Centennial Lodge No. 326 in Omaha held its 66th Installation of Officers for the 2021 officers on January 23, 2021 at the West Omaha Masonic Center. Installed were: WM Brett Jendro, Worshipful Master; B Kyle Sinnett, Junior Warden; B Rick Mason, Senior Deacon; B Bryan Gregory, Junior Deacon; WB Dave Heck, Treasurer; WB Daren Kizlin, Secretary; WB Loren Loibl, Chaplain; WB Carl Lewis, Senior Steward; B Wally Farley Marshal; and WB Mike Horton, Tyler. The installing officers were: WB Gene Holman, Jr. Master; WB Carl Diamond, Marshal; MW Ron Stites, Secretary; and WB Byron Simmons, Chaplain.
The 2021 Officers of Long Pine Lodge No. 136 were installed on Saturday, January 19, 2021.
Pictured left to right: WBro. James Taylor – Marshal, WBro. Phil Brown – Senior Deacon, WBro. Stan Weidner – Senior Warden, WBro. Garrett Weidner – Worshipful Master, WBro. Barry Frerichs – Junior Warden, Bro. Don Coash – Junior Deacon, WBro. Terry Foxworthy – Chaplain and WBro. Alvin Benemerito – Secretary/Treasurer.
More pictures can be found at: longpinelodge.org
George W. Lininger Lodge No. 268 in Omaha held its 2021 Installation of Officers on January 19. 2021. Installed from left to right were Br. John Dart, Senior Deacon; Br. Robert Johansen, Senior Steward; Br. Mario Buda, Senior Warden; Br. Michael Precella, Chaplain; WM George “Fritz” McMullin, II; Br. Peter Haring, Junior Deacon; WB Donald Leu, Secretary/Treasurer; and Br. Nicholas Warner, Junior Warden. Absent from the photograph was the Tyler, Gregory Swinarski. Installing officers were MW Ron Stites, Master; WB Andrew Muska, Secretary; WB Matthew Briggs, Chaplain, and WB Anthony “AJ” Johnson, Marshal.
On January 17, 2021, Albert Pike Lodge No. 333 installed their 2021 officers. The 2021 officers installed were: WM Carl Simmons, Worshipful Master; B Bennie Kugler, Senior Warden; B Wayne Stuberg, Junior Warden; WB Daniel Wellendorf, Treasurer; WB Micah Evans, Secretary; WB Thomas Brummett, Chaplain; B David Carrig, Senior Deacon; B Jason Triplett, Senior Steward; WB Gary Unger, Junior Steward; and WB Steven Barchus, Tyler. The installing officers were: WB Curtis Edic, Master; MW Dean Skokan, Secretary, MW Philip Lorenzen, Chaplain; and MW John Maxell, Marshal.
The 2021 officers of Covert Lodge No. 11 were installed in a closed ceremony on January 16, 2021. Officers installed officers were: Worshipful Master, WB Edgar Flores; Senior Warden, B Tracy Willits; Junior Warden, B Tod McConahy; Treasurer, WB Armel MacDonald; Secretary, WB Bernard Hauber; Chaplain, WB Donald Mastny; Senior Deacon, B Alaric Dailey; Junior Deacon, B Curtis Hauber; Senior Steward, B Curtis Hauber; Senior Steward, B Ranilo Perez; Junior Steward, B Alex Hankins; and Tyler, B David Thompson. Installing officers were: Master, MW Ron Stites; Secretary, Chaplain, WB Michael Donham; WB Thomas Brummett; and Marshal, WB Alvin Benemerito.
Brother Nicoli Wynne of Capital Lodge No. 3 is pictured with Deputy Grand Master Jim Carlton, who presented him with a Grand Master Proficiency Coin of Excellence for his performance of the Answers in the Master Mason Q&A on January 14, 2021. Brother Nicoli demonstrated proficiency just one month after being raised, and performed the Answers in the following brother’s degree in a flawless manner. Brother Wynne is proudly displaying all three of the Coins he has earned.
On January 12, 2021, Lincoln Lodge No. 19 performed an Entered Apprentice degree and initiated Antonio Soto as the newest member of their lodge.
The Installation of Officers of Jachin Lodge No. 146 in Holdrege was held on January 12th. Worshipful Master John Konzack was installed by W.B. Delmar Jones, Grand Custodian and W.B. Kevin Johnson Apprentice Custodian.
Before November 2020, we received a request from a Masonic brother, who is deployed, for a Christmas package for his unit. He specifically asked for Shemagh scarves, which are approved for military use but are not military issue. The scarves protect our military personnel from the blowing sand and can also serve as a mask.
At their respective November stated meetings, Covert Lodge No. 11 and Trinity Chapter No. 299 OES requested donations and agreed to team up and purchase 50 of these scarves. We also purchased allowable treats and shipped all these items to the unit. This project was completed in 4 weeks. Any donations received in excess of the expense for this project were to be donated to the Nebraska Grand Lodge Masonic Veterans Partnership.
Packages were delivered to the brother’s unit on the week of Thanksgiving. At Covert’s December stated meeting, Covert brethren voted to add funds to the excess received for the project and donated an even $200 to the Masonic Veterans Partnership.
In gratitude for the efforts, the military unit arranged for Trinity Chapter and Covert Lodge each to receive a Certificate and a US Flag.
These will be on display at West Omaha Masonic Center. We thank all who contributed to make this endeavor successful.
In top left picture: Edgar Flores, Worshipful Master of Covert Lodge No. 11 and Ranilo Perez, Worthy Patron of Trinity Chapter No. 299 OES. (Brother Ranilo is also Senior Steward of Covert Lodge No. 11.)
In top right picture: Maril Hauber, Worthy Matron of Trinity Chapter No. 299 OES and Bernie Hauber, Secretary of Covert Lodge No. 11.
Hickman Lodge No. 256 and Bellevue Lodge No. 325 are the third and fourth Nebraska lodges in the last year to join the Society of Washington Lodges. Both lodges received a portrait of Washington wearing his Masonic apron as well as jewels for the Masters and Wardens from the George Washington Masonic National Memorial of Washington in his Masonic apron.
The lodges are now listed on a plaque outside a replica lodge room at the Memorial where Washington served as Master along with 47 other lodges from across the nation that are members of the Society.
Their donations help to inform tens of thousands of annual visitors about Washington and his membership in Freemasonry.
Lodges desiring more information about joining the Society of Washington Lodges may contact M.W.Bro. Russ Reno at 402-617-4039, or complete a form online at: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1268/2219/files/swl_fill.pdf?14.
Pictured above left: Memorial Ambassador Brian Goninan, left, and Master Anthony Canada with Hickman Lodge’s portrait of Washington.
Pictured above right: Brothers of Bellevue Lodge with their portrait of Washington in Masonic regalia.