Brother Solomon Dextator-Morenberg of Rob Morris Lodge No. 46 in Kearney received the full form challenge coin for his outstanding work in all three degrees. Pictured are his Dad Paul Dextator-Morenberg; Coach Kevin Johnson; Bro. Solomon; Grand Custodian Delmar Jones; and Grand Junior Warden Alex Straatmann. Immediately following the passing of his exam in the Masters Degree, he turned in his first petition for a new candidate.
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Brother Gary Maes of Waterloo Lodge No. 102 in Elkhorn put on an amazing display of proficiency by giving the answers in Q&A for both the Fellow Craft and Master Mason degrees during the business meeting of the lodge. Pictured are Grand Senior Warden Jim Carlton, who awarded the Grand Master’s Full Form Proficiency Excellence Coins for Gary’s performance; Brother Maes; and Worshipful Master Roger Moore.
Members of Rob Morris Lodge No. 146 in Kearney travelled to Ogallala on August 6, 2019 to present the Sonny Eatmon Traveling Gavel to members of the Ogalalla Lodge No. 159.
The Traveling Gavel was presented as a gift to the Grand Lodge by the Family of Past Grand Master James L. “Sonny” Eatmon, (GM 1992) in 2005. W.B. John Ferguson handcrafted this beautiful wood gavel and case in honor of his father-in-law. The gavel or wood maul was commissioned as the James L. “Sonny” Eatmon Traveling Gavel on February 3, 2006.
Symbolic of the operative craft working as Masons in the construction of Ancient Monumental Edifices and the intricate detail of ornamentation, it is appropriate that this gavel or wood maul work in our lodges to demonstrate leadership and concern to the fine details of fellowship among our speculative craft and thus encourage visitations among our lodges and brethren.
This gavel departs Annual Communication each year with the lodge of the new Grand Master. It is the responsibility of at least four brethren, of which at least two must be officers of that lodge, to visit another lodge within 30 days and to carry and deposit the gavel to the visited lodge. That lodge will then hold the same obligation of visiting and depositing the gavel in another lodge within 30 days.
On August 2, 201, the Nebraska Grand Lodge Officers traveled to Columbus to perform the time honored Cornerstone Ceremony for the Columbus Police and Fire Department Building that was arranged by Lebanon Lodge No. 323. Prior to the ceremony, Lebanon Lodge was opened for a special communication during which M.W. Bob Moninger declared open an occasional lodge for the purpose of symbolically laying the two cornerstones. Following lunch all proceeded to the cornerstone location that was attended by more than 100 citizens of Columbus and surrounding communities.
The cornerstones were covered by News Channel Nebraska, Platte Valley Region. Their coverage can be viewed at https://plattevalley.newschannelnebraska.com/story/40872075/cornerstones-dedicated-for-new-police-and-fire-stations. The text of the article is provided below.
Friday afternoon saw a centuries-old ceremony performed in Columbus to dedicate the new police and fire stations.
Friday, August 2nd 2019, 6:46 PM CDT by Alex Loroff
Updated: Friday, August 2, 2019, 7:43 PM CDT
COLUMBUS – Friday afternoon saw a centuries-old ceremony performed in Columbus to dedicate the new police and fire stations.
The two stones for the buildings were purchased and inscribed by Lebanon Lodge 323 of Columbus, and the ceremony was conducted by the Grand Lodge of Freemasons in Nebraska. Former Grand Master of the Grand Lodge Philip Lorenzen spoke to attendees about the historical significance and tradition behind the cornerstone.
“In ancient times, buildings were plumed, squared, and leveled by stone masons, ” Lorenzen said. “A cornerstone was the starting point for every edifice, and if not set perfectly, the quality of the entire structure would be flawed and imperfect, and would not serve a long and useful life. Since a cornerstone is perfectly hewn, it is symbolic of the quality of these facilities, and the level of service they and their leaders will provide throughout the years of usage of these facilities.”
Each cornerstone also concealed steel capsules, which contained mementos from each department. Police Chief Chuck Sherer says the CPD’s capsule included historical records of the department, patches, business cards, badges, and other memorabilia. Fire Chief Dan Miller said the CFD’s capsule contained photographs of the current firefighters and VFD members, as well as rosters and badges of personnel.
Mayor Jim Bulkley spoke at the ceremony, and discussed how the two facilities showcase the dedication that both the City of Columbus and residents how towards high-quality public safety.
“This is a reality because we presented it to the people, we put it to a vote of the people, and it passed overwhelmingly, and I think in Columbus we can be proud of what we get from the police and fire departments, they are among the best anywhere you could want,” Bulkley said. “This is a facility to let them work in an environment that they deserve, and I think that everybody in the community would expect that, and welcome that.” Both the new police and fire stations are still under construction, but both projects are on track to be finished by the end of the year.
Members of Mid-West Lodge No. 317 in Hastings met in Minden on Sunday, July 7th to present W.B. Arthur S. Dye with his 65-Year Membership Pin. Also present were his wife Helen, 4 of their 5 children and spouses. Worshipful Brother Art served as a Deputy Grand Custodian for 50 years (1964-2014), received the Grand Master’s Humanitarian Award in 2002, and Secretary of the Year Award in 2006. W.B. Art passed on Monday, July 8th at the age of 95; well done good and faithful servant and Brother.
Three Nebraska Grand Lodge Officers – R.W. Jim Carlton, R.W. Ron Stites, and W. John Ferguson – attended the July 18-20 Rocky Mountain Masonic Conference in Denver, Colorado. Topics of presentation by the nine member jurisdictions ranged from “Education and Entertainment Outside the Masonic Lodge”, to “Social Media Etiquette for Masons”, to “Buildings or Electronic – What Will Lodges Look Like In 20, 30, 100 Years”. Pictured making Nebraska’s presentation “Integration of Masonic Youth Groups – More Than Attending Meetings” is the Grand Senior Warden R.W. Jim Carlton.
It was a sweltering summer evening with the heat index at 114 degrees on Thursday, July 18th, but 14 Brethren of Olive Branch Lodge No. 274 and two guests attended an outdoor Lodge meeting at the farm of Doug and Christine Morgan near Walthill. Prior to Lodge opening, everyone was all treated to New York Strips grilled over a wood fire and numerous other side dishes. (The dog kennel was empty). A request for Dispensation to move the Lodge Charter to the Farm was approved by MW Bob Moninger.