It is no secret that as a whole our Lodges are getting "older". The average age and years in membership at most of our lodges is nearing and past the age of "Social Security". Well, I'm glad to see that in WNC we have a few Brothers/Lodges who are trying to "buck" that notion. How many of y'all can remember what your Lodge accomplished in 1988? In Blue Ridge Lodge, 1988 was a big year....cause that was the year that Harold Neeley welcomed a son named Matthew into the world.....little did he know that 21 years later he would get to install his own son into the East....as probably the youngest Worshipful Master in NC Masonry.
Below is a few words from Secretary Dave Cashion PM.....
"Matthew Neely was installed Master on Dec. 19, 2009. With his birthday being 08/15/1988, he may be the youngest Master in the state. He turned in his petition on his 18th birthday. His Father Harold, a very proud father, installed him as Master. Dads don't often get to install the sons. The Officers and members Blue Ridge are looking forward to the upcoming year. Our annual Christmas Dinner was postponed due to weather, and will now be a Valentines dinner. 2010 events will include the Lodge Picnic, Hot Dog sale fundraiser, and Christmas Dinner. We looking forward to receiving the DDGM on January 21, and hearing his message."
Matthew receiving the Lodge Charter.