District Deputies official visit on July 21st.

The second in a long series of official visits for our newly appointed District Deputy Grand Master of the Proud 17th Masonic District of Florida, F&AM, R.W:. William B. Erd, affectionately referred to as “Willie B from Tennessee” was a fun filled night of fellowship, awards, presentations and an outstanding delivery of the Grand Master’s message to the subordinate lodges with reports from a multitude of District committeemen.

L-R: RW Willie B from Tennessee, WB Charlie Roper, WM Mark Kirkley Bro. Bruce Earl and RH Ryan Kilmartin
Presentations abounded with RW Willie B from Tennessee (L) presenting WB Charlie Roper (2L) with a 25 year Mason award and presented Bro. Bruce Earl (2R) with his perpetual membership certificate, along with Winter Garden’s WM Mark Kirkley (Center) and our District Instructor RH Ryan Kilmartin (R)

 

It was a who’s who of masonic iconography and much mirth and hilarity ensued throughout the meeting all the while maintaining the solemnity and dignity of the fraternity.  The District Deputy was accompanied by a goliath entourage, including his own appointed musician who belted out “Old Rocky Top” upon the DDGM’s introduction.

RH Ryan Kilmartin, District Instructor for the Proud 17th Masonic District of Florida (L), presented WB Paul Tinsley (Center) with his blue proficiency card and Bro. Michael Lillard (R) with his silver proficiency card.
RH Ryan Kilmartin, District Instructor for the Proud 17th Masonic District of Florida (L), presented WB Paul Tinsley (Center) with his blue proficiency card and Bro. Michael Lillard (R) with his silver proficiency card.

Over 40 Master Mason’s and their families attended a fine dinner provided by our very own Junior Warden Scotty Beckett and his top notch kitchen staff, with the majority of the brothers staying for the official visit. There were enough members of Mokanna 329, our sister lodge to the East to win the coveted Traveling Gavel trophy.  Mokanna’s Master Eric Romano challenged other lodges in the district to travel to Mokanna and take the trophy home.

Mokanna Retakes Traveling Gavel Front L-R: RW Willie B, John Stewart, WB Charlie Roper, Bro Rocky Williams, RH Ryan Kilmartin, WB Jerry Clark, Bro Mike Lillard Back L_R:  Bro. Michael Catello, WB Eric Romano, WB Mark Kirkley, WB Paul Tinsley
Mokanna Retakes Traveling Gavel
Front L-R: RW Willie B, John Stewart, WB Charlie Roper, Bro Rocky Williams, RH Ryan Kilmartin, WB Jerry Clark, Bro Mike Lillard
Back L_R: Bro. Michael Catello, WB Eric Romano, WB Mark Kirkley, WB Paul Tinsley

At the end of the evening, a large contingent of the brethren made a mass exodus across the street to Pilar’s Martini bar, owned by WB Charlie Roper and his sister to cap the night with libations and continued fellowship.

WB Charlie Roper (center), a Past Master of Winter Garden Lodge was awarded as a 25 year Mason by the current Master of the lodge WB Mark Kirkley (R) and the District Deputy Grand Master of the Proud 17th Masonic District of Florida RW William B. Erd (L)
WB Charlie Roper (center), a Past Master of Winter Garden Lodge was awarded as a 25 year Mason by the current Master of the lodge WB Mark Kirkley (R) and the District Deputy Grand Master of the Proud 17th Masonic District of Florida RW William B. Erd (L)