Monthly Archives: October 2019

Cornerstone Ceremony Performed in Scottsbluff

The Masonic Grand Lodge of Nebraska performed the Cornerstone Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Western Nebraska Community College main building in Scottsbluff.

College administration, students and the community were present to witness the ceremony as the Grand Lodge Officers performed the ceremony. The cornerstone was hosted by Robert W. Furnas Lodge No. 265.

An article by Lauren Brant of the Scottsbluff Star-Herald can be seen here: .

A video of the ceremony by KNEB TV on YouTube can be viewed here:

Most Worshipful Bob Moninger is shown bringing greetings to the Brethren of Robert W. Furnas Lodge No. 265 on October 24, 2019.  The Grand Lodge Officers were in Scottsbluff to conduct a cornerstone ceremony arranged and planned by Robert W. Furnas Lodge for the renovation to the administrative building of the Western Nebraska Community College Campus.  (picture by Ron Stites, DGM)

Pictures courtesy of Scottsbluff Star-Herald.

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Posted by on October 25, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Year Pin presented in Burwell

On October 10, 2019, Grand Master Bob Moninger presented a 50-year pin to W.B. Howard Fairbairn for Solar Lodge No. 134 in Clarks. Brother Howard was raised in Clarks, and took a dual membership with Blazing Star Lodge No. 200 in Burwell in 2008, where he has served as Secretary of the lodge for nine years. W.B. Howard is also the chairman of the Grand Lodge Office Committee.

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Posted by on October 23, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Joint Grand Lodge Social Gathering

On Sunday, October 20th, the Grand Lodge Officers and Past Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Nebraska and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska held a joint social gathering at Cascia’s in Omaha. The Grand Lodges plan a joint social gathering each year for fun and fellowship. The two Nebraska Grand Lodges were the first regular and Prince Hall Grand Lodges in the United States to extend full reciprocal Masonic recognition to each other in February 1990.

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Posted by on October 23, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Year Pins Presented in St Paul

On Thursday, October 17th, members of St. Paul Lodge No. 82 were honored for their dedication to Masonry with their 60-year pins. Members receiving the pins were M.W. Donald E. Rasmussen, W.B. Stanley J. Edwards and W.B. James Ross. The presentations were made by Grand Junior Warden Alex Straatmann and Personal Rep of the Grand Master Wayne Vian.

Standing Left to right: R.W. Alex Straatmann, W.B. Stanley Edwards, M.W. Don Rasmussen, and W.B. Wayne Vian; Seated: W.B. James Ross.

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Posted by on October 21, 2019 in Random Thoughts


College View Raises New Member

On 16 October 2019, College View Lodge raised Brother Caid Blees to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. W.B. Tom Anderson conferred the degree as Worshipful Master, with W.M. Curt Wolbert as Senior Warden, W.B. Byron Van Patten as Junior Warden, W.B. Jairo Cabieles as Treasurer, W.B. Doug Johnson as Secretary, W.B. Paul Hadley as Chaplain, W.B. Grady Wells (Olive Branch Lodge No. 274) as Senior Deacon, Brother Scott Buck Jr. as Junior Deacon, Brother Sean Bush as Senior Steward, W.B. Chuck Burk as Junior Steward, and W.B. Jim Michaelson (East Lincoln Lodge No. 210) as Tyler. W.B. Doug Johnson and W.M. Curt Wolbert gave the Questions and Answers lecture, W.B. Jim Michaelson gave the 2nd lecture, and W.B. Bruce Watkins gave the 3rd lecture and issued the Charge.

Thanks go out to all of the brethren who came together this evening to bring a brother into the fraternity.

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Posted by on October 17, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Widows Sons Members Visit The Nebraska Masonic Home

On Sunday, October 13, the Widows Sons of Memento Mori Chapter rode from Lincoln to Plattsmouth to visit The Nebraska Masonic Home. Mary Russell, Executive Director of The Home, gave them a very warm welcome, an excellent lunch and an eye opening tour of the facilities. The Chapter members commented on what a fantastic facility The Home is, and that the grounds are beautiful and the architecture is stunning. The Chapter members are very proud to raise money for The Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, as well as the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont. The Widows Sons “are Masons first, bikers second, and have a passion for the Craft.”

Bryan Grove, Chapter Secretary, said of the facility, “As a full-time registered nurse, I’ve been in many long-term care facilities.  I can proudly say this facility was the best kept, clean and organized long-term care I’ve seen. Interactive staff and knowledge of the facility are some of the few words I can say about Mary and her staff.”

One of the residents decided she wanted to go for a motorcycle ride. She had a great time, and a smile a mile wide.

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Posted by on October 16, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Fellow Craft Coin Presented in Springfield

Brother Joe Smith, a Fellow Craft Mason in Springfield Lodge No. 112 earned the Grand Master’s Fellow Craft Coin for Excellence in the full form proficiency. The coin was presented by Grand Chaplain John Herbolsheimer. Pictured are Brother Joe Smith, W.B. Dave Larsen (WM of Springfield 112), and V.W. John Herbolsheimer.

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Posted by on October 10, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Grand Master Visits Plattsmouth Lodge

On Monday, October 7th, Grand Master Bob Moninger visited Plattsmouth Lodge No. 6, during which he presented a 50-year pin to Brother Roger Roberts. Brother Roberts is pictured with his wife Vicki and Grand Master Moninger.

Pictured below, the Plattsmouth Lodge Officers with Grand Master Bob Moninger during his lodge visitation on October 7th.  

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Posted by on October 8, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Member in Columbus Praised for Organizing Cornerstone Ceremonies

On September 11th, Grand Historian W.B. Kevin Scheele visited Lebanon Lodge No. 323 in Columbus for their stated communication. Brethren enjoyed an evening of fellowship and business, opening in the Fellow Craft Degree. At the conclusion of the meeting, W.B. Scheele presented W.M. Wayne Jacobsen a pin from the Grand Master, in thanks for his efforts with the lodge members organizing the double cornerstone event for the new police and fire stations in Columbus. Congratulations again to the brethren of Lebanon Lodge No. 323 for a fine double cornerstone event!

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Posted by on October 2, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Nebraska Shrine Bowl Supports the Huskers

Grand Master Bob Moninger and his wife Pam spent some time tailgating with Ronelle and Bob Nemecek of the Shrine Bowl organization before the Husker game on Saturday, September 28. The group held a banner as the team arrived at the stadium that read “NSB Supports the Huskers.”

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Posted by on October 2, 2019 in Random Thoughts