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. . .
So many Lodges go dark during the summer, losing the members enthusiasm over the hot summer months. The Scottish Rite and the Omaha Area and Masters and Wardens Club decided to revive a past tradition which had gone by the wayside, hosting a tailgate was held at Werner Park in Papillion, followed by the Stormchasers ballgame. . .
The Scottish Rite golf outing began as a fun event for members, with extra money going to RiteCare. Somewhere along the way, it became a fundraiser in its own right, and in 2014, the golf benefit was rebranded the RiteCare Classic. This year, the RiteCare Classic, held on June 21st at Pacific Springs Golf Club, grossed around $17,000 for speech and language services. . .
The 9th annual WalkRite for RiteCare was a wonderful success on June 4th. The weather was a warm 94°, but no uncomfortably humid, as we welcomed 150 RiteCare families, the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute staff and faculty, and Scottish Rite Masons and their families to Lake Zorinsky’s picnic pavilion for the Walk. . .
The Valley of Omaha joined Scottish Rite Masons around the nation for the 5th annual Celebrating the Craft fundraiser, supporting the local Valley Foundation and RiteCare Speech and Language services as well as the House of the Temple’s plans for a world-class Masonic museum and meeting space in our nation’s capital. This year, TJ Brumfield, 32° - himself a RiteCare father – came in full costume as the Cat in the Hat, reading stories to the kids followed by a great pasta dinner made by our own Culinary Masters and the Celebrating the Craft web-a-thon. . .
Weather advisory warnings were no deterrentfor the annual Spring Outing at the Papillion Gun Club on May 17th. As Cathedral Board President Frank Kroupa said, “the Great Architect watches over Masons at the Spring Outing.” Not only did we not have rain, the skies were fairly clear during the entire evening. . .