ELK'S CREED

Believe in the goodness in thyself as well as in others.

Protect childhood with tenderness, old age with respect, cherish with reverence the memory of those who have passed.

Observe faithfully the golden rule.

Enjoy the good things of earth. Keep within thee the Glorious shine of youth and remain always of good cheer.

Recognition Awards

August 16, 2017 - DDGER Special Recoggnition

Larry Bratt & Laurie Montag, Exalted Ruler
A special presentation was made at our most recent lodge meeting on Wednesday, the 16th to Larry Bratt who just completed his one year duty as Nebraska East District Deputy to the Grand Exalted Ruler, 2016 - 2017. Pictured is Larry holding his special citation which reads as follows: Grand Exalted Ruler's Commendation for EXCELLENCE is presented to Larry R. Bratt, DDGER Nebraska-East District No. 5200 In Grateful Recognition For Dedicated And Meritorious Service To The Benevolent And Protective Order Of Elks, And In Particular For Supporting Elkdom's Programs While Fulfilling The Responsibilities Of The Office Of District Deputy. In testimony whereof, w itness our signatures of Michael F. Zellen, Grand Exalted Ruler and Bryan R. Klatt, Grand Secretary. In addition, a nice letter was presented to Larry which stated: Please accept this Commendation for Excellence on behalf of your State Sponsor James M. McQuillan, PGER and the Grand Secretary's Office, for the hard work you have done this past year. Your dedication, service and leadership throughout the year are greatly appreciated. Sincerely and fraternally, Bryan R. Klatt, Grand Lodge Secretary. The officers and members of Lincoln Lodge No. 80 stand with our PGER McQuillan, PGER Zellen and Grand Secretary Klatt in saluting you, Larry, on a very successful year as our District Deputy. Congratulations. Also pictured with Larry is Exalted Ruler Laurie Montag, who made the presentation at our lodge meeting.

June 10, 2017 - Elk of the Year

Duane Vanderbeek & Laurie Montag, Exalted Ruler
On June 10th, at the Spaghetti Feed fund raiser for Lincoln's Ritual Team, Exalted Ruler Laurie Montag made a s pecial award presentation to Duane L. Vanderbeek as Lincoln Lodge No. 80's Elk of the Year. This person is voted on by the 2016 - 2017 officers and the award is to be presented at the first opportunity prior to or just after installation of the new officers for the 2017 - 2018 lodge year. PER Mary Brooks was unable to be present at the award ceremony because of out-of-town commitments and it just so happened Duane was coming to the Spaghetti Feed. We surprised Duane once again. Previously, Duane won the State Elk of the Year award in April at the State Convention. Usually, these awards are presented in reverse order, however, it didn't matter to Duane. Congratulation on being both the local lodge and state Elk of the Year.

2016-2017 - Officer of the Year

Laurie Montag, Exalted Ruler, Waunetta Peterson and Carrie Fiedler
Lincoln Lodge No. 80's Officer of the Year for the fraternal year 2016-2017, as selected and voted on by the Past Exalted Rulers Association, is Wauneta V. Peterson, our current lodge Treasurer. Wauneta has held this office position for two years and has been a member of Lodge No. 80 for six. When Wauneta first joined the Elks she filled our Organist position which had been vacant for many years. Wauneta still plays the organ during initiations, memorial services, dinners and other special occasions. You may recognize her cause she is also President of DOES Drove No. 4 for 2017. Besides Elks and DOES affiliations, she is also very active in the Lincoln community especially President of the Nebraska Association for Retired School Personnel (NARSP), Chairperson of Book Sales for the Lincoln Area Retired School Personnel (LARSP) and Chairperson of the Lincoln Education Association-Retired (LEA-R) Garage Sales program, just to name a few. Wauneta has logged in over 4,769 miles and 1,824 hours of volunteer service this past year. In addition, her name and accomplishments for this past year have been forwarded on at the state level for the opportunity to be awarded State Officer of the Year as well. This award will be presented at the State Conventions Awards Banquet to be held in Grand Island, Saturday, April 29th, 2017. Congratulations Wauneta for all your own work and dedication for the betterment of our community. Pictured with Wauneta receiving her award is last year's Officer of the Year and current Exalted Ruler, Laurie Montag along with Past Trustee, Carrie Fiedler.



