The March Scottish Rite Lodge dinner and meeting was an auspicious occasion. After more than a year, the UNMC Scottish Rite Foundation of Nebraska Professorship in Speech-Language Pathology was fully endowed, with more than $515,000 donated toward a professorship. . .
Moving at the speed of Masonry is often a by-word for moving slower than molasses in winter. But sometimes when you blink, you miss momentous events in Freemasonry. The March business meeting was certainly one of those evenings. In addition to announcing the endowed Scottish Rite Professorship in Speech-Language Pathology, we began the evening celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish dance from Dowd’s Irish Dance Academy. . .
A bit of freezing rain is no deterrent for the heartiest Scottish Rite Masons. About 80 Scottish Rite Masons and their ladies turned out on February 19 for the annual Ladies Night at the ‘Rite, our celebration of our ladies and all they do for us throughout the year. . .
The Officers for the Lodge of Perfection, Chapter of Rose Croix, Council of Kadosh and Omaha Consistory bodies of the Scottish Rite were installed on Monday, January 15, 2018.
Installing Master Paul Rutherford, 33° explained the duties of each office, declaring each officer duly installed. . .
The Valley of Omaha Scottish Rite hosted the 5th annual Christmas banquet and awards ceremony on Monday, December 18th. Our emcees for the evenings were Chuck Sederstrom III, 32° KCCH and the officers of the Lodge of Perfection. 140 Scottish Rite Masons, their ladies and guests began the evening, gathered for cocktails in the lounge. . .
On November 2, 3, and 4, 2017, the Omaha Valley hosted the Fall Reunion, welcoming six new 32° Princes of the Royal Secret. The Reunion began with social time and introductions on Thursday evening, followed by the 4°, 8°, hosted by the officers of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska, and the 9°-10°, which continues the story of the 2nd Section Master’s Degree. . .
Every two years, the Supreme Council for the Scottish Rite of the United States for the Southern Jurisdiction confers the highest honors on Brethren, the Thirty-Third Degree and the Knight Commander of the Court of Honour (KCCH). Omaha Scottish Rite Masons recognized five Brethren who received their KCCH and two Brethren who were coroneted 33° Inspectors General Honorary. . .
Celebrating the 10th Friends of Scottish Rite Dinner and Auction, the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha had its best year ever for the annual event. This year, the Friends Dinner was held on Friday, October 13th, welcoming a record number of guests – nearly 250 guests filled the Scottish Rite ballroom at 20th and Douglas Streets. Guests enjoyed a hosted wine tasting and fine Scotch tasting, bid on extraordinary silent and live auction items, including a photograph signed by Apollo XI astronauts, vacation packages, fine art, and several beautiful handmade quilts. . .
Several years ago, Scottish Rite Masons recognized that the RiteCare Clinics were in danger of developing a “silo mentality,” where each clinic operated independently of one another and not utilizing the expertise of the entire RiteCare system. In response, SGIG Charles V. Sederstrom, Jr., 33° arranged an annual RiteCare retreat. . .
Each September, the Omaha Valley Scottish Rite makes special presentations, recognizing our 50-Year members and our UNO scholarship recipients. This year, nearly 100 Scottish Rite Masons and their ladies gathered to make the presentations, after enjoying a wonderful dinner of homemade lasagna, breadsticks and salad made by our Culinary Masters. . .