Volume LIXAugust 2012Number 3

Supporting Military Membership

Brothers Marlin L. Plymette, P.M, S.W.; John L. Debo, P.M., J.W.; James C. Young, P.M., Treasurer; James G. Yost, P.M., Chaplain; Frederick G. Ripka, P.M., Pursuivant; David W. Page, P.M., Guide (3rd), W.M.; Michael A. Koch, Sr. Deacon; Charlie Fegley, Jr. Deacon; John W. Bower, Sr. M.C.; Nicholas D. Guzenski, Jr. M.C.; William H. Cyphers, Tyler; Eugene E. Kline, Guide (1st); and Andrew E. Kline, Guide (2nd).

On April 21, by special dispensation from R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith, members of Watsontown Lodge No. 401 confirmed all three degrees upon Air Force Staff Sergeant John Joseph Affield.

Staff Sergeant Affield flew from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., on April 20, received all three degrees on April 21 and flew back to Arizona on April 22.

Staff Sergeant Affield became a fourth generation Master Mason. He is the son of Bro. Andrew E. Kline, the grandson of Bro. Eugene E. Kline and the great-grandson of the late Bro. Earl M. Kline, all members of Watsontown Lodge.

As Worshipful Master, Glen E. Paulhamus, P.D.D.G.M., gave all three degrees that day.

Left-right: Brothers Donald E. Sauer, P.M.; John J. Handshue, P.M., A.J.'s father; Lance Corporate A.J. Handshue; Jeffrey H. Heiger, P.M., Guide; Ronald A. Plesh, P.M.; and Richard T. Tutich, P.M.

On Feb. 18, Lodge No. 45, Pittsburgh, conferred all three degrees on A.J. Handshue, a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. A.J. was home from deployment in the Middle East for only two weeks, and his degrees were attended by 47 members.

Bro. Richard T. Tutich, P.M., conferred the Entered Apprentice degree, Bro. Ronald A. Plesh, P.M., conferred the Fellowcraft degree, and Bro. Donald E. Sauer, P.M., conferred the Master Mason degree.

Small Lodge is Big on Membership Retention

On May 7, Friendship Lodge No. 247, Blossburg, held its annual Past Master's Night. Including the two 50-year Masonic Service Emblem recipients, Bro. Duane J. Moore, P.M., and Bro. Clifford M. Slater, a combined total of 1,021 years of Masonic membership was represented among the 35 attendees. Very impressive for a small lodge with 104 members!

Also enjoying the great evening of brotherhood were Bro. G. Robert Grant, District Deputy Grand Master for District 17 and member of Galeton Lodge No. 602; 27 members of Friendship Lodge No. 247, Blossburg; five visiting members of Bloss Lodge No. 350, Blossburg; and one visiting member of Friendship Lodge No. 663, Fawn Grove.

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