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.
R.W. Grand Master Aungst receives the
check from Worshipful Master Carl Zapf.
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."