Others installed at the ceremony at the local lodge included Senior Warden John Denson, Junior Warden David Stuckey, Senior Deacon Billy Temples, Junior Deacon Enrique Ledezma, Marshal David Chandler and Tiler David Holder.
Two other officers, Treasurer Brian Williams and Chaplain Steve Doonan, will be installed at the local lodge’s next scheduled meeting July 14.
Bob Bates was Installing Master for Saturday’s 46-minute ceremony, while Stanley Jenkins was Installing Marshal. Jenkins presented the various elective and appointed officers for installation to Bates before proclaiming them installed.
About 30 persons other than the participants attended the meeting after a meal was served.
Robinson, a Gladewater resident and former Gilmerite who is Director of Business Development for Select Specialty Hospital in Longview, succeeds Wayne Oney as Worshipful Master.
After Bates installed the officers, he read a charge to Robinson, telling him he is to give the Masons “instruction” and have them practice outside the lodge the “duties they have been taught in it.” Bates also instructed the new Worshipful Master to convince people of “the goodness of the institution.”
Robinson noted the local Lodge marked its 160th anniversary in January, and added, “I look forward to a good year this year.” He said he had thought he might like to become a Mason because his father, the late former Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Robinson, had been one.
Oney said of his term as Worshipful Master that “we had a great year.” He cited the “Fantastic Teeth” dental health promotion which Masons provided to schoolchildren, and said the lodge was “real proud” of the two scholarships it handed out during his tenure.