HOT SPRINGS – A pair of longtime Masons, from the Harmony Lodge No. 110 of Hot Springs, recently received their 60-Year Award.
Worshipful Masonic Brother and Past Master Marvin G. Norris received his award in his home on June 2 with his wife Lady Dorothy also in attendance, while Brother Paul A. Schuchardt received his award in his home on June 3 with his wife Lady Jean in attendance.
Both were presented their awards by Master of Harmony Lodge Frank Foster.
Ironically, the two men have also been neighbors for many years, living across the street from one another.
Foster said greetings and best wishes were also sent to the two men by Most Worshipful Grand Master of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of South Dakota Charles H. Gilson and his Grand Lodge of Masonic Family. Congratulations were also extended by all Masons to both families.
The local Harmony Lodge No. 110 in Hot Springs was founded in 1891. Today, the local lodge boasts a membership of 77 Masons, all dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God.
According to materials provided by the Harmony Lodge, Masons (also known as Freemasons) belong to the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, with more than 2 million Freemasons in North America.
Many of the United States’ early patriots were Freemasons, including 13 signers of the Constitution and 14 presidents, including George Washington.
Freemasonry has a singular purpose to “make good men better,” with much of its philanthropy focused on assisting children. This holds true most notably through the Shrine Masons (Shriners), who operate the largest network of hospitals for burned and orthopaedically impaired children in the country.