1. Voice of the Craft: Opening Regular Communications in any degree.In the last issue of the Nebraska Mason I discussed my being inundated with questions from multiple lodges choosing to take responsibility for their future; they want to immediately involve new members by opening business meetings in any of the three degrees of Ancient Craft Masonry. As a result, the Grand Lodge has received multiple lodge requests for my approval of their amended lodge bylaws to permit this. I have received calls from other lodge secretaries saying their own bylaw changes to permit this are in the works. I am contemplating the need to introduce legislation that, if enacted, removes all ambiguity in the matter of whether or not this is allowed per Grand Lodge bylaws.
2. Grand Master’s Fellow Craft Excellence Coin.My schedule continues to fill with visits to lodges to experience new Masons competing for a Grand Master’s Coin for Excellence by reciting the full-form Answers for proficiency. As I promised if there was enough interest, I have created a Fellow Craft Full-form Answers Excellence Coin in response to the overwhelming participation by Entered Apprentices eager to learn the full-form answers for proficiency and continue their efforts through all three degrees. It is now available for those who perform at an excellent level. Due to the overwhelming response, a Deputy Grand Custodian will now verify a candidate’s level of excellence and report that to me; I will still come to present the coin to those outstanding new Masons who earn it as time permits. A Master Mason coin is now in the design phase in anticipation of the trend sweeping the state.
3. Unity Gala.Be sure to register for the first ever Grand Master’s Masonic Unity Gala! This event brings together all Masonic bodies in Nebraska for a night of fellowship, dinner and dancing to the live music of Swing Fever. Tickets are available $25 online or call the Grand Lodge office. Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, drinks at the cash bar following. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Even Hotel. See the full article on page 5 in this issue. See you there!
4. Full-form Answers classes.September 9th saw the launch of these new classes designed to help anyone learn the full-form answers in 30-days’ time. Not only for the new Mason advancing through the degrees, this is for anyone. North Platte fielded six students and Omaha matched that number with great enthusiasm. Register for these classes online at http://bit.ly/glneproficiency
5. Swisher Lodge Event and Grog Bowl Dinner.In honor of Veterans Day I will be reconvening Swisher Lodge to raise some of the Masons I initiated in Afghanistan in 2012. These men will be travelling from all parts of the world to finish what we started in the War Zone six years ago. This will be held on November 10 during the day at the Omaha Scottish Rite followed by a dinner at another Omaha location. If you don’t know what a Grog Bowl is, suffice it to say it is an experience not to be missed. Everyone is invited; veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms. Dress is formal.
6. Area Meetings.We hope you will attend the upcoming Grand Lodge Area Meetings in October to early November. Here is where you’ll learn what the Grand Lodge is doing, potential legislation at Annual Communication, and open forum discussion.
7. Entered Apprentice Q&A “mini cipher.”In the last issue I announced the Grand Lodge will be offering an official Entered Apprentice “mini-cipher” that contains only the full-form Questions and Answers. Macoy Publishing has gone to press with this booklet and we expect it to be in our hands in the next few weeks. They will soon be available for order through the Grand Lodge as any other Masonic publication and are projected to cost approximately $1.00 each. They will be available to all Masons.
All of these efforts and events create new opportunities to grow the craft and foster an environment that attracts and retains new Masons and re-engages seasoned ones. The strong leadership of our Grand Lodge Officers has facilitated the initial success of these statewide initiatives. My hat is off to them for their dedication and hard work for Nebraska Masonry! See you in lodge!
Sincerely and fraternally,
Patrick D. Barger
Grand Master of Masons
2018-2019 Grand Lodge Officers
|Grand Master||Patrick D. Barger||Lincoln|
|Deputy Grand Master||Robert W. Moninger||Burwell|
|Grand Senior Warden||Ronald D. Stites||Papillion|
|Grand Junior Warden||James A. Carlton||Bellevue|
|Grand Secretary||Reginald S. Kuhn, PGM||Lincoln|
|Grand Chaplain||Charles J. Odorizzi, III||Omaha|
|Grand Orator||Kevin H. Scheele||Waco|
|Grand Historian||Russell G. Reno, PGM||Lincoln|
|Grand Custodian||Scott J. Krieger, Sr., PGM||Hastings|
|Grand Marshal||John R. Fairlie||Omaha|
|Grand Senior Deacon||Alexander F. Straatmann||Kearney|
|Grand Junior Deacon||John L. Millington||Lincoln|
|Grand Senior Steward||Robert C. King||Valley|
|Grand Junior Steward||David C. Norton||Bellevue|
|Grand Tyler||Tyler S. Loontjer||Bellevue|
|Grand Musician||F. Graham House||Lincoln|
|Personal Rep of the GM||John R. Herbolsheimer||Gretna|
|Personal Rep of the GM||Michael E. Tomasiewicz||Tekamah|
|Personal Rep of the GM||David A. Wetrosky||Nebraska City|
Nebraska Living Past Grand Masters
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|First Name||LastName||Term Start|