Recently the Queens Purple Circle was proud to host this annual award dinner. The gala event was held at Westbury Manor on Monday, April 23, 2018. Brother Nathan Lipper gave us the opening prayer after-which the Queens Masonic Veterans Color Guard presented the Flag and we had the Pledge of Allegiance. Ms. Julia Schlottman, the recipient of the award and her parents were acknowledged and thanked for their participation. Then all the Purple and Grand Line Officers were saluted.
Ms. Julia then read her piece which was, “Can you make a difference in the world?” I can see why the judges chose her piece, she was right to the point and her piece told exactly how and why she felt that she could make a difference.
Our District Deputy Spiro Triantafilis presented Julia with the award and congratulations. He said that he felt that Julia would be going places in this world! He thanked everyone for being there and for the memories of MW Stewart McCloud that he lives on in the hearts of all those that met him.
All the Brothers that spoke congratulated Julia for writing such a good piece and were very much encouraged that the new generation is going to be as good or better than those who went before them. RW William Sardone and MW Jeffery Williamson both were proud to be at the dinner and said, “The mark of any man is how his family is!” During this time, Ms. Julia Schlottman went around to each table and personally thanked every person in the dining room for bestowing upon her this prestigious award.
We all thank the MW Stewart C. McCloud family and the Past Grand Master for their admiration and helpfulness to the youth of our Brotherhood and those of the New York area.
As the evening came to an end the RW Frank Miller gave the Benediction.
W Nick Isabella
Queens District Historian