The North Carolina Mason

May/June 2011

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Page 8 The North Carolina Mason Richardson named MHCO administrator OXFORD — The Board of Directors of the Masonic Home for Chil- dren in Oxford has appointed Chris Richardson as the interim administrator effective July 1, 2011. Current Administrator Al- len Hughes last year announced his retirement effective June 30. Chris has been employed by the Masonic Home for Children for ten years and has served as de- velopment director and assistant administrator. Chris has a bach- elor of science degree from James Madison University and a masters of business administration from Elon University. The Board wished Allen Hughes many years of good health and good fortune in his retirement. They thanked Hughes for his dedication, hard work, and unwavering loyalty to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford. They promised Rich- ardson the support of all North Carolina’s Masons as he takes the lead at our home in Oxford. The Masons of North Caro- Chris Richardson lina already know and respect Chris Richardson for the love he has shown for the Home. The transition is expected to be smooth, and lovers of the Home look forward to Richardson put- ting his stamp on the history of our great institution. Appeal for Alabama and Tennessee Many areas were struck by monstrous tor- nadoes recently. In contacting several Grand Lodges who suffered loss of life and enormous property damage, it was felt those who suffered the worst were Alabama and Tennessee. This ap- peal is being issued by the Masonic Service As- sociation for those two grand lodges. You may define which state gets your help by writing it on your check. If you do not specify otherwise, your donation will be divided equally between Alabama and Tennessee. You may help our devastated Brethren and their families in these stricken jurisdictions. One hundred percent of donations go directly to the needy, there is no administrative deduc- tion. Please make checks payable to the MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to: 8120 Fenton Street, Ste. 203, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4785. May/June 2011 Statesville 27 named Twain Lodge SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND — States- ville 27 has been named a 2010 Twain Award winner by the Masonic Information Center. The award is presented to those lodges in North America which distinguish themselves in displaying Masonic awareness. The award is sponsored by the Masonic Information Cen- ter (MIC) which is part of the Masonic Services Association of North America (MSANA). When informing Statesville 27 of the award, MSANA Executive Secretary Rich- ard Fletcher, said, “[the] lodge clearly demonstrated Ma- sonic awareness both within the lodge and the community.” Fletcher went on to say, “We at the Masonic Information Center are very proud of what Statesville 27 was able to accomplish.” The award was created to encourage lodges in North America to make Ma- sonry more visible in the community and more vital in the lives of Masons. In 2010, Statesville 27 took up a number of projects to increase Masonic awareness in their lodge and community. Those projects included: • Quarterly friendship breakfasts • First participation in Relay for Life • Homecoming • Emergency services night • Outreach to local Prince Hall lodge • Increased use of existing lodge resources such as Pancake Jamboree and Family Night. Kevin Combs, master of Statesville 27 in 2010 said, “The lodge officers and mem- bers worked hard to raise public awareness of Masonry and to make the Craft more mean- ingful in the lives of each Brother. I am very pleased that the Masonic Information Center recognized the lodge’s hard work. The key to our success was positive energy.” The MIC is scheduled to pres- ent the award at the North Carolina Grand Lodge Annual Communi- cation in September. The MIC an- nounced the winners in February at the an- nual Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America. — The Joppa Informer On a closed site, destruction often must precede construction. By the time you receive this newspaper, the Bass Care Center, (the three-story building seen in the background) will have disappeared from the WhiteStone campus. Fresh, modern construction is on the way. You can read more about it in Administrator Mark Kolada’s column on page seven. In this issue of The NC Mason NORTH CAROLINA The Mason Volume 136 Number 3 page 1 Rally to fight ALS with Ron Page May/June 2011 page 1 Legislators are thanked for their service page 4 Grand Master Ledford interviewed by Bill Friday page 7 Destruction precedes construction at WhiteStone Hiram 40 member Ronald Page had the largest turnout of walkers at the April 5 Walk to Defeat ALS sponsored by the Catfish Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association. A large Masonic turnout helped fund research and help for suffer- ers of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Ron died just six weeks after the event. The North Carolina Mason The Grand Lodge of North Carolina, AF&AM 600 College Street Oxford, North Carolina 27565 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED NON-PROFIT ORG. AUTO U.S. POSTAGE OXFORD, NC 27565 PERMIT NO. 56 PAID Ric Car ter photo Ric Car ter photo

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