Volume LVAugust 2008Number 3

June Quarterly Communication

On June 21st, 228 Pennsylvania Masons & 12 Canadian Masons attended
the Quarterly Communication, held at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center.

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

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