Both Donald R. Hoover and Marion L. Allen were recently honored for 50 years of service as masons.
Hoover received his 50-year membership pin in the Vandalia Lodge No. 491 AF and AM August 18, 2015. The presentation was made by the District Grand Master Tim Terko. Dea Hoover, daughter, pinned her father. Don was initiated into the Masonic Lodge on October 20, 1964. He was raised to a third degree mason on June 19, 1965. He served as Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1990 as treasurer in 1998 and 1999, Marshal in 2004, and Senior Steward in 2012. Hoover is a member of the Lodge of Research, Scottish Rite, Moolah Shrine, N.E.M.O. Shrine Club in Hannibal, and the Little Dixie Shrine Club in Mexico.
Allen also received his 50-year membership pin in the ceremony and was pinned by his wife Sherry. He was initiated into the Masonic Lodge on April 5, 1965 and served as Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1970.
A reception followed the ceremony with a decorated cake.
The Grand Lodge of Missouri has been in existence for 194 years; few organizations have achieved this longevity.
“Your 50 years of membership are a milestone in your life and in our fraternity,” said Dale M. Bryan, Grand Secretary with the Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF and AM said in a statement. “We are pleased that you have continued this membership in your lodge. The traditional ideals and teachings of Freemasonry are still relevant today as they were when you first knocked on the door of your lodge 50 years ago. We can all be proud that our fraternity continues to care about people and is a charitable organization for our brethren, lodges and communities…”