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Kaskaskia Lodge presents $12,000 in scholarships
Created: 7/3/2017

Red Bud, IL, 23 May 2017:  Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86, Red Bud, IL, presents $12,000 in scholarships to high school students in various high school graduation ceremonies in Randolph County, IL.  The scholarships were made possible by the Schaffner Masonic Scholarship Foundation.

The Schaffner Masonic Scholarship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which operates under the authority of a board of directors consisting of the five elected officers of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.  Funding of the Foundation is made possible through a gift from a member of the Lodge, Herbert "Herb" Hails Schaffner and his wife Glenda.

Herb says he dedicated the Foundation to the memory of his Grandfather William Henry Schaffner. Mr. Schaffner came to America in 1869 from Alsace, France, and became a member of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86 in 1872.  William Henry Schaffner had a son, Herbert John Schaffner who became a member of the lodge in 1929 and he also had two grandsons, James Herbert Schaffner, who became a member in 1958 and Herbert Hails Schaffner who became a member in 1964.  On 30 May 2017, William Henry Schaffner's great grandson Herbert James Schaffner and his great-great grandson Tyler James Schaffner, both descendents of Herbert Hails Schaffner, were raised to Master Mason in Kaskaskia Lodge completing five generations of Schaffners who belong to the Lodge.

At the end of the 2017 school year, the Schaffner Masonic Scholarship Foundation presented twelve $1,000 scholarships to worthy students in the Randolph County, IL, area.  On 23 May, 2017, eight of the scholarship recipients and their parents attended a dinner party at Kaskaskia Lodge and received their $1,000 scholarship checks.

Portrayed from left to right are:
Front row:

Logan Colvis, Chester High School 
Megan Thompson, Red Bud High School 
Josh Diercks, Coulterville High School 
Emily Tudor, Chester High School 
Skylar Valleroy, Christ our Savior High School
Bailey McMurtry, Sparta High School 
Not present for picture Megan Ernst, Red Bud High School; Kandice Williams, Sparta High School; Drew Byington, Sparta High School; Deshantae Martin, Chester High School; Hannah Wetzel, Red Bud High School.

Back row:
*Herbert Hails Schaffner, Senior Deacon of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86 (the benefactor of the scholarship funds.)
Tyler James Schaffner (grandson of benefactor)
Herbert James Schaffner (son of benefactor)
*Auston E. "Gene" Smith, Worshipful Master of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86
*Matthew James Osborn, Junior Warden of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86
*Richard Earl Heuman, Treasurer of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86
*Kenneth Ross Slavens, Secretary of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86
Lance Anthony Osborn, Junior Deacon, Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86

*NOTE:  Those names preceded by an asterisk are the Board Members of the Schaffner Masonic Scholarship Foundation.



Illinois Masonic Children's Assistance Program
Created: 3/15/2017

Donations for Illinois Masonic Home while shopping
Created: 1/24/2017

Many of your supporters are shopping for Valentine's Day gifts, and reminding them to shop at can increase donations for Illinois Masonic Home. Amazon has a large variety of gifts that are perfect for Valentine's Day including electronics, jewelry, clothing, and more.

IRS Scams
Created: 1/21/2017

It is that time of year again, tax time. During this time of year, the scam phone calls increase to consumers to scare or trick people into paying money or providing personal confidential information that can be used to steal or compromise their identity. 

Here are some tips from to help you avoid becoming a victim:

  • Scammers make unsolicited calls. This is when thieves call taxpayers claiming to be an IRS official. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. This is how they con the victim into sending cash through the method of a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” call back requests through phone “robo-calls” or via phishing email.
  • Callers try to scare their victims. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of the victim if money is not paid.
  • Scams use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another government agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.
  • Cons try new tricks all the time. Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.

There are things the IRS will NOT do:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
  • Email you.  The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
  • The IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action. 

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do, do not give ANY information.  Hang up immediately.  To report a call, contact TIGTA at 800-366-4484.  

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure.  Tax scams can happen any time of the year, not just at tax time.  For more visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on

Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function to

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS.  Visit to explore your rights and the IRS obligations to protect yourself from these scams.


Brother Vymazal from Praque, Czech Republic
Created: 1/9/2017

R.W. Bro. John Loayza, Dr. Josef Vymazal, W. Bro. David Sandoval, W. Bro. Eric Roder, R.W. Bro. Michael Braun

Brothers Josef Vymazal and Eric Roder were recently in Chicago to attend professional seminars. The brothers made requests that during their short stay arrangements be made for them to attend an Illinois Lodge meeting. On December 1st, they were invited to attend the regularly stated meeting of Wilmette Park Lodge No. 931.

At the meeting, Brother Vymazal, from Narod Lodge No. 1, Praque, Czech Republic, gave a short talk about issue concerning Masonry in his home country. One of the challenges they face is conducting business in four different languages; French, English, German, and Italian.

Worshipful Master, David Sandoval, of Wilmette Park Lodge, presented his lodge’s anniversary coin to the visiting brethren. Worshipful Brother Eric Roder also presented his lodge coin to Wilmette Park Lodge for its archives. Bro. Roder is from Lebanon Lodge No. 32, located in Langdon, N.D. The Grand Master’s pin was presented to the visitors by R.W. Brother Michael Braun, DDGM of the 3rd Northeastern District.

Both visiting brothers enjoyed the fellowship of Illinois Free Masonry and the City of Chicago as well as its suburbs.


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