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. . .
The Valley of Omaha Scottish Rite Kentucky Derby party began as a fun way to engage the ladies during the Spring Reunion in 2016. This year’s Kentucky Derby party, hosted on Saturday, May 6, was a wonderful evening and part of a new tradition on the Valley of Omaha Scottish Rite calendar. . .
The Valley of Omaha Scottish Rite just finished the 266th Reunion, named in honor of Jerome Given 33°, whom we lost in 2015. 15 Candidates became 32° Prince of the Royal Secret in a 3-day Reunion on April 27, 28, and 29th. . .
The Valley of Omaha Scottish Rite celebrated the annual Remembrance and Renewal ceremony, hosted by Lee Terry, 33°, Wise Master of the Chapter of Rose Croix and his officers.
Remembrance and Renewal, including the extinguishing and relighting of the lights is, in its simplest terms, a celebration of the gift of life. . .