Changing of the Guard: Kenton Installs its 2018 Officers
Posted on December 23, 2017
Freemasonry is built on traditions, and none is more important and more celebrated than the installation of a lodge’s officers.
Last Saturday, December 16th, 2017, the brethren of Kenton Lodge no. 145 performed this time-honored tradition with members, family, friends, and visiting brothers in attendance. In addition to installing next year’s set of officers, the event was also marked as a celebration of WB Andrew Gross’ year in the Oriental Chair which was highlighted by giving WB Gross the honor of being the evening’s Installing Officer. The installing team was completed by WB Dale Palileo serving as installing marshal and WB Jim Hofbauer as installing chaplain, making the entire installation team and the event itself an “in-house only” event–a first in Kenton’s more recent history.
The evening was also full of awards and presentations. Brother Roy Ball III was honored with this year’s Hiram Award for his distinguished service as the lodge’s treasurer. Tara Brown was presented with a strand of Tahitian pearls–Kenton’s traditional gift to the outgoing Worshipful Master’s wife as a token of the lodge’s gratitude. Per the lodge’s tradition, WB Andrew Gross was presented with his past master’s apron and an eight-inch chef’s knife made of Damascus steel. As a highlight of the evening’s presentations, Brother Doug Auld presented WB Andrew Gross with his own portrait reflecting many symbols highlighting WB Gross’ passions and personality.
The evening was then capped with the usual Kenton-style celebrations with family and friends in attendance.