Oasis Lodge #41


Instituted— June 4th, 1954

Chartered— June 10th, 1955


Over 60 years of
Bringing Brothers to Masonic light in Las Vegas


  • Brotherly Love

    Fellowship and brotherly love are a foundation of a Masonic principles.  Our brothers come from all walks of life, yet meet upon the level, as equals and friends, to help and assist each other, especially in times of need.

  • Relief

    As a fundamental characteristic of all Masons, we support the Las Vegas community through numerous service and scholarship programs. Faith is lost in sight, hope is lost in fruition, but Charity extends beyond the grave…

  • Truth

    The practice of Freemasonry is the continuous search for light. It is a symbol of universal, as well as personal, truths that we are all in search. All Masons labor to find Truth from their first step in Freemasonry until their final breath.

Back in 1954 it was evident that the needs of Freemasonry could best be served with the establishment of an additional Symbolic Lodge in Las Vegas. At that time many of the Lodges in Las Vegas would not admit to membership men who were employed in the gaming industry or who worked in establishments that served alcohol. Shriners Pete Rasmussen, Bert Todkill, Harry Whitley and Carl Gilmsted nurtured the idea that this need not be so, which culminated with the issuance of a Dispensation to form a new lodge by the Grand Lodge of Nevada on June 4, 1954. While the Grand Lodge of Nevada did not, at that time, allow either dual or plural membership, it is a measure of the dedication and devotion of our founding members that each had first to demit from their Mother Lodges to help form Oasis Lodge, a name chosen by vote after several names were considered.

It began on June 21, 1954 when the Grand Lodge of Nevada installed the first officers Under Dispensation. The first stated communication was on July 19, 1954 in the hall of Vegas Lodge No. 32. They conducted their first Masonic Funeral Service on August 18, 1954. The first petitions were balloted on September 20, 1954. While under dispensation the Lodge was busy, holding 42 meetings, 12 of the Stated Communications to receive and ballot on petitions and 30 meetings to perform degree work. They were busy but they had a lot of help getting started. The very first class of nine candidates was initiated in the Hall of Vegas Lodge No. 32 in a joint communication with Oasis and Vegas Lodge. Oasis initiated five candidates and Vegas Lodge did Courtesy work on the other four that same night. During that first year Oasis Lodge was a vagabond Lodge. Early meetings were held wherever room could be found, such as the Nellis Air Force Base Square and Compass Club, in Boulder City or Henderson, and at Vegas 32. Under dispensation the Lodge had 35 E.A.s, 29 Fellowcrafts, and 22 Master Masons with 43 affiliates.

Chartered by the Grand Lodge of Nevada on June 10, 1955 the Charter was delivered and the officers installed on July 23, 1955. At that meeting there were 143 Masons who signed the register book. From there it was full steam ahead for this young and growing Lodge.

It is noted that it was Worshipful Brother Charles Askew who arranged to have a photocopy of the Charter framed by James Ward. It hangs in our Lodge Room now exactly as framed in 1958 with a unique twist. Inlaid in the frame are splinters of dark wood from the first coffin which enclosed the remains of George Washington. Those splinters were donated to the Lodge by Ruffner Simmons. Next time you are in the Lodge Room at MMT take a look at it, it is a little piece of history. (pictured left)

Permanent meeting facilities were first secured at the YMCA building at second and Bonanza because Oasis Lodge members assisted in the completion of that building and were granted a two year lease. In 1958 the young Lodge negotiated a lease to rent meeting space in the new Eagles Hall on East Washington, where the Lodge met for several years. Early on there was no storage space and the officers and members of the Lodge carried the Lodge equipment in the trunks of their cars to each meeting.
Masonic Memorial Temple

In 1973, as an owning body, the move was made to Masonic Memorial Temple where the Lodge has been meeting ever since. (pictured right)

We have had some distinguished members of our Lodge. Former United States Senator Richard Bryan, also a former Governor and Attorney General of Nevada, is a 50 year member of Oasis Lodge. He was recently inducted in the DeMolay International Hall of Fame in recognition of his success as a Senior DeMolay. Robert Rose, a member of Oasis Lodge had a distinguished career on the bench of the Nevada Supreme Court. Our own Worshipful Brother Bruce W. Nelson has been prosecuting vehicular crimes in Clark County and is often seen on the local TV news handling high profile cases.

Over the years a lot of outstanding men have become Masons and contributed to the success of Oasis Lodge. They have not only contributed to our Lodge but to other Masonic organizations, the Scottish and York Rites as well as the Shrine. Their contributions have not gone unnoticed and the honors they have accumulated are fitting tributes to their dedication to Masonry in general and their home Lodge in particular.

Oasis Lodge has supported our Youth Groups and still is the sponsoring body of Oasis Chapter, Order of DeMolay. At one time we also sponsored a Rainbow Assembly.
MW Dan I. Newman

Oasis Lodge is proud of Most Worshipful Ovid A. Moore, who was the first member raised in Oasis Lodge to become a Grand Master of Mason in Nevada in 1987. We are equally proud of the fact that our Grand Lodge celebrates its 150th year under the leadership of our second Grand Master, Most Worshipful Dan I. Newman who took office in November of 2014. (pictured left)

We have lost to the Great Architect of the Universe many outstanding Past Masters, guys known to all of you like C. K. Davis, Jack Laino, Brent Harden, John Belch, Loy O’Brien, Bob Rash, Raymond Bobo, Eddy Draper, and twowho served in Grand Lodge, Worshipful Brother Gerald Abbott and Worshipful Brother Donald O. Knight. Like most Masonic Lodges Oasis has had its ups and downs. We seem to rejuvenate ourselves every couple of years when new members bring a level of enthusiasm to our Fraternity that ignites and renews the interest of some of the older, less active members.

