Volume LVIOctober 2009Number 3

12th Annual Outdoor Meeting In The Hills
by Richard E. Bigley, P.M., Secretary, Marion Lodge No. 562

Scott A. Felentzer, W.M., welcomes Thomas K. Sturgeon, R.W.D.G.M. Bro. Rexford F. Cox, P.D.D.G.M. (right), addresses the lodge as Rodney E. Boyce, D.D.G.M (center) and Bro. Scott A. Felentzer, W.M. (left), look on. Fraternity members, visitors and officers of Marion Lodge No. 562 pledge allegiance to the flag.

June 26, 2009, was a beautiful day in a remote location near Dawson, Pa., when 571 brothers from 69 lodges and six different Jurisdictions enjoyed a delicious cooked-to-order New York Strip Steak dinner with all the trimmings. Following dinner, Bro. Scott A. Felentzer, W.M., Marion Lodge No. 562, with the aid of his officers, kicked off the 12th Annual Meeting in the Hills by opening a Lodge of Master Masons at 7:30 p.m. Bro. Felentzer announced that the purpose of this special meeting was to recognize and honor one of District 30's very own Past District Deputy Grand Masters, Bro. Rexford "Rex" F. Cox. Bro. Rodney E. Boyce, current District Deputy Grand Master, was received and carried out the evening's program of honoring Bro. Cox. Bro. Richard J. Stemmler, P.D.D.G.M., talked about Rex's personal life, including his marriage, family and work. Bro. James L. Ernette, R.W.P.G.M., spoke of Bro. Cox's deep involvement with the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. Bro. Jeffrey M. Wonderling, P.D.D.G.M., outlined Bro. Cox's long-time commitment to the various York Rite bodies, and Bro. Boyce spoke of his 57 years of work in Blue Lodge, including his 20 years as Principal of the 30th Masonic District's School of Instruction. Bro. Boyce presented Bro. Cox with a booklet outlining his personal and Masonic life as presented by the aforementioned brothers. He also recognized Bro. Cox for his 75 years of membership in the Order of DeMolay by presenting him with his 75-year service pin and certificate of recognition from DeMolay International. Bro. Felentzer presented Bro. Cox with a plaque commemorating the occasion and a gift certificate to one of his favorite restaurants. Bro. Cox expressed his appreciation for the recognition and received a long and loud ovation.

Before closing the meeting, Bro. Thomas K. Sturgeon, R.W. Deputy Grand Master, spoke briefly, during which he thanked Bro. Cox for his service to Freemasonry and complimented the lodges from the Pleasant Valley Masonic Center on their success in conducting these outdoor meetings. Bro. Sturgeon said that he is looking forward to returning next year as Grand Master, and that we should all plan on attending, as something will take place that has never before occurred in Pennsylvania. With that comment, Bro. Sturgeon went on to assist in closing the lodge in harmony at 8:10 p.m.

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