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November/December 2014

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Page 8 The North Carolina Mason November/December 2014 In this issue of The NC Mason page 1 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 PAID OXFORD, NC 27565 PERMIT NO. 56 Grand Lodge installs new officers page 8 The Ride visits the Home for Children page 8 Fourth Homecoming is the largest yet On the cover see RIDE, page 5 The 2015 officers of the Grand Lodge took their vows and charges December 6. The story is on page one. Ric Carter photo see HOME, page 4 OXFORD — e fourth Annual Masonic Homecoming Festival here October 10–12 drew its largest crowd since its inception despite a nasty turn of weather on Friday night. More than 3,000 assembled to see a great parade, eat some top-notch barbecue, and hear local coun- try music star Jason Michael Carroll perform. Homecoming is the fall celebration of Masonic Home for Children at Oxford Alumni Associa- tion and Masons who support the Home as one of their primary charities. CHINA GROVE/OXFORD — is was the 17 th year for what has become North Caro- lina's biggest annual Masonic fundraiser. e Ride (its real name is the Charity Ride to the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford) ran from China Grove (nominally) to Oxford on September 13. ey delivered $24,606.46 to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford. Eureka 283 has been organizing e Ride all these years with Jerry Edwards and Doug Earnhardt bring- ing everything together. e total given to the Home over e Ride's history is $392,500. Sixteen motorcycles left China Grove that Saturday morning in the rain. By the time they made Greensboro and picked up more riders, the skies had parted and things were looking up. Meanwhile, other groups of bikers performed their own day-starting rituals and rode together to Oxford to join the pack. ey all made their way to the Walmart parking lot in Oxford where they held their registration and gave prizes to participants. irty-one bikes and a couple of Coming Home Severe thunderstorms prematurely ended the Friday Night Yard Party. at's when, under the oaks, 15 cooking teams prepared for the crowd on Saturday and vied for the title of best cooks for the kids. e Brethren of the Stew from Andrew Jackson 576 prepared and served their famous recipe of Brunswick stew for the pork cooks in the contest. e first homecoming Alumni/Mason/Resi- Ride for the children 2015 officers installed The Mason NORTH CAROLINA NOV/DEC 2014 Biggest Homecoming ever in Oxford Ric Car ter photos Ric Car ter photos

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