Greetings from the EastI realized recently that one-third of the year of my term as your Grand Master is completed. How quickly passes the time when you are having fun! I have enjoyed my opportunities to visit a number of lodges, special presentations, award nights, and to participate in many activities of our fraternity and its appendant bodies. As you know, one of my hopes is that each lodge in Nebraska will find new ways to create events of interest to your membership, resulting in more opportunities for members to enjoy the fellowship of their lodge brethren. Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage each of you to sign up for the road trip this month. Whether you choose to ride on the entire trip through our beautiful state, or just for a day or two, or even if you just join us for fellowship at one of the stops, get involved. Bring a family member and a lodge brother and come out to see us! On the web site, you can see a map to determine what lodges we are visiting and the date of each. Come over to the lunch, supper, or mid-day stop and say hello. Bring your motorcycle, favorite old automobile, or your old pickup truck. What is important is that we spend some time together. Go to the website, www.glne.org, and sign up for the road trip! Think about the vision in your town if a large bunch of bikes and vintage cars rumble into the parking area at the lodge. We will be noticed by people who didn’t even know a lodge existed in the area!
July 16 is our shooting event at Heartland Shooting Park. Bring your lady, your family, a friend who might enjoy Masonry. Register online at glne.org. We will enjoy some shooting and then some food. A day of fun and fellowship, and who knows, maybe you will find a friend who wants to join the fraternity!
Some of our lodges are organizing outdoor meetings, outdoor degrees, solar eclipse events and lots of interesting meetings and gatherings. Fill up your car and join in the fun. Let’s find things to do besides have a reading of the last minutes! I am attending Geneva’s outdoor meeting June 6, North Platte’s picnic on June 13, visiting Old Mission lodge in Kansas on June 19, Prince Hall Annual Communication on July 21, Cotner Lodge rededication on July 22, outdoor degree in Hastings on August 5, Ashlar Lodge re-dedication the same day in Grand Island, and a bunch of cornerstones in North Bend, Bellevue, Grand Island, Phillips, and points west. George W. Lininger Lodge is holding a “Darkness to Light” event during the solar eclipse on August 21 at mid-day - a once in a lifetime event. Please consider how many opportunities you have to join in the fellowship of your lodge, and visit other lodges’ activities. Get your lodge passport and come on out!
Please consider forming a team, within your lodge or with members of neighboring lodges, to compete in the Second Section of the Master Mason degree competition this fall. And of course, get some of your best men to individually compete in the “Best Performance by a Ruffian” competition. First, Second or Third Craftsmen Every Mason can join in this one (other than Grand Lodge officers) so even Deputy Grand Custodians can try to win the Ruffian competition. My colleagues are eager to visit your events and provide energy, advice, and experience. Please reach out to our Grand Lodge officers and include them in your activities and meetings this year. We are in office solely to help Masonry to thrive in Nebraska.
There can be a lot of interesting and fun opportunities for you this year. Resolve to join in the action, and get your lodge brothers involved with you. I hope to see you “on the road” soon.
2017 – 2018 Grand Lodge Officers
|Grand Master||Richard D. Myers||Fremont|
|Deputy Grand Master||Patrick D. Barger||Lincoln|
|Grand Senior Warden||Robert W. Moninger||Burwell|
|Grand Junior Warden||Ronald D. Stites||Papillion|
|Grand Secretary||Reginald S. Kuhn, PGM||Lincoln|
|Grand Chaplain||Corey L. Bergstrom||Sidney|
|Grand Orator||Ronald D. Grass||Tekamah|
|Grand Historian||James J. Jones||Seneca|
|Grand Custodian||Scott J. Krieger, Sr., PGM||Hastings|
|Grand Marshal||John B. Ferguson||Kimball|
|Grand Senior Deacon||James A. Carlton||Bellevue|
|Grand Junior Deacon||Alexander F. Straatmann||Kearney|
|Grand Senior Steward||John L. Millington||Lincoln|
|Grand Junior Steward||Charles J. Odorizzi, III||Omaha|
|Grand Tyler||Karl H. Rasmussen, IV||Fremont|
|Personal Representative of the Grand Master||Alvin O. Benemerito||Long Pine|
|Personal Representative of the Grand Master||Anthony "AJ" Johnson||Bellevue|
|Personal Representative of the Grand Master||Tyler S. Loontjer||Bellevue|
Nebraska Living Past Grand Masters
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|First Name||LastName||Term Start|