William G. Hill #218 Launches 150th Anniversary Celebration with Commemorative Table Lodge
Raleigh Lodge Marking Historic Events with Celebrations and Memorial Book
RALEIGH, NC (July 1, 2014) – On May 23, the brethren of William G. Hill Lodge #218 held a commemorative table lodge to mark the 150th Anniversary of the lodge’s first meeting. The event is the first of several ways the Raleigh-based lodge has planned this year to celebrate its 150 years of establishment.
Grand Master Dalton Mayo and Deputy Grand Master Doug Caudle were both in attendance at this special event, along with dignitaries from other area lodges including Raleigh 500, Hiram 40, James B. Green 735, Phoenix 8, Sophia 767 and others.
The ceremony was held at the Historic Raleigh Masonic Temple on Caswell Street and presided over jointly by Worshipful Master Scott Souffrant and visiting Worshipful Ernest Barth of Doric 92 in Seattle and Fort Jackson 374 in South Carolina. The black tie event was tiled on the First Degree and included addresses by Grand Master Mayo and Worshipful Souffrant, periodic education by Worshipful Barth and Worshipful Jack Harman, a five-course meal with non- alcoholic wine, and a Celebration of the Seven Toasts. The meal was prepared by Tove Barth and served by members of the local Raleigh chapter of DeMolay.
The event is part of a year-long celebration of the 150th Anniversary of William G. Hill Lodge #218. Later this year, the lodge will release a commemorative book detailing its 150 years of existence, as well as a commemorative coin to mark the occasion. The celebration will culminate with a gala event at Raleigh Country Club on Dec. 13 to mark the establishment and chartering of WGH 218 on December 6, 1864.
Chip Bremer, Junior Warden