Brent Turner, First Responders Award (October 7, 2019)
Submitted by Chris Hall
First Responders Award
What a memorable evening!
Tonight, we gathered at Lincoln Lodge 137 A.F. & A.M. of North Carolina and were honored to present W.B. Brent Turner with the First Responder Award provided by the General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International. W.B. Turner has served his community in Lincoln County, North Carolina in this capacity for 39 years and counting.
Special thanks to W.B. Dan Beal, District Deputy Grand Master of the 34th Masonic District for helping us make the necessary arrangements for the surprise presentation at the lodge. Thanks also to Russell Bridges, General Grand Captain of the Guard, General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International along with Tom Bridges, Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of North Carolina for their assistance with conferring this special award.
Submitted by Brian Raigan, DDIGM
Brian Raigan and Landon Jones
First Responders Award
It isn't every day that you attend a lodge meeting to give honors and end up receiving them! On Monday, February 17, 2020, while attending Carnegie Lodge #294 in Carnegie, Oklahoma, I had the opportunity to present the Cryptic Mason First Responder Award to Landon Jones, Junior Warden of Carnegie Lodge, for his nearly 20 years of fire service in the town of Cordell, Oklahoma. Immediately afterwards, Brother Jones presented me with the same award for my decade of service as a firefighter and paramedic in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
While we were in the award giving spirit, I presented a 10 year Masonic pin to my father, Truman Lavern Ragain Jr, who is currently serving as Worshipful Master of Carnegie Lodge. The investigating committee also reported favorably and I was elected as a member of the lodge. There were five York Rite Masons present and six others that were exposed to the York Rite and our support for first responders, veterans, and the advancements of medical research through CMMRF.
Submitted by Stephen Balke, General Grand Recorder, Cryptic Masons International
Companion Harry Jenkins, SW of Hiram Lodge, Companion Stephen Balke, GGR, Trevor Wallin, WM Edgewood Lodge, Keith Henry, Amanda Henry, Sean Henry, Companion Nicholas Brittenham
On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Worshipful Master Trevor Wallin of Edgewood Lodge No. 82 called the Craft to Refreshment and invited in guests for a presentation by Companion Nicholas J. Brittenham and Edgewood Lodge.
Companion Brittenham, a previous recipient and the Junior Steward of Edgewood Lodge, presented Brother Keith W. Henry, Chapter Dad for Edgewood’s Route 66 DeMolay, with a First Responder Award for his service to the Los Alamos Fire Department as both a Firefighter and EMT. It was my honor to introduce the award to an audience which included visitors from several Lodges, including two other Worshipful Masters and R. Christopher Leitch, Potentate of Ballut Abyad Shrine. The award was well received by the members present, and Brother Keith was surprised; his Lady, Amanda, not only got him to wear his class A’s, but was also able to sneak his mom, Nancy, and brother Sean (also a Firefighter) in without him previously knowing.
Photos by Michele Balke
Brother Keith Henry, recipient and Companion Nick Brittenham, First Responders
Keith getting “pinned” by Lady Amanda, Nick Brittenham and Sean Henry in background
34 Brethren in attendance from seven NM Lodges