Quincy to host Illinois Association of High Twelve
9 months, 1 week ago
Convention taking place this weekend at Stoney Creek Inn
The Quincy Masonic High Twelve Club #40 will host the 67th Annual Convention of Illinois Association of High Twelve Clubs, in Quincy on August 10th and 11th at the Stoney Creek Inn. Over 50 out of town delegates will join with local delegates in their annual business meeting and on the night of August 11th an awards ceremony for outstanding achievement will be conducted along with the installation new officers for the 2012-2012 year, which will include the installation of their incoming State President, Dean Lillis of Quincy.
One of the highlights of the convention will be the re-dedication of the memorial monument for Abram Jonas (1802-1864), a Past Grand Master for the Grand Masonic Lodge of Illinois founded in 1940 and a Past Master of Herman Lodge #39, founded in 1940. Jonas was not only active in Masonic activities he was also a close friend and supporter of Abraham Lincoln. Jonas was a business leader in Quincy from the 1840's thru the 1860's. He was appointed Postmaster in Quincy in 1862. The re-dedication will take place at 5:10 pm at the Valley of Peace Cemetery, 800 North 30th, Quincy with local historian Dr. Tim Jacobs presenting at the re-dedication. The monument had fallen in to disrepair as the monuments of Abram's brothers Edward and Samuel who were also successful business men in Quincy. The monuments were restored due to the efforts of current Quincy Masonic High Twelve Club President, Ray Shortridge. Shortridge's project will be acknowledged by the group.
The Quincy Masonic High Twelve Club is a service club of Master Masons who come together to provide service to their local community. There are over 320 clubs internationally and 12 clubs in Illinois. The Quincy club was founded in 1944 and currently has 101 members. New clubs are being formed throughout the state.