BY MELANIE BUCK –
Two county Masonic Lodges held their annual banquet on Saturday, November 12th, and presented awards to lodge and community members. Dallas Masonic Lodge (Mena’s Lodge) and Mountain Meadow Lodge (Hatfield’s Lodge), hold the banquet together each year and honor those who they feel have gone above and beyond their normal duties, whether as a Mason or a citizen of the community.
The Dallas Lodge gave two community service awards, one to Robert Lancaster, who is also a Mason, and one to Melanie Buck of Pulse Multi-Media. Mountain Meadow also gave two community service awards. One to Nina Tibbs, for her unwavering dedication to driving veterans to Little Rock and back for doctor appointments. Tibbs has driven more than 250,000 miles during her service with DAV. They also recognized Steven Free, a drug and substance abuse counselor for the 18th West Judicial District.
Their Lodge Service Awards were presented to Larry Winfield and Steve Fortner, of Mountain Meadow Lodge. The Dallas Lodge Service Award was presented to all women of the lodge who help in a variety of ways.
Mason of the Year was presented to Randy Webster of Dallas Lodge and Dezi Bowles of Mountain Meadow Lodge.
One of the Mason’s highest honors is the Pillars of Solomon Award. Michael Campbell of Mountain Meadows received the honor, as did Lou Brooks of the Dallas Lodge.
An award specific to the local lodges was launched last year with two receiving the high honor of Rose Croix. At the time, the Masons stated that the award had never been given before and may never be again. However, they found another recipient as worthy as those of the past and gave Lou Brooks the Rose Croix. An emotional Brooks was at a loss for words. He has served more than 50 years as a Mason across the globe. Look for Brooks to be featured as an upcoming Pulse Citizen of the Week.