Saturday, March 19th started out cool and overcast. That didn’t stop some special friends of The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford from visiting and participating in the 9th Annual Great Landscape Event!
Several groups returned to help ready the scenic campus for Spring. The Rowan County boys were assigned to God’s Half Acre as usual. Past Grand Master and former MHCO Board Chairman Dewey Preslar was joined by David Carmichael, Spencer Carmichael, MHCO Board Vision Committee Member Ken Small, Heath Hager, and Woody Weddington. The group also adopted and were joined by Past Grand Master and MHCO Board Chairman Speed Hallman.
MHCO Board member Kathy Johnson, along with her husband Ed and her son Ned, both members of Vandora Masonic Lodge No. 745, once again worked to beautify the front of the York Rite Chapel. Joining them at the chapel were the Grand Worthy Advisor of the Grand Assembly of North Carolina, Miss Stephanie Vargas, as well as the State Executive Committee Chairman, Miss Anna Null.
Also in attendance were a few Rainbow Girl Assemblies from across the state to include Wayne Assembly No. 93, Trinity Assembly No. 93, Raleigh Assembly No. 4, Winston Salem Assembly No. 37, Hillsborough Assembly No. 77, Oxford Assembly No. 86, and Fayetteville Assembly No. 22. These girls and their chaperones spread mulch at all the playground areas. One chaperone was none other than MHCO Ambassador Bill McMillan. A few of them also joined Ken Small in planting a number of Dogwood trees on campus in honor of alumni and friends we lost to Covid-19.
Raleigh Masonic Lodge No. 500 was represented by several members. They focused on cleaning the pool and pressure washing the picnic shelter! Picking up sticks and cutting them to a manageable size was handled by a small but mighty family member! Their mascot George (the Labrador Retriever) even helped by trying to soak up some mud puddles!
Seth Bowen and his crew from Green Acres Lawn and Landscaping were here to help our volunteers as needed. He and his crew do an amazing job of keeping our campus looking great year-round.
Special thanks also to our staff. Kevin and Kevin Otis picked up trash along Forest Avenue and College Street. Victor and Henry from our maintenance department delivered all needed supplies to each work site, and they were on hand to help as needed. Gene, Alvin, Yancey, and Tina transported water to our volunteers and drove them to their assigned areas.
We are so grateful for the help of so many dear friends! Make plans to join us for the 10th Annual Great Landscape Event on March 18, 2022!