Turkey was the order of the day last Saturday at the Blanco Masonic Lodge. For the 18th straight year, members of the Blanco Community were invited to enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving Care & Share meal, and about 365 people in and around Blanco answered the call.
Past Master of the Lodge Dobie Benson, the dinner’s project leader, advised that this year’s menu included turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, fresh rolls, pumpkin pie and other trimmings. He reported that about 235 people ate their meal in the Lodge dining room while 130 meals were either delivered or taken out elsewhere to eat.
Gloria Rife, Janet Smith, Erika Spreen, Pat Vallone and Sherri Williams, wives of Masons, stayed busy on the serving line while Mason Kenneth Moore assisted by Reva Mobley took care of delivering meals to folks around town who were homebound. A number of other Masons were stationed at key points to see that guests were able to get all they needed.
The annual Masonic Lodge Care & Share dinners started in 1991 when several Masons put their heads together. They cared for their community and wanted to show their care by sharing some good food and fun with Blanco citizens. Now, 17 years later, the same is true and even more so as each successive year draws a large crowd to eat a great meal that’s both tasty and free.
The event was officially named in 2001 as the Ernest R Davis, Jr Memorial Masonic Care & Share Dinner because the Lodge wanted to honor the devotion and dedication this late Mason and former Master of the Lodge had for the event.
His wife Marilyn Davis is a fine chef who is an expert at catering to large groups and has been the head chef in preparing all but the first Care & Share meal. Marylin and her assistant chef, Leona Van De Velde, again this year used their culinary skills for good purpose and, assisted by several Masons, came up with another fine meal served hot and on time.
Other local community support by Blanco Masonic Lodge includes among other activities the annual Take Time To Read program that the Blanco Elementary School has just completed, scholarships for Blanco High School graduating seniors, cleanup of a section of US Highway 281 North, a children’s playground at Yett Park, the annual Classic Car Show that takes place the third Saturday in May and working in the annual Lavender Fest and several other events that are held each year.
If a pre-Thanksgiving meal appeals to you, put it on your next year’s calendar for the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 21st, to attend and enjoy.
You can learn more about the great fraternity of Masonry by calling Lodge Master Chris Christian at 833-4407, Dobie Benson at 833-5348 or Bill Rife at 833-4925, or just contact any other Mason you may know.