Volume LVIIJanuary 2010Number 1

Military Thank Lodges for Support



Bro. Edward A. Blum, Thomson Lodge No. 340; 1st Lt. Justin Cassidy;
and Bro. Gary Dukeman, D.D.G.M.-5th Masonic District.

On Oct. 14, at the dinner preceding the Stated Meeting of Thomson Lodge No. 340, Paoli, 1st Lieutenant Justin N. Cassidy presented District Deputy Grand Master Gary L. Dukeman with a certificate of appreciation and an American flag that was flown over the company headquarters at Camp Taji, Iraq. The flag, which was also carried on combat missions, and the certificate were presented as tokens of appreciation for the "Change for the Troops" program. The flag and certificate were presented to then-R. W. Grand Master Stephen Gardner at the December Quarterly Communication.

1st Lt. Cassidy, stepson of Bro. Edward D. Blum and one of the newest members of Thomson Lodge, along with Command Sgt. Major David W. White and Lt. Colonel Shawn C. Reger, were direct recipients of calling cards, as were all of the officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the 2nd Squadron, 104th U.S. Cavalry, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team out of York, Pa. During the presentation, Lt. Cassidy stated that the soldiers truly appreciated everything that the people at home were doing for the troops and were especially appreciative of the Masons for the calling cards. It made being away from home and in a combat situation a little bit easier thanks to the Masons and the "Change for the Troops" program.



Brothers Paul A. Friedline and David N. Whysong, P.M., W.M., both of Bedford Lodge; Samuel Shimer, Hiram Lodge No. 616, Altoona; Benjamin J. Bullington, Bedford Lodge; Robert C. Snyder II, D.D.G.M. for the 34th Masonic District; and Wayne E. Felix, Chaplain, and Jeffrey Musselman, Junior Deacon, both of Bedford Lodge.

1LT Bro. Benjamin J. Bulllington and SFC Bro. Samuel Shimer, Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant, respectively, were deployed to Abu Ghraib in Northwest Baghdad, Iraq, with the 2-112th Infantry Stryker Platoon.

During their tour of duty, the brethren of Bedford Lodge No 320 organized and sent them care packages to acknowledge and support their service, and to let them know the folks back home were thinking of them.

Upon returning home, to show their appreciation to the brethren of the lodge, Brothers Bullington and Shimer attended the Stated Meeting of Bedford Lodge on Oct. 8 and presented an American flag and certificate to the Worshipful Master. The flag was flown over their headquarters in Iraq in honor of Bedford Lodge, and the certificate acknowledged and commemorated this.


Brethren Welcome in Tennessee


Photo by Bro. Jesse N. Riggs, Grand Photographer of Lodge No. 271

On Sept. 19, 2009, Bro. Randall Kegerise; his three sons, Brothers Kim, Noel and Jon, and son-in-law, Bro. John C. McDonough, all of Ephrata Lodge No. 665, went to Tennessee to witness Randall's son, Peter, receive the third degree in Freemasonry to become a member of Goodlettsville Lodge No. 271, Goodlettsville, TN. The M.W. Grand Master of Tennessee, the Rev. Dickie Johnson, conferred the degree, assisted by Grand Lodge officers and members of Goodlettsville Lodge. The Pennsylvania brethren were welcomed as Masonic brothers and treated to a dinner of catfish with all the trimmings - a wonderful experience!


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