The Roman-Hatheway Masonic Lodge #223 has awarded its New York State Masonic Grand Lodge Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Service to the Community to Rome Police Chief Kevin C. Beach, and an additional award to the entire department for its service to the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The honor, the announcement said, is awarded to those individuals or organizations which make a significant contribution to the community above and beyond what normally might be expected of them.
The Freemasons have been a part of the Rome community for more than 210 years. Roman-Hatheway Lodge #223 is Rome’s oldest fraternal organization and one that continues to be an important part of our city, officials said.
“Lodge members take pride in acknowledging and participating in Masonic charities, our most visible activity. The majority of their giving goes to people who are not associated with the Masonic fraternity at all. Though our charitable efforts vary from year to year; during the last year of the COVID-19 period the Lodge has donated over $1,500 to the Rome Rescue Mission, and $500 dollars to the Veteran’s Outreach Center,” the civic group announced.
Additionally, the Lodge has generally included advancement of education through $500 in scholarships to two Rome Free Academy graduates each year for many years.
The Lodge and its members have donated to the Oneida County Dyslexia Center; the Shriners Hospitals for Children; the Masonic Brotherhood Fund; the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in Utica; the New York Masonic Safety Identification Program; and other charitable causes within our community totaling over $3,400 this past year alone.
Roman-Hatheway Lodge’s award nominations were submitted to a state wide awards committee for review and approval. If approved they are signed by the grad master of masonry for the state and then The Grand Lodge Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Service to the Community can be awarded.