|Volume LIV||August 2007||Number 3|
Brothers Become Masons in One Day
Douglas C. DeLaMater always wanted to become a Mason;
however, his U.S. Air Force career, which included three
deployments to the Middle East, prevented his joining. Bro.
Kenneth E. Beard, Jr., District Deputy Grand Master of District 2,
made an inquiry to Grand Lodge about the possibility of conferring
all three degrees in one day. After a positive response, Douglas
submitted a petition to Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, Harrisburg,
for membership. When his brother, Paul M. DeLaMater, learned
of his plans to become a Mason, he, too, submitted a petition to
Robert Burns Lodge so that they might receive their degrees on
the same day.
On Saturday, April 28, by a dispensation from the Grand Master, an Extra Meeting of Robert Burns Lodge No. 464 was held and Douglas and Paul were entered, passed and raised to the degree of a Master Mason. The Entered Apprentice Mason degrees were conferred by Bro. Carl E. Karstetter, J.W., and Bro. Michael P. McGinnis, S.D. The Fellow Craft Mason Degrees were conferred by Bro. Richard L. Cooper, J.D., and Bro. Shawn E. Fabian, W.M. The Master Mason degrees were conferred by Bro. Michael P. McGinnis, S.D., and Bro. Carl E. Karstetter, J.W.
Both new Masons are the stepsons of Bro. Robert M. Spicer, Jr., P.M., Robert Burns Lodge No. 464.
Left to right: Brothers Patrick R. Grill, S.M.C.; Ramon J. Lacomba, S.W.; P. Matthew DeLaMater; Kenneth E. Beard, Jr., D.D.G.M., District 2; Robert M. Spicer, Jr., P.M.; Shawn E. Fabian, W.M.; Carl E. Karstetter, J.W.; Major Douglas C. DeLaMater; Michael P. McGinnis, S.D.; and George T. Davis, J.M.C.
Brethren Deployed to Iraq
More of our brothers are headed for the Iraq war zone. On
April 26, about 200 citizen-soldiers, members of the 213th Area
Support Group, rolled from the Curtis Armory in Allentown,
headed to Fort Bragg, N.C., for final training before being deployed
to Iraq to provide support and supplies to fighting field units. This
is the second time the 213th has been sent into a war zone in the
last four years. The unit deployed to Afghanistan in 2003.
These citizen-soldiers also have been deployed to assist hurricane Katrina victims as well as recently helping motorists stranded along Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania when the highway was closed for two days during a winter ice storm.
Honoring Our Brothers and Sisters Who Gave All for Freedom
Memorial Services are held every Memorial Day and Veterans
Day at Philadelphia's Washington Square Revolutionary War,
Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials in Center City.
Representing Richard Vaux-Ivanhoe Lodge No. 384,
Philadelphia, at the Veterans' Day Services on Nov. 11, 2006, at
the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans War Memorial are Brothers
John A. McGrail, John J. Kline and Charles Holloway, P.M., shown
in the photograph below.|
Brothers Holloway and Kline also placed lodge wreaths at the rededication ceremonies of the Philadelphia Korean War Memorial on Oct. 7, 2006. The Korean War Memorial's landscaping had to be redesigned and renovated to remove damage created by skateboarders.
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