Freemasons recognize Wayne Blake for 50 years of membership

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BRATTLEBORO — At their Jan. 16 monthly meeting, the Brattleboro Lodge of Freemasons recognized Wayne Blake for his 50 years of service as a member of their fraternity.

Worshipful Master of the Lodge, Robert Baldauf, escorted Brother Wayne and his family into the lodge to make the presentation. There were quite a few members present who offered their greetings to Wayne. During the presentation Worshipful Baldauf offered some recollections of Wayne's involvements and expressed the great appreciation of the Lodge for his contributions.

Brother Baldauf then invited Wayne's wife Barbara to come up to attach the service pin to Wayne's lapel.

Brother Wayne Blake has lived in Brattleboro for 58 years, having moved to town with his family back in 1962.

Brother Wayne was born and raised in Bradford, Vt. For several years he and a partner operated a television repair shop until he decided to go into the insurance business.

As an agent for Berkshire Life, Wayne developed many clients and good friends in the Brattleboro area. Among those friends were Henry Angell (Angell Automotive Supply) and Martin "Shorty" Jewett (Jewett Plumbing), who approached him about considering the Masonic fraternity. After some thought he petitioned to join in 1968.

He later joined the Shrine Club, of which only Freemasons can be members. As a member of the Shrine Club he also became the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Shrine Building on Green Street. Additionally, he ran, with assistance from his wife, the Shrine Bingo program that operated on Monday nights at the Shrine Hall.

Over the years the Bingo program raised many thousands of dollars for the Shrine Children Hospitals of North America. There were at one time 22 such hospitals treating children with severe burns, physical injuries and ailments, along with neural disorders affecting their mobility.

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