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By Don Ogle
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Mason Awards


December 7, 2018

Don Ogle

Worshipful Master Nick Makris, standing, left, listens as Mason of the Year Kevin Wynne thanks him for the award. Also listening are Stephanie Mika and her husband Steve, who were present as the Frank Welch Lodge #75 recognized Stephanie's father, Ken Foland, for his work.

Sidney's Masons celebrated their best this week at Frank Welch Lodge #75 recognizing three Masons for their contributions to the community.

While unable to be present because of other obligations, Jack Thorpe was named Citizen of the Year. As Worshipful Master Nick Makris put it, Thorpe works tirelessly in the community, epitimizing the word "service."

Mason of the Year went to a Kimball Mason, Kevin Wynne, of the James L. Eatmon Lodge #294. Wynne was recognized for his effort drawing Masons from nine lodges in five states for a Masonic function in Kimball this year.

Also recognized, and remembered fondly, was the late Ken Foland, a long-time Mason who, late in his life, became "certified" in Masonry, becoming a master of all the parts and performances.

Foland's daughter Stephanie Mika, her husband Steve and grandchildren Emily and Zach were honored guests at the banquet. Several fond memories of Foland were shared, including the story of his certification, which includes memorizing many Masonic parts not written down.

His study partner, who was also working on certification, shared the hard work Foland went through to learn all he needed to earn the honor.

Following the story, Emily brought laughter to all corners of the room with her remembrance of the time.

"He could memorize all that, but he couldn't remember to pick us up from school," she quipped.


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