Recognition News

IC Dan Brown, Veteran's Award

Submitted by Companion Brian Ragain

Dan BrownIllustrious Companions James Oates III (left) and Dan Brown (right)
 

On August 24, 2021, Illustrious Master James Oates III presented Past Illustrious Master Dan Brown with the General Grand Council's Veterans Medal at Lawton Council #21. Dan retired from the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major and remains a valuable asset to every branch of Masonr

Award Presentation 
Illustrious Master James Oates III presenting the Veterab's Award to Illustrious Companion Dan Brown

RPC James G. Baum - Columbian Award

Submitted by Most Puissant Companion David Grindle, Past General Grand Master

RPC James G. Baum
MPC David A. Grindle, PGGM, and RPC James G. Baum, PRDGGM-SW
 

On July 24, 2021, Most Puissant Companion David A. Grindle, Junior Past General Grand Master, presented the Columbian Medal to Right Puissant Companion James G. Baum, Past Regional Deputy General Grand Master—Southwest at the Southwest Regional Red Cross of Constantine Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

RPC Baum has worked tirelessly as a Regional Deputy General Grand Master for General Grand Council and as a Past Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of California. For many years, he was the coordinator for the California Grand York Rite Sessions in Bakersfield and Visalia.

This Medal was authorized at the 47th Triennial Assembly held virtually on September 26, 2020.

Rory J. Byers, Simmons Jones Baker Award

Submitted by Most Illustrious Companion Kevin P. Wood, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of North Carolina

MIC Kevin P. Wood, MIPGM, Companion Rory Byers, RIC Bill Poteat, GPICW, and MIC Jeffrey York, Most Illustrious Grand Master (Right)
 

On June 19, 2021, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master Kevin P. Wood the Simmons Jones Baker Award for 2021 to Rory J. Byers. The presentation was made at the North Carolina Honors Day The Simmons Jones Baker Award is an award of the Grand Council of North Carolina and can be presented by the Most Illustrious Grand Master to three Cryptic Masons each year of their term.

Tom Bridges, Adult Youth Leadership Award

Submitted by Most Illustrious Companion Kevin P. Wood, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of North Carolina

Jeffrey York
IC Will Highsmith, IC Tom Bridges, and MIC Kevin P. Wood, PMIGM

On May 1, 2021 Most Illustrious Companion Kevin P. Wood presented the Adult Youth Leadership Award to Illustrious Companion Tom Bridges, Grand High Priest for 2019-2021.  Illustrious Companion Bridges does a lot of work supporting Rainbox and Demolay in the State, and his children have been involved in Masonic Youth Programs.  He is pictured with Illustrious Companion Will Highsmith who received one of the three Simmons Jones Baker Awards for 2021.