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Nebraska 150th Anniversary and Regalia Help Nebraska Member Spread Masonry to Others Around the State

In an effort to put in a good word for Masonry and help Nebraska celebrate its 150th birthday, Randy Dunn (and his side-kicks, Bob, the bird), a member of Olive Branch Lodge No. 274 of Walthill, NE has recently attended his 23rd celebration of the summer. He has attended celebrations from Crofton in the North to Grand Island in the South, and Lynch in the West, to Oakland in the East, with many stops in between.

Randy first began doing this to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark crossing the country in 2003-4. He gave several talks in schools and began walking in fur trader regalia, in parades to explain American History and Lewis & Clark’s connection to the Masonic Lodge. His family connection to the Lodge goes back several hundred years and he had a connection to the route because they gathered their supplies on DuBois Island near St. Louis, which was a family branch.

Most of Randy’s regalia is authentically made reproductions. However, some things, like his sharpshooters glasses, a whistle and the Springfield rifle are from the original time period. The moccasins are handmade elk in the Arapaho Indian style. The hat is beaver felt and has many lapel or hat pins connected with lodges or events he’s been in. The necklaces are made of traders beads, deer antlers, boars teeth, and badger claws, as they would have been made at the time. He wears a medicine bag given to him by an appreciative viewer. The pelts are coyote and ermine, as they would have carried at the time.

Randy’s efforts became so popular that people watching parades from various states and around the world have had pictures taken with him and he’s had the opportunity to expose Masonry, especially to younger people who may have never heard of it. Just because Nebraska’s birthday year is over, doesn’t mean his tours will stop. Randy will continue to find reason to attend celebrations around Nebraska to introduce the concepts of Masonry in his own way. For more in formation on Lewis & Clark, see The Masonic Trowel: http://www.themasonictrowel.com/masonic_talk/stb/stbs/96-12.htm.

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Randy Dunn stands in his fur trader regalia with Bob the Bird and Dusty the Cat (Randy’s favorite barn cat, who follows him everywhere on the farm and gave him the idea of an animal riding on his shoulder). Bob the Bird became popular with the younger kids on parade routes as a result and gives him an opening for discussion. Randy is a member of Olive Branch Lodge No. 274 in Walthill.

 

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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in Random Thoughts

 

Central Nebraska Pasture Lodge

 

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GM Myers, Grand Senior Warden Moninger, Grand Historian Jay Jones and Grand Marshal John Ferguson attended the Zion Lodge/Seneca Lodge event on September 13, a “Pasture Lodge”.  Brothers from both Zion and Seneca, as well as Alliance, Platte Valley and other lodges joined the fun and fellowship.  Terrific food was provided at the Matt Allen Ranch.  Thanks to the great hosts for their hard work and terrific food!

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2017 in Random Thoughts

 

Plattsmouth Lodge September Meeting

Due to the Labor Day Holiday, the September communication for Plattsmouth Lodge No. 6 was held on the first Wednesday instead of the first Monday of the month. Several brothers who normally have other commitments on Mondays were able to attend the meeting, leading to a well attended regular communication.

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Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Random Thoughts

 

Son of Past Grand Master Raised in Elkhorn

Jonathan Moats, son of Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Rex Moats, was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on September 7, 2017 in Waterloo Lodge No. 102 in Elkhorn. Several Past Grand Masters were present to assist with the conferral of the degree. Welcome to the ranks, Brother Moats.

2017.0907.MoatsMMNew Master Mason, Jonathan Moats, is congratulated by Grand Master Myers and welcomed by his father, Most Worshipful Rex. Pictured left to right are MW Reg Kuhn, MW John Parsons, MW Bruce Baker, MW Rick Myers, Grand Master, MW Dennis Rix, Brother Jonathan Moats, MW Scott Krieger, MW Rex Moats and MW Tom Hauder.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Random Thoughts

 

Awards Night in Bellevue

On Sept 6, Grand Master Rick Myers attended the Bellevue Lodge No. 325 Awards night. Here, Worshipful Master Hal Cottrell and the Grand Master congratulate two 50-year members and a 70-year member. Left to right: WM Hal Cottrell, Brother Robert Fisher-50 years, Brother Harry Francis-50 years, Brother Sedgefield Hill-70 years, and GM Rick Myers.

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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Random Thoughts

 

Masons Doing What Masons Do!

Members of Mid-West Lodge No. 317 helped W.B Larry Woods move recently. Pictured are W.B. Larry Woods, W.B. Tyson Wademan, Conner Wademan (future Brother), W.B. Bob Summers, Brother Scott Snell, and W.B. Dan Nonneman. Not pictured M.W.B. Bruce Baker (taking the picture).Midwest Move

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2017 in Random Thoughts