Committed to the principle that an informed Mason is a better Mason, the Illinois Lodge of Research encourages members to study subjects connected with the Craft and offers opportunities to share research with other lodge members and our brethren in general.
Awards & Winners
Several awards are presented periodically in recognition of substantial achievements and contributions, including:
Active membership can be granted by a majority vote of the membership at the annual meeting on any member who has submitted at least three articles, papers or lectures to the annual transactions. Members that have been designated Actives are:
|1976 (Charter):||Louis L. Williams||Homer L. Zumwelt|
|William B. Barnes||Hugh A. Cole|
|Samuel K. Zipp||Alphone Cerza|
|1976:||Dr. Wayne Temple||Raymond H. Bachman|
|Oswell G. Treadway||Dr. Steven Greenberg|
|Dr. Ridell A. Kelsey||David A. Laske|
|Donald F. Messeth||Frank F. Burrow|
|Dr. William R. Deutsch||N. Tracy Walker|
|Irvin Uphoff||Norman R. Buecker|
|1978:||Dr. Walter Brown||Moler A. Duff|
|1981:||Lawrence D. Inglis||F. Gene Ross|
|Dr. Allen Katz||Arthur F. Rigas|
|Thomas F. Rigas||James A. Ruzicka, Sr.|
|1986:||J. Robert Stockner||Mason Carruthers|
|Gerald A. Edgar||Joseph S. Crociara|
|1993:||Dr. Russell Ende||Harry D. Strouse|
|Guy P. Vance|
|1994:||Mike Losacco||Charles Sullins|
|Michael G. Wells|
|2001:||Roger Heider||Johnathan Barnes|
|2006:||John D. Dorner||Paul Scheeler|
|Edward I. Oliver||Richard Lozins|
|2011:||Ira S. Gilbert||Jim L. Grimm|
|2017:||James M. Tome||Hilton Kaufman|
Fellows are chosen from Actives and should be active members who have published at least seven articles, papers or lectures in the annual transactions. The quality of the submissions should be considered. The Fellows are also voted on at the annual meeting by a majority vote of the membership. Members that have been designated Fellows are:
|1993:||Homer L. Zumwelt||Robert C. Barnard|
|Ronald K. Blue||Dr. Walter Brown|
|Robin L. Carr||Hugh A. Cole|
|Dr. Steven Greenberg||Wayne Temple|
|2005:||Kenneth W. Smith|
|2013:||Ira Gilbert||Martin P. Starr|
|Jim L. Grimm||Edward I. Oliver|
|Edward A. Rund||Martin Patrick Starr|
For furthering Illinois Lodge of Research mission and goals via exemplary or long-term service to the organization. Qualifications include:
- The contribution must further the mission of the Illinois Lodge of Research.
- Recognition for long-term service to the organization.
Exemplary service for a short term, which has furthered the goals of the Illinois Lodge of Research. Membership in the Illinois Lodge of Research is not required for nomination. An Illinois Lodge of Research member must submit the nomination. Nominations are due by July 1 of each year to allow for committee consideration. It is not the intent to present an annual award, but rather a merit-based honor. The Torok award committee will determine when the award will be presented. The award, when given, will be announced at the annual meeting of the Illinois Lodge of Research. Past winners of the Torok Medal are:
|1998: Mike Wells||1999: Janet Blue|
|2000: Robin Carr||2004: Edward A. Rund|
|2005: Ronald K. Blue||2008: Jim L. Grimm|
|2009: John D. Dorner||2011: Edward I. Oliver|
|2012: Ira S. Gilbert|
The purpose of the medal was to honor our deceased co-founder, Alphonse Cerza. It was to honor a writer, lecturer or person who otherwise added to the prestige of the Illinois Lodge of Research. The first such medal was to be given to our other co-founder Louis L. Williams, but upon his death, the committee chose to honor another rather than giving the award posthumously. Since that time, the award has been given posthumously on at least one occasion.
The award will only be made when a suitable recipient comes to the attention of the award committee appointed by the Worshipful Master, in consultation with the Wardens, of the lodge, but not any more frequently than once per year.
Nominations, by any member should include the name in full of the nominee, his Masonic Lodge name, number and location, the nominee’s address in full, and a biographical outline of the nominee’s fraternal, vocational, literary and family information Samples of the nominee’s literary contributions, a photograph and comments which may have prompted his nomination would be greatly helpful to the committee in reaching its selection.
The Nominee ought to be one who contributes of his mind and skill commendably and effectively to the bulk of fraternal literature through books, booklets, manuals, artwork, publishing, printing, reviewing, researching, authoring, teaching, editing, distributing, indexing, compiling, cataloging, as well as serving in a librarian- type capacity.
Effort should be directed to avoid limitations and consider the varied manners in which one may be considered a contributor deserving of receiving recognition as a recipient of the Award. However, for trivial and minor contributions to be awarded the merit and esteem of the Award would be diminished. Alphonse Cerza’s personal contributions in so many literary avenues serving our fraternity are the ultimate criteria upon which the Committee ought to base its selection of recipients.
Past winners of the Cerza Medal are:
|1990: Homer Zumwalt||1991: Robin Carr|
|1992: Hugh A. Cole||1993: Wayne Temple|
|1994: Dr. Stephen Greenberg||1995: Robert Barnard|
|1996: Dr. Walter Brown||1997: Ronald K. Blue|
|1998: Harold Spellman||1999: Harry Strouse|
|2000: Edward A. Rund||2001: Michael Wells|
|2004: John B. Hall||2011: Paul A Scheeler|
|2012: Martin Patrick Starr|
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Spring 2018 Mid-State Educational Symposium
March 24th, 2018 • Homer Masonic Temple, Homer, Illinois
Early Summer 2018 North-State Educational Symposium
June 23rd, 2018 • Libertyville Masonic Temple, Libertyville, Illinois
Deadline for articles for Annual Transactions
July 31st, 2018 to WB Hilton Kaufman
Lodge of Research Annual Meeting
October 5th, 2018 in the afternoon at Grand Lodge
“The deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.”
— Andre Dubus III
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Sycamore, Illinois 60178
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Illinois Lodge of Research
P.O. Box 44
Bloomington, Illinois 61702
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Illinois Lodge of Research
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