During the July 28th Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children’s 4-H Club Achievement Day and BBQ, MW Patrick Barger presented the 4-H’er of the year award and participated in the ribbon cutting dedication for the Home’s Padden Cottage. Following the ribbon cutting and Home provided BBQ, MW Patrick went for a ride on a mechanical bull. Once he figured how to mount the bull – with the assistance of Past Grand Masters Bruce Baker and Dennis Rix – it was a short ride and the dismount was no more graceful than the mounting. Also attending with MW Patrick were RW’s Bob Moninger, Ron Stites and Jim Carlton, and WB’s Rob King, WB Kevin Scheele and David Wetrosky. The below photos show MW Patrick presenting the Home’s Rawhide Wrangler 4-H Club of the year award to Maddie, the ribbon cutting, and MW Patrick on the mechanical bull.
Monthly Archives: July 2018
As part of the Grand Lodges’s new Reception, Retention, and Revitalization (R3) initiative, we’ve partnered with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce to support growth in our respective organizations and the community. This program is designed to be a resource for lodges in conjunction with the local Chamber of Commerce. Grand Orator Kevin Scheele organized a meeting with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Commodores, Grand Senior Warden Ron Stites, and representatives of Lebanon Lodge No. 323 at the Masonic Center in Columbus on July 24th. Fifteen Columbus Chamber Commodores were in attendance to hear about what we do and who we are as Masons in Nebraska. Picture from left to right are Grand Orator Kevin Scheele, Grand Senior Warden Ron Stites, Commodore Skipper Bud Fleischer, Worshipful Master of Lebanon Lodge Kim Severyn, and WB Wayne Jacobsen of Lebanon Lodge.
Kevin Scheele, Grand Orator, brought greetings on behalf of Grand Master Patrick Barger to the Nebraska DeMolay Conclave at the banquet and installation on July 21. Pictured are Past State Master Councilor Kyle Barchus, State Master Councilor Jacob Leeper, Grand Orator Kevin Scheele, and Executive Officer Kevin Grazier. Congratulations and best wishes to the this year’s Nebraska DeMolay State Officers!
M.W. Past Grand Master John Maxell was honored to present Brother Robert H. King, a member of Plattsmouth Lodge No. 6, with his 60 Year Award. The presentation was made at a July 13, 2018 family reunion that included Brother King’s 95th birthday. In the first picture from right to left are MW Maxell, Brother King, and RW Ronald D. Stites, Grand Senior Warden, who assisted with the presentation.
In the second picture, Brother Robert King is shown surrounded by his immediate family during the presentation of the Brother King’s 60-year Award. Brother Robert’s son Bill King is shown on the right doing the honors of pinning Brother Robert with his 60-year pin. From left to right are Brother Robert’s children who were present for the presentation and Brother Robert’s 95th birthday: Patti Olson, Steve King, Sue Lodermeier, and Bill King.
Prior to the presentation of the Grand Master’s Coin for Excellence on July 10th, M.W. Patrick Barger was received by the Master, W.B. Brian Briggs, and brethren of John J. Mercer Lodge No. 290.
MW Patrick Barger is conducted to the Altar by R.W. Charlie Odorizzi, Past Master of John J. Mercer Lodge No. 290 and Grand Chaplain, to be received.
W.B. Brian Briggs escorts M.W. Patrick Barger to the East.
On July 10th at John J. Mercer Lodge No. 290, and prior to his passing to Fellow Craft, Brother Gary Maes proved his proficiency in the Entered Apprentice Degree via the full-form Entered Apprentice Answers for proficiency. M.W. Patrick Barger stated that Brother Gary’s Prove Up was the best he had ever witnessed and praised Brother Gary for his effort and ability. While presenting Brother Gary with the Grand Master’s Coin for Excellence in reciting the full-form Entered Apprentice Answers M.W. Patrick Barger challenged him to continue his Masonic Journey with the full-form proficiency in the succeeding degrees.
Shown in the picture is the John J. Mercer Fellow Craft Degree Team, Grand Lodge Officers that attended, and the Entered Apprentice Proficient Brother Gary holding his Excellence Coin. Thank you to Brother Allen Straub for taking the picture.
On July 10th prior to a Fellow Craft Degree Conferral at John J. Mercer Lodge No. 290, M.W. Patrick Barger presented W.B. John Dimon with his Grand Lodge of Nebraska Deputy Grand Custodian’s Commission and Apron. M.W. Barger congratulated W.B. Dimon and thanked him for stepping up and becoming a Deputy Grand Custodian.