Greetings from the EastWhat a first month this has been! Thank you so much if you took the time to attend the 2017 Grand Lodge Officer installation in Kearney. I know that each of my colleagues was impressed with the event, and the large number of our friends and Brothers who shared a time of anticipation and joy with us. Past Grand Masters Rix, Moats, Seiler, Mattoon and Tye were gracious and generous in conducting the ceremony for us. They set our officers off to a good start.
I am overwhelmed with appreciation for the many Brothers and Sisters who traveled to Omaha to assist us in hosting the 2017 Conference of Grand Masters. Most every state in the United States, the states of Mexico, and the Provinces of Canada were represented, along with Grand Masters and delegations from Paraguay, Brazil, Romania, Bulgaria, Iran (in exile), France, Germany, Lichtenstein, and probably your grandfather’s country as well! You showed our guests what wonderful hospitality looks like. We received so many compliments on our efforts. You all made us proud!
A number of Past Grand Masters and very busy Masons and their ladies worked tirelessly to make the 2017 CGMNA one of the most enjoyable and efficient conferences in the memory of most. Michelle Fulmer, our Office Manager, and W\B\ AJ Johnson, Personal Representative of the Grand Master, were especially diligent. Michelle and Debbie Galli prepared every detail prior to the conference, and then oversaw a marvelous event to assure its success. AJ only slept on Thursday for an hour, and was otherwise at the wheel, providing hospitable transportation and guidance to a fleet of volunteer drivers. Thanks to our Shrine Temples for their generosity in allowing us to use their vans for transportation. My wife, Marsha, was so helpful in the planning process. She probably won’t see this article, but perhaps if you see her, you will tell her I was complimenting her, behind her back!
By the time you read this note, we will probably have completed our “Time with the Ladies” on March 4, and no doubt that will have been another success.
We now turn to a series of “town hall” meetings that I trust each of you will plan to attend. Take the opportunity to provide some input to your Grand Lodge Officers on the direction of Masonry in Nebraska and your concerns, compliments, and ideas for its improvement.
PLEASE reach out to your Grand Lodge Officers. We want to offer our time, talent and resources to each of our constituent lodges. If we can help your lodge to organize a targeted effort to get men of high integrity to become members, we want to help. If we can provide you speakers or programs for a lodge event, we want to do so.
PLEASE plan to participate in the Grand Master’s Road Trip during the last week in June. Whether you ride with us for a day, or several days, or the entire trip, we want you to join the brotherhood and fellowship. Come to one of the host lodges and say hello, and enjoy the noise and fun of a huge group of your Brothers rolling through town on two wheels, three wheels or four wheels. W\B\ Stephen Kennedy will be publishing detailed information, but do plan on joining us during the last week of June for motorcycles, vintage cars, other vehicles and a lot of good fun.
Remember please, 2017 is going to be a year for every lodge to create events for the members of your lodge and their families to attend for fun and fellowship and education. Let us know what you are planning so we can try to attend. Our office staff is pleased to put your lodge special events on the Grand Lodge calendar so others will know of the same.
This is an amazing brotherhood to which we belong. As we travel together, on the level, my Brothers, take time to notice what a powerful force is that brotherhood!
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|