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Recipients for the Hiram, Golden Veterans, 25-Years, and Mr. Conejo Awards

Hiram

Every year Blue Lodges across the state of California bestow an honor known as the Hiram award upon a single member of their individual Lodge. The award is generally described as the ‘highest honor” which can be presented by a Lodge. This can be somewhat confusing, as being Master of the Lodge is also described as being the ‘highest honor” that a Mason can achieve. Technically, both statements are true.

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Date Name
Nov. 6, 1979 Max Stewart
Nov. 3, 1981 Louis Dwight
Nov. 2, 1982 J. Carl Jennings
Nov. 8, 1983 Earnest Wheaton
Nov. 6, 1984 Henry Burnley
Nov. 5, 1985 Jack K. Rector
Nov. 25, 1986 Glenden Hardig
Nov. 10, 1987 Howard “Buster” Smith, PM
Jan. 1, 1988 Roger Garretson, PM
Nov. 26, 1991 Starr Thompson, PM
Dec. 8, 1992 Robert H. Wilson
Feb. 22, 1994 Robert Mason Dague
Dec. 12, 1994 Tom Bolton, PM
Dec. 12, 1995 Floyd Knuth
Dec. 13, 1996 Remo Cuniberti
July 26, 1997 Arthur Weiss, PM
Oct. 3, 2000 Westel Reed, PM
Oct. 2, 2001 Alton Emerson, PM
Sept. 3, 2002 Lynn Wallingford, PM
Jan. 20, 2004 John Argue, PM
Oct. 5, 2004 Jerome Michaelson, PM
Nov. 1, 2005 George Wilding
Dec. 5, 2006 Jerrold Schwartz, PM
Dec. 4, 2007 David Johnson, PM
July 1, 2008 Robert Teplitz
Dec. 1, 2009 Steven Cooley, PM
Dec. 7, 2010 Thomas Raymond Waite, PM
Dec. 6, 2011 David Del Dosso, PM
Dec. 4, 2012 David Honick
Dec. 3, 2013 Rees Padfield, PM
Dec. 3, 2014 Stephen M. Wurtzel
Dec. 1, 2015 David Doan, PGM
Dec. 6, 2016 Christopher Bazacos
Dec. 1, 2017 Scott D. Spiegel, PM
Dec. 4, 2018 Marc A. Newman, PM
Dec. 3, 2019 John "Jack" Vautin
Dec. 8, 2020 Frank Shapiro, PM

Golden Veterans Awardees

The Golden Veterans award in Freemasonry is awarded for being a Mason in good standing for over 50 years.


Date Name
Jan. 1, 1978 Jack K. Rector
Nov. 7, 1989 Eugene J. Bryan
Sept. 1, 1992 Burton F. Bennet
March 3, 1994 Floyd E. Knuth
May 29, 1997 Donald E. Del Dosso
Aug. 26, 1998 Albert G. Bergesen
Jan. 1, 1999 Nathan D. Fellman
June 21, 1999 Max E. Sallisbury
Oct. 27, 1999 Francis E. Munson
July 25, 2000 Joseph A. Mitchell
March 6, 2001 Tom R. Bolton, PM
April 3, 2001 William C. Ferguson
Feb. 7, 2002 Rudolph G. Hendrick, PM
June 3, 2003 Robert C. Teplitz
Nov. 12, 2003 David Honick, PM
Nov. 14, 2006 William P. Ferguson
Aug. 30, 2008 Christopher Bazacos
Aug. 7, 2012 Jerrold Schwartz, PM
Sept. 4, 2012 Thomas Raymond Waite, PM
Oct. 2, 2012 Howard “Buster” Smith, PM
Oct. 7, 2014 Steven E. Ames
Nov. 11, 2014 Gerald M. Weissman
Jan. 6, 2015 Maurice Samson
Jan. 29, 2015 Alton C. Emerson, PM
Feb. 3, 2015 Smith E. Brody
March 3, 2015 David I. Nelson
May 5, 2015 Henry Sahagian
July 7, 2015 Michael D. Rosco
July 14, 2015 Emil R. Mieske
Jan. 3, 2016 Willard W. Ashby
June 27, 2017 Billy D. Thomason
Dec. 7, 2017 Ronald Clohessy
Dec. 11, 2017 Alexander Work
Feb. 6, 2018 Donald L. Williams
Feb. 18, 2019 Stephen M. Wurtzel
Dec. 21, 2019 Starr Thompson, PM
May 19, 2020 John Argue, PM
Sept. 29, 2020 Jerome Michaelson, PM
July 6, 2021 David Del Dosso, PM
July 6, 2021 Martin Spiegel

25-Year Masons

25-Year Masons are awarded a special pin in recognition of being a Master Mason in good standing for 25-Years.


