ILWACO, Wash. - Occident Lodge No. 99 Free and Accepted Masons won the "Community Involvement Award" for two programs that reach out to school children at the Grand Master's Reception held in Raymond, Wash., this month.
Washington State Grand Master Gail H. Kenney and District 16 Deputy Norman W. Greenly presented the awards.
Richard Rodlun of Ocean Park, Wash., was named District 16 Mason of the Year for his leadership of the "Bikes for Books" program that encourages schoolchildren to read.
Rodlun, senior warden of Occident Lodge No. 99 of Ilwaco, aided by fellow masons Ed Cox, also of Ocean Park, and Les Moore of Ilwaco, salvage donated downed trees, mill them into usable lumber on their back-yard sawmills and make planting benches and planters to raise money to purchase bicycles.
Each time a student reads and writes a book review of an approved book, the child receives a raffle ticket for a drawing held at the end of the school year awards assembly. A boy and a girl from each school win a bicycle.
Rodlun's wife, Alice, aided by Roseanne Cox, help their husbands set up and operate the fundraiser held before Mother's Day in Ilwaco and during the annual Rod Run in Ocean Park.
In the "Outstanding Citizenship Awards," teachers and staff at Peninsula and Naselle schools select a boy and a girl from grades five through eight who have distinguished themselves by displaying outstanding qualities.
This year, the student will be honored at 2 p.m. April 10 at the lodge, 205 Spruce St. in Ilwaco. Washington State Trooper Scott Johnson will address the students and present their certificates. After the presentation, the students and families will be treated to hot fudge sundaes.
For information, call Michael Carmel (360) 642-3636.