Volume LVIIMay 2010Number 2

Local Happenings

CPR/AED Class Certifies 20

On Jan. 9, 2010, members of Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, Harrisburg, and the Masonic Temple Association of Harrisburg hosted a CPR-Heartsaver class at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg. The Masonic Temple Association covered the cost for participants. Deb Goodhart, a certified American Heart Association instructor, and wife of Bro. Chip Goodhart, Robert Burns Lodge, taught the class which certified 16 brethren and four of their wives in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and taught them how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Worshipful Master Bro. Michael McGinnis, Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, pictured above, was among the brethren certified.

100 Years Young

On Feb. 13, 2010, Bro. Elisha "Lash" Joseph Field, Adelphic Lodge No. 424, Jamestown, celebrated his 100th birthday. Bro. Lash joined Adelphic Lodge in 1953 and became Master in 1958. He rarely misses a lodge meeting. Helping Lash celebrate were R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon, R.W. Grand Junior Grand Warden Raymond T. Dietz, District Deputy Grand Master Bernard D. Hanmore (District 25), Masons throughout the area, and his family and friends. Also in attendance were State Rep. Michele Brooks and State Sen. and Bro. Robert Robbins who presented Bro. Field with a citation from Pennsylvania Gov. and Bro. Edward Rendell, as well as citations from their respective legislative bodies. Bro. Field is a daily visitor to the Senior Center in Linesville and remains active in his community and church.

District 18 Banquet Features Meaningful Entertainment

The 20th Annual St. John's Day Banquet on Dec. 29, 2009, was attended by more than 150 guests gathering to recognize Worshipful Masters, both in-coming and out-going The guests enjoyed the sweet sounds of 7-year-old Isabella Cole, who was treated for a very serious life-threatening disease by the Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Cincinnati. She has decided to produce a music CD, the proceeds of which will be donated back to the hospital as a token of appreciation for the services she received.

Cambria Lodge Hosts Visitors

At the Jan. 26 Extra Meeting of Cambria Lodge No. 278, Johnstown, the lodge was honored by visitors from Lodge St. James No. 289 in Dufftown, Scotland, and Columbia Lodge No. 58, Frederick, Md. The visitors witnessed the conferral of two Entered Apprentice Mason Degrees, following which presentations were made by the lodge to the visitors.

Front row, left-right: Brothers Sandy Smart, R.W. Master, Lodge St. James No. 289; James L. Beckwith, P.M., W.M., Cambria Lodge No. 278; William J. Huston, D.D.G.M., District 41; and Barry Bosley, P.M., W.M., Columbia Lodge No. 58.

Back row, left-right: Brothers Barry G. Cameron, P.M., Cambria Lodge No. 278 and Scott Cameron, P.M., Columbia Lodge No. 58.

Ligonier Lodge Celebrates 150th Anniversary

(Our apologies to our Ligonier Lodge brothers for inadvertently omitting their anniversary congratulations in the October 2009 issue)

Through the recommendation of Loyalhanna Lodge No. 275, Latrobe, Ligonier Lodge No. 331 was constituted on May 13, 1859.

To celebrate their 150th Anniversary, the lodge held two events. On April 4, 2009, the lodge held an open banquet attended by then- R.W. Deputy Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon, along with other Grand Lodge officers. The second event was held on April 10, 2009, when then-R.W. Grand Master Stephen Gardner, accompanied by other Grand Lodge Officers, made a visit to the lodge's Stated Meeting.

Enjoying the Anniversary Banquet were the officers of Ligonier Lodge, along with (seated left-right): Rodney E. Boyce, D.D.G.M.; Samuel C. Williamson, R.W.P.G.M.; Thomas K. Sturgeon, then-R.W.D.G.M.; James L. Ernette, R.W.P.G.M., and Bruce A. Robinson, W.M.

District D Shares Holiday Cheer

In 2008, members of Frankford Lodge No. 292, Philadelphia, rekindled an old lodge tradition of handing out candy to Masonic Village residents during the holiday season. With the economic downturn, lodge members faced the cancellation of the event in 2009 when several other lodges within District D stepped in to keep the "new" tradition alive. Members from Jerusalem Lodge No. 506, Lodge No. 2, Lodge No. 9 and Widener-Apollo-Kensington Lodge No. 211, all of Philadelphia, volunteered as Santa's elves to deliver candy to residents in Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill and Warminster. District Deputy Grand Master for District D David Tansey distributed $40 K-Mart gift cards, purchased by Jerusalem Lodge No. 506, to each of the Masonic Children's Home residents.

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