2019-2020 Annual Report of District 9

In 2019, the secretary from the Highmore Lodge passed away, it took until the spring of 2020 get the finalization of Highmore Lodge and their 17 members to consolidate with Blunt Lodge which is outside of my District.
There continues to be gains in membership in our area as Huron, Wessington, and Wessington Springs all had new members. For rural America to have that many gains is great, there are still approximately 5 members that are waiting to advance due to the Covid-19 situation. There have been at least six longevity pins that have been given out in my District with more pending.
I wish that there was a spreadsheet that the secretaries could use to help determine lodge merits for lodge of the year or Master builder of the year. It wouldn't necessarily have to be the secretaries of the lodges but maybe a historian that keeps track of the necessary tools we need to submit these awards to Grand Lodge, the secretaries are taxed enough. Also more help or more work on the lodges part to do more MORI training and use Our Lodge Page more efficiently.
Respectfully submitted,  
Douglas Bjorke  
District Master of District 9  
Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of South Dakota