Volume LIVAugust 2007Number 3

Basking in a Sea of Masons
Over 700 brethren assembled for 10th Annual Meeting in the Hills

Bro. Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master, ascends high atop a stepladder to address the "Sea of Masons."
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. 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 Masons.

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.

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