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Donation to Veterans Shelters in Omaha and Lincoln from Nebraska Masonic Foundation and the Masonic Veterans Partnership (MVP)

On December 17, 2018, Grand Master Patrick Barger presented a $7,000.00 check from the Nebraska Masonic Foundation and the Masonic Veterans Partnership (MVP) Program to the Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System at the Omaha Veterans Hospital. The donation will be used for incidentals for Veterans Shelters in Omaha and Lincoln.

The money was donated by Masons to their lodges for the MVP Program across the State. Today’s MVP Program was originally the Change for the Troops Program initiated by Past Grand Master John T. Parsons in 2010 and the donations for the first few years were used to purchase phone calling cards for deployed members of the United States Military.

With the reduction of forces and the availability of internet communications to troops, the program was rebranded as the Masonic Veterans Partnership (MVP) Program. Since then, MVP donations have been used to purchase two Ford Flex vehicles for the Veterans Administration that are used to transport veterans to and from medical appointments.

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Shown is Grand Master Patrick Barger presenting the check to Kari Bealer, the Omaha Veterans Administration Voluntary Services Program Manager. In the photo are WB AJ Johnson, MVP Committee Chairman; Grand Chaplain Charlie Odorizzi; Grand Master Barger; Kari Bealer; Grand Senior Warden Ron Stites; and Grand Junior Warden Jim Carlton.
 
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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Random Thoughts

 

Lininger Lodge Family Golf Outing

While it may have been a bit chilly outside on Saturday, December 15th, nearly 20 brethren and family of George W. Lininger Lodge No. 268 met at the indoor Medieval Putt Golf Course in Elkhorn. The afternoon was fun and laughter filled event that all enjoyed while making their way through a medieval themed course. After the event all journeyed across the street to The Mark for appetizers and refreshments. A number of participants were overheard saying they hoped the event would continue to be an annual happening.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Random Thoughts

 

Bellevue Bell Ringers

Members of Bellevue Lodge No. 325 volunteered and spent some time ringing the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle. Pictured are Kenn Thompson, Mo Krishna, Myron Bell, Jr., Darryl Gilliard, and Carl Hansen.

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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Random Thoughts

 

Comet Lodge Christmas Banquet

Comet Lodge No. 229 in Ceresco held their annual Christmas Banquet on Friday, December 7th. There was great food, a terrific turnout, interesting programs and loads of fun.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2018 in Random Thoughts

 

Grand Lodge Officers Confer Fellow Craft Degree at Omadi Lodge No. 5

On November 6, 2018 Grand Officers on behalf of Tabula Rasa Lodge No. 332 performed courtesy work for Omadi Lodge No. 5 and conferred the Master Mason Degree on Brother Christopher David Krogh.  Grand Lodge Officers in attendance were Past Grand Master Scott Krieger, MW Patrick Barger, VW Charlie Odorizzi, RW Ron Stites, WB Kevin Scheele, WB John Millington, WB Rob King, WB Graham House, WB John Herbolsheimer, and WB David Wetrosky.  Also in attendance was Past Grand Master Charles Yates, 2014 Grand Master of Masons in Iowa, and WB David Krogh.

Brother Christopher Krogh had previously proved his Entered Apprentice long form proficiency to a Deputy Grand Custodian and following the Master Mason Degree MW Patrick Barger presented Brother Christopher Krogh with the Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft long form proficiency coins.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2018 in Random Thoughts