2016-2017 - Officer of the Year

Laurie Montag, Exalted Ruler, Waunetta Peterson and Carrie Fiedler
Lincoln Lodge No. 80's Officer of the Year for the fraternal year 2016-2017, as selected and voted on by the Past Exalted Rulers Association, is Wauneta V. Peterson, our current lodge Treasurer. Wauneta has held this office position for two years and has been a member of Lodge No. 80 for six. When Wauneta first joined the Elks she filled our Organist position which had been vacant for many years. Wauneta still plays the organ during initiations, memorial services, dinners and other special occasions. You may recognize her cause she is also President of DOES Drove No. 4 for 2017. Besides Elks and DOES affiliations, she is also very active in the Lincoln community especially President of the Nebraska Association for Retired School Personnel (NARSP), Chairperson of Book Sales for the Lincoln Area Retired School Personnel (LARSP) and Chairperson of the Lincoln Education Association-Retired (LEA-R) Garage Sales program, just to name a few. Wauneta has logged in over 4,769 miles and 1,824 hours of volunteer service this past year. In addition, her name and accomplishments for this past year have been forwarded on at the state level for the opportunity to be awarded State Officer of the Year as well. This award will be presented at the State Conventions Awards Banquet to be held in Grand Island, Saturday, April 29th, 2017. Congratulations Wauneta for all your own work and dedication for the betterment of our community. Pictured with Wauneta receiving her award is last year's Officer of the Year and current Exalted Ruler, Laurie Montag along with Past Trustee, Carrie Fiedler.

September 2016 - Citizen of the Year

DOES President Vicki Logan, PER Gerald Miles, Citizen of the Year Lisa Spomer, Donor Records Clerk Mallory Paul, also with the Capital Humane Society of Lincoln and Exalted Ruler Mary Brooks.
On Monday, September 19th, just prior to the DOES Drove No. 4 meeting, PER Gerald Miles was able to finish out his fraternal lodge year with a final award presentation. Chosen for Lincoln Lodge No. 80's Citizen of the Year 2015-2016 is Lisa Spomer. Currently, Lisa holds the officer position as Junior Counselor with her Drove and has been a member since 2011. Lisa is employed by the Capital Humane Society of the administrative department for 12 years. Liza has been observed at numerous occasions and under stressful situations with customers. She has a profound calming and caring attitude which soothes the person as well as the pet. Lisa knows that the human/pet dynamic is so important and it excites her when she is involved in reuniting a lost pet with the owner. That part of her job is priceless. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with family, friends, reading and watching sporting events. Congratulations Lisa; an award well deserved. Thank you DOES Drove No. 4 for allowing this special award to be presented to honor one of your own. Lisa was overwhelmed by the Elks generous acknowledgement.

August 2016 - 3rd Vice-President Nebraska Elks Association

On Sunday August 28th, 2016 at the Nebraska Elks Association Fall Conference our own Larry J. Schwindt was elected to the position of 3rd Vice President. He will be serving our State Association in that capacity for the next year. Larry will be in line to become our Nebraska State Association President in the fraternal year 2019 – 2020. This is a great honor to be recognized by all in our State Association that Larry has the talents and abilities to help lead us in the correct direction as our State Association moves forward through the years. When you see Larry around the lodge please express your appreciation for his dedication and willingness to help both our local lodge and the State. Congratulations Larry, and we know that you will not only be a great asset to our State Association, but also continue to be so in our lodge.

