Volume LIIIAugust 2006Number 3

Concordia Lodge Donates $90,720 to Refurbish Masonic Temple

R.W. Grand Master Aungst receives the check from Worshipful Master Carl Zapf.
Concordia Lodge No. 67 presented a $90,720 check to R.W. Grand Master Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., on April 20, 2006. The funds will be used to refurbish the 77 benches in Corinthian Hall in the Masonic Temple, one of the needs addressed in the Masonic Temple Initiative.

According to Raymond T. George, D.D.G.M., the members of Concordia Lodge have been working toward this donation since 2003 when the project was first identified as part of the Temple Initiative. The lodge seized the opportunity to sponsor this project and pledged the funds to cover the then $25,000 estimated cost of the project. After receiving estimates from various vendors, the cost to refurbish the benches had nearly quadrupled, threatening the successful completion of the project. Concordia Lodge, continuing its long tradition of being at the forefront of supporting Grand Lodge programs for the betterment of Pennsylvania Freemasonry, was not to be deterred. Drawing on their financial acumen and sheer willpower, and after sharpening many pencils, the lodge was able to provide the funds to cover the increased cost of the project.

The members wanted to help restore the Masonic Temple because of its historic ties to this beautiful landmark. "Concordia Lodge No. 67 used to meet in Corinthian Hall up until the early 1970s," Bro. George said. "The members of the lodge wanted to help maintain our Masonic heritage and influence restoration activities in the building, not only in a significant manner, but also in a manner that aligned with their proud Masonic heritage."

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