Curtis Ingram of Hamlet has been named Mason of the Year by Poplar Hill Lodge 331 for his leadership in the community.
Formerly of Rockingham, Ingram grew up in the Philadelphia community. He is 45, and is retired from the NC Department of Correction.
On Friday, Ingram also received a plaque for outstanding service to the community. He was instrumental in the organization of the lodge’s fundraiser golf tournament, which raised $4,000. The money was used for scholarships.
Ingram is the director of Juvenile Crime Prevention and also serves on the board of directors for Community In Schools.
Ingram said his training in the Department of Correction has stayed with him after his retirement, and he continues to work towards bettering the youth in the community.
“I could have been that same child that went the opposite way,” said Ingram. “We all make mistakes and we’ve got to have someone there to give us a hand. We want to try to pull those back up who’ve made mistakes. It’s about being able to learn from them and go forwards, that’s what’s important.”
Poplar Hill Masonic Lodge has also been awarded Lodge of the Year in the 29th District, for the third year in a row.