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Masonic Essay Contest participants honored

Posted on Thursday 31st of March 2016

In the picture: Katie Jenik, Journey Lee, Devon Janicke, Reese Leonard, Vernon Butt, Jakob Church, Mickey Graves, and Sydney Sundstrom (attended but not in pic)

On Wednesday, March 30th, the local Masonic Lodge held a dinner to honor the junior and senior students who participated in last year's Masonic Essay Contest, their families, and teachers. A delicious taco dinner was served, followed by introductions all around, the handing out of the winner's prize money, and then an excellent lecture by Vernon Butt on the history and symbolism of the American Flag. It seemed that everyone present had a wonderful time, ended up with full bellies, and learned about the rich history of the American Flag.

Each year the Kansas Masonic Foundation hosts an essay contest for all juniors and seniors in the state. The local St Francis Lodge #404 organizes the contest with the Cheylin and St Francis High Schools, and then judges the submitted essays, picking the top two essays from each school. The first place winner from each school then has their essay sent up for state wide judging.

This year's subject was how you volunteer your time and give to the members of your community and your world. There were a lot of wonderful ways the students work in their communities to server the needs of others, and they wrote very good essays discussing them. The judges had to pick winners based on how well each essay was written. They decided on awarding the first place prizes to Journey Lee from St Francis, and Devon Janicke from Cheylin, and the second place prizes went to Katie Jenik from St Francis, and Reese Leonard from Cheylin. The first place essays were sent up to state, but neither essay ranked at that level.

The Masonic Essay Contest is an annual event, and will be brought to the schools again this year in late September, or early October.





Posted on Sunday 20th of March 2016

On March 18th, 2016, official Kansas Mason's Day, as decreed by the Governor, hundreds of Masons from Kansas, all over our country, and even overseas, braved the cold air and came together on the steps of the State Capital building. Our purpose was to rededicate the cornerstone which was laid i...





Posted on Thursday 17th of December 2015

Brother Jeff Raile was presented with the Senior Ritualist Award by Marvin Seaman....





Posted on Wednesday 16th of December 2015

In the pic:

Back row:
Rodney Radcliff -Treasurer
Charles Grvaes - Worshipful Master
Rodney Ritchey - Secretary
Tom Stevens - Chaplain

Front row:
Marvin Seaman - Junior Deacon
Kelly Frewen - Senior Warden
Gary Shipley - In...





Posted on Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Brother Marvin Seaman (50 year), Brother Norman Dorsch (65 year), Area Deputy Grand Master Gary Shipley (who presented the pins), and Brother Gary Rogers (50 year)...





Posted on Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Brother Norman Dorsch Receives his 65 year pin....





Posted on Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Brother Marvin Seaman receives his 50 year pin....





Posted on Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Brother Gary Rogers receives his 50 year pin....





Posted on Friday 09th of October 2015

In 2014 St. Francis lodge #404 celebrated their 100 year anniversary. Together with the Kansas Grand Lodge, distinguished Masonic visitors from Kansas and beyond, and our friends and family, we rededicated our masonic lodge. It was an exciting day of ritual and fellowship. The re-dedication took p...





Posted on Friday 09th of October 2015

On Sept. 11th and then again on Oct. 2nd, The St. Francis lodge put on a pre-game hamburger and hotdog feed. Both events had 200+ customers and helped the lodge raise needed money....





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