A pasture lodge that was jointly hosted by by Zion Lodge No. 234 in Hyannis and Seneca Lodge No. 284 in Thedford was held on Sept. 14 in Thedford. The pasture lodge was held south of Seneca, NE on land owned by Brother Kyle Haake. There were 25 Brothers in attendance, including Most Worshipful Grand Master Dennis Rix and Grand Marshal WB Kevin Lindly. Brethren from several Lodges were represented including Fremont No. 15, Platte Valley No. 32, Custer No. 148, Minnekadusa No. 192, Zion No. 234 and Seneca No. 284. During the meeting, the Brethren of both lodges unanimously decided to make the pasture lodge an annual occurrence. After Lodge was closed and the lodge furnishings loaded up, there was no indication we had been there other than our vehicle tracks. We retired to the building site about 1/2 mile away and were treated to an excellent meal and great fellowship.
Students in the Omaha area Grand Lodge Personal Proficiency Class display their certificates of individual proficiency in the Fellow Craft Degree. Left to right are Dan Marr, Chuck Sohm, Bernie Hauber, Hal Cottrell, Mark Westadt, and Matt Vandergriff. These brothers are on track to earning their complete individual proficiency during 2016.
Today was Prince Hall Americanism Day and Installation of Prince Hall Grand Lodge Officers at the Masonic Hall located at 24th and Ames Ave. in Omaha. Pictured above is M.W.B. Rodney L. Wheeler Sr., Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska and M.W.B. Dennis E. Rix, Grand Master of the Most Worshipful, the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Nebraska.
M.W. Bruce Baker, Past Grand Master, presented the Bronze Jordan Medal to Lloyd Brownlee at his home in Lincoln on September 9, 2016 on behalf of Mid-West Lodge No. 317. Brother Lloyd did his work in less than a week during WW2.
Pictured left to right are M.W. Baker, Bro. Lloyd Brownlee and his cousin Bro. Ronald Ferguson who is also the Bronze Jordan Metal holder for his lodge, Union Lodge No. 287 in Palmyra.
The 15th Annual Masonic Charities Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Nebraska, was held on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the North Bend Golf Course. The tournament hosted 112 golfers who attended to support the charities. The tournament raised $19,750 to be split among the three charities: The Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont and the Nebraska Masonic Foundation. Golfers also enjoyed the company of and golfing with Husker legends Jerry Murtaugh, John O’Leary, TJ O’Leary, Jake Wesch and others. A live auction featuring Husker memorabilia was very successful.
We would like to thank the golfers who participated, the numerous volunteers who helped with the tournament, including Brothers of North Bend, Fremont and other neighboring lodges, Steve Strauss and Kragh Johnson for a wonderful meal, the North Bend Golf Course and the Grand Lodge golf tournament committee. Don “Pete” Peterson, Co-Chairman, was instrumental in raising such a large sum for the charities this year.
W.B. Troy Myers, Past Master of Cotner Lodge No. 297 and member of the Masonic Relief committee organized an effort to supply manpower for a concession stand in the new east upper deck of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE for all of the Husker home games. The ideal crew size is eight, but the concession company employees fill in when short of volunteer workers. The money contributed per week is based on the number of volunteers working that day. Call Troy Myers to reserve a spot before the next home game, then come to Lincoln, get parked, and show up at the West doors of Cook Pavilion. The friendly folks will look at your photo ID, record your name, and fit you with a wrist band and vendor badge. You will then be walked to the concession stand, and shown all you need to know to feed the greatest football fans ever! It’s a great time and a chance to aid and support a fallen brother. There’s even a free Runza sandwich or a Fairbury hot dog in it for you! Call Troy today!
Most Worshipful Master Dennis Rix presented a 50-year pin to Worshipful Brother Eric Siburg at the Bellevue Lodge No. 325 Membership Night on September 7. Looking on is Carolyn Siburg. Following the dinner, the Grand Master was formally received and delivered remarks at the regular communication of the Lodge. The Siburgs traveled from their residence in Arizona to attend the dinner and to take in some Nebraska football games.