In 1989, the Nevada Masonic Lodge handed out its first scholarship to Nevada graduate Becky Odgaard.
Twenty-four years later, the Masons are still committed to helping young people with their educational needs. Since that first scholarhip gift, the Nevada Lodge has given away 76 scholarships, most to Nevada High School graduates, but also recently to Colo-Nesco and Collins-Maxwell graduates as well.
This Sunday, Nov. 3, the Masons will hold their 24th annual breakfast fundraiser, proceeds of which go to the scholarships the club gives. The public is invited to stop in between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. to enjoy scrambled eggs, pancakes and sausage links at a cost of $6 per person and free for children under the age of 5.
Jerry Linn created the Mason’s Scholarship Program and headed the committee for several years. Initially the group raised funds through a garage sale, but in the same year also began serving the all-you-can-eat breakfast at its Masonic Lodge on Sixth Street. In 2007, the Lodge moved the fundraiser meal to Gates Hall to accomodate more community members, since they usually serve more than 300 people at the event.
The Nevada Masonic Lodge #99 was established in 1857, and in recent years, the local Lodge has consolidated with lodges from Zearing, Collins, Maxwell, Cambridge and Colo. The Lodge has 163 members. Monthly meetings are held the third Thursday of each month. Those interested in joining may contact Tony Van Allen, Worshipful Master.