Mark Calendars for November 3 Meeting!

WM John Crary officially announced today that the next KSLOR meeting will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Topeka on the evening of Friday, November 3, 2017.  This will be a dinner meeting held on the eve of the Leadership Academy being hosted by the Grand Lodge of Kansas.  Registration and additional information is forthcoming, but mark your calendar and plan to attend.

In the meantime, make your hotel reservation for the night of November 3rd and register on the Grand Lodge web site for Leadership Academy.

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KSLOR Annual Communication Held

The Annual Communication of the Kansas Lodge of Research took place on March 16th, 2017 as part of the 3-days of activities surrounding the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Kansas in Topeka, Kansas.

M:. W:. Daren Kellerman addresses Kansas Lodge of Research

After an address by M:. W:. Daren L. Kellerman, Past Grand Master, the lodge graciously voted to sponsor a featured guest speaker at the Midwest Conference of Grand Lodges/Masonic Education that will be taking place in Topeka 18/19 Aug 2017.  This is an excellent opportunity for Kansas Masons to be a part of an event that rarely takes place in Kansas.  Stay tuned for more details, but I’m told the event with our sponsored guest speaker will be open to all Kansas Masons with preference going to Kansas Lodge of Research members.

R:. W. Wayne Rector making the proposal for the discount books.

R:. W:. Bro. Wayne Rector presented a proposal from Macoy’s to sell books at a discount as a possibility.  M:. W:. Michael Halleran, PGM, now works for Macoy’s and provided a discount offer to KSLOR officers.  The lodge voted to refer this to committee to be investigated under the incoming KSLOR leadership.

Speaker’s Bureau reported that there were no dossiers turned in from Leadership Academy.  We still need folks to sign up so we have available speakers.

R:. W:. John Crary, WM of KSLOR gives his inaugural address

Officers nominated and then elected for the ensuing year, although it can only loosely be called nominations, are as follows:
WM John Crary
SW Wayne Rector
JW Frank Keedy
TR Wayne Rollf
SY Jon Woodward

R:. W:. Bro. John Crary, newly elected WM of KSLOR addressed several initiatives he wants to pursue.  Candidate Handbooks have been redrafted and he’d like to see these finalized and readied for distribution to replace the current handbooks given out for each degree.  He wants to see Speakers Bureau gain some speed and will actively work to add dossiers to the available speakers on the KSLOR.org web site.  He was also fired up about enabling individual contributions to the Craft through Masonic Research/Publishing.  He cited plenty of opportunities to support and grow the membership and capabilities of the lodge.  He asked for membership engagement and set a workable trestle board for the Craft.

Spellbound crowd as R:. W:. John Crary, WM KSLOR, delivered his inaugural address.

MEETING SCHEDULE:

  • JNext meeting will be virtual.  The meeting will by by conference call on June 18, 2017, 7 pm – 830 pm.  Details on the call-in number is forthcoming.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 there will be a face-to-face meeting in Wichita.  Speaker/dinner TBD.  We’re targeting the Scottish Rite facility with a catered meal.  R:. W:. Wayne Rector is POC.
  • June 18 19-2030 hours teleconference
  • August 18-19 is the Midwest Conference of Grand Lodges/Masonic Education in Topeka.  KSLOR dinner details are forthcoming.
  • Nov 3 Friday of Leadership Academy with guest speaker – Topeka
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ANNUAL COMMUNICATION – 2017

The Annual Communication of the Kansas Lodge of Research will take place in the Pioneer Room, Maner Conference Center, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka commencing at 3 pm, Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Members.  Please log in and review the Consent Agenda for approval prior to the meeting.   The Consent Agenda is in the Members section of this web site.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact our Secretary, Bro. Jon Woodward via our Contact Page.

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2017 Dues are Due!

Still a Bargain at $10 Annually

Dues are $10 US annually payable at the beginning of the year and are not prorated. Your payment goes toward the operation and extraordinary work of your Kansas Lodge of Research.

In 2016, we financed the ability to digitize the holdings of the Grand Lodge Library being researched and documented by our Grand Lodge Library Archivist.  Next step is to make the digital catalog available via Internet through this web site.  Imaging being able to find, see, and research our Topeka holdings online.  This is a huge step and your membership in KSLOR is making that possible.