Date Name
Dec. 10, 1981 Richard McFarland
Jan. 28, 1982 Gerald Weissman
Nov. 12, 1983 Richard Young
June 24, 1984 Kenneth McKenzie
Dec. 21, 1984 Harris Ziff
June 14, 1985 Richard Dyatt
June 17, 1985 Ronald Nystrom
July 12, 1987 Thomas Waite, PM
Sept. 22, 1987 Howard “Buster” Smith, PM
April 14, 1989 Steven Ames
Aug. 17, 1990 Henry Sahagian
Dec. 1, 1991 Willard Ashby
June 27, 1992 Billy D. Thomason
Feb. 18, 1994 Stephen M. Wurtzel
May 19, 1995 John Argue, PM
Sept. 29, 1995 Jerome Michaelson, PM
Nov. 25, 1995 Martin Spiegel
April 13, 1996 Robert Kroll
July 15, 1996 David Del Dosso, PM
Oct. 3, 1997 Jeffrey Alexander
Oct. 31, 1997 Dennis Gillette
Nov. 20, 1998 Martin Fentress, PM
April 30, 2000 Thomas Martin
Sept. 16, 2000 Donald Krampe
Nov. 25, 2000 David Doan, PGM
Feb. 3, 2001 Robert Kelley
Feb. 17, 2001 Edwin Rigsbee
July 30, 2001 David Deyell
July 26, 2002 Kenneth Dalbeck Jr.
March 9, 2003 Thomas Appleton
May 7, 2003 Randall Cloud
Sept. 30, 2003 Jerry Knotts
Dec. 18, 2003 Robert Raupp
Aug. 7, 2004 Russell Wilson
April 1, 2005 William Dorrell
April 30, 2005 William Thornton
Oct. 27, 2005 Jonathan Berke
Jan. 27, 2006 Robert Given
Feb. 17, 2006 William Csellak Jr.
Nov. 24, 2006 Lawrence Schwartz
Feb. 14, 2009 Charles Foster, PM
Jan. 22, 2010 Robert Balitzer
Oct. 22, 2010 Theodore Lidgett
Jan. 28, 2011 Arthur Weiss, PM
Nov. 11, 2011 Robert Wyndham
Nov. 18, 2011 Richard Hernandez, PM
Dec. 23, 2011 Steven Cooley, PM
March 15, 2012 Lawrence Lowman
July 24, 2012 Larry Miller
Aug. 17, 2012 James Falkin
June 28, 2014 Bruce Ewald, PM
Nov. 21, 2014 John Hall
Dec. 26, 2014 James Gardner
Oct. 23, 2015 Arthur Minazolli
Nov. 13, 2015 Gregory Kaapuni
March 26, 2016 David Johnson, PM
June 26, 2016 Geoffrey Sindon
Aug. 8, 2016 Robert Napp, PM
Feb. 25, 2017 Creighton Stephens, PM
April 21, 2017 Arthur Geary, PM
Oct. 27, 2017 Kenneth Graves
Nov. 24, 2017 Westel Reed Jr., PM
Dec. 19, 2017 Michael Diamond
Dec. 28, 2018 Lynn Wallingford, PM
June 30, 2019 Jim Curtis
Dec. 26, 2020 Michael Gann, PM

Mr. Conejo

The Mr. Conejo Award is given to a Member of Conejo who has served the Lodge well and is in good standing with the Lodge.


Date Name
Feb. 4, 2014 Stephen M. Wurtzel
Feb. 3, 2015 Howard “Buster” Smith, PM
Feb. 2, 2016 Jack Vautin
Feb. 7, 2017 Brandon Lippincott
Feb. 6, 2018 Bill Aitchison
Feb. 5, 2019 Steven Hood
Feb. 4, 2020 Adam Tischler
Feb. 2, 2021 Frank Shapiro, PM
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