The North Carolina Mason

January/February 2021

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60 YEARS AS A MASON Congratulations to: James Wheless, James A. Johnson #413 Vernon Peacock, Lincoln #137 January/February 2021 The North Carolina Mason Page 11 RALEIGH – MWB R. David Wicker Jr. attended the 2020 Amran Shriner Elections in December, on his first visit as Grand Master. He addressed the Nobles assembled and was presented a "Traveling Man" print commissioned by Amran Shriners. His print is num- ber 750, in reference to his home lodge Oak Grove #750. In his first official presentation as Grand Master, he pre- sented a 50-year service award and pin to Illustrious Sir WB Ray Fields, Past Master of Henderson #229 and Poten- tate of Amran 2001. SUNSET BEACH – Illustrious Ar- nold Gene Cobb Jr., 33°, has been ap- pointed Deputy of the Supreme Coun- cil (Mother Council of the World) of the Thirty-third and Last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., in the Orient of North Carolina. Cobb is also past grand master of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina A.F & A.M. His appointment took effect Jan. 1. "I commend this distinguished broth- er to the allegiance and obedience of all Scottish Rite Members of the Orient of North Carolina, over which he will pre- side. I invest him with substantially the powers and prerogatives of a Sovereign Grand Inspector General as provided in our Statutes," said James D. Cole, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander. GRAHAM – Thomas M. Holt #492 received the 2020 Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Organization- Alamance County from the Association of Fundraising Professionals-NC Triad Chapter. This prestigious award is for outstanding community involvement and charitable fundraising contributions. The lodge was nominated by the Alamance Regional Chari- table Foundation. For the past five years, the lodge has held an annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast fundraiser each October and donated more than $8,000 to the local foundation. The lodge also has participated each year in the Little Pink Houses of Hope event for breast cancer survivors, providing valet parking at the annual event and shuttling guests via golf carts. The lodge also holds other fundraisers during the year to support our Masonic charities. Katie Boon, Director/Systemwide Philanthropy, and Jordan Wood, foundation program manager, front row, right, presented the award. OXFORD – Say hello to Barry Long, the new Print and Design Center manager at the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford. The new head of what the Craft knows generi- cally as "the print shop," was born and raised in the Halifax County, Va., area. He is the sixth of seven children and grad- uated from Danville Community College. He has spent his career in the printing industry, working in Virginia and North Carolina. He and his wife Shelby have a daughter, Nora Lynn, and a son, Joseph. UNION GROVE – WB Steve Souther, right, was award- ed the Secretary of Distinction certificate at Grassy Knob #471 by Master Chris Whitaker at the December stated communication. He is a Past Master and has been the secre- tary for 12 years, and will serve in that role this year as well.

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