Volume LVIIIFebruary 2011Number 1

A Grand Appearance in the Grand Slam Parade

On Aug. 19, 2010, the 6th Annual Grand Slam Parade was held to welcome the world to Williamsport, host of the 2010 Little League World Series. Its "Americana," family-friendly setting draws more than 40,000 people along the parade route, and thousands more view the event live on WVIA TV and on national news.

Almost 400 Masons participated in the parade, including officers and members of the following Masonic groups: R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon and Grand Lodge Officers; Grand Chapter; Grand Council; Grand Commandery; Masonic District 18; nine lodges; A.A.S.R.; Masonic CHIP float, Tall Cedars float and mini-cars; Zembo Shrine; Irem Shrine, including the string band, motorcycles, mini-cars and transport unit; Jaffa Shrine; and Grotto String Band.

Bro. Kenneth W. McClintock, District Deputy Grand Master for District 18, received several calls from brethren who were along the parade route and expressed their pride in our fraternity and the way it paid respect to the late Bro. Carl E. Stotz, founder of Little League baseball.

"We definitely made a tremendous favorable impression of our great fraternity," Bro. McClintock said.

Grand Lodge Officers and representatives wave from aboard the Grand Lodge float.

Brethren Help Restore Tradition to Bethlehem on Horseback

The city of Bethlehem recently restored its Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit after a 63-year hiatus with the addition of three beautiful horses. Officers interested in volunteering for the unit had to write a paper as to why they wanted to do the job. They are responsible for the care, feeding and grooming of the animals. Two of the three officers selected to ride the horses on patrol are members of H. Stanley Goodwin Lodge No. 648, Bethlehem. The unit will provide more visibility for the officers, assist with mobility and navigation in certain terrains, help with crowd control and promote community relations ... plus, the horses are the "ultimate green vehicles!"

Left-right: Officer Michael Leaser and George, Officer and Bro. Jon Buskirk
and Pharaoh, and Officer and Bro. Timothy Brooks and Raven.

St. John's Lodge No. 115 F. & A.M. Celebrates Its 200th Anniversary

Constituted Feb. 3, 1810, St. John's Lodge No. 115, Philadelphia, recently completed its year-long celebration of its 200th anniversary. Then-Worshipful Master Mitchel H. Sheinoff invited several brothers of the lodge to present at every stated meeting a program covering significant historic and Masonic events of the bicentennial in 25- year segments. Members of St. John's Lodge enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the history and interactions of St. John's Lodge, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and the world.

The highlight of the year occurred on May 8, 2010, at a gala black tie banquet held at the Constitution Center. In attendance were 150 members, friends and guests of St. John's Lodge No. 115, along with R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon and District Deputy Grand Master for District A, Robert J. Burns.

Front row, left-right: Bros. Jack Robinson; Robert Burns, D.D.G.M.; Thomas
K. Sturgeon, R.W.G.M.; Mitchel H. Sheinoff, W.M.; Patrick F. Gresley, S.W.;
Daniel Hinds, Aide to the Grand Master; and John O'Neil.
Seated: Bros.Harry Carter III, P.M., and Mark Sigismund, P.M.

Breaking Ground on a New Lodge!

Members of various Masonic bodies gathered on Dec. 11, 2010, for the ground breaking of a new Masonic Temple in Lebanon.

Left-right: Bros. David Gontz, Eminent Commander, Hermit Commandery No. 24; Walt Foltz, Most Excellent High Priest, Chapter No. 197; William Smeltzer, General Contractor; Frank August, W.M., Mt. Olivet Lodge No. 704; Robert P. Hoffman, Architect; Noble Johnson, District Deputy Grand Master for District 60; Ned Bomgardner, Treasurer, Masonic Temple Association of Lebanon; Les Keller, President, Masonic Temple Assoc.; Scott Koons, Vice President, Masonic Temple Assoc.; Paul Weiksner, W.M., Mt. Lebanon Lodge No. 226; William Arnold, Past District Deputy Grand Master and Secretary, Masonic Temple Assoc.; Kevin Organtini, Thrice Ill. Master, Lebanon Council No. 27; and Betty Arnold, W.M., O.E.S. Chapter No. 115.

Contributing to Spiritual Wellness at Masonic Village

Members of Victory Lodge No. 694, Butler, contributed $2,000 toward the Masonic Village at Sewickley's Meditation Room project. The lodge raised the funds through a raffle, and presented the check to Jane W. Binley, Director of Gift Planning-West Region, and Bro. Pete J. Jubic, Doric Lodge No. 630, Sewickley, Director of Maintenance for the Village.

PA-Ohio Unity Night

On Sept. 14, 2010, R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon hosted the Pennsylvania/Ohio Masonic Unity Night at the Stated Meeting of Mahoning New Castle Lodge No. 243. More than 300 members from both Jurisdictions, including the Grand Lodge Officers from Pennsylvania and Ohio, attended the meeting. Gifts and speeches were exchanged by both Grand Master Sturgeon and M.W. Grand Master of Ohio, Bro. Terry Posey.

Welcoming a Traveling Brother

Bro. Richard N. Fitzsimmons, District Deputy Grand Master for the 24th Masonic District, presented Wor. Bro. Douglas Squires, Guy's Cliffe Lodge No. 8874, Province of Warwickshire, United Kingdom, with one of R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon's ties and a lapel pin.

Wor. Brother Squires stopped in Erie on June 17, 2010, while cycling across the United States on a journey which started in Los Angeles on May 9 and finished in Boston on June 26, 2010.

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