Please click the link below and continue your active support of this important work.

2017 REGISTRATION and Online Dues Payment Page

 

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KSLOR Supports Member Data Archival Project

Dylan Sweyko-Kuhlman, Grand Lodge Library & Museum Archivist, has a large archival project for which he is asking KSLOR assistance.  This project is is two phases: Scan retired member cards as pictures then transcribe the data so it can be stored as text and searched.

Phase 1 (Scan) – This part must be done on the scanning machine at the Grand Lodge building in Topeka.  There are over 430,000 cards the need to be scanned.  The work is simply taking cards from the file cards from the drawer, scanning them into a computer, and returning the card back to the file.  On average, 500 cards can be scanned in a typical hour of volunteer work.  We are currently in Phase 1.

Phase 2 (Transcribe) – This part can be done remotely and takes more effort.  Once there are enough cards scanned, this process will be kicked off.  More details on complexity, process, and number of volunteers needed will be provided later in the year.

Volunteers Needed.  As a member of KSLOR, please consider volunteering your time at the Grand Lodge Library and Museum and expediting Phase 1 of this project.

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KSLOR to Meet November 5th in Topeka

The Fall Meeting of the Kansas Lodge of Research will immediately follow the closing of the annual Leadership Conference on November 5. The location will be announced during the conference, but it will be held at the Conference Hotel (Crown Plaza at Topeka Boulevard and 17th Street in Topeka). This is the first meeting since Grand Lodge met in March. KSLOR members should LOG IN and then review the Consent Agenda and Proposal.

Your officers have been busy working on several initiatives, including the revision of the Candidate Handbooks to bring them into the 21st Century and make them useful in the mentoring process, as well as the development of a functional speakers bureau. Further, several articles have been included in the pages of the Kansas Mason, but most of the onus of that effort has fallen on Herb Merrick, Chair of the Publications Committee — we need research articles from the members to maintain the pace of publication.

We have also become involved in working with the Grand Archivist to undertake several projects to digitize membership and administrative records of the Grand Lodge from its earliest years. These initiatives will be discussed during the meeting and opportunities for all members to become involved will be reviewed.

Finally, the Grand Lodge Library and Archives have requested the assistance of the KSLOR in the acquisition of archive specific software to modernize the record keeping in inventory management of the brotherhood. The second attachment presents information on this request and will be presented by PGM Rick Reichert.
The Grand Archivist has been invited to join us to answer questions about each of the items under his area of expertise.

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Pencil KSLOR on your Calendar for Nov 5th

KSLOR leadership recently met and is contemplating a Stated Meeting for the membership in conjunction with Leadership Academy VI which will take place the weekend of Saturday, November 5th.  Please check back soon for specific plans, location, and agenda.  Thanks for your patience while we regroup.  KSLOR will be at Leadership Academy so look for our table.

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KSLOR Spring Meeting Cancellation Notice

Brothers,
Owing to conflicts with the Western Kansas Grand Masters Reception and a number of graduation ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, as well the low response rate for the pre-registrations, the Kansas Lodge of Research Meeting scheduled for this coming Saturday in Abilene has been postponed until a later date to be announced.

The summer meeting remains scheduled for August 13, location to be determined.  Please assure that that event is on your calendar.

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Draft Minutes of the 2016 Annual Meeting for Review

KSLOR-20160317-Minutes-CoverBrothers,  The draft minutes of the Annual Meeting are ready for your review so that they may be approved at the May 21st meeting.  The minutes are in the Members area so you’ll need to sign in before they are visible to you.

Also available is the Consent Agenda for the May 21st Meeting at Brookville Hotel in Abilene.KSLOR-20160521-Cover-Consent_Agenda

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Master Publishes 2016 Goals for KSLOR

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2016 Goals for KSLOR

Brothers,
Click the document to see some goals that I would like for KSLOR to achieve in 2016.  Also there are ideas that I had for KSLOR to explore and / or implement.

Fraternally,
Michael R Snively

This document is available to the general public.

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