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.

Officers of the Illinois Lodge of Research

Like any other Grand Lodge of Illinois-sanctioned lodge of Freemasons, the Illinois Lodge of Research has an officer corp mirroring that of a more “conventional” lodge. For the 2016-2017 Masonic Year, those officers are the following:

Elected Officers
Worshipful Master: WB James M. Tome (email)
Senior Warden: WB Mark Welch
Junior Warden: WB Jay Reed
Treasurer: MWB Barry Weer (email)
Secretary: WB Jeff Estes (email)

Appointed Officers
Senior Deacon: Bro. Mark Nokes
Junior Deacon: WB Larry Raglan
Chaplain: WB Robert Johnson
Senior Steward: WB David Truax
Junior Steward: WB James Frey
Marshal: WB Tom Bachochin
Tyler: WB Joe Malatia
Editor of Transactions: WB Hilton Kaufman
Assistant Editor of Transactions: WB Ed Oliver
ILOR Representative to the Torok Foundation: WB James M. Tome

Elections are held annually at our Annual Meeting, during Grand Lodge’s Annual Communication every October, in the mid-afternoon of the Friday after the first Grand Lodge session.

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Upcoming Events

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

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”

— Virginia Woolf

Learn About the Lodge

Like any Masonic lodges, we have a structure and predictability. There are some distinct differences, however. We invite you to learn more.

Member Benefits

From a group of like-minded brethren, advice and instruction on researching and writing, to opportunities to expose your creativity, learn why our lodge is unique.

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We'd Like to Hear From You

The Illinois Lodge of Research values the ideas, opinions, and input of our members. We'd like to hear from you when you have a problem, inspiration, or would like to contribute in some way to the lodge or overall Craft. Please reach out to our Worshipful Master or Lodge Secretary or complete the quick-inquiry form below.

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Worshipful Master

WB James M. Tome

P.O. Box 462

Sycamore, Illinois  60178

(815) 508-3878

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WB Jeff Estes

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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MWB Barry Weer

Illinois Lodge of Research

P.O. Box 44

Bloomington, Illinois  61702

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