Worshipful Brother Thomas X. Tsirimokos, Past Master of Washington Lodge No. 61 in Manchester, NH received the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. It was presented to him by our Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother John F. Gordon.
It was created as a national Masonic Scouter award and is administered by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania as a service to all other regular Grand Lodges.
The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is an honor due to members of the Masonic Lodge who act as role models and provide dedicated service to the young men in the BSA. The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award not only supports the Masonic relationship through the man who brought Scouting to America, but proclaims the integrity of the recipient who is honored by receiving the award.
The details regarding the award and its qualifications are:
- A Brother who is a member in good standing of a New Hampshire Constituent Lodge and is a registered active Scouter who has displayed outstanding dedication to the Scouting program may be nominated to receive the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award.
- The Lodge must vote to nominate the Brother to receive the Award.
- The Lodge must then complete and forward the application to the Office of the Grand Secretary.
- The completed application will then be forwarded to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania which administers this Award for the Boy Scouts of America.
- Once the Office of the Grand Secretary receives confirmation the award has been approved the Lodge will be notified.
- The cost of the emblem, insignia, and certificate will be borne by the Lodge.
- The Daniel Carter Beard Award shall be presented by the Grand Master or his designee.
Who was Daniel Carter Beard?
Born in 1850 in Ohio, Brother Beard was an illustrator, youth leader, and social reformer who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, and brought the Boy Scouts to America when he merged his organization with the Boy Scouts in 1910. He later served as the editor of Boys’ Life magazine. Beard was made a Mason in Mariner’s Lodge No. 67 in New York City, and later affiliated with Corucopia Lodge No. 563 in Flushing.