Garrett D. Robinson always wanted to follow in the footsteps
of his family and become a Mason. His father, grandfathers, greatgrandfather,
great-uncles and family friends all followed the path
in Freemasonry. However, his U.S. Marine Corps career kept him
on the West Coast, along with numerous deployments in the past
11 years. When Staff Sergeant Robinson realized he would soon
deploy again, he asked his father, former Marine Bro. Russell A.
Robinson, for a petition. Bro. Robinson spoke with the officers of
Friendship Lodge No. 663, Fawn Grove. The investigating committee
exchanged numerous e-mails and phone calls with Staff Sergeant
Robinson, and one member even traveled to California to sit with
him. Bro. Robert L. Sprenkle III, W.M., contacted Bro. Victor M.
Frederick III, P.M, Mt. Pickering Lodge No. 446, Upper Uwchland,
and invited the Hiram Scottish Riders' degree team to officiate over
the 3rd degree of Freemasonry for Staff Sergeant Robinson. All
was in place for May 24; however, the Marine Corps compressed
the training and deployment dates, so Friendship Lodge officers
quickly came up with an alternate date of April 23 and obtained
the dispensation from Stephen Gardner, R.W. Grand Master, to
raise Staff Sergeant Robinson to the sublime degree of a Master
Mason in one day.
After the conferrals, Bro. Russell A. Robinson presented his son
with two Bibles, one from each grandfather, along with additional
family Masonic items and family Masonic history. The officers
and members present congratulated Bro. Staff Sergeant Garrett
D. Robinson, thanked him for his service and wished him well on
his deployment on May 4.