Five local high school seniors, three from Galion High School and two from Crestline High School, each received a $1,000 scholarship last night during an event held at the Galion Masonic Lodge.
After a welcoming dinner, members of Galion Masonic Lodge No. 414 invited guests to join them in the lodge’s main room for remarks and the receipt of scholarship checks from the Galion Lodge’s current Worshipful Master, Mike Swick.
After Swick shared opening remarks to begin the event, Chaplain Val Young presented an overview of Freemasonry, which he described as an organization dedicated to “…trying to make good men better men.” Young shared a bit of the history of Freemasonry and dispelled common myths. It is not a clandestine or secret organization, he remarked, as Masons typically will wear insignia of their membership, such as rings or pins, on their person, and often have a high public presence in their communities through charitable work.
Paramount in the work of Galion’s Freemasons and the organization as a whole, Young noted, was a strong sense of morality, sharing that each Masonic meeting begins and ends with prayer. He also spoke of famous Freemasons in American history, noting that George Washington, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin were all Masons. Several other US Presidents were members, including local man Warren G. Harding.
This year’s Masonic Scholarship winners were: Alexis Brammer, Jessie Iiams, Chelsea Makeever, Jon Shock, and Brittany Smith. Brammer, Shock, and Smith are GHS seniors.