July 2016 - District Deputy - GER Nebraska East District

On July 13, 2016 at the 152 Elks National Convention in Houston, Texas, Larry was sworn in as the new District Deputy for the Grand Exalted Ruler representing the East District of Nebraska. With thee encouragement from State sponsor, the Hon. Past Grand Exalter Ruler James McQuillan, Larry accepted this important position wholeheartedly. Larry will be responsible for visitations to 7 lodges within his jurisdiction. He and Nancy Kennedy, along with his Auditor, PER Larry Schwindt and Esquire PER Richard Todd visited Norfolk Lodge No. 653 on Monday, September 19th, 2016. The other 6 lodges will follow suit during the months of October (2), November (2) and December (2) with Lincoln Lodge No. 80 being last on Wednesday, December 7th. Congratulations Larry on your new assignment as District Deputy to Grand Exalted Ruler Michael F. Zellen (Donna) for the fraternal year 2016-2017.

June 2016 - President's Volunteer Service Award

Highslide JS Two more individuals, from Lincoln Lodge No. 80, were recognized at this past Nebraska Elks Convention for their volunteer efforts over the years. Nebraska Elks 3rd Vice President, Larry Schwindt (LEL80) nominated PSP, PER Bobby Clinkenbeard, and PER Larry Bratt for their many hours (4,000 +) and dedicated service to our lodge, state and nation. The PVSA is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. Both Bobby and Larry received a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from our current president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Click here to learn more about eligibility If you know of someone deserving of this special award and who fits the online criteria, please contact our Exalted Ruler, Mary J. Brooks who will see to it that the Jean Averell, State Chairperson has the required information for forwarding on to Grand Lodge.


Bobby Clickenbeard and Larry Schwindt
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Larry Bratt and Larry Schwindt

March 2016 - President's Volunteer Service Award

Highslide JS On Saturday evening, March 19th, 2016, a very special recognition took place honoring two of our dedicated members. Kim and Pat Wiseman, who are both Elks and DOES, were presented with the PVSA for over 4,000 hours of volunteer service in our community. Kim and Pat are involved in many organizations in Lincoln. The PVSA is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients receive a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the current president of the United States of America; i.e. Barack Obama. We as Elks and DOES encourage all to take a look around, be inspired and take positive action that changes the world. Click here to learn more about eligibility Congratulations!


Mary J. Brooks, ER, Kim and Pat Wiseman and Larry Schwindt, PER

April 2015 - Individual State Awards

Rich Tood, Carrie Fiedler, Troy Pedersen, Larry Schwindt, Larry Bratt, Mary Brooks, Gerald Miles, Laurie Montag, Harry Montag & Stephen Wirth
Awards, Awards and Awards

Ritual Team swept all 1st Place Awards in all positions including:
Larry Schwindt receiving the Nutzman Award for highest scoring officer.

Larry Bratt - 1st Place 11 O'clock Toast
Larry Schwindt - 1st Place Flag Tribute
Mary Brooks - State Officer of the Year
Stephen Wirth - State Elk of the Year

Lincoln Lodge No.80 also won the State Lodge Bulletin Award

April 2015 - State Awards
Elk of the Year & Officer of the Year

Presenting the State Awards is State Lodge Activities Co-Chairman and S tate Trustee (East District) Kent Blum from Nebraska City. Photo: Kendall Neiman, Publications Chairman.
On Saturday evening at the 103rd Nebraska Elks Association Convention State Elks Banquet in North Platte, two individuals were honored for their dedication to their lodge, state and nation for the fraternal year 2014-2015. Being honored for "State Officer of the Year" is then, Esteemed Lecturing Knight, Mary J. Brooks. Also receiving honors for "State Elk of the Year" is Stephen F. Wirth, PER. Both individuals put in countless hours toward many lodge activities, both voluntarily and monetarily. Both individuals chaired a number of committees / projects locally and at the state level as well as being members of Lincoln Lodge No. 80's 2014 State and National Ritual Championship Teams. Both individuals are extremely busy within the community dedicating time to various other organizations as well. Application for State Officer of the Year was submitted by PER Stephen F. Wirth for Mary and application for State Elk of the Year was submitted by then ER Larry R. Bratt on behalf of Stephen. Both Mary and Stephen won the local lodge Officer and Elk of the Year, respectively as well.

