By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 9.56.17 PMThe semi-annual fish fry was held on Saturday, March 15 at the Masonic Lodge on Lawyers Road. About 1,200 pounds of fish was breaded and fried for the fundraising event which happens in October and March each year to benefit charities supported by the organization.

Ron Sperlbaum, head of this year’s event and a 36 year member of the Mint Hill Lodge, says funds are used to support three organizations.

“We support the Oxford Home for Children; Whitestone, which is a Masonic and Eastern Star assisted living facility, and the Grand Lodge Foundation,” says Sperlbaum.

Plates were $8 each, and could be taken out or eaten in. Desserts and drinks were available inside the Masonic Lodge for a nominal fee.

The Mint Hill Masonic Lodge has around 360 members.

The fish fry is run by volunteers from the organization.

Rusty Violette, 18 years old,  has been volunteering for 13 years.

“When he started helping out, he had to stand on a box,” says Violette’s grandfather Ron Pressley. “I wouldn’t doubt it at all if he’s breaded more than 5,000 pounds of fish in all these years.”

Violette, who is a senior at Parkwood High School says he enjoys helping out.

“I enjoy it,” he says. “Mostly I like coming out here with my grandpa.”

The fall fish fry comes around the third weekend in October.

Freemasonry is the oldest, largest men’s fraternity in the world, and its members work together in service to others.

For more information about the organization, or to inquire about membership, go to or call (704) 545-4782.