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Ed Foreman (left), the master of Tuscan Masonic Lodge #202, in Towson, and Jack Grieve (right), the grand inspector for the Grand Lodge, presented a 60-year membership pin to Nicholas Benedict (center), a former master of the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge, in New York, and current member of the Tuscan Masonic Lodge. Benedict is a resident of Oak Crest retirement community. (July 28, 2011)

Nicholas Benedict, a resident of Oak Crest retirement community in Parkville, earned a 60-year membership pin for his service with the Freemasons fraternal organization.

The pin and certificate were presented to Benedict by Ed Foreman, master of Tuscan Masonic Lodge 202, in Towson, and Jack Grieve, grand inspector for the Grand Lodge.

Benedict joined the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge in New York in 1961, serving in numerous leadership roles. One of his main priorities was education, as the lodge consistently raised scholarship funds for local students.

In 1969, Benedict moved to the Towson area where he joined the Tuscan Masonic Lodge and is still a member. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Opera Guild as well as the Mid-Atlantic Bridge Congress. He is also a life master in bridge.


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Benedict is also past president of the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club. The organization's signature event, a one-day bottle show, is the brainchild of Benedict.

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland held its annual Volunteer Awards Reception at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. More than 80 people attended the event, which celebrated the organization's 2011 accomplishments and recognized the efforts of its volunteers. The Baltimore Kidney Walk All-Star Award went to Jessica Perrine, volunteer committee member from Rosedale, who joined the committee in January.

In a press released, Cassie Shafer, CEO of NKF-MD said of Perrine, "She organized two happy hour kick-offs at TGI Friday's, one as the first "Kocktails for Kidneys" fundraiser in memory of her friend, Michael Phillips. In the weeks leading up to the walk, she made time in the evenings for phone calls to registered event participants encouraging them to meet and exceed their fundraising goals. The scope of her volunteerism was not limited solely to the Baltimore Kidney Walk. In her free time, she also solicited a silent auction gift from Smyth Jewelers for the Santé event."