The weekend of April 21st was a very special weekend in the happenings of your Children’s Home. Fourteen Masons from across the state gathered, most with their spouses, to experience life on campus and learn specific information regarding the operation, programs, and plans of MHCO. These Ambassadors have been commissioned with the goal of carrying the message of the Children’s Home to families in need.
On Friday evening April 21st the Second Class of Ambassadors gathered in the Cobb Center and took in the storied history of our beloved Children’s Home. The event began with a welcome from Past Grand Master and Board Chairman Preslar and was followed by dinner in the cottages. The Ambassadors were able tour the cottages, ask questions, and interact directly with children and House Parents. The group traversed across campus and gathered to play games in the gym with Bemis and Gray Cottages. Groups then met in the York Rite Chapel for reflective activities. Older residents and Class of ’89 Alumnus Tina Gilreath were able to share their experience at MHCO and how important the Home has been in their lives. As a group, we discussed the difficulties of being raised out of one’s home, having to abide with campus rules, and the perspective of guardians having to let go and trust others to raise their children.
Saturday began early with a welcome from PDDGM Phil Johnson from the first district and a working breakfast. Extensive information was shared with the intended purpose of providing a well-rounded understanding of the many aspects of operation in order for the Ambassadors to be able to present and respond to groups. The Ambassador Orientation continued with each person or couple beginning development on an Action Plan to share the message and connect the Home with families in need and those who can help with the Mission.
One important message is a familiar one… MHCO is in need of House Parent Couples to work as Child Care Workers. If you know anyone who would be good House Parents, please have them contact MHCO at 919-693-5111 or visit the website at www.mhc-oxford.org . The Home’s capacity to provide is directly linked to our dedicated and professional House Parent Couples. Consider becoming a part of our team today.
The weekend culminated with a Graduation Ceremony. Each Ambassador received a Certificate, Pin, and a Walking Stick to help represent their journey taking the Light of the Home to those in Dark times. PGM Preslar presented the Walking Sticks and informed the class of their purpose.
Grand Master Cobb then Commissioned the Class in accordance with the Ambassador Charter, which is displayed in the York Rite Chapel. The each class is recognized by a separate framed picture next to the Charter. Ambassadors are requested to provide a three year commitment to the program. Within three years we expect each Masonic District in North Carolina to have their own Ambassador.
The Children’s Home continues to be a great place to be a kid and impacts generations to come. Thank you all for Shining the Light of your Children’s Home across the state.
The Ambassador Class of 2017 consists of:
- Douglas and Deborah Brickhouse – District 1
- Earl “Buddy” and Donna Wilson – District 4
- Johnny & Estelle Surles – District 7
- Randy Bowen – District 8
- Don and Wendy Steichen – District 14
- Will Barham – District 16
- Marc and Paula Sessoms – District 18
- Michael & Hilary Verville – District 19
- Velton Wayne Tudor – District 20
- Tracy and Jennifer Lucas – District 25
- Clifford and Jenny Shrewsbury – District 26
- Mark Mabe – District 29
- Gary and Donna Ramey – District 30
- Chris and Britt Hawkins – District 35
- James B. “Eric” and Kim Call – District 36
- Jesse and Jennifer Padgett – District 39