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Nebraska Masonic Blood Drive Challenge

Just because we can’t gather as a Lodge doesn’t mean we can’t practice our Masonry and support our communities! Together we can make a difference!

All blood collection organizations are in need of donors whether it be small community hospitals or areas served by the Nebraska Community Blood Bank or the American Red Cross. In April, cancelled blood drives in Lincoln and Omaha alone will account for 1,500 pints of needed blood that cannot be collected!

The contest will have two categories: Greater Nebraska and Omaha vs. Lincoln, and will run April 1 through May 31. Members and their families and friends are eligible to participate. Information on the contest and how to make your donations count can be seen here.

At the conclusion of the Challenge, the Lodge with the most donations statewide will receive an award for their Lodge. There will also be a “Best of Lincoln”, “Best of Omaha” and “Best of Greater Nebraska” award.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this important service to our communities and look forward to a successful blood drive!

Sincerely and Fraternally,

M.W. Ronald Stites, Grand Master

We must emphasize that you should CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to donate blood.

f you have any questions, comments or need help with this project, please contact MWB Thomas Hauder, who will be coordinating this effort.

PH: 402-304-0137              Email:

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Posted by on March 30, 2020 in Random Thoughts


A message from the Grand Master about COVID-19

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Posted by on March 18, 2020 in Random Thoughts


“Capture the Gavel” Contest in Lincoln

Myron Coleman, Past Master of Craftsmen Lodge No. 314 in Lincoln, created a fun contest among the Lincoln Lodges where a traveling gavel is used and members of other lodges must visit to try to “capture the gavel” from the current lodge holding it.

This isn’t your Grandfather’s “Traveling Gavel”!  This is a 7-pound replica of “Mjölner” or Thor’s Hammer.  At least three brothers of a lodge have to travel to Lodges in Lincoln to capture the gavel.  At the end of the day, the Lodge with the most members present at that function will be able to take the gavel home to their lodge for a time.

The rules of the contest:

  1. This contest is for Lodges located in Lincoln, NE.  Future contests will likely include the rest of the state, but the trial is in Lincoln.
  2. You must travel to other Lodges with your Brethren and attend Lodge events.  Any Lodge function will be acceptable, except practice sessions.  For example: business meetings, degrees, fundraisers, Ladies at the Table, Past Masters Night, etc  – would all be acceptable times to capture the gavel.
  3. A minimum of three members is required to capture the gavel.   If more than one lodge is present, the lodge with the most members present will win the battle.  If there is a tie in regards to members present, the lodge with the most officers present will win the tie.  If officers-present is unable to break the tie, the oldest subordinate lodge will win the battle.
  4. Multiple Membership Rule – if a Brother holds multiple memberships which include the Lodge in possession of the gavel, he must be disqualified from the member/officer count of the visiting Lodge trying to capture the gavel.
  5. Prior to the victor leaving a Lodge with the gavel, they must post the spoils (their crew holding the gavel) to the designated Facebook group (2020 Lincoln (NE) Lodges – Capture the Gavel).  Failure to do so will result in an immediate revocation of the gavel. 
  6. 60-day Rule – if a Lodge has possession of the gavel for more than 59 days, they are required to present the gavel to the next closest Lodge that hasn’t had the gavel.
  7. If we are able to get this gavel to all 12 Lodges in Lincoln before March 1st of 2021, the creator will purchase another gavel and the contest will run again.
  8. As the “Host Lodge”, Craftsmen Lodge No. 314 has the final say on all matters relating to the contest.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, was the first opportunity for a visiting lodge to “capture the gavel” from Craftsman Lodge No. 314. Liberty Lodge No. 300 had 4 members in attendance for the business meeting and took the gavel home.

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Posted by on March 11, 2020 in Random Thoughts


Training Held for GW Memorial Ambassadors

Grand Master Ron Stites dropped in on training for the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Ambassadors held Saturday and Sunday, February 29 & March 1 in Lincoln. Look for them to visit lodges across the state with programs about George Washington and the Memorial built by Masons to honor the Father of our country. Attending were, left, WB Brian Goninan, RWB John Millington, MWB Phil Lorenzen, WB Kevin Lindly, WB Wayne Vian, WB Delmar Jones, WB Jock Faris, WB Charlie Odorizzi, MWB Russ Reno, and MWB Ron Stites.

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Posted by on March 2, 2020 in Random Thoughts


Ritual Work at Rob Morris in Kearney

Rob Morris passed its newest Fellow Craft Mason on February 26, 2020. Louis Doxtator-Morenberg is pictured with the Brothers of Rob Morris Lodge No. 46 in Kearney.
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Posted by on March 2, 2020 in Random Thoughts