Brethren: In the December 2013 Nebraska Mason magazine, I detailed for you the ongoing legal conflict between Midwest Lodge No. 317, the York Rite bodies of Hastings and Imperial Shrine concerning a deceased Brother’s estate. (The article can be read here.)
Since the publication of the December NE Mason, we have continued to work on bringing this issue to a positive conclusion and I am very pleased to share the following information with you:
1. On 13 December 2013, the legal department for Imperial Shrine asked the court to drop their petition regarding the trust and the money disbursed to the Lodge and YR.
2. On 16 December 2013, I submitted the invoices from Midwest 317 and YR to Imperial Shrine and asked for them to reimburse both the Lodge and the YR for money spent defending themselves from the Shrine’s actions. Imperial Shrine agree to take it under consideration at the January board meeting.
3. On 16 January 2014, I was advised by a member of the Imperial Divan that the Divan had voted to reimburse fully both the Lodge and the YR of Hastings. Additionally, a representative of the Imperial Potentate is now scheduled to attend our Annual Communications in February to present the checks to the Lodge and YR of Hastings. I have agreed to make time in our schedule for the presentation during the public opening.
It is my hope that this is the end of this issue and that we will not experience this sort of discord again in this jurisdiction. I want to thank everyone that helped in this process, it was truly a team effort. I also want to thank the members of the Imperial Shrine for making the right decision.