Masters and Wardens
Being Master or a Warden of a Lodge is a rewarding experience that will greatly assist in your search for more light. But running a Lodge is more than just business meetings and ritual. Running a lodge means being well versed in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Grand Lodge as well as your own Lodge. You need to know how to do the various ceremonies, how to run an election for the degrees, how to investigate a new petitioner, who to talk to about Lodge business at the Grand Lodge and so much more.
There are many documents available from the Grand Lodge that can help you learn all of these skills and be a more successful Master or Warden, however, you may not know what is available or where to find it. This Masters and Wardens Tool Kit collects all the more important documents with which you need to be familiar in one convenient location! Simply click on the links to open the document. They can be printed, emailed or saved to your PC for future reference.
Leadership is one of the most important aspects of a Lodge officer’s duty. Whether it’s your first time in a leadership position or you have been a leader before, it’s important to recognize that leading a Lodge is a very unique situation.
The documents in this section were specifically created to guide you in becoming and improving your abilities as a leader in a Lodge situation. Please take the time to read them and try to incorporate the knowledge they contain into your style as a leader.
The Grand Lodge Website
The Grand Lodge website has many more valuable resources for you as a Master or Warden. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with all of the different features of the website. If you have any questions about the material on the website or how to use the website, please contact the Grand Lodge office staff.
Ever wonder which person at the Grand Lodge Office you should talk to about a particular issue? This document will point you in the right direction.
The foundational documents that govern Freemasonry in Nebraska and your Lodge.
The standard and correct way to do everything such as elections, installation of officers, Masonic protocol and more.
The official guide to investigating a candidate.
Have you run into someone you know and thought that they would make a good member of our beloved fraternity, but did not know what to say? How about someone asking about the Masonic emblem you are wearing and not knowing a good response. This short “elevator speech” will assist you in either situation.
Any change to your Lodge bylaws must be approved by the Grand Master. Use this form to apply for approval.
The required ritual for formally receiving the Grand Master or his Personal Representative in your Lodge.
A Cornerstone Ceremony for a new public building in your community is a great way to gain visibility in your community. Here is all you need to know to put a Cornerstone event together.
Leading volunteers of a volunteer organization is very different from leading a business in the private sector or military or first responders. This publication is intended to provide information to apply when looking for volunteers, desired attributes of volunteers, what volunteers are looking for, leading volunteers, and when necessary dismissing volunteers.
Leadership is vision, motivation, organization, and most importantly, action. Leadership gives people a sense of influence, hope, and makes things happen. Leadership creates the future, provides guidance, direction, inspiration, and empowers people to realize their leadership potential.
This Grand Lodge Lodge Operations Manual is intended to help you with many questions you might have about how to lead your lodge.
A PowerPoint presentation on the concepts of Lodge Leadership.
List of awards that are available for application from the Grand Lodge
It is the goal of this award to get our newly raised members involved in the lodge and give them a well-rounded exposure to the different things that this fraternity does.
The Gold Pan Award is awarded each year to that Nebraska lodge which has contributed extraordinary service to or advancement of Freemasonry in Nebraska, or has shown the greatest improvement or innovation in its activities.
Many lodges have a history of presenting a Mason of the Year Award, or something similar, to one of their local Brethren. In order to show the support of the Grand Lodge for such an award, a certificate has been designed and is available to all subordinate lodges.
This award recognizes lodges that are visibly demonstrating involvement in their communities locally, regionally, and statewide, making the lodge a vital part of those communities.
The Individual Masonic Service Award is bestowed to recognize exemplary service to the fraternity through individual effort and contribution to the good of Masonry.
The Individual Masonic Achievement Award is bestowed to more appropriately recognize those Masons who exceedingly demonstrate selfless dedication and commitment to the tenets of Masonry.
The Nebraska Pillar Award recognizes lodges that perform the required activities, which can result in a successful year, a stronger lodge and a fulfilling experience for members. (Combo application with GM Leadership Award)
The Grand Master’s Leadership Award recognizes Masters who perform required activities during the year, which will help to activate your lodge, create interest in members and increase awareness in your community. (Combo application with Pillar Award)