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The Hiram Award is an award presented to a Master Mason who has served the Lodge and the Masonic Fraternity with devotion over and above the ordinary. It is the highest honor other than being Master of the Lodge that can be bestowed on a member of a Masonic Lodge. 

The award consists of a Certificate and a Medallion.  The Medallion has the Square and Compass with the letter G in the center all of which are encircled with a Larel Wreath. Around this are the words "Hiram Award, Dedicated Service." The back of the Medallion has a representation of the Seal of The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of California.

There have only been six recipients of this award to members of Temple Lodge No. 14: Stanley A. Ball,
E. Eugene Schultheiss, Victor E. Hipkiss, Robert C. Kelso, Jack W. Heard and Wesley J. Becker. A brief profile of each recipient appears below.

Karl L. Hipkiss, PM

Karl Hipkiss was awarded the Hiram Award by the brothers of Temple Lodge No. 14 in 2010.

A proud son, brother and father of Master Masons, Karl Hipkiss is the Past Master of Temple Lodge No. 14. He is currenlty serving as the Secretary of the Lodge.

He grew up in Sonoma and graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1962. He is both an Eagle Scout and a Past Master Councilor, Order of DeMolay (Sonoma Chapter). After receiving his BA Degree from Sonoma State University, Brother Karl was a Science teacher for 34 years in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. He was raised as a Master Mason in Temple Lodge in 1990 and was elected Master of the Lodge three times in 1995, 1998 and 2005. During his first term as Master he provided the leadership required for the Lodge to relocate to its present quarters. He is an excellent ritualist who participates in many of the Degrees. He is also a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner.

Stanley A. Ball and his wife Carolyn
Stanley A. Ball and his wife Carolyn
Stanley A. Ball, PM

Stanley A. Ball was awarded the Hiram Award by the brothers of Temple Lodge No. 14 in June of 2009. 

Both the son and brother of Master Masons - Stanley was raised in a family with proud Masonic traditions. His brother is also a recipient of the Hiram Award.

A native of southern California, Stanley began his Masonic journey early in the Order of DeMolay. He was raised to the 3rd Degree as a Master Mason in 1973 at Guadalupe Lodge No. 237 located in Santa Maria, California.  In 1974, he became a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason (Southern Jurisdiction). That same year, he also joined the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (The Shrine) at a very special initiation ritual in Acapulco, Mexico.

In 1994, he transferred to Temple Lodge No. 14 in Sonoma, California. During the 150th year anniversary of Temple Lodge in 2001, he was elected Master of the Lodge and organized and presided over the Sesquicentennial Ceremony. He has served as Master of Temple Lodge No. 14 a total of three (3) times. The second time was in 2002 and the third time was in 2006. He has also served on the Education & Scholarship committees of our Lodge for many years.

In 2004 he was selected by Most Worshipful Howard Kirkpatrick to be the Grand Sword Bearer for the Grand Lodge of California.

Today, Stanley is a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason (Southern Jurisdiction) and a very active member in the Santa Rosa Valley where he has been a Trustee for 5 years and Membership Chairman for 2 years. He was recently the Co-chairman for Mason of the Year Awards Ceremony.

A true gentleman, Stanley is well regarded for his very wise leadership and outstanding people skills.  Always a cheerful optimist and an example for others to follow, he is arguably the outward public persona of Freemasonry within the Sonoma Valley. Without question, he has successfully lead the brothers of Temple Lodge No. 14  during both good and challenging times. His unselfish devotion and love for the principles held dear by our brotherhood is very, very deep.

E. Eugene Schultheiss, PM

Victor E. Hipkiss, Past Master
Victor E. Hipkiss, PM

Robert C. Kelso, Past Master
Robert C. Kelso, PM

Jack W. Heard, Past Master

Jack W. Heard, PM

Wesley J. Becker