On 4 January 2014, Lady Ann and I plus several Grand Lodge officers attended the installation of WB Travis R. Bader to Worshipful Master of Mizpah Lodge No. 302. WB Travis has virtually grown up in Masonry and it was great to see him be installed as Master by his step-father WB Steve Barchus (who also raised him a Master Mason!) Good luck to WB Travis and his officers for a great 2014!
Category Archives: Lodge Visits
On 27 December, Lady Ann and I attended the Winter meeting of Sts. John Lodge at Mahoney State Park. We had a nice meal followed by presentations of two different papers.
The first presentation was by MWB John T. Parsons on the difference between F&AM and AF&AM and why it makes little difference today. (Hint: Look at your charter. It says “Free and Accepted Masons”. Now read the charter. It says AF&AM, and the Grand Lodge is styled AF&AM.)
The second presentation was made by a very new member to Lodge, Taylor Keen. Bro. Taylor is a Native American and gave us an overview of the connections between Freemasonry and Native American culture. It was one of the best talks we’ve had in some time! He is putting together a Part 2 that we will have at a future meeting.
Sts. John Lodge is a special purpose Lodge for the purpose of doing Masonic research and education. We meet twice a year, on the Sts. John days and share papers and research from the members. If you are interested in joining Sts. John Lodge, feel free to contact me.
On 18 December, RW John Maxell, WB Bob Moninger and myself had the pleasure and honor of conferring the first section of the Master Mason degree on Bro. Max Carter who is also DeMolay State Master Councilor. This is first time in 20 years that all State Master Councilors will be Master Masons by Annual Communication! Welcome Brother Max!
I also want to congratulate Mizpah Lodge for putting on a great Master degree! If you want to see a great degree, one with interest and passion and accuracy, stop by Mizpah for a Master degree sometime. They really do a great job!
On 17 December, I met with the Brothers of Magnolia Lodge No. 220 at the Masonic – Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont. The tradition at Magnolia is to visit the Home at this time of year, take the tour so the new members can learn about the Home and then enjoy a nice meal with the Director Ron and his wife Teresa. They brought their charter along and we opened Lodge in the Fremont Lodge room and took care of elections as well. A great night with some great Brothers!
Lady Ann and I had the pleasure and honor of attending the annual Christmas Event presented by Mt. Zion Commandary No. 5 in Plattsmouth today. It is a wonderful tradition that was first enjoyed almost 90 years ago at Plattsmouth. The ceremony is solemn and very apt for this time of year.
Lady Ann and I traveled to South Sioux City, NE on Saturday 7 December to visit Omadi Lodge No. 5 to spend some time with the Brothers and their wives for a bit of holiday cheer! They had great snacks, Christmas music and we quite enjoyed our time talking with everyone.
The exciting news it that Omadi Lodge is going to add on to the Lodge building in 2014! As seen in the picture below, they already have a plan and are beginning the search for a contractor. As soon as it warms up next year, they will break ground. It’s great that a Lodge is working on expanding!
On 16 November, I traveled to Western Nebraska to meet with James L. Eatmon Lodge No. 294, Robert W. Furnas Lodge No. 265, Scottsbluff Lodge No. 201 and Alliance Lodge No. 183. We met at the golf course in Gering for a nice dinner and some face to face time to discuss Masonry and how things are going in their Lodges. The evening was filled with fellowship and good information shared by the Lodges.
(On the way back on Sunday, I ran into a Western Nebraska phenomenon…the tumbleweed storm! I have never seen anything like it!)
On 14 November, I travled to Osceola Lodge No. 65 for the soup and pie supper preceding their regular business meeting. The Lodge did a great job of opening and had a good meeting with successful election of new officers for 2014.
The pie was phenomenal!
On 23 October, Lady Ann, MWB Russ Reno and I attended the annual recognition night dinner at Centennial Lodge No. 326 in Omaha. This dinner not only recognizes the Past Masters of the Lodge but also is a time to award year pins and other awards.
I had the honor of presenting Bro. James Wolfe with the Daniel Beard Scouting award. This award is given to a Mason that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the Scouts. In fact, the list of Brother Jim’s accomplishments in both Scouting and Masonry is overwhelming! He truly deserves this honor.
I also had the honor to award a 50 year pin to WB John Waden. WB John is another one of those Masons whose devotion to the Craft and accomplishments in the Craft are staggering. MWB Russ worked with WB John for many years in Job’s and was honored to be picked by WB John to put the 50 year pin on his lapel.
Great night, great food, great fellowship! Congratulations and well done, Brethren of Centennial Lodge!
On Wednesday 16 October, RW John Maxell, WB’s Bob Moninger and Patrick Barger and the GC Bruce Watkins and myself traveled to Western Star Lodge No. 2 in Nebraska City for an area meeting. The meeting was well attended and the discussions were very productive. Afterwards, we were treated to a fine Mexican meal by the Jobbies!
Western Star No. 2 has a most unique Lodge room with an old style tin ceiling with inset Masonic symbols. It’s worth the drive to Nebraska City on Lodge night to see the room!