This year's Meeting in the Hills was held on Friday, June 29
and was attended by 761 Masons representing 140 Pennsylvania
lodges, 17 states and even the country of India. After the
traditional steak dinner was enjoyed by attendees, Bro. Rodney
E. Boyce, District Deputy Grand Master of District 30, offered a
hearty welcome to all the brethren and congratulated the officers
and members of King Solomon's Lodge No. 346, Connellsville,
and the CDS Corporation on another great job organizing and
hosting the event. He also announced upcoming district events,
including a golf outing and sporting clays shoot, all benefitting the
youth programs of the 30th Masonic District.
|Bro. Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master, ascends high atop a stepladder to address the "Sea of Masons."|
Bro. Joshua L. Miller, W.M., King Solomon's Lodge No. 346,
Connellsville, presided. Bro. Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand
Master, began his comments by climbing a stepladder and greeting
the brethren with enthusiasm.
Highlights of the event included several prestigious honors
awarded by the Grand Master (shown below). Eight lodges of
the 30th Masonic District, including Philanthropy Lodge No.
255; Ligonier Lodge No. 331; King Solomon's Lodge No. 346;
Westmoreland Lodge No. 518; Marion Lodge No. 562; LaMonte
Lodge No. 568; Shidle Lodge No. 601; and Jeannette Lodge No.
750, donated a total of $5,005.00 to Grand Master Aungst in
support of the Masonic Temple Initiative.
Grand Master Aungst then addressed the brethren and
spoke about his pride in the fraternity, the Grand Lodge Masonic
Temple, Masons Helping Masons and this historic gathering of
|District Deputy Grand Masters and Appointed Officers from across the Commonwealth attended the record-setting event.
||Brethren completed the buffet line once they picked up their delectably grilled 12 oz. New York Strip Steak.
||A "Sea of Masons," likely the largest gathering of Masons since 1993, gather for a memorable evening!|
|Grand Master Aungst lends a helping hand to Bro. Theodore L. Hay, P.M., King Solomon's Lodge No. 346, as Bro. Paul E. (Sam) Truxel, P.M., King Solomon's Lodge No. 346, (center) looks on. Bro. Truxel was later honored with the Grand Master's medallion in recognition of his contribution as the cook for the past 10 years.
||Grand Master Aungst presents Bro. Charles E. Priest, P.M., King Solomon's Lodge No. 346, with his 50-year Emblem of Gold.
||An emotional moment: Grand Master Aungst presents his medallion to Bro. Matthew A. Christner, P.M., and his son, Bro. David M. Christner, J.W., members of James Cochran Lodge No. 614, Dawson, in recognition of their father and grandfather, Bro. Ellis H. (Alex) Christner, P.M., who was the owner of the property for the Annual Meeting in the Hills and passed away suddenly in April.