The Pennsylvania Franklin Medal was presented to Bro. Kim
W. Jeffreys, Past District Deputy Grand Master of District 25, member
of Albion Lodge No. 304 and member of the Committee on Masonic
Homes. The Pennsylvania Franklin Medal was created in 1979 to honor
distinguished Master Masons for their outstanding service to the Craft in
general and Pennsylvania in particular. It has been awarded sparingly since
then, maintaining very high standards for its presentation, and including
among its recipients some of the most renowned Freemasons of our time.
It is worn with Masonic regalia on formal occasions. Bro. Jeffreys is the
51st brother to receive the honor since its inception
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Thomson Award for Saving a
Human Life was presented to Brothers Scott D. Steva, Past Master, and Paul
E. Greiner, member, Oasis Lodge No. 416, Edinboro. The award, designed
by direction of Bro. Robert L. Dluge, Jr., R.W.P.G.M., and adopted in 2000,
is presented by the Grand Master to a member of the fraternity who was
primarily responsible for saving the life of a fellow human being. Brothers
Steva and Greiner are the 7th and 8th recipients of the award. Refer to the
May 2008 issue of "The Pennsylvania Freemason," p. 15, for their story.
The Academy of Masonic Knowledge Master Mason Throat Medallion
was presented to Bro. Francis A. Vicente, Past Master, Brotherhood Lodge
No. 126, Philadelphia.
The Masonic Information Center (MIC) Mark Twain Award was
presented to Brothers Norman A. Wangman, Worshipful Master, and John F.
Harley, Senior Warden, representing Ephrata Lodge No. 665 in recognition
of its exemplary work in constructing a positive Masonic identity within the
lodge and throughout the local community. Lodges nationwide participated
in the 2007 competition to achieve the goals expressed in the MIC's report,
"It's About Time; Moving Masonry into the 21st Century." Only 19 lodges
across the country received this designation in 2007, and Ephrata Lodge
was the first recipient from the jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.
Bro. Alex C. Portellos, South Hills Lodge No. 761, Bethel Park, and
Franklin-St. Johns-Trinity Lodge No. 221, Pittsburgh, is personally greeted
by Grand Master Gardner