Entered Apprentice
Ritual Contest

  • September 20, 2014 in North Platte
  • October 4, 2014 in Lincoln

A team of three judges, led by the Grand Custodian, will judge all competition.  The decisions of the judges are final, with the decision of the Grand Custodian being the ultimate word should the need arise.

 Joe D. McBride
148th Grand Master
Installed February 8, 2014

What is being judged?

  • Accuracy of the spoken ritual
  • Accuracy of the floorwork
  • Quality of the overall presentation of the degree
What is required to participate?
  • All team members will compete wearing a jacket and tie, apron and jewel.
  • Each team will provide a candidate.  (Candidate does not need to be clothed and hoodwinked.)
  • A team consists of all officers, including Secretary and Tyler.
  • Senior Deacon leaves the lodge room for the constitutional questions and the preparatory address, but they are not delivered.
  • The candidate does not need to repeat the obligation.
  • The competition begins with the declaration and ends when the working tool lecture has been completed.
  • The lights will remain at full brightness during the entire completion for the benefit of the judges.
Who may participate?
  • A team may pull members of another lodge, but members of the joining lodge may only participate on one team. I.e.: Members of Fremont 15 could not send some participants to North Bend 119 and some to Acacia 34.
  • If a lodge has enough qualified members to form a full team, the remaining members of that lodge may join one other lodge team.
  • Grand Lodge Officers and Deputy Grand Custodians are ineligible to participate on a team.  (They would make great coaches.)
What is the reward?
  • The winning team will receive a plaque for display in the home lodge.
  • Teams with multiple lodges participating will receive plaques accordingly.
  • Each member of the winning team will receive a unique lapel pin.
  • The winning team will present an actual EA degree for a candidate at the 2015 Annual Communication.
  • The admiration and respect of your Brothers from across the state.
Contest Day Details
  • Start time: 9:00 am - There will be a break for lunch around noon, however, lunch will be on your own.
  • Registered Lodges in order of participation:
    1. Papillion Lodge No. 39
    2. Lancaster Lodge No. 54
    3. Bellevue Lodge No. 325
    4. Hickman Lodge No. 256
    5. Cotner Lodge No. 297
  • All brothers in good standing are welcome to watch the competition; and brothers from registered lodges can watch other lodges during the competition. HOWEVER, there will be absolutely NO TALKING allowed during the competition. Offenders will have to leave and re-entry will not be permitted, possibly disqualifying registered lodges from the competition.














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