The Robstown Masonic Lodge recently presented the Community Builder Award to Robstown City Council member Sybil Tipton.

The committee voted last month to present the award to Tipton, who became the first African-American female to be voted in as a member of the Robstown City Council, and has served on the council for the past 10 years.

Tipton has received a number of "first" accolades in her lifetime. She was also the first African-American cheerleader at Robstown High School, the first African-American Homecoming Queen, the first African-American president for her senior class at Robstown High School, and the first African-American Miss Robstown in 1974. Tipton graduated from Robstown High School in 1974.

She is currently employed with the Robstown Independent School District as a site coordinator with the 21st Century After School Program, and has been working with them for nearly five years.

Tipton is presently a member of several City of Robstown sub-committees, and was recently appointed as the youth director at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She is also a single parent with one son, Frederick Saunders II.

Tipton is a breast-cancer survivor and has been cancer-free for nearly one year.

Worshipful Master Kenneth Mikeman Jr. presented the award in front of many of Tipton's family members and friends, who were treated to a breakfast and then attended the award presentation.

The Community Builder Award was designed to enable a Masonic Lodge to recognize outstanding non-Masons who have distinguished themselves through their service to the Community, to the local and state government, to their service to their church, synagogue of the humanity.

Last year's recipient was Inez Ramon Jr.