April 2015 - Officer of the Year

Larry Schwindt, PER presenting the Officer of the Year award to Mary Brooks
It is with great pride that the members of Lincoln Lodge No. 80's Past Exalted Rulers Association present Mary J Brooks, Esteemed Loyal Knight as our Elk of the Year. In addition, a detail listing of all Mary's involvement has been forward to the District Director and State Lodge Activities Co Chairman for extreme consideration for State Officer of the Year, to be presented at the 103rd Nebraska Elks Convention in North Platte, Nebraska, Saturday evening April 25th during the State awards banquet held at the Quality Inn-Sandhills Convention Center.

Presenting the certificate and plaque award to Mary J. Brooks, Esteemed Loyal Knight is last year's Officer of the Year Larry J. Schwindt, PER and current President of our Past Exalted Rulers Association.

It states: "For Dedicated and Meritorious Service to the Lodge, Who By Unselfish Commitment and Cheerful Enthusiasm Furthered Elkdom's Programs While Fulfilling the Responsibilities as an Officer of the Lodge in an Exemplary Manner", witnessed and signed on the 31st day of March, 2015 by John D. Amen, Grand Exalted Ruler and Bryan R. Klatt, Grand Secretary

April 2015 - GER Making a Difference Special Citation

Larry Schwindt, PER presenting the GER Award to Larry Bratt.
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The outgoing 2014 - 2015 lodge officers presented Larry R. Bratt with two awards which he will long remember. Your leadership, during the past fraternal year, Larry, will not be forgotten. The 1st was a plaque listing the 16 names and chair positions held by his Officers. The 2nd is a framed certificate titled: 'Making A Difference Special Citation' with the words; In Grateful Recognition of Meritorious Participation in the 2014-2015 Program of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, signed by John D. Amen, Grand Exalted Ruler. Presenting the awards are newly installed officers, Gerald R Miles, Exalted Ruler and Larry J. Schwindt, PER, Esteemed Lecturing Knight. Congratulations, PER Bratt. Your year was exceptional, like the wine in that little brown bag ER Miles is holding. Enjoy!

April 2015 - Elk of the Year

Larry Bratt, PER presenting award to Stephen Wirth
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On April 1st during the installation of Officers, our lodge announced the selection of Stephen F. Wirth as Elk of the Year for Lincoln Lodge #80 year 2014-2015. Stephen was selected from nominations of many deserving candidates. I would like to just high light several of his accomplishments during this past year.

During the past lodge year he volunteered 911 hours to the lodge while performing many tasks and duties. Stephen was the Co-Coach of our National Ritual Championship Team as well as performing as the Candidate. He served as Chairman of the Pancake Feed, secretary of the Scholarship committee, Chairman of Public relations for both our lodge and the State association, coordinator for the Forever Angels and brought in three new members.

Stephen also volunteered at the monthly dinners, provided some of the raffle prises for dinners, worked at a concession stand for Nebraska football games, assisted with Youth Night, Teen of the Year, State and Local Memorial services, hoop and soccer shoots and installation of officers. He also wrote numerous articles for the elk-o-gram and the State and national Elks publications.

Stephen also volunteered his time and help with several other organizations outside the Elks.

Stephen has been a shining example of what an Elk is, and can do to help his community and continues to shine a favorable light on our lodge wherever he goes.

Congratulations Stephen !!!!!!!!

April 2015 - President's Life Time Achievement Award

Larry Schwindt, PER presenting Life Time Achievement Award to Marjorie Wyant
Congratulations to Marjorie Wyant, Past President of the Benevolent and Patriotic Order of Does Drove No. 4 in honor of your Lifetime Achievement Award. You have qualified and earn this award for volunteering well over 5,000 hours in National and community services. This certificate states:

"With grateful recognition the Corporation for National and Community Service and the office of the President of the United States Honors Marjorie Wyant with the President's Lifetime Achievement Award for their lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service, signed President Barack Obama 2015 Awarded".

