The 10th annual WalkRite for RiteCare was a wonderful success on June 23rd at Lake Zorinsky’s Picnic Pavilion. The weather was a perfect 79°, 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. . .
Twenty years ago, the Scottish Rite golf outing began as a fun event for members, with extra money going to RiteCare. Over the years, the annual golf benefit became one of the Scottish Rite signature events supporting the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinic. This year, the RiteCare Classic, held on June 13st at Pacific Springs Golf Club, grossed over $16,000 for speech and language services. . .
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. . .
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 Scottish Rite began working with Womens Edition magazine as a way to promote rentals and upcoming events. Womens Edition helps the Scottish Rite reach a target demographic that often directs families' philanthropies and helps decide family rentals for weddings or events. It has been a very positive relationship! . . .
The Scottish Rite Masonic Center has undertaken to promote our fraternity and our philanthropies in the community, beginning in 2016. Advertisements promoting rentals and the fraternity have appeared in the Omaha Community Playhouse programs with the theme "Dad Was a Freemason - Why Aren't You?" and in Chamber of Commerce publications. Additionally, the Scottish Rite has partnered with KPTM-Fox 42 for a series of "Masonic Minutes," highlighting aspects of the Scottish Rite. Past videos have included a minute on history, our membership, and in December, 2016, our RiteCare philanthropy. . . .
The Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha hosted the 8th annual Friends of Scottish Rite Dinner and Auction on October 7, 2016 an event which supports the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinics, Ethics on Trial, UNO scholarships as well as the House of the Temple Preservation Foundation. . . .
RiteCare Clinician Leslie Van Winkle shared this video of one of her kids' journey to speech. Scottish Rite Masons fund $658,000 in services and therapy for Nebraska RiteCare kids in 2016. This is just one of those stories.
Several years ago, Charles V. Sederstrom, Jr., 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Nebraska, began working to improve the unity between Nebraska's RiteCare clinics. He noticed that the clinics in Hastings, Lincoln, Omaha, and the newest clinic in Kearney were operating semi-independently of one another. Thus began a tradition of annual meetings between the state's RiteCare clinicians and Nebraska Scottish Rite Masons. . .