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2013 Pillars Of Progress Award

posted Apr 4, 2013, 3:39 PM by Kurt Gazow   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 4:18 PM ]
Here at North Bank, we always seem to have something going on.  From our Crab Feed, the event which many know of, to other events, such as the Fireman's and Wrestler's dinners, we do what we can to reach out to and be present in the community.  In previous years, that has also involved participating in the distribution of flags just before Independence Day, or assisting in events personally, such as canned food drives or the Walk 'n Knock programs.  Add to that the yearly Ward Hoxsie - John Sinden Scholarship Program as well, assisting our local youth in their goal of attending college.

This year, the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington recognized these efforts by awarding North Bank Lodge  the "Pillars of Progress" award.  This award recognizes the efforts of North Bank Lodge in maintaining an involvement with our local communities of Camas and Washougal.  The award was presented at the District 18-19 Regional Communication in Woodland, WA.  The award was graciously accepted by VWB David Emmerton, a long time member of North Bank Lodge #182.

Our 2013 Worshipful Master David Coffing attended the Communication, but had to depart early on family business.  At our next stated communication however (4/1/2013), WB Coffing had our immediate Past Master WB Malcolm Parker escorted to the East, and presented him with the award.  WM Coffing noted that the work performed which garnered North Bank this wonderful recognition was performed under WB Parker's leadership, and that thanked him for his tireless, and continuing, efforts.  WB Parker commented that while he sat in the East during those times, it was a Lodge effort to make the efforts to engage the community in the manner required to garner this recognition.

The 2013 Pillars of Progress award will be displayed proudly in North Bank Lodge, and we extend our gratitude to our District Deputy and the Grand Team for this wonderful recognition.  We look forward to continuing our traditions of being an active part of the Camas and Washougal communities!

For more images from the 2013 District 18-19 Regional Communication, please visit the event page at the Grand Lodge Photo Archive site at