Saturday, January 20, 2007

Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research U.D.

Dwight L. Smith, PGM and Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Indiana

Indiana's own Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research U.D. (Under Dispensation) had its first meeting in more than three years today at the Indiana Masonic Home. The long-declining health of its late Master, Wbro. Dave Bosworth had contributed to its lack of activity for the last few years. The new Master, Wbro. Andy Jackson, wants to inject new life into the lodge, and I believe we have a good group to start with. "Knights of the North" Jeff Naylor, Eric Schmitz, Nathan Brindle and myself are all on board, along with well respected brethren from around the state, like fellow Vitruvian Tim Brinkmeyer PM, former Indiana Freemason editor William Bissey, Deputy Grand Master Duane Vaught, Past Grand Masters Roger Van Gorden, John E. Grein and Michael Brumback, and many others.

Andy's paper on the "Titans of Indiana Freemasonry" was an interesting glimpse at the early days of the fraternity and the dedication of men who traveled the length and breadth of the state through the wilderness on horseback to practice their Craft.

Stated meetings are once a year, with called meetings scheduled as members submit papers. Membership is a paltry $5 plus meal cost. The occasional publication of papers in a hard-bound book called Perlustrations occurs when enough papers are submitted to warrant printing.

WM Jackson has called for papers, and he has also charged us to present educational articles for publication in the Indiana Freemason Magazine on a regular basis. For more information, contact Wbro. Jackson at arjackson@worldnet.att.net

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