Greetings Brethren from District 7;

It is with a heavy heart that I must report the passing of Bro. Von Riddle. He was a true friend and brother. I could always count on Von to brighten my day. Von truly lived his life as a Mason. He was a good husband, a good father, a good neighbor and a good friend. He was a hard worker and very generous, always giving and never expecting anything in return. Our brother has been called home. God brought us together and one day we will all be reunited with him in the Celestial Lodge. Please take note of the time and place of Bro. Riddle’s Masonic Service and funeral on the Dickinson Masonic Lodge’s calendar.

The Lodges in District 7 are very active this month. I recently traveled to the Killdeer Lodge #112 for an official visit. As always, I was made to feel at home. Thank you bothers. It was a great night of fun and fellowship. The Lodge has three brothers to raise to Master Mason along with a brother from the Dickinson Lodge. This degree will be held on Saturday June 10th at the Killdeer Lodge. There will be a lunch at noon followed by the degree.

My wife and I attended the Theodore Roosevelt Lodge for its annual Dollars for Scholars Potluck Dinner on May 7th. The dinner was well attended and the food was excellent. The Lodge presented three $1000 scholarships to three Belfield Seniors. It was a great time for those in attendance. Great job brothers! I look forward to next year’s Dollars for Scholar’s breakfast and dinner.

The Dickinson Lodge voted in favor of Anthony Pollard’s petition at our first Lodge meeting this month. The next meeting will be held on May 24th at the Killdeer Lodge at 7 p.m. This will be Strawberry Night (strawberries and ice cream) which will be served following the meeting. All brothers are welcome. Come out and enjoy the fun.

The Grand Lodge Communication is a tradition that dates back to the beginnings of Freemasonry and gives us a chance to be a part of the furtherance of the fraternity. To explain what I mean let me give you a bit of Masonic History.

~ In 1715, only four Masonic Lodges existed in London: The Rummer and Grapes, the Crown, the Apple Tree, and the Goose and Gridiron. In February of 1717, these four Lodges met at the Apple Tree Tavern on Charles Street in London to discuss the future of Freemasonry in England. They discussed the benefits of developing a standard set of rules and regulations, the issue of how to increase membership, and the desire to come together once a year in June to have a feast. The first official date of this annual event, which most Masons recognize as the beginning of modern Freemasonry, was June 24, 1717, St. John the Baptist Day. The four lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron Ale House in St. Paul’s churchyard where they formed the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster and elected Anthony Sayer as the first Grand Master.

Now that you know how this annual event began I hope that I have inspired you to take part in North Dakota’s version of this historic event, and make your arrangements to attend the 128th Grand Communication in Medora from Thursday, June 15th through Sunday, June 18th. The Grand Master’s Picnic will be on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Pitchfork Fondue and followed by the Medora Musical. Grand Lodge will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Community Center. Times and menus for all the other events are listed on the Grand Lodge Website.

The Grand Communication is a great opportunity to get together with old friends, and to meet new brothers, all while enjoying food, fun, and fellowship. And just in case you hadn’t noticed, this is a special year for the Grand Communication as we celebrate 200 years of Freemasonry (1717 – 2017.)

Hope to see you there.


Dr. Robert W. Baer, DDGM