Volume LIVMay 2007Number 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
Left-right: Brothers Jason Shade, grandson; Clayton Shade;
Marlin Shade, son; and William Shade, son.

At Valley Lodge 797, Valley View Pa., on Nov. 26, 2006, Clayton William Shade IV, age 79, thanks to a dispensation, received all three degrees in one day. His son, Bro. Marlin R. Shade P.M., was the Worshipful Master for the Entered Apprentice degree and his other son, William Shade, was the Guide. His grandson, Jason Shade, was his Guide for the Fellow Craft degree. Bro. Clayton is looking forward to finally sitting among his family in lodge.

On Feb. 17, 2007, members of Perry-Keystone Lodge No. 392 were pleased to confer the three degrees of Freemasonry on Andrew Richard Langer-Williamson by special dispensation granted by Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master. Bro. Langer-Williamson was home on leave from Iraq where he is serving with the U.S. Army and was scheduled to return there on Feb. 22, 2007. Among the brethren pictured with him are Bro. Richard N. Fitzsimmons, District Deputy Grand Master for District 24 and Bro. Robert R. Schofield, Worshipful Master.

U.S. Army Major Receives Degrees & Meaningful Gift

Front row, left-right: Brothers Robert E. Clapper; Wayne A. Sherwood; Major Russell James Hampsey; Raymond G. Bagley, Jr., D.D.G.M., 16th Masonic District; Henry C. Rahm, Jr. and Robert M. Innamorati. Back row, left-right: Bros. Robert E. Lee, Jr., Kenneth R. Wintermute and Edward J. Burke.
Franklin Lodge No. 263, Laceyville, Pa., held an extra meeting on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, when U.S. Army Major Russell James Hampsey, serving at McDill Air Force Base, Fla., was Entered, Passed and Raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason, under dispensation by Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master. Conferring masters were Bro. Kenneth R. Wintermute, P.M., Entered Apprentice degree; Bro. Wayne A. Sherwood, P.M., Fellow Craft degree; and Bro. Henry C. Rahm, Jr., P.M., Master Mason degree. Brothers Robert E. Lee, P.M., served as Guide; Robert E. Clapper, P.M., as Senior Warden; and Edward J. Burke as Junior Warden. Charges for all degrees were delivered by Bro. George L. Laird, P.M.
Bro. Howard Bond, during his term as Worshipful Master of Franklin Lodge No. 263 in 1982

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. Raymond George, District Deputy Grand Master for District E, was present to witness the installation of Bro. David Vahey as Worshipful Master for Hiram Lodge No. 81, which meets in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Bro. David Vahey was Entered, Passed and Raised as a One Day Mason on Oct. 2, 2004. The sight of the ritual ignited a passion within him, and with the help of able mentors, he quickly became certified in all three degrees. He now serves as Worshipful Master of Hiram Lodge No. 81.

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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