Monthly Archives: November 2018

Morning Coffee Call held in Norfolk

A Wednesday morning Coffee Call and Ribbon Cutting was held at Mosaic Lodge No. 55 in Norfolk with the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. Grand Chaplain Charlie Odorizzi made a brief presentation about Freemasonry to the guests from the community and the brethren.

2018.1128.NorfolkCoffeeCallPictured are Charlie Odorizzi, WM Marcus Bond, and Brother Kevin McMahon with members of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.

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Posted by on November 30, 2018 in Random Thoughts


Fellow Craft in Wahoo earns Grand Master’s Coin

On Saturday, November 24, 2018, Grand Master Patrick Barger and Grand Chaplain Charlie Odorizzi traveled to Wahoo Lodge No. 59 to hear Fellow Craft Steven Holst recite the full-form answers for the degree to earn the Grand Master’s Fellow Craft Coin. The performance was well done and the Grand Master was pleased to present the coin to Steven.


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Posted by on November 27, 2018 in Random Thoughts


Thanksgiving at Florence Tower

Members had a great time serving Thanksgiving dinner on November 22nd at the Florence Tower! Happy Thanksgiving to all! Left to right: WB Jerome MicCowin of Anchor Lodge, WB David Kipp of Florence Lodge, Brother Ramon Rocha of Florence Lodge, WB Charlie Odorizzi, Brother Russell Matthews of Nat Hunter Lodge, and Chief Rabban Mike Gardner of Tangier Shrine.


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Posted by on November 26, 2018 in Random Thoughts


Area Meetings held throughout the State

The Grand Lodge Area Meetings have wrapped up around the state. The meetings are held each year to present proposed legislation for the upcoming Annual Communication and to allow the Grand Lodge officers to discuss topics of interest with the lodge members.

2018.1107.TekamahStitesR.W. Grand Senior Warden Ron Stites facilitated a large area meeting on Nov 7 at Tekamah 31.

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Posted by on November 8, 2018 in Random Thoughts



Happy Veteran’s Day from the Grand Lodge of Nebraska! Lincoln held its first Veteran’s Parade Saturday morning, November 3rd. The Grand Lodge proudly assembled an entry to show support and gratitude for veterans at this community event. Masons carrying a banner designed for the occasion walked the parade route from Lincoln High School down K Street and in front of the north steps of State Capitol. Grand Orator Kevin Scheele followed in a truck pulling the Grand Lodge trailer, which is wrapped with impressive graphics promoting Masonry. The entry was coordinated by WBs Myron Coleman and Keith Simonsen. Michelle Fulmer, Grand Lodge Office Manager, also participated in the parade by walking as a member of the Blue Star Mothers group.

Nebraska Freemasons have long shown support for veterans through various programs. In 2010, we collected Change for the Troops.  Phone cards were purchased for Nebraska military personnel deployed to the Middle East. Most recently the program has transitioned to the Masonic Veterans Partnership (MVP), which has donated funds to the Disabled American Veterans. These donations were used to purchase vehicles for transporting veterans to and from Veterans Administration hospitals.

Another very unique Masonic event is scheduled in honor of Veterans Day. Grand Master Patrick Barger will be reconvening Swisher Lodge to raise some of the Masons initiated in Afghanistan in 2011. These men will be traveling from all parts of the world to finish what was started in the War Zone six years ago. The degrees and a Grog Bowl will both be held on November 10th beginning at 3:00 pm at Bellevue Lodge No. 325.

MWB President Harry Truman once said “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” Many Masons have served our nation’s military with courage and an unbeatable determination—for that we are truly grateful. Thank you to all veterans for your service!

Submitted by WB Kevin Scheele, Grand Orator; Photos by Michelle Fulmer


Posted by on November 6, 2018 in Random Thoughts


York Lodge No. 56 Honors Members with Year Pin Ceremony

W.B. Kevin Scheele, Grand Orator, had the pleasure of presenting three year pins at York Lodge No. 56 on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Brethren and guests enjoyed a dinner served by members of the lodge. Following dinner and dessert, all present entered the lodge room for the presentation ceremonies. The honorees included Bro. Larry Harding, a 50-year Mason, and  Bro. Fred Branz and Bro. Vic Michel celebrated 65 years in Masonry. W.B. Scheele felt especially honored to present the two 65-year pins, as Bro. Branz is a neighbor of his and Bro. Michel is the current Bronze Jordan Medal holder for York Lodge No. 56. Unable to attend the ceremonies were Bro. Ben Kohl (25 years) and Bro. Jack Moomey (50 years). Congratulations to each of these Brothers for their combined 255 years of dedication to Masonry!

Left picture: Vic Michel and his wife; Fred Branz and his wife; and Grand Orator Kevin Scheele.  Right picture: Larry Harding and his wife with Grand Orator Kevin Scheele.

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Posted by on November 2, 2018 in Random Thoughts