Stan Smith recognized for 60 years with the Masons

Stan Smith recognized for 60 years with the Masons

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Stan Smith was recently honored for his 60-year commitment to the Grand Masonic Lodge of Nebraska. Stan, who joined the Masons in Omaha, Neb. at 24, said the lodge gave him an opportunity to fellowship and serve with friends.His father was a long-term Mason and his mother was active in Eastern Star, the female equivalent of the Masons. “I wanted to participate with friends that I had made,” Stan said.

As his 60-year anniversary approached, the Grandmaster of Nebraska reached out to the Grandmaster of Virginia to arrange a special ceremony. A deputy grandmaster in Lynchburg presented a plaque to Stan in front of his wife, Lucy, and friends at The Summit in January. “I’m very proud of being a Mason. My father enjoyed it immensely and was proud of being a Mason. I saw it as a continuation of his life and heritage,” Stan said.

Stan began his career in Nebraska as an electrical engineer for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, before moving into management. He later joined AT&T in New York City to handle logistics. After retiring from AT&T, Stan joined the U.S. Postal Service as an assistant postmaster general, leading a construction budget of $1.5 billion during his five-year tenure. The couple moved to Smith Mountain Lake for a closer commute to Washington, D.C. after Hurricane Hugo damaged their Charleston, S.C. home. “The water at Smith Mountain Lake is very pure,” Stan said. “It’s a wonderful place for recreation.”

They chose to downsize, moving to The Summit for less maintenance and the time freedom to pursue other interests. Stan enjoys genealogy work and leads The Summit Residents Council. Lucy is chair of the Welcoming Committee, answering questions for new residents and serving as an ambassador for potential residents. “It’s a very important job in really making new residents feel welcome to our beautiful community,” Stan said. Stan was an active leader on various boards at Smith Mountain Lake, leading efforts to keep the shoreline clean. Leading the residents council is a natural fit. “The interface between the residents and the administration is very important and you need to formalize a way to do that,” Stan said.

The couple, which moved into The Summit in 2014, love the pace of life on the scenic campus. Their daughter lives in Lynchburg and joins them for lunch once a week. The couple has two daughters and five grandchildren. Stan is among a handful of Masons that call The Summit home. They meet regularly for lunch with members of other lodges. “It’s not a formal meeting as Masons meet, but it’s a good chance to stay involved with what the Masons are doing locally,” Stan said.