At the Grand Commandery, K. T. of Florida Conclave in Panama City Beach on May 18, 2015 Springtime Commandery No. 40, of the Clearwater York Rite Bodies, was presented with the Richard John Carr Trophy for excellence in opening the Commandery with nine Sir Knights.
The trophy is awarded annually for the highest level of proficiency in opening a Commandery with the nine-Man Opening.
Pictured, from left to right, at the presentation were: Paul W. Friend, MIPGM, then R. E. Grand Commander, now R. E. Past Grand Commander, K. T. of Florida; Marvin W. Gerhard, REPGC, Louis Thomas, DDCG, District 3; Robert E. Burleson, MIPGM, REPGC, REPDC; the Commander and Generalissimo of Springtime Commandery No. 40; James Mason, then Grand S.W., now Grand Captain General; and John Gray, Inspector General of the Grand Commandery, K. T. of Florida.