Masons pull together to earn over $9500 for scholarship and youth programs. Orlando High Twelve, under the leadership of President Mike Hemphill and Past-President Bob Morrow, ran a 50-50 at the golf tournament to support Orlando High Twelve Club’s youth programs. Each of the five youth programs in the 17th District will receive $100 to support their activities. The Masters & Wardens scholarship program awarded four $1000 scholarships this year and will commit the rest of the over $9000 to scholarships in future years. We can truly say that this was indeed a “Masonic Event” because the 12 Lodges, Orlando High Twelve, Orlando York Rite, Widows’ Sons, DeMolay, and Court of Chevaliers along with the Shrine Band and Shrine Golf Unit participated to make this a joint effort. While our Orlando York Rite Bodies supported the tournament, we also had two teams representing the Knights Templar.
The DeMolay Cup for the lowest two men’s teams combined score went to Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80. The Eastern Star Cup for the winning mixed team winner went to Mokanna Lodge No. 329. The Rainbow Cup for the winning ladies’ team went to Orange Blossom Lodge No. 80.
This year’s scholarship golf outing was kicked off with the high school Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Color Guards presenting the Colors as the Shrine Band played the National Anthem. !44 players representing a full field participated in the day’s activities which included an opportunity to earn a Greenway Ford or Orlando Harley Davidson by scoring a hole in one. The support for the event this year was so great that some golfers had to be turned away. The full field and over 60 volunteers were treated to a breakfast of sausage biscuits, apples and bananas, muffins, OJ, and coffee. Lunch of NY strip steak, paella, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, hard rolls along with dessert of bread pudding and banana pudding, was enjoyed by all following the tournament. The big surprise of the day was that each golfer, not only earned a token door prize, but was able to leave wearing a new pair of Nike golf shoes.
Many individual Masons and community businesses contributed support to make this an outstanding event for all who participated. While many businesses could be mentioned, a special thanks goes out to The Burton and Barbara Langley Family Foundation for their support and to Kissimmee Bay Country Club and their employees for making this truly a memorable day.