Volume LIXAugust 2012Number 3

Congratulations to...

For his lifetime of dedication to serving the community, Rev. and Bro. A. Preston Van Deursen, Grand Lodge Chaplain, Director of Pastoral Care for the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown and member of Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551, Mount Joy, was presented the 2012 Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, N.C.) Alumni Association Service to the Community Award on April 14.

Bro. Preston's spirit of volunteering began while attending the university, where he helped children with mental disabilities, in orphanages and in prison, while he also worked to pay for his education. After graduation, he pastored various Lutheran churches in Ohio, where he helped increase attendance, giving and community involvement, and founded various programs, including the Weeblos Scout Troup, a children's playground and two soup kitchens that serve more than 200 people every weekday.

At Masonic Village, Bro. Preston established the Congregation of Sell Chapel, a non-denominational church body that offers numerous ministries and volunteer opportunities and provides more than $50,000 in community outreach donations annually. He also has increased the spiritual offerings throughout the Masonic Village, leads devotions and prayer on TV and radio stations upon request, speaks at baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies, coordinates the Logan County CROP Walk, serves as interim pastor for numerous community congregations and supports the Clare House. He also serves on the boards of Children's Play Room, Masonic Children's Home, a community turnaround program for at-risk youth in local schools, Logan County (Ohio) Children's Services and the United Way.

Bro. Richard K. Wanner, Secretary Emeritus and 60-year member of St. James Lodge No. 457, Bridgewater, recently was honored with the 2012 Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2012 Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year Award. He was selected the winner out of five different Lutheran Service Society programs and from more than 3,000 volunteers.

Bro. Dick has been involved in the Lutheran Service Society's Beaver Area Meals On Wheels program for the past 30 years. He began by supporting his wife, Patricia, who scheduled delivery volunteers, and went with her on deliveries to fill in for other drivers. After she passed away in 2001, Bro. Dick still found ways to help and support Meals on Wheels. Bro. Wanner states, "I look forward each day to delivering the packaged meals to my home-bound neighbors and spending a little time just saying 'Hi' to them."

Manning Wiley, the Site Coordinator/cook for the Beaver Area Meals On Wheels, considers Bro. Wanner to be his right-hand man. Chef Wiley says, "Dick is one of the best kept secrets in Western PA."

Photo: Manning Wiley and Bro. Dick Wanner

Bro. Monty J. Glover, M.W. Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Hawaii, presented Bro. Michael A. Sienkiewicz, a member of both Fernwood Lodge No. 543, Philadelphia, and Honolulu Lodge, the prestigious "William McKee, Jr. Award" for outstanding leadership and distinguished service at the April 21 Annual Communication in Honolulu. Bro. William McKee, Jr., was the first Grand Master of Hawaii.

Left-right: Brothers Dexter Carrasco, Senior Grand Deacon; Michael Sienkiewicz; Alberto P. Alarcon, Grand Treasurer; and M.W. Grand Master Monty J. Glover. (Note: the Grand Lodge of Hawaii's Grand Lodge calendar ended on April 21, so these Masonic titles were effective as of that date.)

Bro. Gerald M. Williams, P.M., Harford Lodge No. 445, Hop Bottom, was presented with his 70-year Masonic Service Award on April 22. He had received his Entered Apprentice Degree on July 23, 1942, and both his Fellowcraft and Master Masons degrees on Sept. 10, 1942, due to his service in the Navy. He served as Worshipful Master of his lodge in 1983.

Bro. Gerald M. Williams, P.M., is seated, surrounded by, left-right: Brothers John M. Williams, his son; Richard A. Zick, P.M.; W. Scott Muller, District Deputy Grand Master for District 15; W. Meredith Golden, III, P.M.; Daniel Morgan, Secretary; and Arthur C. Doolittle, P.M., all members of Harford Lodge.

Bro. Harley G. Wells, a 69-year member of Eureka Lodge No. 366, Union City, recently celebrated his 100th birthday and was presented a congratulatory certificate from R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith.

Bro. Wells displays his certificate with Richard N. Fitzsimmons, District Deputy Grand Master for District 24, and Bro. Robert G. Borton, W.M., Eureka Lodge No. 366 and Stillwater Lodge No. 547, Youngsville.

Table of Contents | Index of Issues | Home