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Page 8 The North Carolina Mason St. John’s Day at Home for Children set for June 26 By Chris Richardson OXFORD — Te Masonic Home for Chil- dren at Oxford is proud to host St. John’s Day, Saturday, June 26, and we want you to join us. Activities for the annual summer visit to the Home will focus on the past and the present. Campus tours will be given by staff and resi- dents. Tese tours were a big hit with all visi- tors during last year’s celebration. Te tour will include visits to some of homes of the children, the School of Graphic Arts, cafeteria, and Cobb Center museum/archives. Starting at 11:00 a.m., lunch will be available Residents will have food and craft booths open through- out the day selling breakfast, home-made des- serts, and crafts. Shuttles will be available to carry guests throughout the campus, with a full schedule of activities planned for the day. Tis year’s event will include special guest speaker Dr. Richard B. McKenzie who has a newly released book and a heralded article from the Wall Street Journal. McKenzie is the Walter B. Gerken Professor of Enterprise and Society in the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine and is a noted authority on orphanages and their impact on child care. McKenzie will be sharing some of his thoughts and concepts from his Wall Street Journal article (“Te Best Ting About Or- phanages”) and those heard on “Te State of Tings” on WUNC-FM, Dr. McKenize will inform and enlighten on why the concept of orphanages and children’s homes has been and continues to be important, providing positive results in the lives of children. McKenzie is the author of several books including Te Home: A Memoir of Growing Up in an Orphanage, Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century, and Home Away from Home: Te Forgotten History of Orphanages. He was also executive producer of a documentary film, Te Homecomings: Te Forgotten World of Ameri- ca’s Orphanages. He speaks from his heart and personal experience as an alumnus of Barium Springs Home for Children. You may learn more about his research and publications re- garding orphanages at . A full day of fun, fellowship, interest informa- tion, and a special visit at your Masonic Home for Children is planned. We hope you, your fam- ily, your friends, and your lodge will join us. For more information, contract your lodge secretary, call the Home at 1-888-505-4357 or visit the Home’s St. John’s Day website at . See you June 26. Chris Richardson is director of Financial De- velopment and Marketing at the Masonic Home for Children. On hand for the initiation of NASCAR driver David Ragan (center) and his team- mates (to his right) Joe Huff and Mike Congdon, were (from left, back row) Ru- ben McIntosh, Andy Armstrong, Steve Hamlin, Graham Weaver; (front row) Jerry Hinson, Congdon, Huff, Ragan, Bob McIntosh, and Jeff Ballard. NASCAR driver on first Masonic lap CORNELIUS — Rising NASCAR star Da- vid Ragan recently took his first step in Freema- sonry, beginning a journey that will bring him “officially” into the fraternity and a cause he’s embraced for several years. Ragan and fellow racing team members Mike Congdon and Joe Huff were initiated here January 26 at Williams 176, in the Lake Nor- man community the Georgia-born Ragan now calls home. Tat’s where he parks his Number 6 Roush Fenway Racing UPS Ford when he’s not on the Sprint Cup or Nationwide racing circuit. Members of Williams, Saint Andrew 702, Excelsior 261, and James K. Polk 759 participat- ed in the degree. Bob McIntosh sat in the East. “Because of his racing schedule, it took us a while to get this together, but thanks to the ef- forts of many members of Williams Lodge and other lodges, we were able to make it happen,” said McIntosh. A delegation from Oasis Shrine also attended, including Potentate Wayne King, Past Potentate Bob Burroughs, and Executive Director Harvey Burgess. Ragan has long embraced the Shriners Hospitals for Children, donating money, time, and effort to the hospital system through his racing and many personal appearances, includ- ing appearances at the last three Imperial Shrine meetings. “Tis is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and now it’s great to be on the There will be souvenirs and snacks at St. John’s Day. In this issue of The NC Mason see RAGAN, page 4 Ragan is a man with a track record CONCORD — In 2004, David Ragan grad- uated from Robinson High School in Concord, NC. It was not long before he followed in his father’s (Ken Ragan) tracks driving stock cars. Roush Racing named him Mark Martin’s replace- ment in the AAA Ford in 2007. Te same year, Ragan finished fifth in points and was named rookie of the year in the NASCAR Busch Series. In his first start he finished fifth in the Day- tona 500. He fin- ished the season as runner-up to Juan Pablo Montoya in Sprint Cup rookie of the year balloting. Today he drives Rousch Fenway Racing’s No. David Ragan 6 UPS Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the No. 17 Citigroup Ford in the Nation- wide Series. He has yet to break into the win- ner’s circle in the Sprint Cup Series, but his first two Nationwide Series wins came last season in Talledega and Bristol. NORTH CAROLINA The Mason Volume 135 Number 2 page 1 Former Chief Justice Bev Lake and innocents. March/April 2010 March/April 2010 page 2 Eagle Lodge is preserving our history. page 4 Annual pool party adds fun to school’s start. pages 5 Mountain Masons hold a barn degree. A Mason who made a difference in the world Every Mason would like to make the world a better place for his family and neighbors. All of us can apply ourselves and make a little difference here and there. Occasionally, one of our number can do something that rings around the world, changing lives and improving mankind’s lot. I. Beverly Lake Jr. has had just such an effect. We salute him in this issue of The North Carolina Mason. 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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