MIDLOTHIAN — From time to time, Masonic lodges recognize local citizens for extra ordinary contribution to the community.
On Tuesday night, the Midlothian Masonic Lodge honored Midlothian resident Jamie Sanders Wickliffe with the community builder award for her many years of service to the community on many boards and commissions, including city council and the Midlothian Education Foundation.
“The community builder award is given to a worthy community contributor who is not a mason,” William Hilerman, the Midlothian Lodge Worshipful Master, explained. “Mrs. Wickliffe is only the seventh to receive this award since the first one in 1994.”
While she was never a member of the lodge, the Midlothian Masons have played a role in her life, Wickliffe said.
“Through the years, I’ve had a lot of support from my family and the masonic lodge. Since the early years when my granddad was a mason in this lodge, my family has been a part of it. I remember as a kid sitting in the front room and him spending many hours in the front room with my husband teaching him. It means so much to me now that my son has become a part of this fellowship and how much it means to him,” Wickliffe said. “Receiving the telephone call from Duke (Burge) that I was receiving the award tonight means so much to me because of the heritage of this organization.”
Burge, a Past Master at the lodge, introduced Wickliffe during the ceremony.
‘It is a pleasure to come together as a Fraternity to recognize someone who, through her unselfish efforts, has helped to make our community a better place in which to live,” he said.
Born in Abilene, Wickliffe attended Midlothian High School were she was a drum major and represented the school at the national debate competition. She earning a degree in business with an emphasis real estate from Cedar Valley College and earned her master senior appraiser designation. Jamie remaining to Midlothian at the helm of the Caldwell Banker America Realtors. A few years ago, she merged her brokerage business with Century 21, Judge Fite where she remains one of the top producers.
Among her professional accomplishments, Governor Rick Perry commissioned Wickliffe to serve as a board member of the Texas Appraiser License and certification board in 2011 and the Texas Land Commissioner appointed Wickliffe to serve on the SSC Task Force to assist in selling back land originally acquired for the collider project.
Wickliffe lent her service to several city entities, serving on the Midlothian city council for 12 years and being elected by her fellow councilmen to serve as the city’s mayor pro-tem for 10 of the 12 years she was on the council. After a short time away, she was recruited to fill a unexpired term of an existing council member rounding out 15 years of service to the city as an elected official.
She also chaired the Economic Development Commission, the original 4B Tax Board and the chaired the formation of the Rail Port Project in Midlothian creating the first private partnership in the community. She is currently serving on the board of trustees and is co-chairs the Lords Acre for the First United Methodist Church.
Education is also a passion of Wickliffe. She served as the chairperson of the original Midlothian Education foundation and continues to serve on the foundation.
“We, as Masons, recognize that there are countless individuals who, for whatever reason, have not become members of our organization, yet who possess this same kindred spirit of devotion to service of our fellow man. These individuals have distinguished themselves by their unselfish efforts. They have used the same moral and ethical precepts that our order teaches, and through their contributions and sacrifices have helped to build a better world for us all,” Hileman said.
Wickliffe married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Wickliffe. They have four children and four grandchildren.