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Meet Your Deputy Grand Master

    This year at the Annual Communication you elected             The Grand Lodge Elected Officers are to provide guidance
Lewis K. Smith to be your Deputy Grand Master. So who             to the lodges, enforce the Code and Constitution and
is he and what crazy ideas does he have in store for us           to facilitate success of the Lodges. While some must
in 2016? I was born in Missoula in 1956 to Kelsey and             necessarily lead, they are elected by their brothers for a
Edie Smith, the oldest of four children. Kelsey worked            time and will eventually return to join their brothers in the
for the Forest Service and the family moved around a lot          Lodge. Think of those important words when jealousies
the first 10 years, living along the Clearwater River in          and disagreements lead to criticism of your leaders within
Idaho, Condon, North Fork of the Flathead and Hungry              your Lodge and Grand Lodge. Until you have walked a
Horse in Montana. They moved to Trout Creek in 1963               mile in his shoes extend not criticism, but the Masonic
and I attended Trout Creek Elementary and three years             hand of friendship, a helpful word and a pat on the back.
of high school at Noxon. In 1973, Kelsey was transferred          The relationship between Grand Lodge Officers and the
to Wallace, Idaho and I graduated there in 1974. The              Lodges should not be an adversarial one if everyone does
Bunker Hill zinc smelter provided funds for college and           their job and recognizes their roles in perpetuating the
I attended two years at North Idaho College and two               Fraternity. Masonry teaches us to think before we speak,
years at the University of Montana, graduating in 1980            to organize our thoughts and to craft solutions, and not to
in Business Administration. I worked in the smelter,              tear “them” and ourselves down. The greatest gift you can
managed Wendy’s restaurants and sold real estate before           get from Masonry in my opinion, lies in learning to use
going to law school at the University of Montana, and             the attentive ear and understand the problem and then to
graduating in 1988. Following law school I clerked for            apply the instructive tongue to build bridges, not walls.
the Montana Supreme Court, worked for the Montana                 	 Going through 10IyDeEarAsSof service as a District and
Personnel Division and then joined the Smith Law Firm             Grand Lodge Officer will expose you to a lot of different
in 1990. I ran for the position of Powell County Attorney         ideas, programs and issues in Montana Masonry. As you
in 2006 and am currently in my third term in that office.         approach the position of Grand Master you reflect on what
	                                                                 you saw, what seemed to work, was too complicated or
                                                                  not understood and what may assist the Craft to do better
    I married Lisa Warburton Smith in 1990 and we have            work, bring in more Brothers and have more successful
one son, Kelsey “KC” Smith. Lisa is the Vice President of         Lodges. A few years ago, I seriously considered doing no
Administration and Finance at Miles Community College             new “programs” during my year and to just let the dust
in Miles City. KC attends Miles Community College as a            settle for a year. There are a few things, however, that I
freshman and plays golf for the Pioneers. Family recreation       believe would be helpful to the Craft and so I wish to float
activities include golf, fishing, hunting and camping.            them past the Craft during my year as DGM to see if you
	                                                                 like them, don’t like them or don’t care. I believe that any
                                                                  successful change must come from the Craft itself either
    I was initiated, passed and raised to the sublime degree      proposing an idea or buying into an idea. Otherwise, we
of a Master Mason in Helena Lodge No. 3, the same Lodge           can give you a gold plated widget and it will just sit in the
that raised his grandfather and father. He proceeded              secretary’s bottom drawer and collect dust. That is what
through the chairs and was Worshipful Master of Helena            happened with the Trestleboard, Membership by Design
No. 3 in 1996-1997. I received the Scottish Rite Degrees          and several other good ideas that didn’t get buy-in, weren’t
in the Helena Valley in 1997 and am a 320 Mason and am            understood or were shelved by the next Grand Master.
a life member of Algeria Shrine Temple in joining in 1997.        So I am pitching these ideas or issues as I go to District
In 2007, Lewis demitted from Helena No. 3 and affiliated          Meetings and Lodges this year hopefully so you can listen,
with Deer Lodge No. 14, where I have been Worshipful              understand the issue or concept and provide me with
Master twice. I also belong to Mullan Pass Historic Lodge         feedback to either make the program better, let me know
No. 1862.                                                         why it needs changing or why you believe it will or won’t
                                                                  work. I believe by collaborating on these things we can
    The purpMoYseMofAtShOeNGIrCanPdHLILoOdgSeOoPfHMYontana is to  come up with ideas that will help the Craft succeed and
serve, guide and lead the Craft. We serve the Craft by            make our Lodges and Grand Lodge work better together
coordinating Grand Lodge functions like the Annual                for all of us.
Communication, District Meetings and process                      1. I will present the following idea to the Montana Masonic
paperwork from the Lodges and collect dues and pay                Foundation to expand the Lodge Education Program
bills associated with operating Grand Lodge. We guide             to allow any Lodge program that serves or assists local
the Craft by ensuring compliance with the Code and                schools to be included in the same program as the Kindles
Constitution and assisting with our Ritual work. We lead          and Bikes. You would be required to follow the same rules
the Craft by inspiring and assisting Lodges and Brothers          and contribution as the Bikes and Kindles programs, but
to succeed. That being said we cannot make your lodge             could use this for a scholarship program, helping with
successful or bring you new Brothers. That is the role of         prizes for talent Shows or Spelling bees. Currently you
the local lodge and its officers and members. The District
Officers are tasked to work and interact with the Lodges
and Brothers and to communicate with the Grand Lodge
POafgfiece8rs situations which require assistance or guidance.
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