The North Carolina Mason

July/August 2011

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July/August 2011 The North Carolina Mason MHCO Hayes and Neal Societies inducts new members OXFORD — At a May 13 luncheon, the Ma- sonic Home for Children at Oxford celebrated the life and legacy of those who gave lifetime gifts in 2010. They inducted new members into the Hayes and Neal Societies. Planned gifts executed in 2010 equaled more than 40% of the Home’s donation revenue for the year. For the past six years, the Board of Directors has gathered and hosted the luncheon honoring these givers and their families, acknowledging their gift, and announcing their induction as members of the Hayes and Neal Societies at MHCO. An area of the Home’s Cobb Center Museum and Archives honors these special donors. “Planned giving continues to provide a solid financial foundation for the Home’s future,” said Administrator Chris Richardson. “It’s hard to imagine how this Home could have continued to serve and grow over such a long period of time without planned giving. We’ll need it just as much, if not more, for our future. Naming this Home in a will, estate, trust, or other planned gift is more than a donation — it is a gift for the future and changes the lives of children forever. second to Hiram 40, and third to Salem 289. For the not to be lightly regarded Sauce Award, Hiram 40 took first, Widow’s Son 4 (PHA) was second, and Green Level 277 took third. Besides Doric 30, Spurmont 98 from Vir- ginia was the this year’s other out-of-state entry. According to event organizer, Mike Sterling of Raleigh 500, “Every year, the Pig Jig is the perfect opportunity for barbecue novices and aficionados alike to meet some Freemasons and try various regional interpretations of barbe- cue for a great price and for a great cause. Plus, because the Pig Jig always coincides with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s annual Got To Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds, there is always lots of great home- grown food, agriculture, and entertainment on hand for everyone to enjoy.” The contest is certainly fun for visitors, but the real fun is for the entrants. The fun and fellowship of a night on the fairgrounds with brothers from all over the state is hard to beat. Set-up and cooking begin on Friday afternoon. That’s when the Masons have the chance to visit around, peek at the exotic grilling equip- ment and homebuilt curiosities. Then there’s all the visiting while the pigs slow cook through the wee hours. The ticket sales structure of the Pig Jig allows lodges to use the event as a lodge fundraiser as well. To learn more about the Carolina Pig Jig, visit . It’s not too early to be planning your assault on the champi- onship in 2012. It is a true gift of a lifetime.” The luncheon featured the naming of this year’s recipients, a special recognition for the Mc- Gee family and their newly formed foundation, and the meaningful words of Home alumnus and keynote speaker Danny Page. The Class of 1974 resident presented the story of his experience at the Home, emphasizing the importance of the Home and its part in preparing him for life, his family, and career today. This year’s inductees were Gold Level: L. Miller Snow; Silver Level: Richard A. Morris in loving memory of his parents Ber- nard William Asa Morris and Mary Frances Birchfield Morris; Bronze Level: William J. Evans, Esther M. Fitzgerald, Larry W. Pil- grim; Legacy Level: Virginia J. Fox, Thel- ma D. Hutchens, Lloyd B. Monroe, James H. Pittman, Stanley W. Powell Jr., Ann K. Thomas in memory of daughter Deborah Ann and husband John Primm Thomas; and Benefactor Level: Walter C. Correll, Alton M. Ivey, and Marshall W. Lawrence. The Home formed the Hayes and Neal Societ- PIG JIG, from page 8 Interim Administrator Chris Richardson pres- ents Brenda McGee Bell and Kaylor Robinson recognition for the McGee Memorial Foun- dation’s restoration and management of the Home’s memorial cemetery. ies in 2005. Donors who name the Home in a will, provide a lifetime gift of stock, property, or assets with cash value, or name the Home in a trust or annuity are annually recognized. For more infor- mation on planned giving, contact MHCO at (919) 603-3901 or by visiting . Page 7 STATE, from page 3 Gatesville They are sprucing things up around Gatesville 126. They’ve just given the lodge a fresh painting in- side and put down new carpeting. — Steve Stallings Statesville John Brown “Red” Earle was a Mason much loved for many years in Statesville. He coached many Masons and served in many offices. A few years back, Statesville 27 started raising money for a scholarship in his honor. After awarding a couple of scholarships, they have been waiting on further disbursements until the fund grows larger. Members of Mount Moriah 690 and Statesville 27 were recently selling raffle tickets for a week’s accommodations at an Oak Island Beach house. — The Joppa Informer Elizabeth City Eureka 317 did the inevitable roof repair in late May. So far this year, they have brought in $4,200 for charity with a barbecue sale, a yard sale, and a bake sale. — On the Level Ric Carter photos MORE Mileposts GREENVILLE — On May 12, Crown Point 708 member Maynard Earl Porter was presented his Veteran’s Emblem for 50 years Masonic service. Seen here, from left, are District Deputy Grand Master Ben- nie Heath, Porter, Crown Point Master Rufus Walston, and District Deputy Grand Lecturer Dennis Campbell — Stephen Natale CASAR — Casar 579 presented service awards June 2. Veterans’ Emblems for 50-years membership went to Hal Cooke Yates Warlick, Ralph Sain, and Larry Costner. Paul Houser and Bob Braswell present- ed the awards at Casar Lodge’s Past Masters’ Night. Seen here, from left seated, are Sain and Warlick. Standing are Warlick, Cooke, Braswell, Past Master Paul Houser, Mrs. Warlick, and Costner. — Eric Newton ELIZABETH CITY — Grand Master Lewis R. Ledford, right, ELIZABETH CITY — Henry Wilson Eason, left, was pre- sented his Diamond Jubilee Award for 60 years membership at the grand master’s June 6 First Masonic District meeting. The New Lebanon 314 past master (1964) is seen here with Grand Master Lewis R. Ledford. recently presented Cecil E. Winslow, left, his Diamond Jubilee Award celebrating his 60 years as a Mason. The Perquimans 106 member served as master of the lodge three times, and was lodge secretary for 40 years. The award was presented during the Grand Masters District Meeting June 6. ELIZABETH CITY — Gerald Willford Jones, left, was pre- sented his Diamond Jubilee Award for 60 years membership at the grand master’s June 6 First Masonic District meeting on June 6. The New Lebanon 314 past master (1976) is seen here with Grand Master Lewis R. Ledford. Ric Car ter photo Ric Car ter photo Ric Car ter photo

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