Freemasons award Raymond selectman for service to town
By GRETYL MACALASTER
Union Leader Correspondent | December 20. 2013 7:03PM
Hoitt, who has served as a selectman for five years, is also known for helping fellow neighbors without hesitation or reward, according to the letter, including spending his days off cutting wood to drop off to those in need at his own expense.
According to the letter, Hoitt has been helpful in getting the Lodge's taxes reduced to zero, stating that he would rather see the Lodge support the community with those funds.
"Billy Hoitt for quite a few years has demonstrated his contributions to the local community. When we voted on it, his name was brought up at large and the first vote was a unanimous decision and we are proud to honor him with the award," Miller said.
Miller said the award can be given out once a year, but is not, and has to be approved by the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire.
Miller has been part of the Tucker Lodge for about a decade and this is only the second time he has seen the Community Builders Award given out in Raymond.
"He is very, very giving," Miller said.
Hoitt has served as a volunteer firefighter in town for more than 30 years.
"It's hard to describe the stuff he does. He goes out every year and buys cookies, 100 cans of cookies and just gives them away. There is no rhyme or reason as to why he does it," Miller said. "He'll never die a rich man, that's a fact, because everything he seems to have he seems to give away."