Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Past Grand Masters' Luncheon

No tough question this time, just a brief report on one of the nice perquisites of being a Grand Secretary. I have enjoyed a close working relationship with the past 18 Grand Lodge of Minnesota Grand Masters, three while I was the Grand Treasurer and 15 since becoming the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. In addition to these fine Masons I have also had the distinct privilege of getting to know most of the other living Past Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota over these past several years. So when we have a chance to get most of them together in one place, that is a real treat. The Grand Lodge of Minnesota hosted a little luncheon and they gathered on August 2nd at the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington. Here is the photo memorializing the event.

Seated, left to right: MWB Alyn Dull, 1983; MWB Donald Severson, 1978; Grand Master John L. Cook; MWB Verne Long, 1973; MWB John Peterson, 1981; MWB Warren Clark, 1993.
Standing, left to right: Jr. Grand Deacon John Gann; Jr. Grand Steward John Studell; Jr. Grand Warden David Olson; MWB Steven Johnson, 2006; MWB Neil Neddermeyer, 2003: MWB Thomas McCarthy, 2009; MWB Thomas Jackson, 2008; MWB Charles Baltos, 1991; MWB Jack Benson, 1995; MWB Donald Sether, 1986; MWB Eric Neetenbeek, 1996; Deputy Grand Master Thomas Hendrickson; MWB Roger Taylor, 2001; MWB Samuel Dickinson, 1980; MWB Ward Sonsteby, 1989; MWB Philip Soderberg, 2000; MWB Donald Flood, 1985.
Not pictured, Grand Secretary Douglas Campbell, Photographer.

Knowing that our most senior Past Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother D. William Tiffany, would not be able to attend the luncheon at the Minnesota Masonic Home on August 2nd, some of us gathered at his home near Redwood Falls a week earlier to greet and visit with Bill.

Kneeling next to the left of MWB Bill Tiffany, is MWB Verne Long, 1973; standing next to Bill is Grand Master John L. Cook, Jr.
Standing first row, left to right: MWB Samuel Dickinson, 1980; and MWB Philip Soderberg, 2000. Standing in the back row, left to right: MWB John Peterson, 1981; MWB Ward Sonsteby, 1989; MWB J. V. Christianson, 1997; and Grand Secretary Douglas Campbell.