On May 8, Officer Calvert Ball of The Ancient and Free Accepted Masons (A.F. & A.M.) presented Richard (Dick) Dishman with his 50-year pin, certificate, and a Masons’ lifetime membership card in the presence of his family and lodge members. Dishman joins about 25 other members who previously have been honored for 50 years of membership.
The Masons started in Knoxville within one month of the town’s origin. Former Masons locations include a former building that burned down and today where Whylie’s Eye Care is located. In 1925 the Masons dedicated the building that is now home to Red Rock Cultural Center & The Fox Pub & Grill. In the 90s the Masons moved to its current location that was formerly Covenant Baptist Church on 4th and Washington. Dishman said, “I have seen many changes in my 50 years but am glad to see our membership increasing.”
In the same evening, the Masons honored Kyle Kincaid with Educator of the Year. Kincaid is currently a fifth grade teacher at Northstar Elementary where his wife, Joanna, is also a fifth grade instructor. He previously coached Knoxville High School girls’ varsity golf and seventh grade boys’ football. In addition to teaching fifth grade at Northstar he is a Hunter Education instructor with Iowa Department of Natural Resources teaching bow hunting, gunnery, and outdoor skills. He serves as a mentor for many youth outdoorsmen. Kyle and Joanna have a daughter, Kaurie, who began teaching in Iowa this past year.