Congratulations to Brother Steve Ames for receiving the Golden Veterans Award. The Golden Veterans award in Freemasonry is awarded for being a Mason in good standing for over 50 years. The ceremony took place on October 7th, 2014 at Conejo Valley Lodge. Worshipful Lynn Wallingford presented the award last night with brothers, visitors and family present. Brother Ames wife was given the honor to place the Golden Veteran’s pin on his lapel.
Steven E. Ames, Thousand Oaks. Bio
He taught college and university journalism and advised student publications for 38 years – including at Merced College, Pepperdine University and California Lutheran University. Ames also has 15 years experience as a newspaper reporter and magazine writer.
His Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and Master of Science in mass communication are from San Jose State University; he also holds a Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Ames served in the Army as an information specialist at Fort Lee, Va., 1961-64. As a courtesy to the Free and Accepted Acalanes Masonic Lodge #723 in Lafayette, Calif., an Ancient Free and Accepted Masonic Lodge in Petersburg, Va. initiated him as an Entered Apprentice on Dec. 23, 1963 and he passed to Fellowcraft on Jan. 28, 1964.
He and his wife Carol have been married since 1966; she is a registered nurse. They met at the Wesley Foundation, United Methodist campus ministry, at San Jose State. Their family is comprised of two daughters, Krista and her husband Lloyd in San Diego, and Karen and her husband Darren and their daughter Emilia in Rancho San Diego.
Ames was raised to Master Mason at the Acalanes Lodge on April 14, 1964. He affiliated to the Merced (Calif.) Yosemite Lodge #99 in 1971 and to the Conejo Valley Lodge #807 in 1980. Ames passed the Third Degree Proficiency on Jan. 13, 1981. More recently he became a member of the Conejo Valley High 12 Club #634, and this year is serving as its president.