The Queens Masonic Association, this year, awarded RW Richard A. Primiano with the MW Charles W Froessel Award.The evening started out with the dais being announced to standing ovations.
RW Jay Austin gave the Invocation and Pledge, RW Joseph Saglimbene gave a short talk about RW Primiano’s good work in the District.
RW Robert Russell presented a brief bio. of RW Richard A. Primiano, the A. stands for Anthony. He resided on 41 Street in Astoria and his father worked for Con Ed. In Bryant High School he played as first violin in the orchestra. In 1953 he met his wife Joan and on September 22, 1956 they were married, which makes this year their 60th wedding anniversary.
As a young man he saw his father study to become a Master Mason and when R W Richard was old enough he joined a Lodge, he has been a Mason for 58 years.
He is his Lodge’s Brotherhood Chairman; he is the County Chairman for the Blood Drive. In 2011 he was appointed as the Grand Representative to the State of Florida. He received the RW Herman Weiss Award in 2007. He worked with RW Gordon Bennett on the Blood Drive and had it renamed in RW Gordon’s honor.
RW Robert said RW Richard is a quiet man who is never negative, he thanked R W Richard for all the dedication and hard work he has done in the District and because of all he has done he deserved the award.
RW George Wacob spoke for the Queens Masonic Association and congratulated RW Richard for all his hard work and his help in the District.
RW Howard Bonsaing said it was a pleasure to speak on behalf of all the past recipients of the Award because RW Richard is a fine example of what it means to be a Mason.
RW Larry Hammel wished RW Richard well on all his future endeavors as well as good health.
After many, many more good wishes RW Richard got up to say a few words but that everyone who spoke had said just the things he was going to say. He did say that his one main goal was to get 100 pints at a Blood Drive. Each Lodge should have at least two more Brothers to come out for every Drive. Come down even if you know you can’t give blood the Queens Masonic Blood Drive gets credit for all who come down. He thanked everyone there for their support and wished everyone to have as good a Masonic Life as he has had so far.
RW Jay Austin then gave the benediction and everyone went up to RW Richard to shake his hand again. A very GRAND evening for a wonderful Mason.
W Nick Isabella
Queens District Historian