Monthly Archives: September 2016

Shiloh Lodge Hosts Ladies at the Table

Shiloh Lodge No. 327 in Omaha held a Ladies at the Table on Wednesday, September 28. The event was attended by Prince Hall Grand Master Rodney Wheeler, John Furstenberg of the Omaha Home for Boys, Deputy Grand Master Rick Myers and his lady Marsha, as well as Tangier Potentate Charlie Marchand and his lady Connie, many Grand Lodge Officers from Prince Hall, and Nebraska Past Grand Masters John Maxell, Ivan Vrtiska and Charlie Amidon.

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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Random Thoughts


Year Pins in York


York Lodge No. 56 held their annual awards dinner for 50 & 60 year pin recipients on September 27, 2016. Grand Junior Deacon Jim Carlton presented a 60-year pin to Brother Norm Williams (left) and a 50-year pin to Brother Tommy Toms (right).

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Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Random Thoughts


First Responders Honored in Norfolk


Beulah Chapter #40, Order of the Eastern Star of Norfolk, honored the First Responders by inviting them to the Norfolk Masonic Family annual pancake feed Saturday, September 24th at the Masonic Center.  First Responders were given free tickets to the pancake feed.   First Responders from the Norfolk Fire Department, Hadar Fire Department and the Norfolk Police Department attended.

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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in Random Thoughts


Pasture Lodge in Thedford

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.

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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Random Thoughts


Omaha Class Participants Earn Fellow Craft Proficiency

20160918.Proficiency.jpgStudents 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.

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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Random Thoughts


Installation of Prince Hall Grand Officers


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.

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Posted by on September 18, 2016 in Random Thoughts


Bronze Jordan Medal Presentation

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.
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Random Thoughts


15th Annual Masonic Charities Golf Tournament a Rolling Success!

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.


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Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Random Thoughts


Concession Stand Crew Supports Masonic Relief Fund

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!


Paul Myers, Dennis Rix, Nan Rix, Troy Myers, and Aimee Taylor are ready to serve hungry Husker fans to help grow the Masonic Relief Fund


Troy Myers and his Dad, Paul Myers

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Posted by on September 11, 2016 in Random Thoughts


Bellevue Lodge Membership Night


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.

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Posted by on September 8, 2016 in Random Thoughts