Like most lodges we always wish we had greater participation, higher attendance, but yet, always grateful for the fellowship we enjoy with those who are there week after week. Our Lodge truly embodies the “family of Masonry” aspect of our Fraternity.

Oasis Lodge No. 41 has a rich history accumulated over nearly 60 years. While we take pride in what has been accomplished under the leadership of a long list of Past Masters, we eagerly look to what the future holds. As the Lodge celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2015, there is much more history to be written, new leaders will step up and carry on the traditions, and create new memories. While we cherish the past, we work on improving the present, and look toward the future with high hopes and eager anticipation. Oasis Lodge remains the home of fraternity, charity, sociability and impressiveness in the ritual. We who now work in the quarries of Oasis Lodge carry forward the vision of those who have gone before.

The Officers
of the Lodge

W.M.
Shane J. Venable
Worshipful Master

Brian Thomas
Senior Warden
Jake Lewis
Junior Warden
Mike Reinhardt, P.M.
Secretary

Phil Michaelson, P.M.
Treasurer
Keith Schriner
Senior Deacon

John Creighton
Junior Deacon

David Anaya
Marshal
Raymond Garcia
Chaplain

Roy Steffan
Senior Steward
Thomas Knighton
Junior Steward

Larry Bunte
Tyler
Hal Smith
Historian

Ryan Coy
Master of Ceremonies
Todd Smith
Master of Ceremonies
David Bolshazy, P.M.
Trustee (2019)

David Bechtel, P.M.
Trustee (2018)
Robert Storebo, P.M.
Trustee (2017)

Grand Lodge
of Nevada

jerry

Most Worshipful
Gerald L. Ogle
Grand Master of Masons in Nevada

Mount Moriah Lodge #39


Grand Lodge of Nevada
Grand Lodge Officers
from Oasis #41

  • W. David Bechtel, P.M.
    Grand Orator


  • Bro. Jake Lewis
    Grand WebMason

Past Grand Masters
from Oasis #41
  • M.W. Ovid A. Moore
    Grand Master of Masons in Nevada
    —1987—

  • M.W. Dan I. Newman*
    Grand Master of Masons in Nevada
    —2015—

Officers of the
Grand Lecturer
  • W. Phil Michaelson, P.M.
    District Deputy Grand Lecturer

  • W. Michael E. Reinhardt, P.M.
    Deputy Grand Lecturer

The Past Masters

….the foundation upon which we are building.

Jon Cambangay (2016)
David Bechtel (2015 / 60th)
Robert Storebo (2014)
David Bolshazy (2013)
Jesse Heki (2012)
Michael Creason (2011)*
Curtis Swanson (H) 2011
Phil Michaelson (2010)
Frank Bolshazy (2009)
Michael R. Duncan (2008)
James H. Beggs (2007)
Abraham Velasco (2006)
Kenneth Keil (2005)
H. Peter Davidson (H) (2005)
Gordon Root (2004)*
David C. Liano (2003)
Richard Gross (2002)
Johnny Lynch (2001)
Scott Kelley (2000)
Bruce W. Nelson (1999)
Mel Rosenbloom (1998)
Clifford D. Reay (1997)
D. E. (Pix) Pixley (1996)
Jack Laino(1995)*
C.K. Davis (1994)*
Craig S. Ruby (1993)
Michael E. Reinhardt (1992)
Dan I. Newman (1991)*
Brent M. Harden (1990)*
John F. Smith (1989)
Thomas H. Pouliot (1988)
Donald G. Daum (1987)
John Belch (1986)*
Loy G. O’Brien (1985)
Donald O. Knight (1984)*
Gary S. Abbott (1983)
John J. Wawerna (1982)*
Nels A. Jacobson (1981)
Gary B. Delaney (1980)*
F.H. Frank Martin (1979)*
W.S. Bob Rash Jr. (1978)*
Elmer M. Byrge (1977)*
Raymond E. Bobo (1976)*
Gerald C. Abbot (1975)*
Charles A. McIntyre (1974)
Kenneth M. Feldman (1973)
Richard Ashton (1972)*
Warren L. Perkins (1971)*
Ovid A. Moore (1970)
Don I. Johnson (1969)
Edward M. Draper (1968)*
G. Dale Norton (1967)*
Julio Lecchese (1966)*
William Anderson (1965)*
Richard S. Whitall (1964)*
George B. Lynch (1963)*
William L. Dawson (1962)*
Francis C. Bradshaw (1961)*
Jack MacDonald (1960)*
Byron J. Morris (1959)*
George B. Langley(1958)*
W. Charles Askew (1957)*
Donald Ferguson (1956)*
Arthur L. Gifford (1954-55)*
*Deceased