On the evening of November 13, 2017, the Queens Purple Circle Honored three upstanding Brothers from the Queens District, they were W Christopher X. Kane, W Stuart H. Singer and RW Donald J. Kaiser. These Brothers were picked because of all the fine work that they do to help their Lodges, their Communities and Queens Masonry vigorously flourish and develop.
We began the cocktail hour at Westbury Manor and it was great! We were then called into the dining room where RW Jay Austin gave the invocation, after which the Queens Color Guard presented the colors of our Country and we had the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and we sang the National Anthem. RW Gregory Noulas, the Master of Ceremony, announced that W Christopher Kane and W Stuart Singer were receiving the RW Herman Weiss Medal and RW Donald Kaiser would receive the RW Herman Weiss Medallion. Brother Greg then introduced the Grand Lodge Officers in attendance, the RW Spiro H. Triantafilis, and the Purple Circle Brothers in attendance.RW Greg then thanked all the Brothers for helping with donations in the evening’s Commemorative Booklet.
Brother Greg thanked the Purple Circle for arranging the festive evening and went on to introduce the Masters of the Queens Lodges. W Devin Rincon, by mistake, was not called, but, Brother Greg made up for it as did the applause for W Devin and Anchor Astoria Lodge #729.
The past recipients of the award were asked to come up to the podium, where RW George Wacob presented Certificates in recognition of their work in the Queens District to W Chris and W Stuart. Photos were taken as the awards were presented and RW George said that they showed their love of Masonry in the hard work that they have done in the District. Then RW Greg presented RW Donald Kaiser with the RW Herman Weiss Medallion. RW Don thanked everyone for helping to present this award to him and hoped that all Masons would follow the leaders of our Craft. W Chris said he is ready to do more in the District, and Stuart gave us instructions to get involved and do more for our neighborhoods.
Brother Greg introduced the Past Grand Master MW Vincent Libone who congratulated the recipients and told them to keep going in Masonry! Brother Greg then closed with congratulations to all the recipients, but, told everyone that they should get up and dance till closing time!
W Nick Isabella
Queens District Historian