On 11 September 2019, College View Lodge No. 320 passed Brother Caid Bleess and Brother Jack Hottell to the degree of a Fellow Craft Mason. WB Tom Anderson conferred the degree as Worshipful Master, with WM Curt Wolbert as Senior Warden, WB Byron Van Patten as Junior Warden, WB Doug Johnson as Secretary, WB Paul Hadley as Chaplain, Brother David Johnson as Senior Deacon, WB Gary Kassebaum as Junior Deacon, Brother Sean Bush as Senior Steward, WB Chuck Burk as Junior Steward, and WB Jim Michaelson (East Lincoln Lodge #210) as Tyler. WB Doug Johnson and WM Curt Wolbert gave the Questions and Answers lecture, WB Jim Michaelson presented the Middle Chamber lecture, and RWB Bruce Watkins issued the Charge.
Over 30 brethren from Geneva, Osceola, Stromsburg, Utica, and York gathered in southern York County for an evening of fellowship and courtesy degree work. Our host was Worshipful Master Fran Crowe of York Lodge No. 56. The event began with a friendly contest shooting blue rock, followed by a fine meal prepared by the Worshipful Master’s wife, Barb. After supper we adjourned to the outdoor lodge room, where we met in a low vale. A lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons was opened in due form for the purpose of conferring a degree on Colby Young, son of Stromsburg Lodge #126’s Worshipful Master Chris Young. WB Young delivered the charge for his son at the conclusion of the degree. The weather cooperated and we enjoyed a comfortable, mosquito-free evening. Following the degree Grand Historian WB Kevin Scheele presented Brother Colby with his copy of the Entered Apprentice degree standard proficiency. As the three lesser lights were extinguished, the sun set and our time together drew to a close. Congratulations to Brother Colby and all of the brethren involved in the degree work on a job well done!
Pictured left to right: Grand Historian WB Kevin Scheele, WM Chris Young of Stromsburg No. 126, B. Colby Young, WM Fran Crowe of York Lodge No. 56.
At the regular communication of Robert W. Furnas No. 265 on September 2, 2019, held in Scottsbluff, year pins were presented to two brothers: W. B. Ted Westervelt received his 50-year pin and certificate and Bro. Robert Hartley was awarded his certificate and lapel pin signifying 75 years of service to Masonry! Both were presented by W.B. John Ferguson, Grand Junior Deacon, and W.B. Jock Farris, Grand Junior Steward.
The Grand Lodge Officers of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska, along with their ladies, hold a retreat event annually for the purposes of planning and fellowship. This year, the event was held September 6-7 at the Divots Conference Center in Norfolk. The event is planned by the Deputy Grand Master. This year’s retreat included a mini golf tournament.
Most Worshipful Bob Moninger is shown being received and making remarks to Bellevue Lodge No. 325 following the Lodge’s Annual Membership Dinner on September 4, 2019. Also in attendance, welcomed in the East and given Grand Honors was Most Worshipful Freddie Clopton, Grand Master, Nebraska Prince Hall Affiliated.
Two Masons were awarded the Grand Master’s Full Form Proficiency challenge coin for their excellent performance of Fellow Craft Questions and Answers at Bee Hive Lodge No. 184 in Omaha, during the regular communication on September 5. Pictured are Austin Dueling, Grand Senior Warden Jim Carlton, Worshipful Master Dave Workman, and John Simmons.
On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, in Washington DC at the Scottish Rite Biennial Conference, Most Worshipful Bob Moninger received the 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary Degree, along with several other Nebraska brothers.
Among those were Don Kavalec, Chuck Sohm and Armel MacDonald, who are pictured signing the Gold Book, which all 33rds who receive the Degree in Washington, DC sign. They join luminaries like Harry Truman, J.C. Penney, Jimmy Doolittle, Curtis LeMay, Frank Patton, Robert Jordan and Albert Pike.