The North Carolina Mason

May/June 2011

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May/June 2011 SENIOR MomeNts Expansion construction begins By Mark Kolada Administrator WhiteStone Spring is in the air, and nowhere is the season of change more evident than at WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Community. WhiteStone will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2012–2013, but the future, not the past, is the focus of a series of recent improvements, upgrades, and expan- sion of the Greensboro community. Currently, WhiteStone has 260 residents living at its retire- ment community in various levels of care including Independent Living, Residential Living, Nursing Home, and Special Care unit. However, like a lot of other historic Masonic retirement commu- nities across the country, one of the challenges facing WhiteStone over the past several years, was how to stay competitive by provid- ing modern amenities and services, as well as dealing with ag- ing buildings and infrastructure. Beginning in late 2007, White- Stone’s Board of Directors approved a multiphase renovation and expansion of its campus in order to help the community maintain its competitive edge, improve services and amenities for residents, as well as increase its financial stability in order to continue to provide high levels of charity care to its fraternal members. In 2010, WhiteStone began its exciting renovation by trans- forming a multipurpose room in its Wellness Center into a state of the art fitness complex featuring air compressed weight and cardio machines for residents and staff to enjoy. Shortly after completing the fitness center, WhiteStone began a $2.5M reno- vation of its Linville Administration building (built in 1975) into a modern day clubhouse for residents. The new clubhouse which was finished in January 2011, features a brand new building fa- çade, game room, library, resident store, activity area, and lounge for its residents to enjoy, as well as new administrative offices for staff to work in. The next phase of the community’s expansion which began in April of 2011, is the construction of a $30M, 46-unit one- and two-bedroom independent living apartment building on its campus which is currently 80% pre-sold. The project is financed through a recent successful sale of tax exempt bonds through the North Carolina Medical Care Commission. To make way for the new apartment building, the vacated Setzer building as well as the old Bass nursing home will be demolished. In addition to the new apartment complex, WhiteStone will also be adding a fellowship hall to be able to host Masonic events such as Wilkerson College and lodge/chapter meetings, coffee shop bistro, arts and crafts area, full service beauty salon and spa, as well as completely reno- vating its main dining room and adding an outdoor dining area. Life Care Services, based in Des Moines Iowa, who has managed the community since 2006, is also the developer of the renovation and expansion project. It is expected that the expansion will be completed during the first quarter of 2012, just in time for the communities centennial anniversary celebration. If you would like more information or would like to schedule a tour to check out all of the changes at WhiteStone, please call at (336) 547-2947 or visit us online at . As always if you have any questions, feel free to call me at (336) 547-2992 or email me at . The North Carolina Mason Page 7 Bass Care Center is now gone. The landscape by the chapel at WhiteStone is changing drastically as construction nears. Mileposts ROANOKE RAPIDS — Gene Todd, right, leads the closing charge at GM Ledford’s May meeting in the Eighth District. WILSON — Mount Lebanon 117 raised a third generation member in January. Eighteen-year-old Aaron Ellis had both his dad and granddad on hand when he joined the lodge. Seen here, from left, are Mt. Lebanon Master Alan Winstead, Ralph Ellis, Aaron Ellis, and David Ellis. Both the senior Ellises are past master of the lodge. — Alan Winstead BREVARD — Dunn’s Rock 267 and Hominy 491 did a joint NEW BERN — Saint John’s 3 recently presented Eric Polese his Diamond Jubilee Award for 60 years Ma- sonic membership. He was raised in Brooklyn, NY and moved his membership to Saint John’s Lodge in 1983. They presented the award at his home as he is unable to attend meetings due to his health. — David Sawyer third degree here January 22. They raised Daniel Eugene Prince (267) and Marvin Jeffrey Keener (491). Several past masters from Hominy Lodge visited and helped with the raising. Four of the five past masters plus the current master from Hominy are relatives of Prince. Seen here back, from left, are Dean Blair, cousin-in-law; Tildon Whiteside, second cousin; James Whiteside, first cousin; Taft Coward; and Tony Waldrop, cousin-in-law. Front, from left, are Daniel Prince, Jeffrey Keener, and Hominy Master Steve Prince, Daniel’s brother. — Dean Blair RALEIGH — The Grand Lodge’s annual legislative reception had an added attraction this year. Harris D. Blake received his Diamond Jubilee for 60 years Masonic membership. Grand Master Lewis R. Ledford made the presentation to the Elberta 654 Mason. GREENSBORO — At the April 7 Grand Master’s District HERTFORD — On April 5, Perquimans 106 pre- sented Zack D. Robertson his Veteran’s Emblem for 50 years membership. DDGM Phil Johnson made the pre- sentation. Pictured here, from left are Zack’s brother Jim Robertson, Zack D. Robertson, Johnson, and Perquimans Lodge Master Joe Elliott. — Paul Gregory HENDERSONVILLE — Kedron 387 member Ben Sims received his Diamond Jubilee Award for 60 years membership on March 17. He is seen here seated receiving the award from Lodge Master Martin Osteen. Sims was master of Kedron Lodge in 1958. — Martin Osteen Meeting here, the Board of Custodians had a special award for Dewey W. Shelton, left. Grand Lecturer Mack Sigmon was on hand, and Grand Master Lewis R. Ledford, right, personally pre- sented Shelton the recognition for 50-years as a Class “A” certi- fied lecturer. Shelton, a member of Numa F. Reid 344 in High Point, is the 12th certified lecturer to achieve this mark. North Carolina currently has six certified lecturers on the active role with fifty or more years of service. — Mack Sigmon Ric Car ter photo Ric Car ter photos Ric Car ter photo Ric Car ter photo

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