Volume LVIFebruary 2009Number 1

Installing the 4th Generation of Batemans

Left to right: Brothers Anthony J. Bateman; Robert J. Bateman, R.W.J.G.W.; Robert J. Bateman, Jr., Worshipful Master; and Stephen Gardner, R.W.G.M.

On Dec. 16, 2008, Bro. Robert J. Bateman, R.W. Junior Grand Warden, had the honor and privilege of installing his son Robert J. Bateman, Jr., as Worshipful Master of Springfield-Hanby Lodge No. 767, Springfield. "Entering and Raising my son, installing him as Junior and Senior Warden and then as Worshipful Master of his lodge, have been very proud and emotional moments in my life," Bro. Bateman said. Bro. Bateman, Jr., also serves as Senior Grand Deacon for the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Bro. Anthony J. Bateman, who is a police officer in Upper Darby Township, was able to attend the meeting and congratulated his brother after his installation. There are four generations of Freemasons in the Bateman family. "Freemasonry is truly a family, more than words can express," Bro. Robert J. Bateman said.

Stephen Gardner, R.W. Grand Master, honored the lodge with a visit and acted as Senior Warden, while Bro. Mark A. Haines, R.W. Grand Secretary, acted as Junior Warden for Bro. Bateman's installation. Bro. Haines later installed Bro. William W. Melnyk as Secretary of the lodge.

Also installed that evening were Brothers Gary W. Metz as Senior Warden and Edward E. Dillon as Junior Warden. The installing Master for Bro. Metz was Bro. David R. Lewis, P.M., and the installing Master for Bro. Dillon was Bro. Metz.

The following brethren took part in Bro. Bateman's installation: Brothers Ricky L. Swalm, District Deputy Grand Master for District 36 as Senior Deacon; Lynnwood J. Dixon, P.D.D.G.M., as Junior Deacon; David R. Lewis, P.M., as Senior Master of Ceremonies; David W. Parker, P.M., as Junior Master of Ceremonies; Raymond W. Unger, P.M., Pocono Lodge No. 780, Cresco, as Pursuivant; James F. Atkinson, P.M., as Chaplain; David J. Coffman, P.M., as Treasurer; and Charles J. Dalrymple, P.M., as Secretary. Bro. Richard M. Caruth, P.M., Lansdowne Lodge No. 711, assisted with the investiture.

Other brethren in attendance were: Brothers John A. Rose, Regional Instructor, Region 1; S. Curtis Barrett, Principal of School of Instruction for Masonic District 36; Raymond W. Bryant, W.M., Penn Lodge No. 709, Concordville, and Instructor; as well as visiting brethren from District 36 and other districts.

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