On Sept. 19, 2011, 36 brethren and ladies from the 36th Masonic District traveled by bus from Delaware County to visit the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown for the fourth consecutive year. They enjoyed dinner in the Brossman Ballroom with 26 brethren and ladies who reside at the retirement community.
Following dinner, the group adjourned to the Deike Auditorium for a presentation of "The Last Full Measure" about Abraham Lincoln performed by representatives of the Valley of Harrisburg and hosted by Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown. The trip was sponsored and arranged by George Bartram Paul Sand Lodge No. 298, Springfield.
Perseverance Lodge Gives 3rd Degree to Public
Third Degree Chili, That Is!
On Sept. 3, Perseverance Lodge No. 21, Harrisburg, fielded its "Third Degree Chili Team" and competed in the Pennsylvania Chili Cook Off. The annual event is a part of the Labor Day Kipona Festival held on Harrisburg's downtown waterfront. It was a great opportunity as brothers, officers and Pennsylvania Freemasons to showcase their brotherhood to the Central Pennsylvania community while enjoying their own fellowship.
The team also reached out to any and all Freemasons who happened to pass by its booth and asked them to sign its team banner in a public show of support for Freemasonry, the lodge and its chili team in particular.
Photos: (top) The chili team, left-right: Bros. Colin H. Blair; David S. Casher; Doug R. Harms, P.M.; and Tracy A. Bitner, W.M. (bottom) Governor Tom Corbett and his wife, Susan, (right) enjoy some chili provided by Bros. Adam G. Klein and Ken R. Harms, P.M.
Fraternal Support Pours in to Quell Storm Damage
During the storms of September 2011 that followed hurricane Irene, Bro. David J. Bittner, Warren Lodge No. 310, Collegeville, and his family suffered a devastating loss. Their home was flooded up to the first floor, and there was a huge hole in their basement wall. After the waters receded, they discovered the furnace, air conditioning unit, washer, dryer, water heater and all personal possessions stored in the basement, including all the clothes that had been there for laundering, had been ruined. Both vehicles were completely flooded and were a total loss. All their landscaping will need to be removed and replaced due to a fuel oil storage facility leaking into the surrounding soil. Since Bro. Bittner does not live in a flood plain or even near water, he was not required to have flood insurance, so he did not have it.
Bro. Matthew L. Kuhnert, J.W., spearheaded an effort to raise funds for Bro. Bittner through an appeal he sent to all the lodges in the Sixth Masonic District. The brethren of the district responded in noble fashion and donated more than $5,000. In addition, the brethren of the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill donated clothing that they were saving for their annual fund raiser. Other brothers donated time and labor to help make repairs, and one brother even donated a new water heater. They truly proved what Freemasonry stands for.