Volume LIVAugust 2007Number 3

Bro. Cox Honored for His Service to District 30

At the first Retiring Masters Dinner for Masonic District 30, Bro. Rexford F. Cox, P.D.D.G.M., was honored for his 20 years as principal of the 30th Masonic District School of Instruction, 1987-2007. A certificate and a beautiful keepsake box were presented to Bro. Cox by Bro. John D. "Jack" Copeland, P.M., and Bro. Rodney E. Boyce, District Deputy Grand Master of District 30 (pictured on left).

Bro. Cox became a Mason in 1952 in Shidle Lodge No. 601, Irwin, and served as Master in 1963. He served as District Deputy Grand Master of District 30 from 1970 to 1979.

Although brief in his remarks, Bro. Cox said, "I started my activity in the lodge in 1957 and I have loved every minute of it!" In an emotional and touching moment, Bro. Cox also said, "The reason I got involved in the School of Instruction... is that my wife died... and I needed something to do."

With that, the assembled brethren and ladies gave Bro. Cox standing ovation in token of their appreciation for all his work Freemasonry over the years. Bro. Cox is another shining example of Masons Helping Masons in two ways - he helped countless officers learn the ritual work over the past 20 years - and all the while, he was helped by having a purpose and a place to go after a loss that obviously still grieves him to this day. Freemasons supporting and helping one another... the way it always has been, is the way it always should be!

Brother Receives Award in Hospital

On Thursday, May 10, Brothers Joseph Wareham and Gene Hlavac, Worshipful Master and Secretary respectively of Valley Lodge No. 613, Turtle Creek, accompanied by Bro. P. J. Roup, District Deputy Grand Master of District 54, visited Bro. Edward S. Peters in UPMC Braddock Hospital to present him with his 50-Year Service Emblem.

Bro. Peters had intended to receive his pin at the District Deputy's official visit to Valley Lodge in February, but that meeting was rescheduled due to a snow storm.

Bro. Peters was then hospitalized and unable to attend the rescheduled visitation. His wife, Lillian, called the secretary and within 48 hours, the lodge responded by presenting him with his emblem in the hospital. The presentation was attended by family and friends and exemplified the spirit of Masons Helping Masons.

Left to right: Bro. Roup; Bro. Peters and his wife, Lillian; and Bro. Wareham

Brethren Honored for Law Enforcement Careers

Left to right: Brothers Chief Shawn Weaver, Bellefonte Police Dept.; Officer Tom Snyder, Patton Township Police Dept. and Cpl. Bill Muse, State College Police Dept., all of Bellefonte Lodge No. 268, Bellefonte; Chief John Petrick, Patton Township Police Dept., State College Lodge No. 700; First Assistant D.A. Mark Smith, Centre County District Attorney's Office, Indiana-Franklin Lodge No. 313, Indiana; G. Edward Dyke, P.M., Bellefonte Lodge No. 268; Tony Ghaffari, Centre County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team; and Dan Barrett, SART, both of State College Lodge No. 700.

On Wednesday, May 16, members of Centre County law enforcement agencies and the communities that they serve gathered at the Centre County Court House in Bellefonte to honor those brave men and women of law enforcement who sacrificed their lives in the performance of their duties during 2006. During this past year, 146 such dedicated individuals nationally paid the ultimate price for choosing law enforcement as a career; three of them were from Pennsylvania. This year's ceremony was the 10th consecutive one, and despite the inclement weather, it was well attended. Pictured are some Masonic brethren who took part in this year's event.

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