VISITS MASONIC LODGE — Worshipful Glen Bryant, district deputy grand master for the 23rd Masonic District, recently visited Clifton Forge Masonic Lodge 166. Front row, from left: Bobby Curtis, past master; Bryant; Marlon Ward; Lee Meadows, Covington Masonic Lodge 171 worshipful master. Middle row: David Dew past district deputy grand master; Frank Persinger; Jerry Lindsay; Glenn Perry past district deputy grand master. Back row: Richard Bowyer, past potentate, Kazim Temple 2016 and 23rd district blood chairman; Steve Quick, Lodge 28 worshipful master; Freddy Barnett, past master; Charlie Walker, Lodge 166 junior warden; Jim Hogg Lodge 166 senior deacon; Jeremiah Walker, past district deputy grand master; Daniel Hammer, Lodge 166 senior warden; John Hayes, past district deputy grand master. Not pictured Ron Bostic, past district deputy grand master; Glenn Jones, past district deputy grand master. (Photo Courtesy Ron Bostic)
CLIFTON FORGE — Worshipful Glen Bryant, district deputy grand master for the 23rd Masonic district, recently visited Clifton Forge Masonic Lodge 166.
Bryant represents Most Worshipful Gary Wallace Taylor 173rd grand master of Masons in Virginia.
The grand master’s theme this year is “Free Masonry — a Tower of Strength.”
Grand Master Taylor designed a lapel pin which depicts the Jackson Ferry Shot Tower in Wythe County.
Every Master Mason who attends the grand masters or district deputy grand master’s visits receives one of the lapel pins depitcing the shot tower.
The Jackson Ferry Shot Tower was constructed of walls which were 2 ½ feet thick.
The structure also includes a 75-foot tower and a 75-foot shaft and 150 feet horizontal tunnel to the river for cooling of the shot.
As the grand master and the district deputies he has selected to represent him this year, the teaching is that if the foundation is strong it will last, and we are to build on this strong foundation.
Bryant spoke on the history of free masonry and the strong foundation it is built upon, including good moral charter, patriotic men, leadership, community service, family devotion, and a belief in God.
He also stressed the importance of the charitable giving and how important the Masonic Home is to Masonic brethren and families, the outreach program to assist masons who stay in their home when help is needed, support of the Grand Lodge Relief Fund; as well as the Scholarship Fund, Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Virginia, a 501(c)(3) entity to help children receive money for college. Presently, 40 students are receiving this money.