Volume LVIIIAugust 2011Number 3

Congratulations to...

Service Award On March 21, at the official visit of Armstrong Lodge No. 239, Freeport, R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon directed Bro. Roger A. Johnson, District Deputy Grand Master of the 27th District, to present the prestigious Masonic Service Award Emblem to Bro. James M. Elliot. The resident artificer of the 27th District, Bro. Elliot was honored in the presence of his brethren, his family and friends for many hours over the years in plying his rare craft to benefit the fraternity.

Bro. Elliott's copper Paul Revere-style Masonic candle lamps are displayed around the world, including in The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. He has honored all branches of the military, POWs and MIAs, by creating copper items to honor those who have served.

Standing with Bro. James Elliot (middle) are Bros. Roger A. Johnson, District Deputy Grand Master of District 27, and Howard D. Berner, P.M., W.M., Armstrong Lodge No. 239.
military surgeon honored Bro. and Maj. (Dr.) Kirk Hinkley, Bluestone Lodge No. 338, Hallstead, 81st Medical Operations Squadron, has been selected as the Air Education and Training Command Flight Surgeon of the Year. He now competes for the Air Force-level honor.

Bro. Hinkley was described in his nomination as a "can-do flight surgeon and superb clinician ... a trusted go-to officer for both deployed operations and home-station care." Bro. Hinkley entered active duty in 2004 after earning a medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Lodge Honors Volunteers On March 12, Richard Vaux Lodge No. 454, Burgettstown, hosted an appreciation dinner to honor those who have gone above and beyond with their contributions and volunteering their time to the lodge. After dinner, the honorees were presented with their individual plaques. A separate plaque was made to hang in the lodge with the honorees' names attached on individual nameplates. Each year, new volunteer honorees' names will be added. Pictured, left-right with Worshipful Master Steven A. Floyd and District Deputy Grand Master James R. Flanigan (middle): are the honorees, Bros. David M. McCorrmick, P.M.; Eugene G. Painter, P.D.D.G.M.; James K. Anderson, P.M.; and Delores Demmack, cook, fund raising coordinator.

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