Grand Lodge Joins NASCARs Bowyer for Dedication

Grand Lodge officers and area Masons traveled to Emporia on Monday to dedicate the Bowyer Community Building — a multi-purpose meeting facility donated by NASCAR’s Clint Bowyer to the people of Lyon County.


A native of Emporia, Kansas, Bowyer drives the #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series for Michael Waltrip Racing. Early in his career, he drove for Richard Childress Racing. He won the 2008 Nationwide Series championship.


The building, which was completed in early March was made possible by a donation of $1 million by Bowyer in July 2010 and will be available for many uses including children’s and community events.


Grand Master Tracy L. Bloom presided over the ceremony, and was joined by Past Grand Masters Jimmi L. Grassi and Roy T. Sullivan, Deputy Grand Master Don Newman, and a host of Masons from across the state. On hand to watch the ceremony was a crowd of 250 spectators, community leaders and the media.


Additionally, Mark Snider, the Master of Emporia Lodge announced that Bowyer has petitioned for membership in Emporia Lodge No. 12.


For more information, See The Emporia Gazette story online.