The Jacksonville York Rite Bodies presented well-earned Longevity Awards to some twenty Companions and Sir Knights on February 8, 2015. The awards were presented for 25, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years of service.
The awards were presented by Robert Cooper, KYCH, PGSWB of the Grand Commandery, K.T.,
P.I.G. Marshall of the Grand Council, R. Ex. Grand Scribe of the Grand Chapter, Secretary-Recorder of the Jacksonville Y.R. Bodies, with the assistance of Thomas Olsen, PHP, IM, EC, Assistant Secretary-Recorder of the Jacksonville Y.R. Bodies. Darryl A. D’Angina, KYGCH, PDDGG for Florida of the York Rite Sovereign College, and MEPGHP of the Grand Chapter, R.A.M. of Florida, acted as Marshal for the ceremonies. Assisting in coordinating and delivering the awards certificates and pins was Jimmy Dorsey, PHP, PIM, PC.
Two of the most senior and longest serving York Rite members honored were Lon Carl Fowler, who has been a member of the York Rite 67 years, and Richard Ivey Lanier, KYGCH, MEPGHP, who has been a member for 69 years. M. E. Companion Richard Lanier is 98 years young this year.
Pictured here were the recipients of the membership awards, with Companions and Sir Knights Cooper, Olsen, and D’Angina. The younger Companion, fourth from the right in the first row—Robert Aenchbacher, Jr.—received the award certificates for his grandfather who just recently passed away.
Also interestingly, another Past Grand Presiding Y.R. officer, Vernon E. Adams, Most Illustrious Past Grand Master of the Grand Council of Florida, was present (first row, third from left) as a long-time member of the Jacksonville York Rite Bodies.
Shown separately in a second picture was Richard Ivey Lanier, MEPGHP (2nd from left), receiving his award certificates from , left to right, Darryl A. D’Angina, MEPGHP, C. Robert Cooper, R. Ex. Grand Scribe of the Grand Chapter, Secretary-Recorder; and Thomas Olsen, PHP, IM, EC, Assistant Secretary-Recorder.
Also shown in a third picture was Richard Lanier with his wife and family, who were on hand to celebrate the occasion.
Everyone had a fine dinner and a good time, and a number of venerable, senior members and others enjoyed returning to fellowship with each other.