Resurgam Lodge #31 A.F. & A.M.

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What does Resurgam mean?

Resurgam is the active voice, present tense, conjunctive form of the Latin verb resurgo.  It means I shall rise again.  All of Freemasonry is a search for meaning and the building of the individual  Freemason's moral and spiritual temple.  Resurgam, in the context of Fremasonry, can mean different things, at different times, to different Masons.  It should not be taken as a reference to Christianity or Christian salvation.  Freemasonry does require its brothers to profess a belief in a Supreme Being, but leaves the particulars of that belief to to the individual brother.  Resurgam is consistent with the fundmental tenet of Freemasonry set forth in a Masonic Funeral Service: Freemasonry, founded in the older dispensation and perpetuated in the newer, teaches consistently with the sacred records that death is nothing but the separation of the soul from the body; the body returns to the dust from whence it came and the soul, in another state of existence, survives eternally.  Freemasons believe in the resurrection.  We do not define it.  Physical body or spiritual body it matters not.  Personal identity capable of some form of recognition is a Masonic article of belief.  The life of a Mason you can take; his integrity you can not; his integrity assures his risen identity.

Stated Meeting

Resurgam Lodge #31 meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Masonic Temple, 112 East Fifth Avenue, Mitchell, South Dakota.  That's one block south and one-half block east of the World's Only Corn Palace.  Usually we'll meet at 6:30 p.m. for dinner.   We are dark in July and August, but do hold the annual installation of officers on or about August 15 of each year.

Contacting Resurgam Lodge & All Other Mitchell Masonic Organizations

You can call Resurgam Lodge at 605-996-4724.  If no one answers, please listen carefully to the telephone queue and you will be directed to specific information on various Masonic Bodies and general information.  You can also contact us by email.

Mitchell York Rite

The Mitchell York Rite bodies meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Masonic Temple.  Our numbers are small but our enthusaism is great.  There were several years of inactivity but the Mitchell Chapter, Mitchell Council, and St. Bernard Commandery have been gradually working to full performance since our first statewide Festival on April 8, 2011.  With the assistance of York Rite Masons from across South Dakota, eight brothers then  sought further light in Freemasonry by joining the Mitchell York Rite bodies.  On November 11-12, 2016, our second statewide Festival added ten new York Rite Masons from both the eastern and western reaches of South Dakota.   A notable event occured November 12 when, for the first time in decades, the darkened vault was fully explored by properly rigged Brothers seeking more light in Masonry.  All York Rite Masons are welcome to join us on the first Tuesday and continue the growth and revigoration of the Mitchell York Rite.  Interested in the South Dakota Grand York Rite?  Click here.

Sigmund F. Schirmer Scottish Rite Club

The Sigmund F. Schirmer Scottish Rite Club is organized under the aegis of Yankton Oriental Consistory #1, A.A.S.R., located in Yankton, South Dakota.  Membership is drawn from Scottish Rite Masons in Mitchell and surrounding communities.  The Club holds an annual Ceremony of Remembrance in late March to mid-April and celebrates the Feast of Tishri in September, both annually, and otherwise meets sporadically throughout the year.  Members of the Club are well known for their thespian tendencies and ritualistic abilities - presenting the 6th, 7th, and 8th degrees of the Scottish Rite and The Traitor, a Masonic play relating the Freemasonry, power, and human failings of our nation's Founding Fathers.  We've also taken up a musical version of the 22nd degree, The Prince of Libanus.  That one requires a few soloists and a host of choristers.  Feeling in good voice?  Join the SFSSRC ritulists and learn the craft! 

The 2019 Scottish Rite Club Summer Picnic will be Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Brother Taylor's residence.  All Freemasons, their ladies, and families, guests, and interested parties are welcome. Details forthcoming!  The 2018 Feast of Tishri will be Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the Mitchell Masonic Temple and is an all Yankton Valley event.  This is a public gathering and all Freemasons, ladies, and interested parties are cordially invited.  More to follow as the day draws nigh.  The 2020 Ceremony of Remembrance & Renewal will be held Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Masonic Temple Dining Room.  All Knights of the Rose Croix are expected to attend.  Bring your ladies and guests - all are welcome and cordially invited.  Usually dinner is $12 per plate.  More details will be forthcoming!  When the particulars are set, please call or email [see the contact information page linked above] and make a reservation.

