Monthly Archives: February 2021
Plattsmouth Lodge No. 6 initiated their newest member, Ata Rodgers, on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Pictured from left to right: Worshipful Master Matthew Hullett, Bro. Ata Rodgers, Bro. Dennis Newman (who conferred the degree), and Grand Junior Steward WBro. Eric BenSalah.
Brother Clare Sward, a member of Alliance Lodge No. 183, and now living in Lincoln, was awarded his 75-Year Pin on February 25. Brother Clare was also presented with the Bronze Jordan Medal Pin, recognizing him as the brother with the longest standing Masonic membership in his lodge. Presenting the awards were M.W. Jim Carlton, Grand Master, and M.W. Russ Reno, Past Grand Master. M.W. Russ is also a member of Alliance Lodge.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, a member of Waterloo Lodge No. 102 earned his Entered Apprentice Proficiency Coin. Fellow Craft Mason Jason Sullivan, pictured center, previously earned the FC Proficiency Coin. He is pictured with Worshipful Master Gary Maes, left, and Tyler Loontjer, Grand Senior Steward and Deputy Grand Custodian, at right.
On Tuesday, February 16th, John J. Mercer Lodge No. 290 in Omaha initiated a new Brother, Joe Lord. Mercer Lodge was supported by many visiting brethren from Plattsmouth Lodge No. 6, Capitol Lodge No. 3 and George W. Lininger Lodge No. 268.
Front row/floor (L to R): Jesus Sanchez (EA), WB John Herbolsheimer, Josh Anderson (EA), Zack Powell, WB Matthew Hullett, Corey Hainline; First step (L to R): WB Ben Zaayer, Joe Lord (EA), WB John Dimon; Second step (L to R): WB Eric BenSalah, WB Roger Manley, Michael Barnes, Celio Santos; Third step: Christian Soseman.
The Iron Nobles of Sesostris Shrine held their first fundraiser in almost a year. The tenth annual pancake feed was held on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021. They had an amazing turnout and estimate there were about 210 people through the door, including a lot of non-Shrine-Masons.
KLKN-TV Channel 8 in Lincoln interviewed Bryan Grove, Captain of the Iron Nobles, on Friday, February 12, and then came out as a follow up during the event on February 14. Bryan believes that the advance news story helped with attendance and getting people other than Shrine-Masons interested in the event. The news coverage can be seen here: https://www.klkntv.com/sesostris-shrine-pancake-feed-raising-money-for-children/
On February 10, 2021, Mizpah Lodge No. 302 raised Garrett Price to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. He also earned the Grand Master’s Fellow Craft Proficiency Coin for Excellence.
Brothers Patrick Drake and Levi Escobar of Frank Welch Lodge No. 75 in Sidney were each awarded with Grand Master’s Excellence in Proficiency Coins in all three degrees. They both demonstrated proficiency just one month after receiving their Masters Degree.
Worshipful Brother Carl Lewis, Past Master of Centennial Lodge No. 326, was congratulated on his proficiency in early 2020 and earned the Grand Master’s Proficiency Coin. Pictured are M.W. Ron Stites, W.B. Carl Lewis and M.W. Jim Carlton, Grand Master.
York Lodge No. 56 held its annual installation of officers. Grand Historian WB Kevin Scheele served as Installing Master, with WB Robert Rhodes of Utica Lodge No. 96 as Installing Marshal. Congratulations to the officers and Brethren of York Lodge No. 56! Pictured are WM Fran Crowe and WB Scheele.