The Companion of the Temple Award was presented at the Grand York Rite Banquet to Myra Gardner, wife of Howard Gardner, MIPGM, Past Grand Secretary/Recorder of the Grand York Rite Bodies of Florida. Presenting the Award at the Banquet on May 22, 2016 was Henry A. Adams, REPGC of Florida, Southeastern Department Commander of the Grand Encampment, Knights Templar of the U. S. A.
Pictured at the presentation were, from left, Frederick R. Gerdom, then V. E. Deputy Grand Commander, now R. E. Grand Commander, K. T. of Florida; Henry A. Adams, REPGC, Southeast Department Commander of the Grand Encampment, K. T., U. S. A.; Robert St. John, then R. I. Grand P. C. W., now R. I. Deputy Grand Master, Grand Council R. & S. M. of Florida; and Mrs. Howard “Myra” Gardner.
Lydia Almand, wife of H. Warren Almand, Jr., MEPGHP, MIPGM, was also named a Companion of the Temple, but was too ill to attend the Grand Convention to receive the award. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.