On March 29, at the Comfort Inn in Penn Hills, hundreds gathered for the Bon Ami Temple #49 Annual Honoring and Dinner Dance with Char Biggs as mistress of ceremonies. Each year Bon Ami Temple #49 honors community leaders as well as their own.
This year’s community honorees included: Carmen G. Bell, founder/CEO, Pittsburgh Family Development Inc. and owner operator of Just Between Sizes (Entrepreneur Award); the Hon. Kim M. Hoots, District Justice, Wilkinsburg, Pa. (Civic Service Award); and Richard G. Portis, founder/CEO of 21st Century Industries, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Humanitarian Award).
This year’s Elkdom honorees were Frederick “Red” Richardson (Exalted Ruler Edgar A. Still Lodge #207, Williamsport, Pa.), he was selected as Mr. Elk. Daughter Rose M. Blackwell, past presiding daughter ruler, Ruth Temple #116, Pittsburgh, Pa., was selected as Ms. Elk. Daughter Marge Eubanks presented the Good Brother and Good Daughter Awards to Verita Collins Dawson and Robert Mogodo.
The event chair, Daughter Theresa J. Mickle, along with co-chairs Daughter Rose L. Jones and Daughter Valorie Ward, put together an enjoyable event with “Moving Forward” as the theme. This year’s charitable donation was made to Womanspace East Inc.
Bon Ami Temple #49 was organized December 17, 1912, under the leadership of Daughter Hannah Brakley. Bon Ami is a French-English word meaning “good friend.”
At present they are very fortunate to have four past presiding daughter rulers living: Daughter Marge Wright Eubanks, Daughter Audrey Harris-Smith, Daughter Willa Grannison and Daughter Mary Louise Robinson. The present daughter ruler is Carole H. Alexander. Bon Ami #49 is still recognized by the name given to them by their Daughter State President Emerti, Dorothy J. Lowery, “The Small but Mighty Temple.”
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