In addition, a signed letter by the President from The White House Washington stating: "Congratulations on receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award and thank you for helping to address the most pressing needs in your community and our country. In my Inaugural Address, I stated that we need a new era of responsibility --- a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our Nation, and the world. These are duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit than giving our all to a difficult task. Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise. Our Nation faces the most challenging economic crisis in a lifetime. We will only renew America if we all work together. Individuals, the private sector, and government must combine efforts to make real and lasting change so that each person has the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential. While government can open more opportunities for us to serve our communities, it is up to each of us to seize those opportunities. Thank you for your devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation".

April 2015 - GER Outstanding Service Commendation

Larry Bratt, PER presenting award to Scott Schrage
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During the installation of Officers on April 1st, Chairman of the Trustees, Scott Schrage was presented a framed certificate for the Grand Exalted Ruler from PER Larry Bratt.

Scott was selected for this recognition for his dedication to Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 as both serving as the Chairman of Trustees for the past two years and also for his on going involvement and support of the lodge. Scott has dedicated himself to making sure our lodge is run properly and smoothly. Scott is always willing to lend a hand and help our in any way he can.

Please express your appreciation and thanks to Scott the next time you see him.

Congratulations Scott for a much deserved recognition !!!!!!

March 2015 - GER Award Pin Presentation

Larry Bratt, Jerry Wilson and Stephen Wirth
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At Wednesday evening's lodge meeting, Exalted Ruler Larry Bratt and Past Exalted Ruler Stephen Wirth received their GER Award Pin for excellence in membership procurement for Lincoln Lodge No. 80. Presenting the award pins and signed letters from Grand Exalted Ruler John D. Amen is lodge Secretary Jerry Wilson. Membership is the Life Blood or our Order and Larry and Stephen have performed an excellent service to our Lodge, District and State Association. By your example, and encouragement, others in your Lodge will strive to receive the Grand Exalted Ruler’s Award Pin. Larry sponsored 4 and Stephen sponsored 3 new members.

Congratulations on your accomplishment and continue to illustrate Elks Living the American Way of Life and Giving of their time, talent and treasure, thus proving that we are “ELKS: ELEVATING AMERICA”, and that “ELKS CARE – ELKS SHARE”.

April 2014 - State Officer of the Year

Michael Orhen, Larry Schwindt and Larry Bratt
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The 2013-2014 State Officer of the Year was presented to Exalted Ruler Larry Schwindt for his hard work and dedication during the State Awards Banquet held in North Platte on Saturday evening, April 26th. Larry logged in over 926 hours of volunteer service and a total of 7,324.5 miles traveling to and from local lodge functions including state and national conventions during his year as Exalted Ruler. Although space wouldn't allow for all the many activities he has been involved with this past year, Lincoln is very proud of Larry's accomplishments. Lincoln Lodge No. 80's PER Association nominated Larry for the local lodge Officer of the Year award and then submitted his name to the State Lodge Activities Committee where he was also selected. Lincoln is very proud to now have back to back State Officer of the Year Awards. Larry Bratt, then Lecturing Knight, won the award in 2012-2013.

Click here to read the nomination document.

April 2013 - State and Local Officer of the Year

Highslide JS Lincoln Lodge No. 80's own Lecturing Knight, Larry Bratt, won Officer of the Year both locally as well as at the State level. Past Exalted Rulers of LEL#80 nominated and voted Larry as Lincoln Lodge No. 80's Officer of the Year back on February 6th. Presentations were made by PER President Wirth to Larry on Wednesday, April 3rd. Then the local committee decided to submit Larry's name and outline / narrative for a chance at State Officer of the Year. Larry was awarded his State recognition the night of the awards banquet at the State Convention held in North Platte the end of April. Thanks to Amy Jacobsen, Charles and Kathy Meisinger, Richard Todd, Nancy Kennedy for assisting President Wirth in gathering the information required to allow Larry to be nominated and win this most impressive and deserving award.


