All across the nation, the Scottish Rite brotherhood held celebrations Saturday, May 18, including the Valley of Logan Scottish Rite.
Predictions of bad weather turned out to be no deterrent to the fun filled festivities as many local residents as well as Hatfield-McCoy Trail riders from across the nation pulled in to the Department of Motor Vehicles parking lot in Logan to enjoy themselves and help with the celebration. Mother Nature also assisted as the weather was warm and comfortable throughout most of the day for the event.
Local Scottish Rite members Scott Johnson, Bruce Bryant, Jay Lester, James Charles, Jason Harwood, Larry Chafin, Bruce Wooten, Smitty Baisden, Jeff Reagan, Rick Grimmett and Jimmy Summerville, among others, were on duty early followed by Butch Crum, James “Peanut” Taylor, Roger Evans and several other local Masonic lodge members who showed up throughout the day to help out, show support, deliver meals and make donations for the celebration.
The brethren cooked pulled pork barbecue and made up dinner plates including cole slaw and baked beans and served refreshments. Ida Belcher helped organize the Cornhole Bean Bag tournament.
“I am just out for lunch,” quipped John Price of Georgia Carpets, a local Freemason, who stopped by to take some dinners back to his workplace and enjoy some pre-meal fellowship with his Masonic brethren.
The day started out briskly, with several construction workers stopping in to get a good meal and support a good cause.
Proceeds from the event were earmarked for Scottish Rite charities: scholarships to WVU and Marshall and upkeep on the Scottish Rite Temple.
Butch Crum called Thornhill GM Superstore to see if the workers there wanted to get some dinners, which were available for a $5 donation, and was told the local automobile franchise would take 25.
“Maybe we need to call some other businesses,” Crum quipped.
“We are thankful for a lot of people for their help and support on this project,” Larry Chafin noted. “B&M Services sent help, Alpha Natural Resources donated sodas and water, Logan Mine Services and Evans Funeral Home were generous with purchases and donations and Bill Farley of Bill’s Lounge donated us the to-go-trays, napkins and silverware for the event. Scott Johnson and Rick Grimmett donated the pork and the cole slaw and so many people worked, donated and volunteered to help make this a successful day and we are all grateful to them.”
Chafin donated a large colorful banner as well as flyers and helped organize the event and publicity for it.