Order of the Eastern Star

Starlight Chapter #41, Order of the Eastern Star, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Mitchell Masonic Temple.  Here's a link to the South Dakota Grand Chapter.

Corn Palace Shrine Club

The Corn Palace Shrine Club is a part of El Riad Shrine, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Our membership is drawn from a wide geographic area around Mitchell and consists of nearly one hundred and fifty Freemasons and Shriners dedicated to the support of Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Each year we sponsor the Corn Palace Shrine Circus at the World's Only Corn Palace.  In early October each year we produce the Corn Palace Shrine Club Sportman's Classic, a dinner, raffle, and drawing for high quality sporting arms and outdoor gear and supplies.  All Shriners are invited to join the CPSC at its regular stated meeting on the last Thursday of each month.  We meet at the Mitchell Masonic Temple and other locations, announced in advance, around the area.  Oasis is at 6 p.m. and the dinner/meeting is at 7 p.m. Come visit the Corn Palace Shrine Club and Hillbillies on Facebook.

El Riad Shrine Hillbilly Clan #161

The CPSC parade unit, Hillbilly Clan #161, parades in communities all around eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota throughout the summer, has been to a number of Imperial Shrine sessions and every Midwest Shrine Association Summer Session since day one.  We're officially affiliated with the Shrine Imperial Hillbilly Clan and specifically support Shriners Hospitals for Children and the transportation costs to get kids to Shrine Hospitals.  You won't miss the Hillbillies in any parade.  They're outfitted with the best water guns you can mount on a 1929 Ford Model A flatbed truck and an early '50s Hudson Pacemaker - and produce the best acrid clouds of "parade smoke" you'll ever see!  Add a few "Hillbilly Hawgs" and it's a sight to remember.  In early October, 2011, Hillbilly Clan #161 created its first "Outhouse" by initiating a number of our brother Nobles from Sioux Falls and authorizing them to carry on the Hillbilly tradition along South Dakota's "Eastern Range."  Outhouse #1 meets in Sioux Falls at El Riad Shrine.   Take a look at few pictures of the "Hillbillies on Parade" by clicking here

El Riad Shrine Mitchell Clown Funhouse

We've got clowns! The El Riad Shrine Clowns have expanded to Mitchell.  Popcorn, Rex, and company have organized Funhouse #1 and filled a 3rd floor dressing room with grease paint, wigs, and other accoutrements of Shrine clowning.  These guys are fun loving, outstanding Shrine ambassadors - and absolutely dedicated and active members of the Corn Palace Shrine Club & Hillbilly clan #161.  Learn more about the El Riad Clowns here.

Corn Palace Shrine Club Ladies Auxiliary

The Shrine Club boasts an active Ladies Auxiliary which meets Sunday evenings to plan, organize, and implement programs for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Third Tuesday Discussion Group

A group of Freemasons usually meets the third Tuesday of each month, September through June, for wide ranging Masonic discussion.  We've had audio and video presentations, reviewed movies with Masonic themes, and pondered the misapprehensions of Freemasonry in modern society.  Got a topic you'd like to discuss?  Come to the Mitchell Masonic Temple at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month!

Saturday Night Fireside Chat

Join your Brothers for a purely social event!  "8ish" on Saturday evening we light a savory wood fire, gather round, swap stories, discuss the events of the week and the world, play some cribbage, maybe run the billiard table, enjoy a few refreshments, roast a weinie or what have you, and unwind and enjoy fraternity and friendship.  Summer Saturday nights are at the firepit in the parking lot immediately behind the Masonic Temple.  Bring a lawn chair!  Winter Saturday nights and during inclement weather we're at the big fireplace in the second floor lounge of the Masonic Temple.  Join us to relax and unwind.

Mitchell Masonic Building Association

This South Dakota non-profit corporation was organized February 7, 1910, as the managing entity of the Mitchell Masonic Temple building.  Representatives from each Masonic Body manage our Temple, establish criteria for public use, and are responsible for the upkeep, renovation, and restoration of the building.  We meet once a month on the second Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Members of all Mitchell Masonic Bodies are welcome to attend.