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Spreading Christmas Cheer

Members and friends of Hickman Lodge No. 256 in Lincoln recently spent some time making Christmas items that will be donated to residents of The Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth and the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont.

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Posted by on December 14, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Grand Master's Proficiency Coin Presented at Fremont 15

by Charlie Odorizzi, Deputy Grand Custodian

On Tuesday, December 3rd, I had the honor of listening to Brother Zane Zentic of Fremont Lodge No. 15 demonstrate his proficiency in the Entered Apprentice degree, and presented him with a Grand Master’s Full Form Excellence in Proficiency Coin. He was near flawless! Both Zane and M.W. Dennis Rix spent a lot of time together working on Zane’s proficiency, and their efforts showed. Congratulations to Zane and Fremont Lodge on such an outstanding job!

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Left to right: Worshipful Master Pete Rix, Charlie Odorizzi, Brother Zane Zentic and M.W. Dennis Rix, Past Grand Master

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Posted by on December 5, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Lodge Leadership Seminars Conducted Around the State

On Wednesday, November 20th, Lodge Leadership Seminars were conducted in Elkhorn, Lincoln and Broken Bow. A fourth seminar that was to be held in Alliance had to be postponed due to weather. The seminars were conducted by Past Grand Masters Rick Myers (Elkhorn), Tom Hauder (Lincoln) and Joe McBride (Broken Bow). The Seminars were focused on giving newly elected officers and members the tools they will need to successfully lead their lodges. They addressed desired attributes of a lodge leader, what is leadership, motivation and involving new and longtime brothers, importance of long range planning, budgeting, conduct of meetings, plan for recruiting, fellowship, and communication. Approximately 50 members attended the Seminars.

Waterloo Lodge No. 102 hosted the Lodge Leadership Seminar in Elkhorn. The Seminar was attended by 23 Masons from 8 lodges and included the Deputy Grand Master and Grand Senior Warden.
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Posted by on November 21, 2019 in Random Thoughts


EA Challenge Coin Earned by Member of Mercer Lodge

Grand Senior Warden Jim Carlton awarded a Grand Master’s Entered Apprentice Challenge Coin to Brother Celio Santos for his nearly perfect performance in Questions and Answers at John J. Mercer Lodge No. 290 in Omaha on November 12. Also pictured is Senior Warden Eric BenSalah, who conferred the Fellow Craft degree that followed.

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Posted by on November 14, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Lincoln Veterans Parade

It was a beautiful day for a parade on Saturday, November 09, 2019. Fourteen members representing six lodges walked in the Lincoln Veterans Parade. The parade began at the Lincoln High School parking lot and traveled west to the State Capitol. Lodges represented were Lincoln 19, Western Star 2, Cotner 297, Liberty 300, Hickman 256, John J Mercer 290, and Craftsmen 314. Special thanks to our parade chairman, Myron Coleman, of Craftsmen 314.

This was the second year for the Lincoln Veterans Parade. The weather was beautiful and more than ten times the amount of spectators showed up to watch the parade over last year’s numbers. The parade is organized by the Cornhusker Chapter of the Marines Corps League. The group hopes to have continued success with the parade in the years to come.

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Posted by on November 13, 2019 in Random Thoughts


Last of the Area Meetings held on October 30 in Omaha

V.W. John Herbolsheimer, Grand Chaplain, is shown leading the last of the 2019 Nebraska Grand Lodge Area Meetings on October 30, 2019 at the Omaha Scottish Rite Masonic Center.  George W. Lininger Lodge No. 268 hosted the Meeting and served a delicious stew, salad, and bread prior to the Meeting.

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Posted by on November 4, 2019 in Random Thoughts


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