The Community Builder Award

by Midnight Freemason Contributor
WB Gregory J Knott
Homer Lodge WM Dave Harry

Many Grand Lodges across the United States encourage their local lodges to participate in a program called the Community Builder Award.   This program is designed to recognize outstanding non-masons who through their efforts make the communities they live in stronger.

The individual who receives this award doesn’t necessarily have to be someone of high profile or elected to office.   Very often, the persons chosen are those who work quietly behind the scenes to help make things happen.

WB Harry presents Molly Shoaf 
with the 2014 Community 
Builder Award
Homer Lodge No. 199 in Illinois recently held our Community Builders Award ceremony and honored Molly Spencer Shoaf.  Molly is a lifetime resident of Homer who as a member of the Homer Historical Society, has contributed countless hours in helping preserve the town’s history.  Molly is co-author of two books Volume 1, From the Timber to the Prairie and From the Calamity to the Calm (A History of Homer, Illinois Volume 2) and was a 2006 winner of the Studs Terkel Award presented by the Illinois Humanities Council.

Molly Shoaf with WB Charles Fritz

Molly and Homer Mayor Raymond Cunningham are now helping the lodge go through over 150 years worth of materials and Molly is painstakingly typing the lodge minutes from the first 30 years or so of the lodge to help tell our story.

Honoring people such as Molly Spencer Shoaf, help bring Freemasonry into the public view and provides the lodge an opportunity to invite people into your lodge.  I encourage your lodge to participate in this program.


WB Gregory J. Knott is the Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), Homer Lodge No. 199 (IL) and Naval Lodge No. 4 in Washington, DC. He’s a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, Eastern Star and is the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club No. 768 in Champaign-Urbana. He is also a member of ANSAR Shrine (IL) and the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. Greg serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonic Society and is a member of the Scottish Rite Research Society and The Philathes Society. Greg is very involved in Boy Scouts—an Eagle Scout himself, he is a member of the National Association of Masonic Scouters. You can contact him at

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