Volume LIVAugust 2007Number 3

PA Rainbow Grows by Two Assemblies

On March 24, the Grand Officers instituted Beaver Valley Assembly No. 187 in the presence of Bro. Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master. Also present was Miss Barbara Carson, Supreme Liaison for PA Rainbow to the Supreme Assembly, many Grand Deputies, Mother Advisors, Masonic and Eastern Star Dignitaries and Rainbow Girls from all over Pennsylvania.

The day came to a reality after several years of hard work by Bro. Glenn R. Krugle, Jr., District Deputy Grand Master of District 37, Bro. William Weichsel, P.D.D.G.M., and many brethren of that district.



Left to right: Brand new members of Beaver Valley Assembly No. 187 pictured with Bro. Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master, and Barbara Carson, Supreme Liaison for PA Rainbow for Girls, following their installation.

The Grand Officers initiated 12 new members of Beaver Valley Assembly. The Instituting Officers were Bro. Krugle; Sue-Ellen Coleman, Grand Worthy Advisor; Kim Voegler, Grand Chaplain; Rachael Schmoutz, Grand Drill Leader, Marshal; and Katie Campbell, Grand Recorder.

Following the initiation, a delicious dinner was served by Beaver Valley's Advisory Board. The Installation of the first corps of officers followed, with Patti Branthoover being installed as the first Worthy Advisor. Mrs. Fannie Hall is the Mother Advisor.

On April 21, 12 members were instituted into Mars Assembly No. 124 by the PA Grand Officers. The instituting officers were Mrs. Cynthia Scheerbaum, Worthy Matron; Sue-Ellen Coleman, Grand Worthy Advisor; Kim Voegler, Grand Chaplain; Martha Kryskowiak, Grand Confidential Observer, Acting Grand Marshal; and Annale Chieffe, P.G.O., Acting Grand Recorder. Following the institution ceremony, nine new members were initiated by the Grand Officers.

Following the initiation, Bro. Martin Migliori, P.D.D.G.M. of District 15, presented the Lambskin Apron Talk. Roses were presented to the newly initiated members from New Castle Assembly No. 1, welcoming them into their district. A delicious dinner was prepared and served by Mrs. M. Jane Aiken, Mrs. Jan Govan and members of Mars Chapter No. 271, O.E.S. Following dinner, Julie Holland, Grand Hope, was installed as the first Worthy Advisor of Mars Assembly. Marcia Holland is their Mother Advisor.

HODEGOS Honorees for 2007 Heralded

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce and congratulate the HODEGOS Class of 2007: Brothers Rodney E. Boyce and Rick S. Freedman from the Order of DeMolay; Loretta D. Chubb and Lee Ann Larson from the Order of Job's Daughters; and Nancy L. Blackwood and Anita Scott from the Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

The HODEGOS Award, established in 2005 by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to recognize the outstanding efforts of volunteers for the Masonic youth groups in Pennsylvania, is given to truly outstanding adult leaders of the youth programs. The award takes its name from the Greek word hodegos, meaning "a leader, a guide and an instructor of the inexperienced" and is administered by the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation.

The HODEGOS Award is given to volunteers who have a minimum of seven years of service to a DeMolay Chapter, a Job's Daughter Bethel or a Rainbow Girl Assembly in Pennsylvania. The award consists of a solid gold hand-crafted oval bearing the word HODEGOS, written in Greek. The emblem may be worn as a lapel pin, or crafted into a necklace drop for ladies.

Bro. Rodney E. Boyce, District Deputy Grand Master of the 30th Masonic District, has been involved with the DeMolay program since 1980 when he joined Westmoreland Chapter in Greensburg. He has served as a DeMolay Advisor for Westmoreland Chapter for over 17 years and is a Deputy Executive Officer for Pennsylvania DeMolay and a Deputy Member of DeMolay International.

Bro. Rick S. Freedman, Past Master of Williamson-Corinthian Lodge No. 368, became an Advisor for Friendship-Bray Chapter in 1990. He has served as Chapter Advisor for the chapter for 10 of those years and was Director of the Pennsylvania DeMolay Key Man Conference for two years. He is a Deputy Executive Officer for Pennsylvania DeMolay and an Active Member of DeMolay International.

Loretta D. Chubb, a Past Worthy Matron of Hershey Chapter No. 509, Order of the Eastern Star, has been involved with Job's Daughters for 37 years. As a young girl, she joined Bethel No. 17 of Hershey and served as Honored Queen. As an adult, she continued her activity with Bethel 17 by serving as Bethel Guardian and in a number of other positions. She served as Grand Guardian for Pennsylvania in 2001- 2002 and continues to serve as a Deputy Grand Guardian. She also serves on the Pilgrim Chapter, Order of DeMolay, Advisory Council.

Lee Ann Larson, a Past Worthy Matron of Gettysburg Chapter No. 392, Order of the Eastern Star, has been involved with Job's Daughters for 52 years. She called upon her experiences as a member of the Alexandria Bethel in Virginia to help in her organization of Bethel No. 12 of Gettysburg, where she served as the first Bethel Guardian. She has served on a number of Grand Council and Supreme Session Committees.

Nancy L. Blackwood, who has served as Mother Advisor of Pitcairn Assembly for nearly 25 years, has been involved with Rainbow for Girls since joining Meadville Assembly as a young woman. Along with her many years of service as Mother Advisor, she has been extremely active with Grand Assembly serving as Grand Deputy, Grand Cross of Color Director for the Southwest and Sub-Deputy of Western Volunteers.

Anita Scott, a Past Worthy Matron of New Castle Chapter No. 105, Order of the Eastern Star, has been involved with the Order of the Rainbow for Girls for over 40 years. She is a Past Mother Advisor for New Castle Assembly, where she served on the Advisory Board for nearly 40 years. This "Rainbow Grandma," as she is affectionately known, continues to be active with New Castle Assembly, serving as Installing Musician at all of the Rainbow installations.

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