During the Date Stone ceremonies at the Masonic Homes on Autumn Day, Sept. 23, R.W. Grand Master Robert L. Dluge, Jr., presented the Pennsylvania Franklin Medal to Carl R. Flohr, P.M., George Washington Lodge No. 143, Chambersburg. Bro. Flohr has been active in the Fraternity for many years in his lodge and Grand Lodge and is a diligent member of the Committee on Masonic Homes and a benefactor of the Masonic Homes and Masonic Charities.

The Franklin Medal, the most distinguished honor awarded by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, is presented to those who have rendered outstanding service to the Craft. It is named for Bro. Benjamin Franklin who served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in 1734 and 1749.

Bro. Flohr was made a Mason in 1953 and served as Worshipful Master in 1960. In addition to his Blue Lodge activities, Bro. Flohr served as Most Wise Master of the Chapter of Rose Croix in the Scottish Rite Valley of Harrisburg in 1979-1980. He was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33º, Honorary Member, of the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, in 1981.

In York Rite, Bro. Flohr served as Most Excellent High Priest of Royal Arch Chapter No. 176 in 1968; as Thrice Illustrious Master of George Washington Council No. 60 in 1968; and as Eminent Commander of Continental Commandery No. 56 in 1973.

He also is a member of York Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine; Erin Council No. 6, Knight Masons of the United States; Rex Council No. 47, Allied Masonic Degrees; Pennsylvania York Rite College No. 11; Penn Priory No. 6, Knights of the York Cross of Honor; the Royal Order of Scotland; Pennsylvania Council of Anointed Kings; Valley Forest No. 145, Tall Cedars of Lebanon; and Zembo Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S.

He is a successful businessman. His principal businesses have been home-building, land development, swimming pool installation, and real estate. During his career he has been honored and received the Pennsylvania Builder of the Year Award, an award as the Outstanding National Representative in the U.S.A. by the Home Builders Association, and an Outstanding Service Award by the National Swimming Pool Association.

He is a life-long resident of the Chambersburg area. He and his wife, Arlene (in photo above) have three sons and a daughter.

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