Scholarships presented in Masons’ open meeting

Peter Silas Pasqua
Robert Schaff, past worshipful master of Doric Lodge 205 was the guest speaker during an open meeting of Ascension Mason Lodge 251 June 5 to present scholarships.

Ascension Mason Lodge 251 hosted an open meeting June 5 to present scholarships to two recent local graduates. 

“We are not a secret organization,” said guest speaker Robert Schaff, past worshipful master of Doric Lodge #205 of Morgan City. “We are not a religion. The Holy Bible is the rule of our faith and practices.”

Schaff said the fraternal organization is intriguing and laid a foundation for the forming of the U.S. Over time, brothers formed modes of recognition by handshakes.

“Everything is used to make us better people,” Schaff said. “We are not a charity but are charitable in nature.”

The local lodge was built in 1896 and the three-story building remains the tallest building in the city excluding the steeple of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church. 

The lodge is unique in being a York Rite rather than a Scottish Rite because the city's founder, William Donaldson was English. York Rite are mainly found in New England while French descendants normally take Scottish Rites. 

The York Rite features an arch inside the lodge as in the design of the bricks outside while Scottish rites only have columns. 

Theresa Alberes, a recent graduate of Ascension Catholic and Neil Alleman, a recent graduate of Assumption received scholarships.

Alberes is the daughter of Marti and Ronald Alberes and plans to major in nursing at Baton Rouge Community College. Alleman is the son of Lynn and the late Lena Alleman and plans major in nursing at Baton Rouge Community College.

The scholarship was started by past Most Worshipful Grand Master of the State of Louisiana Dave Hartman in 1990 with a personal donation of $1,000.   

The lodge also raffled a fishing trip, rod holder, ice chests, rod and reels and a cash  drawing.

Winners were Scott Hebert of Napoleonville, Oliver Williams of Donaldsonville, Jim Yelverton of Baton Rouge, Billy Montgomery of Morgan City, Leroy Breaux of Morgan City and Ryan Falsetta of Donaldsonville.

Neil Alleman and Theresa Alberes were recipients of the Ascension Mason Lodge 251 scholarship presented by Worshipful Master Clyde Landry.