Volume LIXMay 2012Number 2

Annual Grand Communication & Banquet Highlights

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania's Annual Grand Communication was attended by more than 1,500 people, including distinguished guests from 16 Grand Jurisdictions and 15 Masonic bodies. More than 1,650 guests attended the banquet.

Two highlights of the event included:

R.W. Past Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon presented a check in the amount of $15,393.20 to the Shriners Hospital to purchase a Doppler ultrasound machine.

R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith was pleased to accept contributions totaling $12,787.26 for the Masonic Charities.

R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith prays at the altar after his Installation with Grand Chaplain A. Preston Van Deursen, Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551, Mount Joy.

Among the distinguished guests attending the event, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was pleased to welcome the M.W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge officers to the Annual Communication, led by M.W. Grand Master Leonard A. Heard. Bro. Heard was made an Honorary Member of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania during the Annual Grand Communication.
R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith's children presented him with gifts to celebrate his inauguration. Here, he is presented a special gavel, made for him by his son-in-law, Bro. Jesse Spence, Aide to the Grand Master; by his daughters, Traci and Kristine; and his son, Bro. Steven Gardner, Grand Sword Bearer; as his wife, Nancy, looks on. The Grand Master uses the gavel in all his travels.
Members of Masonic Youth groups provided musical entertainment during the banquet as guests were enjoying dinner.
R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith is led out of the Annual Grand Communication by his son, Bro. Steven, Grand Sword Bearer.
R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith presents the Pennsylvania Franklin Medal to R.W. Past Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon for his service to the fraternity.
Country music sensation Aaron Kelly sings a duet with a member of his band, 2nd South, at the conclusion of the banquet.
Members of Job's Daughters and Rainbow Girls especially enjoyed Aaron Kelly's performance!

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