The Sour Lake Masonic Lodge and the Saratoga Lodge 914 held ceremonies in May to present awards to community leaders and scholarships to outstanding students.
The Sour Lake Lodge gave $1,000 scholarships to two Hardin-Jefferson graduating students, Jesse Adams and Kevin Tucker. The Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for Excellence in Education was presented to two recipients; Michael Tucker, West Hardin ISD Band Director and George Jordan, Hardin-Jefferson ISD teacher. Jordan also received the Community Builder Award for Significant Contribution to the Community.
The awards are named after Mirabeau B. Lamar who is known as the “Father of Public Education in Texas” and was a member of the Harmony Lodge No. 6 in Galveston.
Jordan has been an educator for 38 years in Sour Lake. He says he even taught some of the Sour Lake Lodge Masons as well as the two students who received scholarships this year from that Lodge. He has no plans to stop teaching anytime soon. “I just love teaching,” he says.
“It was an honor for me to receive these awards from the Masons,” he said.
The Saratoga Lodge 914 presented the Community Builder Award to Executive Director of the Sour Lake Chamber of Commerce, Rebecca Gardiner. “I was really honored. It was awesome and I wasn’t expecting it,” said Gardiner.