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Awards and Winners

Several awards are presented periodically in recognition of substantial achievements and contributions, including:


Active Award
Active membership can be granted by a majority vote of the membership at the annual meeting on any member who has submitted at least three articles, papers or lectures to the annual transactions. Members that have been designated Actives are:


1976 

  • (Charter):Louis L. Williams
  • Homer L. Zumwelt
  • William B. Barnes
  • Hugh A. Cole
  • Samuel K. Zipp
  • Alphone Cerza


1976:

  • Dr. Wayne Temple
  • Raymond H. Bachman
  • Oswell G. Treadway
  • Dr. Steven Greenberg
  • Dr. Ridell A. Kelsey
  • David A. Laske
  • Donald F. Messeth
  • Frank F. Burrow
  • Dr. William R. Deutsch
  • N. Tracy Walker
  • Irvin Uphoff
  • Norman R. Buecker


1978:

  • Dr. Walter Brown
  • Moler A. Duff


1981:

  • Lawrence D. Inglis
  • F. Gene Ross
  • Dr. Allen Katz
  • Arthur F. Rigas
  • Thomas F. Rigas
  • James A. Ruzicka, Sr.


1986:

  • J. Robert Stockner
  • Mason Carruthers
  • Gerald A. Edgar
  • Joseph S. Crociara


1993:

  • Dr. Russell Ende
  • Harry D. Strouse
  • Guy P. Vance


1994:

  • Mike Losacco
  • Charles Sullins
  • Michael G. Wells


2001:

  • Roger Heider
  • Johnathan Barnes


2002:

  • Martin Starr


2003:

  • George Smith


2004:

  • Jim Tresner


2006:

  • John D. Dorner
  • Paul Scheeler
  • Edward I. Oliver
  • Richard Lozins


2008:

  • Dan Leifel


2011:

  • Ira S. Gilbert
  • Jim L. Grimm


2017:

  • James M. Tome
  • Hilton Kaufman


Fellow Award
Fellows are chosen from Actives and should be active members who have published at least seven articles, papers or lectures in the annual transactions. The quality of the submissions should be considered. The Fellows are also voted on at the annual meeting by a majority vote of the membership. Members that have been designated Fellows are:


1978:

  • Alphonse Cerza


1993:

  • Homer L. Zumwelt
  • Robert C. Barnard
  • Ronald K. Blue
  • Dr. Walter Brown
  • Robin L. Carr
  • Hugh A. Cole
  • Dr. Steven Greenberg
  • Wayne Temple
  • James DeBates


2005:

  • Kenneth W. Smith


2006:

  • Johnathan Barnes


2013:

  • Ira Gilbert
  • Martin Patrick Starr
  • Jim L. Grimm
  • Edward I. Oliver
  • Edward A. Rund


Torok Award
For furthering Illinois Lodge of Research mission and goals via exemplary or long-term service to the organization. Qualifications include:


  • The contribution must further the mission of the Illinois Lodge of Research.
  • Recognition for long-term service to the organization.


Exemplary service for a short term, which has furthered the goals of the Illinois Lodge of Research. Membership in the Illinois Lodge of Research is not required for nomination. An Illinois Lodge of Research member must submit the nomination. Nominations are due by July 1 of each year to allow for committee consideration. It is not the intent to present an annual award, but rather a merit-based honor. The Torok award committee will determine when the award will be presented. The award, when given, will be announced at the annual meeting of the Illinois Lodge of Research. Past winners of the Torok Medal are:


1998:

  •  Mike Wells


1999: 

  • Janet Blue


2000: 

  • Robin Carr


2004: 

  • Edward A. Rund


2005: 

  • Ronald K. Blue


2008: 

  • Jim L. Grimm


2009: 

  • John D. Dorner


2011: 

  • Edward I. Oliver


2012: 

  • Ira S. Gilbert


2017:

  • Robert H. Johnson


Cerza Award
The purpose of the medal was to honor our deceased co-founder, Alphonse Cerza. It was to honor a writer, lecturer or person who otherwise added to the prestige of the Illinois Lodge of Research. The first such medal was to be given to our other co-founder Louis L. Williams, but upon his death, the committee chose to honor another rather than giving the award posthumously. Since that time, the award has been given posthumously on at least one occasion.

The award will only be made when a suitable recipient comes to the attention of the award committee appointed by the Worshipful Master, in consultation with the Wardens, of the lodge, but not any more frequently than once per year.


Nominations, by any member should include the name in full of the nominee, his Masonic Lodge name, number and location, the nominee’s address in full, and a biographical outline of the nominee’s fraternal, vocational, literary and family information Samples of the nominee’s literary contributions, a photograph and comments which may have prompted his nomination would be greatly helpful to the committee in reaching its selection.

The Nominee ought to be one who contributes of his mind and skill commendably and effectively to the bulk of fraternal literature through books, booklets, manuals, artwork, publishing, printing, reviewing, researching, authoring, teaching, editing, distributing, indexing, compiling, cataloging, as well as serving in a librarian- type capacity.


Effort should be directed to avoid limitations and consider the varied manners in which one may be considered a contributor deserving of receiving recognition as a recipient of the Award. However, for trivial and minor contributions to be awarded the merit and esteem of the Award would be diminished. Alphonse Cerza’s personal contributions in so many literary avenues serving our fraternity are the ultimate criteria upon which the Committee ought to base its selection of recipients.


Past winners of the Cerza Medal are:


1990: 

  • Homer Zumwalt


1991: 

  • Robin Carr


1992: 

  • Hugh A. Cole


1993: 

  • Wayne Temple


1994: 

  • Dr. Stephen Greenberg


1995: 

  • Robert Barnard


1996:

  • Dr. Walter Brown


1997: 

  • Ronald K. Blue


1998: 

  • Harold Spellman


1999: 

  • Harry Strouse


2000: 

  • Edward A. Rund


2001: 

  • Michael Wells


2004: 

  • John B. Hall


2011: 

  • Paul A Scheeler


2012:

  • Martin Patrick Starr