Volume LIXAugust 2012Number 3

Brethren Fly to Florida for 50-Year Presentation

Bro. John Jackson, Juniata Lodge No. 282

On Feb. 13, Juniata Lodge No. 282, Hollidaysburg, awarded 50 and 60-year members with Masonic service emblems. One 50-year member in particular, Bro. John Jackson, living in Florida, was not able to attend the ceremony.

A few members noting Bro. Jackson's service to the fraternity, both as a Past Master of Juniata Lodge and a Past Potentate of the Jaffa Shrine, took it upon themselves to make sure he was awarded his emblem in person.

Typically when a member is not able to attend the ceremony due to health issues or other situations, lodge members try their best to see to it that the emblem is presented in person, either by a lodge close to the member, or by officers or members who travel to the residence of the recipient.

Thirteen of Bro. Jackson's brethren, many of whom made the trip from Pennsylvania, organized and attended the award ceremony. On March 1, at Mission Oaks Assisted Living facility in Oxford, Fla., Bro. Jackson was presented with his 50-year service emblem by his long-time friend, Bro. Fred Imler, Portage Lodge No. 220, Hollidaysburg.

During the ceremony, Bro. Jackson was connected by phone with Juniata Lodge No. 282 Worshipful Master Adam Osman, who offered his appreciation and congratulations on his 50 years of Masonic service.

"It was hard for me to hold back the tears," Bro. John said. "The fellowship means so much to me, personally."

Although not all could attend the ceremony at the lodge in person, in total, Juniata Lodge awarded three 60-year service awards this year to Brothers Reynor Ulery, Philip Pressler and Edward Plowman. A 50-year service award was also presented to Bro. John Fissel.

Fraternal Family Fellowship

Mount Moriah Lodge No. 300, Huntingdon, held its first family picnic on June 2 at the Smithfield Township Community Park. More than 40 members, friends and family members attended.

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