Recognition News

Bill Poteat, Cryptic Mason of the Year

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

Bill PoteatMIC Jeffrey York, MIGM, RIC Bill Poteat, and MIC Kevin Wood, PMIGM

On May 1, 2021 Most Illustrious Companion Kevin P. Wood presented the Cryptic Mason of the Year Award for 2020 to Right Illustrious Companion Bill Poteat, Grand Principal Conductor of the Work for 2021-2022.  The presentation was made at the North Carolina Grand York Rite Officers' Meeting which took place in Greensboro, NC.  Right Illustrious Companion Poteat has done a lot of work promoting the work of the Council around the State and bringing new members in.

 

Jeffrey York, Cryptic Mason of the Year, Lady of the Council and Simmons Jones Baker Awards

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

Jeffrey YorkMIC Kevin P. Wood, MIPGM (Left) and MIC Jeffrey York, Most Illustrious Grand Master (Right)
 

On April 27, 2021, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master Kevin P. Wood presented several awards for 2020 and 2021. The Cryptic Mason of the Year Award for 2020 was presented to Most Illustrious Companion Jeffrey E. York who is the current Most Illustrious Grand Master. The Lady of the Council Award was presented to Lori Daniels and Jenny Shrewsbury. The Simmons Jones Baker Award for 2019 was presented to Most Illustrious Companion Jeffrey E. York, Right Illustrious Companion Clifford T. Shrewsbury, and Illustrious Companion Michael T. Daniels. The Simmons Jones Baker Award can be presented by the Most Illustrious Grand Master to three Cryptic Masons each year of their term.

Group of Recipients 
Pictured Left to Right: IC Michael Daniels, Lori Daniels, MIC Kevin P. Wood, PMIGM, 
Jenny Shrewsbury, RIC Clifford T. Shrewsbury

Gregory W. Davis, II, First Responder Award

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

Gregory W. Davis IIMIC Kevin P. Wood, MIPGM (Left) and RIC Gregory W. Davis II, Grand Chaplain (Right)
 

As PMIGM, I was honored to present RIC Gregory W. Davis, II with the First Responder Award provided by the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International. RI Davis has served his community in Randolph and Davidson Counties, North Carolina in this capacity for 17 years and counting. He graduated from Guilford Technical Community College in 2005 with an AAS degree in emergency medical sciences and paramedic certification. iis initial employment was with Randolph County starting in 2004 as an EMT.

While working at Randolph EMS, he also worked at Ash-Rand rescue as an EMT-I and taught EMS at both GTCC and Davidson County Community College for 5 years. He is currently a full-time paramedic with Davidson County EMS. He enjoys training newcomers to the field of Emergency Medical Services. In Greg’s own words, a paramedic career “can go from hours of boredom to sheer panic in a matter of seconds and that is how I like it. Prehospital medicine, EMS is my first love but draws a close second to Freemasonry as my passion continues to grow in the craft.” Greg also served as Grand Chaplain for the Grand Council of R&SM in NC in 2020-2021 and has been re-appointed for 2021-2022.

May 1, 2021 Hybrid Order of the Secret Vault Conferral

May 1, 2021 Hybrid Order of the Secret Vault Conferral

Order of the Secret Vault Presentation
Mark Bradley (GA), John R. Miller (FL), Monty Glover (GGM), Ron Wolbert (GA), Dan Ricketts (GA)
 

On May 1, 2021, the General Grand Master, Most Puissant Companion Monty Glover, assembled Companions in-person and virtually in order to confer the Order of the Secret Vault.  The Investiture was held at the Grand Lodge/Grand York Rite Building in Macon, Georgia.  The following Companions received the Order of the Secret Vault during this ceremony:

Rod Wagner (Arizona)
Mike Winningham (Arkansas)
Allan Silvestre dos Santos (Brazil)
Rafael Soneghet (Brazil)
Dean Dagdagan (California)
Ron Alcorn (California)
James McNeely (Connecticut)
John R. Miller (Florida)
Ron Wolbert (Georgia)
Ryan Charles Nealey (Georgia)
Thomas Lee Blanton (Georgia)
Jared Stanley (Mississippi)
Thomas Cumberland (Mississippi)
Will Highsmith (North Carolina)
Clyde Schoolfield (Oklahoma)
James Selleck (Vermont)
Sandy Karstens (Vermont)

Order of the Secret Vault
GGM, GGDM, and GGPCW at the Order of the Secret Vault Conferral
Order of the Secret Vault
Everyone In-Person at the Order of the Secret Vault Conferral