Past Masters

Often Imitated Never Duplicated

On Monday October 6th, 2014 WM Luis Ojeda and a number of brothers joined in a celebration honoring the Past Masters of Richland Lodge No. 283 (pictured below).

Past-Masters_RML283(Front Row, left to right) Worshipful Brother Connie Eckard 62nd WM 2007, Worshipful Brother Joe Davis 60th WM 2005, Worshipful Brother Vern Fichter 15th WM 1960, Worshipful Brother Charles Davis 44th WM 1989, Worshipful Brother Earl Root 31st WM 1976, Worshipful Brother Curtis Snow 30th WM 1975. (Back Row) Worshipful Brother Ronnie Dawson 68th WM 2013, Worshipful Brother Paul Huckleberry 65th WM 2010, Worshipful Brother Earl Fordham 67th WM 2012, Worshipful Brother Ron Galpin 51st WM 1996, Worshipful Brother Doug Packard 45th WM 1990, Worshipful Brother Harold Galpin 39th WM 1984.

Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to fellowship over dinner before entering lodge with several Past Masters from other local lodges who were in attendance as well. Brother John Lawson, Master of Kennewick, gave a talk on his year in the East at Kennewick Lodge No. 153.

It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to recognize these fine brothers for their service.


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Old West Masons

“In most states west of the Mississippi, one of the first buildings to spring up in territorial or state capitol would be a Masonic lodge…”

The above video,  put together by producer Carl Hartman and western history expert Mike Moore, was recently being circulated among some of our brothers via email and we thought it was worth sharing.

Note: Mike Moore is a Scottish Rite Fellow who writes monthly educational articles for the Denver Consistory’s Rite works, is a part of the Colorado Grand Lodge’s Speakers Bureau, an archivist for the Denver Consistory, and a past Master of his lodge. Brother Moore has also authored two Masonic Almanacs.

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Kennewick Installation

Saturday afternoon, July 12th 2014 marked the 108th installation of elected officers at the Kennewick Masonic Lodge No. 153 in Kennewick Washington.

2014-2015 Officers, Kennewick Lodge


Many lodge brothers, friends and family gathered for an installation ceremony which was a pleasure to behold as the new lodge officers were introduced and then sworn in, several of whom delighted the crowd by sporting traditional Scottish attire, right down to the wool kilts – which was an especially heroic undertaking given the triple digit temperatures outside!

The installation team was skillfully presided over by the most recent Past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington, F&AM in installing Brother John Lawson as the newest Worshipful Master of Kennewick Lodge for the 2014-2014 year.

In true Masonic fashion, many of the ladies were present to symbolically and eloquently display the important supporting roles that they fulfill in the life of the lodge, by escorting the newly elected brothers into the lodge to be installed in their respective offices for the coming lodge year.

Smith-Larry Immediately following, the lodge brothers, their friends, family and guests, enjoyed a delicious prime rib luncheon with live music provided by Caleb Knutzen.

The general atmosphere was celebratory, amid fine food and good fellowship, with the occasional toast or two thrown in for good measure.

All in all, it was a delightful and inspiring afternoon, and a poignant  reminder of the brotherly love and friendship enjoyed by all Masons in this great Fraternity of ours.


Congratulations to Worshipful Master John Lawson  and all of the newly elected officers of Kennewick Lodge No. 153 for 2014-2015, may you enjoy a productive year ahead in exemplifying the degrees of the Craft and in continuing to make “Good Men Better” through Masonry.

So Mote It Be!

– Your Friends and Brothers at Richland Lodge No. 283, Richland Washington.


22nd Annual Table Lodge

It was an excellent turnout for the 22nd Annual table Lodge at Richland Lodge No. 283 last night, Tuesday June 24th 2014, and a good time was had by all.


The brothers had the honor of District 23 Deputy Garry Randles joining them, along with MWB Mike Sanders, Past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Masonic Grand Lodge of Washington as the guest speaker.


The Table Lodge, a heritage of our past and a celebration of St. John the Baptist Day, is an annual opportunity to  enjoy some fine fellowship and good fun!


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Bikes Arrive

The first of several bikes donated by Richland Lodge No. 283 have now arrived at the Richland Public Library for the “Bikes for Books” Summer Reading Program!
bikes4books3Well over 100 people joined Richland Public Library’s Kelly Reed and Most Worshipful Grand Master Bruce Vesper recently in kicking off the Richland Public Library’s “Bikes for Books”  Summer Reading Program at Richland Lodge No. 283. The Bikes for Books program has proven so successful due to the programs simplicity. The Lodge makes arrangements to provide bikes to the library who uses them as incentive awards in  their summer reading program.


Brother Russ Campbell also presented Junior Achievement Awards for 2014.

jr-achievment-boys Each year the Lodge presents awards to young men and women on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, citizenship and more.


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