May 2, 2011
The Scottish Rite, Orient of Nebraska celebrated the Statewide reunion on April 16, 2011 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Omaha. The Spring Reunion was particularly special with visiting dignitaries. SGIG Charles Sederstrom, Jr., 33° was honored to recognize as his guests Grand Commander, Ill. Brother Ronald A. Seale, 33° as well as Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, Ill. Brothers Charles Kaufman, 33° from South Dakota and Robert Cockerham, 33° of Missouri. Also visiting Omaha for the Reunion were Bruce Wood, 33°, General Secretary from Lincoln, and Glen Jorgenson, 33°, General Secretary from Hastings.
This Spring, 21 Brothers joined the Scottish Rite, including one from Hastings, three from Alliance, and one from the Lincoln Valley. At noon, MWB Dean Skokan presided over a brief ceremony installing Bruce Baker as Grand Master of the Lodge of Nebraska. Dean presented MWB John Parsons with his apron and pin, thanking him for his service as Grand Master. After a banquet honoring our new Brethren, Ill. Brother Chuck Sederstrom presided over a program welcoming and honoring the Scottish Rite Grand Commander. With the General Secretaries, Chuck presented the Grand Commander with a beautiful cut glass crystal bowl as a token of appreciation for his service to Scottish Rite Masonry. Brother Armel MacDonald, Venerable Master of the Knights of St. Andrew, presented Seale a traditional Scottish Quaich in honor of his visit. In a tongue-in-cheek gesture, the Grand Commander was made an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy, allowing him to outrank Ill. Brother Rear-Admiral William Sizemore, 33° GC, Grand Executive Director of the Supreme Council. Afterward, “Admiral” Ron Seale helped cut the ceremonial ribbon dedicating the theater.
Grand Commander Seale spoke briefly to a full crowd in the theater, offering his compliments to the membership on a well-maintained and well-used Scottish Rite building, serving the members and the community for nearly a century. As a testament to the hard work of Scottish Rite Masons throughout the Orient, Seale contrasted the beauty and upkeep of our Scottish Rite Masonic Center to other valleys he has visited around the nation where “the bathroom soap hasn’t been changed in fifty years.” Seale reminded the audience that Masonry happens in the Lodge room, but more importantly, Masonry happens when Brothers work together in the kitchen preparing dinner, when Brothers sit together on committees, and when Brothers come together anywhere in the spirit of harmony and fraternity. Seale reminded the audience that Masonry does not just exist in the tyled Lodge room, but it happens in the hearts and souls of men of all members who meet on the level, act on the plumb, and part on the square.
The special Reunion closed with the music of Broad Appeal, who entertained the audience with songs from the 1930s through the 1950s.
The next Reunion in Nebraska will be in November 2011, and Scottish Rite Masons are encouraged to talk to Brothers in their Blue Lodges or friends, co-workers, and associates who might be interested in becoming Masons to turn in petitions.
Article from Orient of Nebraska Website: www.scottishriteomaha.org