The 10th Annual Masonic Homecoming Festival was a huge success! We so loved having everyone back on campus to celebrate our Alumni and our Masons! We had a great crowd, beautiful weather, and lots of new food options. Too Much Sylvia was awesome!
Be sure to make your plans NOW to be here next year as MHCO celebrates turning 150!
On June 9th a group of our young men from traveled to Charlotte and were treated to a day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame! The group departed from MHCO at 6:30 that morning. A quick stop was made at the Burlington Shrine Club for everyone to stretch their legs and grab a biscuit or two for the ride. The caravan didn’t stop again until they reached Charlotte. There we met Brother Gary Cooke, who led them the rest of the way to the Hall of Fame.
Upon arrival, our group was led to a classroom for our first activity. There we met NASCAR driver David Ragan! He spoke to us about what it is really like to be a racecar driver. He also signed autographs for everyone and answered questions from our group. We were thrilled to meet him and learn more about his line of work.
Next, we participated in an activity to help us understand how much money you would need to fund an actual racecar. Our hosts asked questions and correct answers earned play money for the groups. They were able to purchase items to help them build a much smaller car of their own. They could even purchase consulting if they had enough play money! The groups worked very hard building their cars and when we were all done, each group was able to send their car on a ride. The cars all looked different…and some looked funny! It was a fun and engaging activity!
Next, we had lunch! We were treated to Bojangles chicken tenders, fries, and biscuits. Our boys were hungry, and they ate all they could hold!
After lunch, we were able to split up and explore the museum areas on our own. We were also given an All-Day Pass for the Simulator. Our group REALLY enjoyed the Simulator. There was quite a bit of competition amongst our folks. As you can see from the picture, Mr. Johnny Surles was victorious for that particular race. Our young men also enjoyed causing other drivers to wreck…. even before they left Pit Road! Did I mention they were competitive?
Other activities the group enjoyed included performing a pit stop with an actual car. One person operated the jack, another was responsible for drilling the lug nuts, and a third filled the gas tank. Three of our young men performed a complete pit stop in under 8 seconds, setting an incredible record for the day! We were also able to see and experience “Glory Road” where there were real racecars. We saw tons of memorabilia and learned a lot about NASCAR, how it was founded, NASCAR champions, Hall of Fame inductees, and we even saw Lightin’ McQueen!
After a fun filled day at the Hall of Fame, our group travelled to the Oasis Shrine Temple in Charlotte. That was great planning on our hosts part because are young men were definitely hungry again! They served us a delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad and all the fixings, French bread, and homemade desserts.
The Masonic Home for Children is grateful to those who provided this amazing experience to our young men. This day will be a memory for them to look back on for many years to come. Thank you all so, so much! The special donors who contributed, planned, and funded this activity are as follows:
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!
On Friday, July 30, 2021, the children and staff of MHCO were treated to a great night of fun, food, and even fireworks!
Our VIP kids could eat all they wanted…and they could choose from hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches! (Or they could have them all!) There were sodas, bottled water, and potato chips as well. Each of them enjoyed a delicious and refreshing Sno-Cone for dessert! They participated in the sideline entertainment between innings. And there were fireworks to light up the sky before they headed back to Oxford! It was an amazing experience and a wonderful memory our kids will always be able to look back upon.
A simple “Thank You!” hardly seems enough to express our gratitude! Thank you to all listed below for making a difference in the lives of our children!
Jason Ross Auto Sales
Jason and Kellie Ross
Brother Jeff Ross
The Burlington Sock Puppets & General Manager Thomas Vickers
MHCO is proud to announce the opening of “The Bike Shop”! This new “department” at MHCO was started by Joey and Kenny! These two amazing guys and their wives are House Parent couples here at the Home. They’ve set up this space to repair and improve the bikes our kids are already riding as well as store new and donated bikes for future use!
Since they are just getting started, they are in need of some tools and and other necessities listed below. If you’d like to help out, please contact Joey and Kenny directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.