Volume LIVAugust 2007Number 3

Brethren Awarded for Years of Service

Masonic District 36 Honors 50, 60 & 75-Year Members

The 36th Masonic District, comprised of Chester Lodge No. 236; George Bartram-Paul Sand Lodge No. 298, Media; Prospect Lodge No. 578, Prospect Park; Concord Lodge No. 625, Concordville; Penn Lodge No. 709, Concordville; and Springfield- Hanby Lodge No. 767, Springfield, recently honored 38 members who have served in the ranks of the fraternity for 50, 60 and 75 years. The honorees were welcomed at a dinner hosted by Lodge No. 298 at the Springfield Masonic Lodge Hall.

In addition to the honorees, the 150 dinner attendees included Bro. Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master; Robert Bateman, District Deputy Grand Master for District 36; along with Masons of the district and their ladies and guests. Following the dinner, more than 220 people gathered in the lodge hall for the presentation of the Masonic Emblem of Gold Service awards by Grand Master Aungst, accompanied by Bro. Timothy T. Nowell, Worshipful Master of George Bartram-Paul Sand Lodge.

Bro. Walter M. Strine, noted entrepreneur, businessman and philanthropist from Media, Past Master of Lodge No. 298, was singularly recognized by the Grand Master for his 75 years of service to the Masonic fraternity, as shown in the photograph above, while Bro. Walter M. Strine, Jr. (center) looks on.

75 Year Presentation to Bro. Hayes

Bro. H. Conley Hayes, a 75-year member of Deitrick Lamade Lodge No. 755, Williamsport, was recently awarded the Diamond Jubilee Award at a ceremony held at Nightengales Assisted Living facility in Mill Hall, where he lives with his wife, Virginia. Bro. Kenneth W. McClintock, District Deputy Grand Master of District 18, was assisted in presentation by Bro. Donald H. Metzger, Worshipful Master, and William K. Person, Chaplain.

Bro. Hayes, 97, is a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as a Lt. Commander and retired with that rank after serving 20 years in the Naval Reserve.

Attending Bro. Hayes' Award Ceremony were, front row, left to right: Bro. William K. Person; daughter Ann Sherwood, Hughesville; Virginia and Bro. H. Conley Hayes; Bro. Kenneth W. McClintock; daughter Ruth McRae, Forsyth, MT; and granddaughter Allison Williams, Tacoma, WA; and back row, left to right: Nephew Fred Nicholson, Enterprise, AL; and Bro. Donald H. Metzger.

Bro. Reidler Honored for 75 Years

Bro. Paul George Reidler, of Schuylkill Lodge No. 138, Orwigsburg, was presented his well-deserved 75-Year Diamond Jubilee Award by Bro. Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master. A 78-year veteran of the Craft, he was initiated on April 29, 1929. Taking part in the presentation were, left to right: Brothers Carl F. Berger, District Deputy Grand Master of District 11; Grand Master Aungst; Leroy Coleman, S.W.; Raymond Moyer, S.D., Gary Reager, W.M.; and Earl Deibert, former trustee of Skuylkill Lodge. Following the brief ceremony, a fine luncheon was enjoyed in the dining room with his supportive wife, Helen, joining in the celebration.

Bro. Reider Honored for 75 Years

Bro. Wilson C. Reider of Sylvania Lodge No. 354, Shickshinny, was recently awarded the Diamond Jubilee Award honoring 75 years of membership. Bro. Reider jogs and lifts weights daily. When asked to give remarks, Bro. Reider humbly replied that he has enjoyed his years with the fraternity.

Front row, left to right: Brothers Johnny Hasay, Secretary; Earl D. Mordan, Jr., D.D.G.M.; Wilson C. Reider; Fred E. Houseweart, W.M.; and Don Hargraves Jr., Treasurer Back Row: Brothers Gary Davenport, S.W.; and Rich Stepanski, J.W.

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