Recognition News

Kenneth A. Warner, First Responder Award

Submitted by Illustrious Companion Richard Brooks, Recorder, Clearwater, Florida York Rite Bodies

Kenneth A. Warner
Kenneth A. Warner

Clearwater Council No. 34 attended Sutherland Lodge No. 174 to present WB Kenneth A. Warner the First Responders Award. WB Warner is a Paramedic and EMT.

WB Warner has worked as an EMT (emergency medical technician) since 1985 and as a paramedic since 1989. His career started in 1983 as a Junior Fire Fighter. They are now called Fire Explorers

The General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International recognizes members of our Masonic Family and Community with this award. The First Responder Award is a “Thank You” to those who serve (or who have served) and an opportunity for the Council to reach “to and through the Lodge” to show that Masonry respects those who dedicated their lives to preserving our communities.

In the photograph from left to right. IM Kirk Hinote (also Past Master of Tarpon Lodge No. 112), WB Kenneth Warner, and WM Steven Gould.

MIC Danny Wofford, Columbian Award

Submitted by Right Illustrious Companion Mark A. Bradley, Grand Recorder, Grand Council of Georgia

MIC Danny Wofford's Columbian Award Presentation
Pictured from left to right: MWB Jan M. Giddens, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia; MIPGM C. Danny Wofford, Award Recipient; MPC Monty Glover, General Grand Master, General Grand Council; MIC Ronald B. Wolbert, Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Georgia

On February 15, 2021, at Winder Council No 77, Most Puissant Companion Monty Glover presented the Columbian Award to Most Illustrious Companion C. Danny Wofford, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master. Most Illustrious Companion Wofford joined Winder Council No 77 in Winder, Georgia on November 22, 1977, and served as Illustrious Master of that Council in 1977. He served as Thrice Illustrious Master of the Order of the Silver Trowel in 1986. MIC Wofford served as Most Illustrious Master of the Grand Council of Georgia in 1988 and received the College of Preservation Award in 2017. He served as Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Georgia in 2009 and as Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Georgia in 2013. MIC Wofford served as Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Georgia in 1997. He also received the Grand Cross of Honor from the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction in 2018.

MIC Richard Rowe, Columbian Award

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

MIC Richard L. Rowe
MIC Richard L. Rowe

On December 9, 2020, Most Illustrious Companion Richard Lane Rowe was presented with the Columbian Award for the Northwest Region. MIC Rowe is a Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Idaho. The award was presented by MIC Jeremy C. Vaughn, Past Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Idaho and General Grand Council Ambassador to Idaho. The presentation occurred at the Installation of Officers for Twin Falls Lodge #45 where MIC Rowe was installed as Secretary of the Lodge

Lisa M. Rhew, First Responder Award

Submitted by Illustrious Companion John Walson Jr., Grand Council of North Carolina

Lisa M. Rhew
Lisa M. Rhew

After some delay, Illustrious Companion John Walston had an opportunity to honor an old college friend who has worked for 30+ years in law enforcement, starting as a part of the University of North Carolina law enforcement community and later moving to the Communications Center of the Cary Police Department in Cary, NC. Companion Walston met Ms. Lisa M. Rhew when she was first a student at UNC-W in Wilmington, NC and he worked for the UNC-W Campus Police Department. She later was hired by the Campus Police Department and worked with them for several years before returning the metro-Raleigh area. After they reconnected a few years back on Facebook, IC John Walston learned that she was still a part of the Law Enforcement community, as had been her mother. IC Walston felt her dedication was exactly what was embodied by the General Grand Council's 1st Responder Award and nominate her for the honor. Though unable to present it in person due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it was forwarded to her and she had the opportunity to show it to her colleges at work.

Ms. Rhew sent the following in response to receiving this recognition:

John Walston and Members of the Grand Council,

Thank you for selecting me to receive the First Responder Award.  I am honored and grateful that you selected me for this prestigious award as the first Female and Telecommunicator in the State of NC to receive this recognition.  When I first started in Public Safety almost 30 yrs. ago, I never did it with the intention of recognition.  I am just one person in this field of many that are dedicated to doing our part to assist those that need our assistance.  Often as Telecommunicators we are the ones behind the scenes on the telephone and on the radio, however no one really sees the important part that we play in the initial link in the chain of survival and help.  Everyday thousands of Telecommunicators go to work just like me in all situations without even as much as a thank you for all that we do behind the scenes, so to receive this recognition from you all means a lot to me.  I accept this recognition with honor and share with all the 9-1-1 Telecommunicators in NC.


Lisa M. Rhew
Sr Emergency Communications Officer
Cary Police Department