Hoover Lodge #644
Free and Accepted Masons of Alabama
Hoover Alabama

August 10, 2012 – On August 07, 2012, Hoover Lodge, in partnership with the City of Hoover Police Department, provided digital child ID kits at the Hoover edition of the 29th Annual National Night Out. National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). National Night Out is designed to:

· Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

· Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;

· Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and

· Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

This is the third year that the City of Hoover has participated in National Night Out and the first year that Hoover Lodge has partnered with the police department to provide digital child ID kits at the event. This is the third event so far in 2012 that Hoover Lodge and the police department have teamed up and additional events are planned in the near future. Over 300 digital child ID kits have been provided at absolutely no cost to the parents of the children or to the City of Hoover. The program is underwritten by the Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Alabama. Below are photos of the event (courtesy of the City of Hoover Police Department).



July 24, 2012 – At a meeting between City of Hoover Police Chief, Nick Derzis, Police Department Executive Officer, Jehad Al-Dakka, and Bob Beaver of Hoover Lodge regarding the upcoming National Night Out where Hoover Lodge will be providing child ID kits, Bob was presented this plaque to the Lodge by Chief Derzis as a token of the Hoover Police Department's appreciation of the Lodge’s support to them with, among other things, the child ID program,  the Lodge’s “Local Heroes’ Appreciation Breakfasts”, Celebrate Hoover Day, and Relay for Life. Chief Derzis stated that “Hoover Lodge’s support of the Hoover Police Department has been tremendous and is a shining example of what all civic organizations should aspire to with regards to community service.” He went on to say that “the Hoover Police Department’s partnership with Hoover Lodge is one that has been seemingly one-sided with the Police Department and the City being the benefactors”. Bob Beaver stated that “the token given to us today is one that means a lot to us. We do not seek this or any other type of recognition. We simply seek to serve our community and, hopefully, have some small part in making it a better place to live. The recognition, however, is deeply and greatly appreciated. Our partnership with the Hoover Police Department (and Fire Department) is one that we have enjoyed immensely. We look forward with great anticipation to deepening this partnership with not only the Police and Fire Departments, but also the city at large and the residents of Hoover, as well as the surrounding areas, being the benefactors”.

About Hoover Lodge -  Hoover Lodge is a Lodge of the Free & Accepted Masons, the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organization. Hoover Lodge was originally chartered as Fairview Lodge #644 in 1906 and became Hoover Lodge #644 in 1990 when the Lodge sold its Fairview building and moved to Hoover. The Lodge, and the Free & Accepted Masons in general, has as their purpose to “Make Good Men Better”.