|Volume LIV||May 2007||Number 2|
They Did it in One Day!
6 Master Masons Raised at Masonic Temple
Doylestown Lodge No. 245 is growing each year and had a backlog of Master Mason degrees to confer. In 2006, 18 new members were entered and 60 degrees had to be conferred, requiring a lot of work in mentoring, degree preparation and conferral.
Randolph A. Scott, W.M., worked with District Deputy Grand Master William A. Wetterau, District 8, to acquire a special dispensation to hold extra meetings at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, home of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
On Dec. 2, 2006, the officers set up the Egyptian and Ionic halls as two lodge rooms with officers to complete the raising of three Master Masons in each of the two rooms. One team served under the direction of Bro. Scott in one room, with conferring masters Hurely McBrierty, P.M., and James A. Dowling. Another team served with Bro. Charles J. Hollowell, S.W., as acting Worshipful Master in the second room with conferring masters Joseph Tolen, P.M., and Benjamin T. Hanbicki, P.M. All had been trained by Bro. Ralph Wagner, P.M. At the end of the day, Doylestown Lodge No. 245 had six new Master Masons: Joseph F. Flynn, Brian D. Carilli, Charles D. McHenry, Nicholas Sucic, Charles Sucic and Stephen Ferraguti.
These men experienced a very special and moving day. After all was completed, they had a delightful dinner at the Vesper Club and celebrated a remarkable occasion. All of these new Master Masons expressed the same sentiment: "What a great day! So this is what being a Mason is about: coming together, working together, and moving mountains!"
From Man to Mason in One Day
U.S. Army Major Receives Degrees & Meaningful Gift
After the conferrals, the newly raised Master Mason received a special gift donated by Mrs. Howard C. Bond. This gift to Franklin Lodge was to be given to the next Master Mason in the lodge, a Masonic ring that she intended to give to her husband on their 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, Bro. Bond passed away before he could receive this honorable gift. The couple's daughter, Karen Bond, said of her father, "He lived for the Masonic lodge. We felt that his legacy would live on through another lodge brother... and it has." The family was pleased that, by chance, the ring was given to a fellow Army veteran, as Bro. Bond had served as a medic in World War II.
Man to Mason One-Day Class Member
Installed as Worshipful Master
Bro. Dave had the pleasure to serve as Worshipful Master in the Entered Apprentice degree for the sectional school in April 2006 with a team that exemplified a nearly perfect degree.
A member of Lu Lu Shrine and Temple Melita Royal Arch Chapter, Bro. Dave is also active in The Valley of Philadelphia Scottish Rite. He actively researches Masonic topics and is listed on the Grand Lodge Speakers Bureau. He has been a guest speaker at several lodges and appendent bodies in the Philadelphia area.
Bro. Dave says he has benefited from the many mentors who have dedicated their time and hard work to our ritual. "I am proof that mentoring our new members will yield great rewards for our fraternity," Bro. Dave said.
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