Volume LIXJanuary 2012Number 1

Real Men Wear Pink to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of Mount Moriah Lodge No. 300, Huntingdon, wore pink neckties to their Stated Meeting on Oct. 10, 2011. This was also Ladies Night, so members and guests enjoyed a nice dinner in the social hall prior to the meeting.

Bro. Todd E. Dobson, W.M., organized a fund raiser through the sale of pink neckties and pins to members and friends, which raised $1,570. The funds were donated to J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, in honor of Mrs. Deborah Shultz, lady of Bro. Ralph L. Shultz, P.M., and to recognize her struggle with breast cancer.

Those present for the check presentation included: Center right: Bro. Todd E. Dobson, W.M.; Mrs. Tammy Dobson; and Dr. Maria Pettinger, Chief of Staff of J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital. Center left: Mrs. Deborah Shultz; Bro. Ralph L. Shultz, P.M.; and Mrs. Marsha Hartman, Executive Director of the J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation.


Celebrating 70 Years of Membership

At the Sept. 10, 2011, Stated Meeting of Bedford Lodge No. 320, District Deputy Grand Master Robert C. Snyder II had the honor of presenting Bro. Ray Fries with his 70-Year Masonic Service Emblem.

Bro. Ray joined Freemasonry at the age of 21 in 1940 when the nation was finally feeling some relief from the Great Depression, but was preparing to enter World War II. Bro. Ray was raised a Master Mason in Midway Lodge No. 185, Saint Paul, Minn., and transferred his membership to Bedford Lodge in 1989 when he moved there. While working for Honeywell Corporation, Bro. Ray traveled frequently, which provided him the opportunity to visit lodges in different parts of the country. He was also a semi-pro baseball player, pitching for $5 per game. He commented that he has very much enjoyed Freemasonry over the years, and even though it has been 71 years since he joined, the time has gone quickly.

Left-right: Bro. Donald E. Stutzman, P.M., S.W., acting W.M. of Bedford Lodge No. 320, along with Bro. Raymond S. Fries, also of Bedford Lodge, and Bro. Robert C. Snyder II, District Deputy Grand Master of the 34th Masonic District.

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