Fraternally submitted by Michael D. Gillard, PM ~ Sr. Warden, DLS Lodge of Research, U.D.
The Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, U.D., F.&A.M., Grand Lodge of Indiana operates at the "will & pleasure," of the Grand Master of Masons in Indiana. That is what is meant by the wording "Under Dispensation." Yet, never before in the nearly 20 years existence of Indiana's Lodge of Research has the Grand Master Installed the Officers of the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, U.D.
Today, September 1st., 2012, Grand Master George Ingles, Jr. changed that history by officially Installing the Principal Officers of our Research Lodge. Grand Master Ingles opened the Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research, U.D. in Ample Form and formally Installed Christopher Kimmel, PM, as Worshipful Master; Michael D. Gillard, PM, as Senior Warden; and William "Bill" Sassman, PM, as Secretary/Treasurer. John Bridegroom, PM, has been designated as Junior Warden but was unable to be present for the Installation ceremony and will be Installed by W.M. Kimmel at the next regular assembly of the Lodge.
Two Past Grand Masters; Michael D. Brumback and Roger VanGorden, were joined by four current Grand Lodge Officers in witnessing the Installation together with approximately twelve other Master Masons including at least one presiding Worshipful Master. It may be of interest to note that seven Brethren attending were 33rd. Degree members of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and four Brothers present were OPC's (Order of the Purple Cross,) of the York Rite Sovereign College. Certainly a distinguished group of Masons present for this unique Installation of our Indiana DLS Lodge of Research.
At least two Past Masters of the DLS Lodge were also present to witness this historic occasion.
The installation was followed by a presentation by Emily Lytle-Painter on the creation of the Indiana Masonic Library & Museum, and a paper by WB Chris Kimmel on Joseph Daviess. It was an excellent day.