|Left-right: The Wagner brothers - Michael, Howard and Carl|
On Jan. 24, 2009, something happened in Butler Lodge No. 272 that hadn't happened in 60 years: three brothers were raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. Carl, Howard and Michael Wagner completed their journey to becoming Master Masons in the same lodge to which their grandfather, the late Bro. John Carl Bortmas, belonged for over 30 years. Their mother was a Rainbow Girl in Butler and is now the Mother Advisor of the same Rainbow Assembly. Active in the Eastern Star, Mary Ann Wagner encouraged her sons to join Lorraine Chapter, Order of DeMolay as soon as they were eligible. Each of them has served as Master Councilor of Lorraine Chapter twice, earning the Past Master Councilor's Meritorious Service award each time and have been honored by being created Chevaliers. Last June, Howard was elected Deputy State Master Councilor of DeMolay in Pennsylvania. Curtis R. Rauschenberger, Chapter "Dad" of Lorraine Chapter, said that he has watched the Wagner brothers grow from their first days in DeMolay to being raised as Master Masons and looks forward to their continued activities with DeMolay and the Masonic fraternity.