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Peter G. Rix was installed Master for the coming year of Fremont Lodge No. 15 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Fremont on Jan. 5 at the Fremont Masonic Center.

The installing officer was Dennis E. Rix, Past Grand Master. He was assisted by: Frank Veverka, Installing Marshal; Dean F. Skokan, Past Grand Master, Installing Secretary; and Jim Petersen, Installing Chaplain.

About 30 attended the installation and reception that followed, including Travis Drews, representative of Tangier Shrine.

Other officers installed were: Mitch Smith, senior warden; Dennis Rix, junior warden; Larry Jirsák, secretary/treasurer; Larry Ludvigsen, chaplain; Jeremy Baier, senior deacon; David Fachman, junior deacon; Bernie Rolfs, senior steward; and Gerald Eskilsen, marshal.

Fremont Lodge meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 350 E. 23rd St. The lodge was chartered in 1867, and currently has 140 members. There are more than 13,000 members in about 125 communities in the state. Freemasonry has nearly two million members in the U.S.

The Fremont Lodge supports local youth and community projects and humanitarian efforts including a child identification program (CHIP) and the Masonic All-Star Marching Band Camp, a one-week camp held in conjunction with the Nebraska Shrine Bowl on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Kearney.

Freemasonry, a benevolent, educational and charitable organization, provides $2 million a day in charity through its lodges and appendant bodies. The Grand Lodge helps to maintain two homes: The Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont and the Masonic Home at Plattsmouth for Masons and their female relatives.

Masonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world and is based on the lessons of living a life of brotherhood and high moral standards as portrayed symbolically in the work of stone masons who built the cathedrals, abbeys and castles of Europe.

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