president and membership chairman; and Frank Gross, secretary and treasurer of the Masons when Rotary met on Monday, Aug. 26.
The Masonic Lodge was established in 1913 and has been active since that date.  The Masons are “local activists.” Some of their activities are the local CHIPS program, and each year three scholarships, one in Mobridge, one in Selby and one in Eureka are given. They also work in conjunction with other organizations such as the annual Bikethon. The Shriners, which is an extension of the Masons, primarily support the Shrine Hospital. The Mobridge community has been a huge supporter of the Shrine Hospital for the past several years and this support is very much appreciated by the organization.
Presently, the Lodge is in need of rebuilding and growing. Currently there are 97 members and they are looking for additional good men to join their ranks. According to Gross the organization has been losing money for some time. The CHIPS program can cost from $500 to $1,000 each year for the kits used for identification of children, depending on the number of children. The local lodge also donates between $500 to $1,000 to the George Washington Scholarship Fund each year. The Lodge operates on donations and income from the annual Shrine circus, sales of pecans and nuts prior to the holidays, a fall pancake feed, and the concession stand at the ranch rodeo on Beef ‘n Fun Day. A large portion of the proceeds from the circus goes to the Shrine Hospital.
Chanters are also part of the Masons who meet every Tuesday in Aberdeen. There are 28 singers in the group with 10 of them from Mobridge and two from Selby who joined the Aberdeen chanters eight years ago. Their awards include three consecutive years of winning the international championship and just recently they received first for the Midwest region.
The Masons are a local men’s fraternity. They meet on Mondays twice a month at the Mobridge Masonic Lodge on North Main Street.  Men who are interested in joining this group should contact Redding, Jansen or Gross.
President-elect Dean Martin announced that the prospective membership notices that were handed out several weeks ago need to be turned in at the next meeting.  He also announced that the Rotary membership brochures have been printed and Peg Wunder will have them at the next meeting.
Martin also reminded everyone to get the money from the sale of the football books turned in to Harley Overseth as soon as possible.
Marc McClellan was present to win the 50/50 pot. Darrell Schlepp will have the program when Rotary meets on Monday, Sept. 9, at the Moose Lodge at noon.

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