Be sure to view the gallery of photos at the end of this Blog Post.
On the evening of Thursday, March 7, 2019, the brothers of Acacia Lodge #8 held a special banquet at which they honored two of their brothers with the Meritorious Service Award and one brother with his 50 Year jewel. Everyone was very pleased to see that the turn out for the event was overwhelming.
Besides the brothers of Acacia there were several brothers from other lodges in our district including our DDGM, RW Bro. Scott McNairn, and his DGDC, RW Bro. Alan Linkletter. Beyond our district we had brothers from other lodges in our Grand Lodge of NS jurisdiction and the Grand Lodge of NB jurisdiction. We were most pleased to have on hand our Grand Lodge’s SGW, RW Bro. John Dollimont, and his GDC, RW Bro. Don Evans. The SGW, RW Bro. Dollimont, had the honor of presenting the awards and jewel to the deserving brothers.
The room was packed and over 70 people sat down to a delicious roast beef dinner catered to by Janey Allen. A good number of young people from the Cumberland 4H’ers took care of the tables, serving the hungry gathering throughout the course of the meal.
Presentation of Awards & Jewel
W Bro. McWhirter has been a mason since 2002 and was master of Acacia Lodge #8 back in 2008. He has been very involved in the masonic life of his lodge as well as helping to care for the physical maintenance of this lodge building. Here he is seen with his wife, Daphne, receiving his award from the SGW, RW Bro. Dollimont with WM, W Bro. Reid, looking on
VW Bro. Allan Chapman was raised in 1988 and was master of Acacia in 1995. He is a Lewis Jewel holder and became a 25 year member in 2013. He has been very involved with his lodge over the years serving in many capacities (as secretary the last 7 years) including being a Shriner and as Grand Sword Bearer of the GLNS in 2003. Below he stands with his wife, Karen, of 30 years, and the RW Bro. John Dollimont.
RW Bro. Don Ripley became a master mason back in 1969. The SGW said he has known Bro. Don for over 20 years and he knows of the many things he has done for the craft. He was very pleased to be able to be here to present RW Bro. Don Ripley with his 50 Year Jewel. Below RW Bro. Don and Mrs. Mary Ripley stand with the RW Bro. John Dollimont.
At the end of the evening the three brothers stood for a group photo, which was also taken by the local paper. Be sure to check the next edition of the Amherst News.
During the evening I was able to capture a few scenes which I have put into this 6 minute YouTube video. Click the arrow below to view the show.
Correction to Video: The caterer was Janey Allen not Jeannie Allen as stated in the video.