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Masons honor Ellingsworth, Johnson for service

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By Thomas Barr

SHEPHERDSVILLE – Their paths may have never crossed.

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But Sharon Ellingsworth and Quintin Johnson now have a lot in common.

The local residents were honored recently by the masonic lodges of  Bullitt County as the outstanding citizen and mason of the year.

For Johnson, his involvement in the Masonic Lodge dates back 43 years.

According to Mason Rodney Burress, Johnson first joined the Bullitt Lodge 155 in 1970.

And, seeing that McNeil Lodge in Lebanon Junction was looking to grow membership, Johnson also joined that organization in February 1976.

During his tenure, Johnson has played a key role in not only the local Masonic activities but has also served at the district level.

He served 33 years as the secretary for the McNeil Lodge.

Burress said Johnson worked to help make McNeil Lodge one of the leaders in the state.

With his love of fishing, Burress joked that he lures in new “fish” to join the McNeil Lodge.

In accepting his honor as Mason of the Year, Johnson said that he didn’t have his teleprompter to make his speech – since President Obama needed to borrow it.

He thanked everyone who was involved in making the honor possible.

Ellingsworth was selected as the Citizen of the Year.

The native of Bullitt County was honored for her work and devotion to make the community a better place, said Burress.

Over the years, Ellingsworth has been part of the American Red Cross and its Valentine Gala fund-raiser; served as a CASA volunteer to protect youngsters who are in the court system for reasons out of their own control; a volunteer on the Bullitt County Drug Court steering committee; Bullitt County Repair Affair, with her husband, Fred, where homes are repaired for the elderly or disabled; a seven-year member of the Bullitt County YMCA board; a member of the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce; and a graduate of Leadership Bullitt County.

She has been part of the banking community in Bullitt County for the past 14 years, including the last eight as office manager/vice president for Stockyards Bank.

“It’s a great honor to accept this award,” said Ellingsworth.

She thanked her employer for allowing and encouraging her to be part of the community and the many activities.

She also thanked her family, friends and husband for their support in her efforts to help improve the community.

The awards were presented during the annual dinner held at Bullitt Lodge 155.

County Judge Melanie Roberts presented each of the recipients with proclamations.