Masonic Ritual is the foundation of our fraternity; the sole characteristic that identifies us as Masons. Over the past few years the Grand Lodge of Nebraska has placed a heightened focus on improving the quality of Masonic Ritual, and thereby the quality of Masonry, across the State. In 2014, to facilitate this goal, the Grand Lodge of Nebraska implemented annual Individual Proficiency Classes in several Nebraska communities. Guided by Grand Lodge Officers and Deputy Grand Custodians, these classes provide motivation, structure, and assistance to brothers wanting to learn and perfect our Masonic Ritual. The Classes have, in a few short years, greatly increased the number of individually proficient Nebraska Masons.
How can I get involved in an Individual Proficiency Class?The Grand Lodge of Nebraska currently offers Individual Proficiency Classes in the following locales:
Omaha Area Individual Proficiency ClassClass Date & Time: Third Sunday of every Month at 5:00 p.m.
Class Location: West Omaha Masonic Center, 2424 South 135th Avenue, Omaha, NE 68144
Point of Contact: Tyler S. Loontjer, (402) 660-6415
2018 Omaha Class Syllabus
Lincoln Area Individual Proficiency ClassClass Date & Time: Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (See Schedule)
Class Location: Lincoln Masonic Temple, 1635 L Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
Point of Contact: Brent Myers, 402-770-0901
Hastings Area Individual Proficiency ClassClass Location: Hastings Masonic Temple
Point of Contact: Roger Deininger, 402-984-5030
Sidney Area Individual Proficiency ClassClass Date & Time: Third or Fourth Sunday of every month at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. Class Location: James L. Eatmon Lodge No. 294, 104 South Walnut Street, Kimball, NE 69145
2:00 p.m. Class Location: Frank Welch Lodge No. 75, 1830 Illinois Street, Sidney, NE 69162
Point of Contact: Patrick Barger, 402-475-4640
Wayne Area Individual Proficiency ClassPoint of Contact: Michael Tomasiewicz, 402-838-9977
What are the objectives of the Individual Proficiency Class?The Individual Proficiency Class seeks to provide motivation, structure, and assistance to Nebraska Masons wanting to learn and perfect our Masonic Ritual. By the end of the annual class, graduates will:
What format is used to learn and perfect Masonic Ritual?The courses are presented in a combination of lectures and practical exercises. At the beginning of each class, students are evaluated on memorization of the previous class assignment. Students are evaluated at numerous way points by the Grand Custodian, a Grand Lodge Officer, or a Deputy Grand Custodian on their level of proficiency in the ritual. The decisions of the Grand Custodian, Grand Lodge Officer, and Deputy Grand Custodians are final.
Students are evaluated in a “Round Table” format: seated around a table, a designated student will recite the first few lines of the assignment. The student seated next to him will recite the next few lines. The designated speaker will continue to change until the first student is reached. This rotation repeats until the entire assignment is completed. Students are rotated often and never sit in the same order, therefore they must memorize and be prepared to recite all of the assignment, as they never know what part will be their responsibility. Students will be provided materials that highlight methods to remember ritual content and order.
The instructors hope that students will find themselves looking forward to attending class meetings. Attendance is not mandatory, but remedial assistance is difficult to justify if students frequently miss class. With the short time allotted, students risk their ability to be certified if they do not attend. Students may also request to test out early for any segment of instruction. If they fail in an early attempt they may continue the program and re-test with the rest of the class. We also ask that students be aware the class pace may need to be slowed or accelerated once its flow is established.
When a student successfully passes all three formal evaluations, he will be certified Individually Proficient by the Grand Custodian.