At the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania held in the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center on June 2, R.W. Grand Master James L. Ernette (left) presented the Pennsylvania Franklin Medal and a Grand Master's Medallion to Blaine F. Fabian, P.M., Editor of The Pennsylvania Freemason.
The Franklin Medal, the most distinguished honor awarded by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, is presented to those who have rendered outstanding service to the Craft. It is named for Bro. Benjamin Franklin who served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in 1734 and 1749.
Bro. Fabian was made a Mason in Ephrata Lodge No. 665 in 1956 and served as its Worshipful Master in 1965. Through the years, he served the Grand Lodge on the former Masonic Culture and Masonic Education Committees, and various publications, and public relations projects. He first helped on the predecessor Freemason in the 1960's and 1970's and has been involved with the current production of The Pennsylvania Freemason since 1990.
He is a Scottish Rite Mason and Past Sovereign Prince in the Valley of Reading and an Honorary Member of Supreme Council, 33º, N.M.J., having been coroneted in Grand Rapids in 1988. He also edits the publication of the Valley of Reading. He is a Past President of both the Lancaster County Club and the Pagoda (Reading) Club of Reading Consistory. He is a member of the York Rite Bodies in Reading, including Constantine Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine. He is a member of Excelsior Mark Lodge No. 216, Philadelpia and Benjamin Franklin Chapter No. 16 of the National Sojourners. He is a Shriner in Rajah Temple, Reading, and a Past President of the Lancaster County Shrine Club. He is Past President of Fellowship High Twelve Club, Reading, and edits the club's bimonthly newsletter. Additionally, he helped establish the quarterly Newsletter of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association in Alexandria, VA.
Bro. Fabian began his career in journalism as a teenager writing for the weekly Ephrata Review. After four years in the Navy as a Journalist, he was a writer and editor for The Lancaster Sunday News for eight years. He joined Metropolitan Edison Company in Reading as a publicity assistant in 1962 and retired from the electric utility as the Director of Communication (Public Relations) in 1991.
The recipient of the Franklin Medal and his wife, Loretta, reside in Wilshire near Sinking Spring. They are the parents of twin daughters, Lori Skrincosky and Marjorie Ketner, and have one granddaughter, Stefanie Ketner.
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