Volume LIXAugust 2012Number 3

15th Annual Meeting in the Hills

With the rap of the gavel, Bro. Raymond E. Oldland, Sr., W.M., Marion Lodge No. 562, Connellsville, opened the 15th Annual Meeting in the Hills. There were 680 brethren in attendance representing 70 different lodges from Pennsylvania, 11 states and one Jurisdiction from Canada.

This ever-popular Masonic gathering is held under special dispensation in a secluded spot near Dawson, Pa. The event is organized by the lodges that share the Pleasant Valley Masonic Center in Connellsville: King Solomon's Lodge No. 346, Marion Lodge No. 562 and James Cochran Lodge No. 614.

With an impending storm fast approaching, the special meeting to honor our brethren who served overseas in our military during the past 10 years (shown below) went off without a drop of rain during the meeting.

Bro. Oldland asked CDS President Bro. Alan R. Sandusky, P.M., to speak on behalf of a new program called the 200 Club, which will hopefully retire the debt on the Pleasant Valley Masonic Center.

Bro. Oldland then called on Bro. Timothy L. Shumar, District Deputy Grand Master for District 30, to address the gathering. Bro. Shumar thanked the lodges of the CDS Building Committee and especially the property owners, the Christner family, for their dedication and hard work to continue this wonderful event. He then called on Bro. Raymond T. Dietz, R.W. Senior Grand Warden, for comments (shown right).

Prior to the event, the brethren were served a N.Y. strip steak dinner accompanied by a baked potato, corn and salad. The evening concluded with hot apple dumplings and ice cream. The top left picture shows the tremendous effort put into serving the large number of brethren attending the event.

Online Masonic Education is Gaining Momentum!

Since the debut of the online Masonic Education site, 988 members have created logins, 219 have taken the first Masonic law quiz, 168 have taken the second Masonic law quiz, 177 have taken the quiz on the Masonic history video, 221 have taken the quiz on the written Masonic history document, 190 have taken the Entered Apprentice Mason Mentoring quiz, 166 have taken the Fellowcraft Mason Mentoring quiz and 161 have taken the Master Mason Mentoring quiz.

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