Larry Bratt and Michael Orhen
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Larry Bratt and Stephen Wirth, PER

April 2013 - John Brooks Heart of Elkdom Award

Highslide JS At the Nebraska Elks Spring Convention held the weekend of April 26-28 in North Platte NE, our Lodge presented the first Heart of Elkdom John Brooks Memorial Award. This award is to honor John Brooks who, during his years with the Elks, gave from his heart without asking for anything in return, but instead just because he believed in and cared for the BPOE and what it does for the community.

The selection committee had sent out emails to all Nebraska lodges asking for nominations for this award. Several nominations were received and all were very viable nominees. The selection committee reviewed all the nominations and chose a recipient from those.

During the evening awards banquet on April 27th, Larry Bratt, ER Larry Schwindt, Gerald Miles, and Mary Brooks presented the award to Michael Ohren of Omaha lodge #39. The nomination letter for Michael was read and then he was presented with a beautiful engraved plaque. Michael has given of himself over and over to his lodge, the Nebraska State Elks Association, and to the National Association and was truly deserving of this award.

Our Past Grand Exalted Ruler and State Sponsor James M. McQuillan had eagerly agreed to allow us to present this award at this banquet and to be able to continue to present the award annually at spring award banquets. We are extremely pleased and grateful to him for allowing us to honor John's memory in this way.

John's memory and spirit will continue to live on through this award, as well as in all of our hearts and lives.
Left to right: Gerald Miles, Larry Schwindt, Larry Bratt, Michael Orhen and Mary Brooks.

April 2013 - Exalted Ruler Special Commendation Certificate

Rich Todd has been an active part of ritual for numerous years. He has represented our Lodge as a judge at various state ritual contests. Additionally, at Grand Lodge, Rich was one of fourteen to judge the Ritualistic contest at National Level. Because of his dedication and commitment to the betterment of our Order and the Ritual contest, he has been awarded this special commendation.
Presenting the award is Doug Rienks, PER.


April 2013 - Exalted Ruler Special Commendation Certificate

Vi Berst was recognized for his many years as an active member of the Veterans Committee. He has been the Chairman for the past twenty-four years and part of the committee for more than thirty years. It is due to this commitment to our Veterans that this special commendation was awarded.
Presenting the award is Doug Rienks, PER.


April 2013 - Elk of the Year

This year, Pat Wiseman, was awarded Elk of the Year. She has worked tirelessly towards improving the Lodge. She can be seen in the kitchen at most all of the dinners. She is quick to volunteer for any project, helping out until the job is done. Without her help on burger nights and during the dinners, it would be difficult to enjoy them as we do.
Presenting the award is Doug Rienks, PER.

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April 2013 - Citizen of the Year

Maureen Sadler received the Citizen of the Year award. As you may know, Maureen is our editor of the Elk-o-Gram. She is also very active in the community. She is a storm spotter and is busy during the season, as she gets called on frequently to help warn us of approaching storms. With her interest in being a Ham radio operator, she has helped with both the State and County fair to assist fairgoers in need. Many of us in the Lodge remember Maureen as "Randy King's daughter". It is through this relationship that she has done so much in helping us with projects at the lodge such as dinners and also with our community projects in Scouting, hoop shoot, concessions, and many others.
Presenting the award is Doug Rienks, PER.

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August 2012 - Special Recognition

Highslide JS Eagle Scout Chair Randy King got a surprise himself the other night at a Lodge Meeting. Five Eagle Scouts from Troop 64, along with their Scoutmaster and two Committee Chairs, came to the Elks Lodge and made a special presentation honoring Mr. King for his selfless service in presenting American Flags to Eagle Scouts from Troop 64 over the years. All 8 members of the Eagle Patrol in Troop 64 hung together and accomplished the rank of Eagle Scout, which is a very rare occurrence, considering that less than 5% of youth who enter Scouting ever make it to Eagle. Mr. King has had the pleasure of awarding these Eagle's their American Flag, and in honor of his efforts, The Eagle Patrol of Troop 64 awarded Mr. King the status of "Honorary Life Member of the Eagle Patrol". A big Thank You to each and every Scout and their adult leaders who took the time and made the effort for this presentation, and a Thank You to E.R. Doug Rienks and Tiler Sam Carter for planning the surprise and setting it
Left to right: Troop 64 Committee Chairman Myron Heusinkvelt, Eagle Scout Devin Heusinkvelt, Eagle Scout Brian Walvoord, Randy King, Eagle Scout Cameron Johnson, Eagle Scout Justin Sears, Eagle Scout Michael Weckle, Troop 64 Scoutmaster Jay Nutter, Troop 64 Eagle Scout Committee Chairman Nathan Murray.

