Community service

Bridge City man honored for community service – Orange Leader

Mark Messer DDS received the highest honor a non-Mason can receive from the Masonic Lodge – the Building Community Award.

The Golden Trowel Award is the highest honor a lodge can bestow upon a Mason fraternity.

“This award is given to a non-Mason in the community for the Masonic values ​​he has shown,” Venerable Master Lennon Kuykendall said. “I first heard the name Messer when I moved to Bridge City at the age of 18. The name is synonymous with Bridge City.”

Messer served in the Navy and Marines.

“He had more than one cabinet,” Kuykendall said. “He moved here in 1975 and opened a practice. He has also been married for over 54 years.

Messer served the community through a candy buyback program to send candy to troops stationed overseas, donated to St. Jude’s, and donated land to the Bridge City Police Department.

“He was president of the Bridge City Chamber and president of Rotary,” Kuykendall said. “He was named Dentist of the Year for the State of Texas. He was Bridge City Citizen of the Year and received an award for his gifts to St. Jude.

His practice, Advanced Dental, was named Business of the Year. Through his practice, he has offered free services such as Smiles on Wheels Dentistry Day at Bridge City Middle School and Heartless Dentistry Day at the office.

“He took the time to put everything together,” Kuykendall said. “And still at that.”

When the District Manager of the Lodge was asked to present the award, he said the calendar was booked at the time, but made sure he could release it for the honour.

“It is an honor and a privilege to present this to you today,” said Barnes, Deputy Grand Master of District 25-A. “This award is a way for Lodges to honor and recognize members of the community with formal recognition of how they demonstrate honor without expecting honor or recognition for what they do.”

Messer, along with his wife, Becky, accepted the award presented to him at Bridge City Masonic Lodge #1345 Thursday night.

“Thank you for this honor,” Messer said. “I fell in love with Bridge City when we moved here. It’s been good for us and we’re trying to be good at getting back to it.

He introduced his children and grandchildren present. One son was unable to attend due to work.

“I love Bridge City and the people of Bridge City,” Messer said. “Thank you for the honor.”