147th Annual Communication

The 147th Annual Commuinication of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota will be held the weekend of June 18-19, 2021, from setting up the Grand Lodge Room at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, through closing on Saturday, June 19, at noon.

Note: The phone number listed on the Annual Communication Registration form in the Masonic Messenger is incorrect. In order to get the room rate listed on the Registration, please call 605-996-6501.

2020 Grand Lodge Proceedings

The 2020 Grand Lodge Proceedings are availble here, as a .PDF.

2021 Grand Lodge Outstanding Lodge Education Officer

Here is the nomination form for the 2021 Grand Lodge Outstanding Lodge Education Officer:


Save the Dates:

April 23, 2021 - Deadline for submitting articles for Masonic Messenger

May 10, 2021 - Nominations and Legislation published in Masonic Messenger no less than 35 day prior to Annual Communication

June 17, 18, and 19 - Annual Communication


College Scholarship Program

Brother — This is your chance to make a difference. If you know of someone in your family or community who is planning on furthering their education in the fall, please let them know about the scholarships provided by the South Dakota Masons. The deadline for receipt of the Scholarship Applications is April 15, 2021 so please talk about it NOW.
The Grand Lodge A. F. &. A. M. of South Dakota will award several scholarships of $2,000 each year to South Dakota residents who plan to attend a public or private college, university or technical school. Preference will be given to students attending a school in South Dakota. Successful candidates will demonstrate financial need, scholastic capability, and have a family connection, either by blood or marriage, to a member of the Masonic fraternity, either living or deceased. Scholarships will be granted for one year, but may be applied for each year for a maximum of five years.
Complete Scholarship Application Forms can be downloaded from this link on our Web site.
The complete application must be received by April 15, 2021, including:
1. Two Scholarship Reference Forms filled out by two teachers who know the student well and are familiar with the student’s academic qualifications.
2. An official transcript of all high school (and post-graduate, if applicable) course-work.
3. Academic Certification Record sent by guidance counselor or other school official.
4. Scholarship Application must be sent to: Grand Lodge Scholarship Committee, Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of South Dakota, 520 S. First Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6902.


Brethren all,
I would like to announce my appointees for the vacancies on the Jurisprudence Committee.
Allen Eide will replace Scot Mannschreck and Dennis Nelsen will replace Donald Gray. They will hold these positions until the Annual Communication / Election in June. I would like to thank the members of the Jurisprudence Committee for helping me make these decisions.
Jason D. Swindler
Grand Master of Masons in South Dakota


Spearfish Masonic Loidge Hosts Historic Meeting

A historic even in the Dakota Masonic world occurred Saturday at the Masonic Lodge in Spearfish, as most of the elected North Dakota Grand Lodge line met with most of the elected South Dakota Grand Lodge line, the first meeting of the two bodies since they split when Dakota Territory split.
“We share a joint history. We were together as the Grand Lodge of Dakota before statehood, so it’s something we’ve been working on for the lastw several years to reexamine our roots and do things together, like they used to do when we were the Grand Lodge of Dakota,” said Mason Mike Rodman. (Courtesty of Black Hills Pioneer)


PGM Gerald Johnson Honored

PGM Gerald Johnson was presented the honorary title Jurisprudence Emeritus for his 20 years of dedication to the Jurisprudence Committee. This was presented at the Lily Lodge #62 at Blunt, at their regular communication on Monday, March 1, 2021. PGM Gerald Johnson has contributed to Masonry in South Dakota in many years and many different ways. Thank you for service to South Dakota Grand Lodge.


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