May 2012 - Elk of the Year

Presented to Carrie E. Fiedler, editor, Lincoln Lodge #80's monthly Elk-O-Gram. Carrie was editor for the past 3 years and besides putting out a very informative bulletin to our members, the bulletin won 1st place twice in the State contest, 2011, 2012 as well as 2nd place at Nationals in 2011. In addition, Carrie helped the Ritual team in 2012 win State and finish 4th in the West at Nationals in Orlando, FL. Carrie stepped in with only a month to prepare and won 1st place honors as Lecturing Knight at State competition.

Carrie also volunteers many hours in helping to prepare many of the fine meals we all enjoy at breakfasts and dinners as well as various fund raisers in support of the Ritual team. Lincoln Lodge #80 is proud to call Carrie our Elk of the Year 2011-2012.


May 2012 - Citizen of the Year

Presented to Jaime N. Sanks, founder of the all volunteer, non-profit group called Forever Angels at the May 5th Cinco de Mayo dinner. The Forever Angles group was founded in 2008, with the focus being to help assist families with children who have serious medical conditions through financial and community support. A carnival is held annually in mid-May, and has been a staple in the community ever since. Jaime's never ending energy and guidance has made this group's mission a success.

I am honored to have become associated with Forever Angels and will continue to support their efforts in the future. Lincoln Lodge #80 is proud to call Jaime our Elk of the Year 2011-2012.


May 2012 - Officer of the Year

The PER association named Stephen F. Wirth Officer of the Year for 2011 and 2012. PER Wirth worked hard and showed great leadership during his term as Exalted Ruler. We are thankful for his service and dedication to our Lodge. Presenting this award is Amy Jacobsen, PER, President of the Past Exalted Ruler's Association for 2012.


May 2012 - Grand Exalted Ruler's Awards

On Wednesday, May 16th, PER Stephen Wirth presented the Grand Exalted Ruler's Outstanding Service Awards to Denis Applebee, Secretary and Imre Bonyhady, Treasurer of Lincoln Lodge #80 for Lodge year 2011-2012. Please give them both a big thank you for their dedication and service to our organization. They are most deserving of such recognition.


April 2012 - State Convention

  • 1st Place Lodge Bulletin Contest  Highslide JS
    Carrie Fielder, Editor & Stephen Wirth, PER with 1st Place Lodge Bulletin Plaque
  • 1st Place Youth Activities Brochure Highslide JS
    Stephen Wirth, PER & Dawn Wilson with 1st Place Youth Brochure Award
  • 1st Place 11 O'Clock Toast Contest Highslide JS
    Dave Mattson, Sonny Lane, PER with 1st Place 11 O'Clock Toast Award and Don Gatzke, PSP
  • 1st Place Flag Tribute Contest Highslide JS
    Stephen Wirth receiving his 1st place Flag Ceremony Award from State Ritual Judge and Ritual Committeeman, Dave Mattson
  • Amy Jacobsen, PER named District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Nebraska East (2012-2013)
  • Richard Todd, PER selected to judge ritual at the 2012 National Ritual Contest

April 2011 - State Convention

  • 1st Place - Ritual Contest (see: Ritual)
  • 1st Place - Lodge Program
  • 1st Place - Lodge Bulletin (Carrie Fiedler, Editor)
  • 1st Place - Website (Larry Klein, Webmaster)
  • 1st Place - Flag Tribute
  • 1st Place - 11 0'Clock Toast
  • 2nd Place - All-American Lodge Contest "A" Division I
  • John W. Brooks, PER named District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Nebraska East (2011-2012)