Masons present award to First Night committee
At a recent Awards dinner at the Red Fox restaurant, Whiteface Mt Masonic Lodge No. 789 presented the Dewitt Clinton Award to members of the Saranac Lake First Night Committee.
The DeWitt Clinton Award is given to non-masons or Non-Masonic organizations that have demonstrated exceptional voluntary service to their community. This is the highest and oldest award granted by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of New York since its inception in 1781 and is intended to be given for truly outstanding service.
To qualify, the nominee(s) must be distinguished for outstanding contributions of time, skills, and financial support given freely toward truly significant endeavors in the interest of their community.
The award is named for Brother Dewitt Clinton (1769-1828), governor of New York, U.S. senator from New York, mayor of New York City and driving force behind the building of the Erie Canal. He was also grand master of the Grand Lodge of New York from 1806-19.
The award demonstrates Freemasonry’s historic concern and fraternal high esteem for voluntary service and individual involvement through contributions of time, skill and financial support given freely toward truly significant endeavors in the public interest.