|The name of The Philalethes Society is pronounced "fill a (as in a-bate) lay thees" with the accent on the third syllable -- lay. It is derived from two Greek words, philos and alethes. It means lover of truth. The Philalethes Society was founded on October 1, 1928, by a group of Masonic students. It was designed for Freemasons desirous of seeking and spreading Masonic light. In 1946, The Philalethes magazine was established to publish articles by and for its members. For many years it has been voted the best Masonic publication in the world. The sole purpose of this Research Society is to act as a clearing house for Masonic knowledge. It exchanges ideas, researches problems confronting Freemasonry, and passes them along to the Masonic world.
Among the original 40 Fellows were harold Y. B. Voorhis, Rudyard Kipling, Robert I. Clegg, Louis Black, J. Hugo Tatsch, Charles S. Plumb, Harry L. Haywood and Charles C. Hunt. Fellows of the Society have been elected from every country in the free world, proving The Philalethes Society has always been international in scope.
The Kansas Chapter was organized in 1995 and received its charter on February 16, 1996. We meet three times each year, on the same day as the Allied Masonic Degrees and the Knight Masons at the Wichita York Rite building. The Allied Masonic Degrees Councils meet in the morning, The Philalethes Society meet at lunch time and the Knight Masons meet in the afternoon.
Our 2007 meeting dates are March 3rd, June 16th, and November 10th.
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