The Monette Masonic Lodge 558 held its annual supper and awards program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the lodge hall.
The lodge was organized in 1902 and holds an annual meeting to recognize special individuals in the lodge, as well as the community, for outstanding service.
Following the meal, Devane Baldridge, Worshipful Master of the Monette lodge, invited those present to enter into the meeting hall for the awards presentation.
Four Awards of Excellence were presented to Buffalo Island Central teachers, from both the Monette and Leachville campuses. Honorees included, Kima Stewart, Doris Willyerd, Kaye Craig, and Brenda Holt (who was unable to attend).
"These ladies perform a very valuable service to our community, as they
have devoted themselves to helping children reach their potential, through education," Baldridge said.
On behalf of the Monette Centennial Committee, Stewart presented a red, white and blue City of Monette flag, bearing the words "People, pride and promise."
Baldridge presented David Clark with the non-Mason Community Service award.
"We appreciate the valuable community service that you have rendered
to the community, in many areas," Baldridge said.
Baldridge presented Carlotta Ashley with a Worshipful Master award for service.
"She helps us on so many levels, with cooking, decorating, whatever is needed," Baldridge said.
Jacob Winfred Tracer was recognized with 2002 Mason of the Year, but was unable to attend the presentation.
James McFarlin reported that Devane Baldridge had received his 50 year Masonic Lodge pin during the August meeting, after becoming eligible for the distinction in June of 2002.
"Devane has devoted his life to the Masons," McFarlin said.