At a called communication on Saturday, November 15th 2014. Winter Garden Lodge no. 165 F&AM raised 6 new Master Masons to our fraternity. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Mokanna Lodge no. 329 for allowing us to perform the degree work at their lodge hall on an extremely short notice due to scheduling conflicts at out lodge hall. Two of the newly raised brothers were from Wildwood Lodge no. 92 and the rest were from Winter Garden Lodge no. 165.
We had a fantastic turnout with several members from Wildwood Lodge, Mokanna Lodge and an astouding number of past Master from all over the region. We also had several members of the Low Twelve Masonic Motorcycle club in attendance as well as RW Johnny Brock and RH Donald Goolsby (District Instructor for the Proud 17th Masonic District) who presented the lecture.
Bro. Leonardo Nery’s father traveled all the way from Brazil to raise his son. It was an heart warming and emotional experience as you could see and feel the father’s pride at his son’s accomplishment and the son’s pride at following in his father’s footsteps.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Junior Warden Mark Kirkley and his staff for the amazing BBQ meal that was pulled off without a hitch considering the last minute change of venue. Several comments were made that this was one of the best Master Mason Degrees that they had ever seen performed. Winter Garden lodge takes great pride in doing good degree work and we want to thank the dedication of the degree team for putting in the extra time and diligence to practice and perfect their roles and make our lodge a proud member of the 17 Masonic District.