Volume LIXMay 2012Number 2

Reciprocal Receptions

On Dec. 20, 2011, R.W. Grand Master-Elect Bro. Jay W. Smith installed his son, Bro. Steven J. Smith, as the new Worshipful Master of their home lodge, Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551, Mount Joy. More than 75 members and guests witnessed the ceremony at the Donegal Masonic Center.

Three weeks later, R.W. Grand Master Smith was introduced and received by his son, Bro. Steven J. Smith, W.M., during his official visit to their home lodge on Jan. 10. More than 200 members and guests attended the open meeting at the Lancaster Masonic Center.

Highlights from the December 2011 Quarterly Communication

On Dec. 7, 2011, 405 members representing 214 lodges and 17 visitors from other jurisdictions were present at the Communication, held at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. In addition to the election of Grand Lodge officers and the Committee on Masonic Homes, highlights included:

The merger of Osceola Lodge No. 421 with Cowanesque Lodge No. 351, Knoxville, was approved.

Then-R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon was pleased to accept contributions totaling $41,403.00.

Grand Master's Awards were presented to University Lodge No. 51, Washington Lodge No. 59, Lodge No. 2, Lodge No. 9, Harmony Lodge No. 52, Frankford Lodge No. 292 and Jerusalem Lodge No. 506, all of Philadephia; Bluestone Lodge No. 338, Hallstead; Danville-Mahoning Lodge No. 224, Danville; Sylvania Lodge No. 354, Shickshinny; Laurel Lodge No. 467, White Haven; and Arbutus Lodge No. 611, Freeland.

A Masonic watch was presented to Bro. Charles F. Lanks, Jr., Washington Lodge No. 164.

A recognition plaque was presented to Bro. James Lloyd, member, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, and to Bro. Thomas Hopkins, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District B.

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