Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge #1152

Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge #1152

The Billie Mosse Masonic Lodge #1152 in Denison will hold a Golden Trowel ceremony at 7 p.m. this Friday. The gathering is open to all Masons, their families and friends. A dinner will follow the ceremony.

Receiving the honor, the highest award given to a Mason by a lodge, is Arnold Ramey of Denison. He has been a Mason for 11 years and is instrumental in keeping the lodge in working order. He also works to support the lodge’s efforts by assisting in community projects and events.

Red River Valley Chapter, MVPA

The Red River Valley Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association will meet this Thursday, 7 p.m., at Mariachis Mexican Restaurant (formerly El Pueblo), at 1909 Texoma Parkway in Sherman. The public is welcomed to attend.

There will be a short business meeting and events update followed by a program.

U.S. Navy Veterans

Awards and an educational program highlighted the Feb. 20 meeting of the local U.S. Navy Veterans group. The session, held at the Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) building in Sherman, was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a prayer by Joe Walker, the group’s captain and chaplain.

Speaking on Grayson County College’s "College Credit for Heroes" program were Cindy Powell, program administrator, and Kathleen Connor. The program is administered by GCC for the Texas Workforce Commission. It is designed to recognize the knowledge and skills of military veterans and award veterans with college credits that have accrued from their participation in the military. Those skills learned in the military are assessed and, when appropriate, academic credits may be awarded by GCC for individual credits to an accelerated degree program or the credits may be applied to licensing programs required by the college or industries in the region.

During a special awards presentation, two members - Grady Humphres and Joe Bellows - were presented with "Plankowner Certificates." Both men are credited with starting the local U.S. Navy Veterans organization.

Humphres of Sherman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 at age 18, a few months prior to the official start of World War II. He served as the buglar on the U.S.S. Tennessee (BB-43) and the U.S.S. Nehenta Bay (CVE-73), surviving Japanese kamikaze aircraft attacks, enemy torpedo attacks and typhoons.

Bellows of Ector enlisted in the Navy in 1953 at age 19. The Korean War had begun in the Western Pacific Ocean and Bellows served most of his enlistment time aboard the destroyer, the U.S.S. Owen (DD-536) which participated in United Nations carrier operations, as well as blockade and escort services designed to limit Chinese and Russian military assistance to North Korea.

The group’s next meeting will be on April 21, 2 p.m., at the TCOG building. For information, contact Siras Browning at 903-893-7534.