On April 23, 2013 Custer Lodge #148 held its annual Friendship Night/Scholarship Awards Dinner. A nice crowd enjoyed a spaghetti supper prepared by Bro. George Bundy. Representing the NE Grand Lodge were Deputy Grand Master Joe McBride, Grand Marshall Bob Moninger, and Grand Junior Steward Kevin Lindly. Honored guest, Bronze Jordan Medal holder George Mandeville, told me that while home on furlough from the military on July 26, 1945, his father loaded him in their vehicle, drove him to nearby Anselmo Lodge #258 and by special dispensation granted by the NE Grand Lodge, George was initiated, passed and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on that day. He said it was a very long day. After supper DGM Joe McBride played his guitar and showed off his singing ability with a couple of songs. The short Masonic video “Freemasonry and the Fabric of America” was shown.
WM Chet Wales (1st photo) and Secretary WB Kevin Lindly presented the Custer Lodge Scholarship to Sarah Erickson, daughter of PM William Erickson. Sarah’s plans are to attend UNL and major in Music Education. The Grand Lodge/Custer Lodge Scholarship was awarded to Tjade Rodocker, son of Thayne and Trish Rodocker of Halsey, and the great-grandson of BJM holder George Mandeville. Tjade’s plans are to study Fire Science at Ft Hayes State University in Hayes, Kansas. A scholarship for the Masonic All-Star Marching Band Camp was awarded to Alec Lonowski of Holdrege, who was unable to attend the supper.