Recognition News

Cody Eiss, First Responder Award

Submitted by Illustrious Companion Robert Mullis, Recorder, Monroe, North Carolina York Rite Bodies

Cody Eiss
Detective Cody Eiss (Left) and IC Robert Mullis (Right)

The Monroe Masonic Lodge attended the police officers award ceremony presided over by Mayor Bobby Kilgore and police chief Brian Gillard.  Detective Cody Eiss was presented a First responders service award on behalf of Monroe York Rite bodies and the Most Puissant General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International.

We asked police chief Gillard to recognize an officer that exhibited the best of Masonic values around charity and morality, and who exemplified exceptional service to his or her community.  Detective Eiss was who came to mind. We thank all of our first responders, and especially Detective Cody Eiss for his service to the community as a whole and hope this token of our esteem earns a place of pride on his wall.   Thank you Detective!

The Monroe York Rite bodies are planning to continue this effort by recognizing a firefighter.  They are also planning a First Responders Breakfast for the fall.

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