The Ennis Masonic Lodge held an awards recently honoring members of the community that included; two Ennis educators, two students and Harriett Adams, who has since moving to Ennis, worked tirelessly to give back to the community and her neighbors.

Adams was awarded the Community Builder Award, given in recognition of her civic mindedness to be part of the city’s progression and continued development. Besides her many contributions to the community, she is the driving force behind the Treats for Troops campaign which sends care packages to soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Adams started the campaign, with packing and drop off locations at her church and has sent two shipments of packages so far and is gearing up for the special July 4th edition of the campaign. Adams called the award a special honor and drove home from a work location in Houston to be on hand to receive it.

“I have always held the Masons on the highest regard for all their charitable works and community involvement, so to receive this award from them is indeed an honor that I will cherish. Ennis is full of people that genuinely want to help their neighbors and I am so proud to be considered a member of that community,” said Adams.

Students Kala Curry and Lauren Little each received the Mirabeau B. Lamar scholarships, in the amount of $500, and a medallion.

Melisa Taylor and Scott Stevens, both Ennis High School educators, were honored with a similar Mirabeau B. Lamar medallion and a gift card to Chili’s for their continued excellence and dedication to teaching.

According to Lodge Historian Steve Boon, along with being a Mason, Mirabeau Lamar was the second President of the Republic of Texas. While in office, Lamar set up goals that included setting aside land for education purposes and when the land that was set aside benefited from the oil boom, the state made millions of dollars which went on to fund educational institutions, including Baylor and Texas A&M Universities.

Boon also went on to explain to the audience that the Masons are the largest charitable organization in the world, donating nearly two million dollars a day in Texas, with a goal of close to 700 million annually.

The Masons have members in every country in the free world, with 300,000 members in Texas involved in 800 lodges in the state, nine of which are located in Ellis County.

To become a member, contact your local Masonic Lodge for more information.