Concord Lodge #13 Masonic Beacon
P.O. Box 941
"Lighting the Way"
October 2000
Watertown, SD 57201
William Dempsey, W.M.

Concord #13 meets the second Monday of each month, September through June. At 11:30 a.m. on meeting days we have an informal lunch for all Masons, families and friends, at the Highland Laddie. NOTE: District 5 meeting will be Monday, Oct. 30, ....... at the Highland Laddie for all Masons, family or friends. Social at 6:30, dinner at 7; short program by S.D. SGW Al Wahlert of Mitchell. MWBro. Wahlert said, "This is an open public meeting -- please come and hear the exciting things Masonry is doing in South Dakota."

current Lodge newsletter..

Welcome to new members John Duncan and Randy Bouvette. We had a great first meeting. Art Parsons proposed a new program called Character Counts which will increase our visibility in the community besides being a very fantastic program for young people. This will be funded by the interest from Demoly and Job's Daughters fund. I hope you will all be at the October meeting. The next lunch meeting will be at the Highland Laddie at 11:30 the Monday of the Lodge meeting, October 9. At our November meeting Dick Seifel will give a talk on what is is to be a Mason.
Fraternally Yours,
Bill Dempsey, Worshipful Master

Birthdays: Richard Seifel, Joseph Arthur, Dana Craig, Darvin Holter, Robert F. Trzynka DC, Arthur Parsons, Robert Gibson, Walter Phillips, Harlan Hoy.
Northeast Shrine Club

September has been a very busy month, such as the can bank was unloaded and sold. This generated $660. That's a great return for the 1 hour 40 minutes it took to load the roll off. In the agricultural division, pumpkin sales generated a little over $1,600. This was brought about by Noble Harry LaQua and his Lady Sharon donating the acreage needed for the pumpkins. Planting, weeding, harvesting, transplanting, and finally the selling was a concerted effort... there again by a few Nobles and their Ladies. Move over Cargill, there's a new kid on the block. The new windows have been installed in the NESC lower level. Blocks and bricks are being readied for the new entrance that should start this week. All in all we are getting things into shape, slowly... but it's moving along. The Northeastern Shrine Club met last Thursday with 29 Nobles and their Ladies in attendance. The Temple was represented by our Potentate "Ike" Oleson, Chief Rabban Clarence Sauer and Assistant Rabban Floyd Lashly. The Northeastern Shrine Club Building Fund Calendar is ready for distribution. Cost of the calendar is $30, and for that investment you will have an opportunity to win up to $3,700 through 34 drawings during the year 2001. The calendars make great birthday and Christmas gifts and the monies go to a worthy cause. How many calendars can you sell? Contact Nobles Bill Neale, Marvin Stavig, Alfred Fischer or myself. The next meeting of the Northeastern Shrine Club is October 27.
Paul Alme, President NESC

Masonic Family Luncheon - This month's luncheon for all Masonic bodies and their friends and families will be held at the "Highland Laddie" at 11:30 a.m., Monday, October 9.
Northeast Shrine Auxiliary

A big thank you to all the hard workers who planted the pumpkin and gourd patch at LaQua's. Thank you to everyone who helped harvest them and then to all who helped sell them at the Fall Craft show at the Watertown Mall Sept 23rd & 24th. The Can Bank was again emptied in September and a total of $660.00 was received. Thanks to Leona & Alfred Fisher, Paul Alme, Dana Craig, Everett Hanthorn, Bob Trzynka, Ike Oleson and Bill and Donna Neale for helping empty it. We have received a request from the Shrine Hospital for toys including Barbie Dolls and clothes, other dolls, games for all ages, especially older kids, little and big trucks and cars.
Donna Neale, President

Vesta #1Eastern Star

Worthy Matron Frankie Oleson presided at the September meeting of Vesta Chapter #1. Deaths of Howard Redlinger, Virginia Wright and Luella Tillma were reported. Sympathy is extended to their family and friends. Initiation was held for Dianne Healy. Reports were given on Friendship Nights at Brookings and Aberdeen, and DeSmet "Laura Ingalls Wilder Day." Gordon Bracht reported on visiting the International Temple in Washington, D.C. Upcoming dates: Grand Chapter in Pierre October 13-15; Friendship at Arlington October 20, 8:00 p.m.; Claremont October 18, 8:00 p.m.; Brentford October 29, 3:00 p.m.; and Groton October 26, 8:00 p.m. We can all get an early start on the 2001 travel award. Lunch was served by Fern Clifford.
Selma Mitchell, Secretary -------------------------------------------------------------------