|Volume LV||Special Inaugural Edition January 2008||Number 1|
117th Right Worshipful Grand Master
Stephen Gardner, a Past Master of Porter Lodge No. 284, North
Catasauqua, and Past District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic
District 10, was installed Dec. 27, 2007, as the 117th R.W. Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.|
Bro. Gardner, 56, the son of the late Harold and Mary Gardner, was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Darby. Three months before graduating from Darby-Colwyn High School, Darby, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War. He served from 1969-1973 as a member of the Naval Security Group, Naval Intelligence, and then in the Naval Reserves until 1975.
"Since my Dad was in the Navy, I had always envisioned serving," he said. "For me, it was not a question of if, but when."
His military experience having sparked his interest in an upand- coming profession, he went on to attend East Stroudsburg State College under the GI Bill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. "I was stationed with an amazing number of teacher-types, skilled particularly in arithmetic. I almost became a teacher, like my wife."
Employed by Mack Trucks/Volvo Information Technology since 1977, Bro. Gardner is a Project Manager/Project Leader, providing support services for the Materials and Manufacturing areas of Mack Trucks and Volvo AB Trucks North America. His community service has included serving as his department's Chairman for the United Fund Drive, as treasurer of the Catasauqua High School Soccer Booster Club and coaching youth soccer teams in Catasauqua and Whitehall.
Bro. Gardner is a member of Catasauqua Presbyterian Church, where he has served as a member and Past Moderator of the Board of Deacons, on the Business Affairs Committee and Nominating Committee and as a member of the Presbyterian Men of Catasauqua.
He and Patricia (Lulias) Gardner were married on June 8, 1974. Patricia is a teacher at Saint Michael the Archangel School in Colesville, and is a Sunday School teacher and a member of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Bethlehem. She served as a Junior Girl Scout Leader for 23 years, as Service Unit Director of the Catasauqua Girl Scouts and as Archery Instructor, Craft Instructor and Assistant Camp Director for Girl Scout Day Camp. She also instructed crafts and was Director of Cub Scout Day Camp. Her other interests include bowling, reading and crocheting. She is a past member of Parent Organizations in Catasauqua area schools.
The Gardners are the proud parents of two sons, Brothers John Stephen Gardner and Peter Stephen Gardner. Bro. John is married to Bethany Joy (Yoder) Gardner, a teacher, who gave birth to their first child, Alexis, on Nov. 27, 2007. Bro. John works at Volvo Powertrain, Inc., Hagerstown, Md., as a Product Engineer.
He is a Senior DeMolay and will also be serving as Worshipful Master of George Washington Lodge No. 143, Chambersburg, for the 2008 Masonic year. Bro. John is also a Plural member of Porter Lodge No. 284.
Bro. Peter is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force currently stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. He also is a Senior DeMolay and a member of Porter Lodge No. 284.
Grand Master Gardner's recreational interests include hunting, fishing, bowling (he has been a member of a Masonic bowling league) and skydiving. Yes, Bro. Gardner has gone sky diving four times at Freefall Adventures, Williamstown, N.J., with his sons.
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