The 40th Imperial Potentate / Past Grand Master - Noble Homer L. Buchanan, 33°, Amer Temple #107 Receives the Prestigious BRUCE Award. “Bison Strength Recognized Unsurpassed Commitment & Excellence”
A special event occurred on November 21, 2020 at the historic location of Colonial Charles H. Young Buffalo Soldier National Historic Site.  This site is located between Wilberforce University and Central State University which are two HBCUs in northeast Ohio.  The site for this award was chosen because of its historic significance to African American history and their pursuit to commitment and excellence.
The BRUCE award was presented by Illustrious Potentate Reginald B. Murray dressed as a representative of the historic and famous Buffalo Soldiers.  IP Murray presented the award on behalf of the National Buffalo Soldier Association who bestowed it upon Noble Homer L. Buchanan for his excellence and outstanding Masonic endeavors.
The prestigious guests present during the ceremony included:
  • 40th Imperial Potentate / PGM -  Noble Homer L. Buchanan, 33°,  Amer Temple #107(award recipient)
  • Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Ohio / MWPGM - Honorary Past Imperial Potentate Noble Darryl R Smith, 33°, Amer Temple #107
  • Imperial Deputy of the Oasis of Dayton, Ohio / Past Illustrious Potentate Noble Perdesta Calhoun, 32°, Amer Temple #107
  • Illustrious Potentate Noble Reginald B. Murray, 32°, Sinai Temple #59
  • Imperial Desert Advisor of Ohio / Past Illustrious Potentate Noble Thomas D. Batie, 33°, Al Lalim Temple #223
  • Imperial Ambassador At Large /  Past Illustrious Potentate Noble Fred Conway, Jr., 33°, Amer Temple #107
  • Deputy for the 5th District Order of Eastern Star (Dayton, Ohio) Daughter Glenda Buchanan, Amer Court #65
  • First Lady of Sinai Temple #59 - High Priestess Daughter Nannette Murray Sinai Court #35
We wish to give special thanks to the National Park Service for the use of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldier Monument Historic Home.  We also sincerely thank the Superintendent, Mr. Robert Stewart and his park service employee Pathway Intern Demetrius Summerville, for being such gracious hosts for the event.