Times Leader Staff Writer
FLUSHING -- After decades of service, a local man was honored by his brothers of the Flushing Masonic Lodge when Clark Staten Jr. Day was celebrated on March 21.
The New Athens man, who is now a resident at Cumberland Pointe Care Center, St. Clairsville, was presented a plaque recognizing his years of service with the Masons along with a certificate of appreciation and a 2009 Grand Master’s pin.
The awards were presented by Worshipful Master William McGowan and District Deputy Rodney ‘Hutch’ Kovacs who also noted Staten's accomplishments including his mastery of lodge procedures, charges and lectures.
Several family members were in attendance during the recognition including his wife, Jackie, who was presented a First Lady’s pin.
“This is lovely of the lodge to do this for him," said Jackie. "He very much loved this lodge and it's wonderful they did this for him.”
She went on to mention that her husband looks forward to correspondence from his Masonic brothers and looks forward to their visits.
The celebration was part of a statewide open house of Ohio's lodges.
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Flushing Masons Frank Remas, Jerry Milliken, John Lovejoy, Rodney Kovacs, Greg Starcher, Rich Bradley, Bill McGowan, Harmon Harris, Chuck Bizzari recently made a surprise visit to Cumberland Pointe Care Center to pay honors to Clark Staten Jr., center, for his decades of service as a Mason. Staten, a lifelong resident of New Athens, was presented a plaque in recognition of his years of service, a certificate of appreciation and a 2009 Grand Master’s pin.