Volume LIVNovember 2007Number 4

Widows Recognition Events

District 12

On July 21, 50 widows attended a luncheon hosted by District 12, 18 of whom are shown in the photograph below. Each widow was presented with a long-stemmed red rose and a pin that was also replicated on the cake. Bro. Joseph Koonrad, Coalville Lodge No. 474, Sugar Notch, is the district chairman.
First Row: Joseph Koonrad, District Widows Chairman, Betty Lux, Betty Nevin, Elizabeth Gruver, Betty Metzgar, Melba Dickson and William Brandt, D.D.G.M. for Masonic District 12 Second Row: Agnes Watkins, Cara Hennes, Charlotte Ruck, Helen Traver, Donna Traver, Hilda Griffiths, Effie Metcalf, Shirley Littleton, Shirley Norcross Third Row: Dorothy Blakeslee, Ruth Major, Lorraine Richards, Pat Luff
District 24

The 24th District's Masonic Widows Recognition Dinner was held on May 30 at the new Scottish Rite Building in Erie. More than 50 were in attendance at the dinner, which was hosted by Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge No. 362, Erie, and coordinated by its Worshipful Master, Bro. J.B. Salter, along with the 24th District's Widows Program Chairman, Bro. Jesse J. Ferraro, P.M., Lawrence Lodge No. 708, Erie.

Bro. James H. Richardson, member of Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge No. 362 and High Priest and Prophet of Zem Zem Shrine Temple, updated all in attendance on the various services available from the Shrine Hospitals. Bro. Richard N. Fitzsimmons, District Deputy Grand Master of District 24, addressed the gathering and extended fraternal greetings to all from the Grand Master.
Bradford Lodge No. 749

Worshipful Master Tom Madine pins a Widow's Pin on Mrs. Max Tyger while her son, Bro. Kenneth Tyger, and his daughter look on.
During the evening of April 4, members of Bradford Masonic Lodge No. 749, their wives and guests paid tribute to widows of lodge members. Fourteen widows and one widow's daughter were present, and were pinned with a corsage upon entrance to the Temple.

Bro. Gordon Burdick, P.D.D.G.M., and member of McKean Lodge No. 388, Smethport, showed a presentation of the Masonic Villages and answered any questions. Bro. William Woodring, Secretary of Bradford Lodge 749, answered many questions concerning Freemasonry from the attendees. Each widow was then escorted to the front where Bro. Tom Madine, Worshipful Master, pinned a special Masonic Widow's Pin on her. A photo of each presentation was taken by Jill Owens, M.D., daughter of Bro. Robert and Frances Slike, and sent to each widow as a memento. Brothers Bruce Sherwin, Treasurer, and Robert Slike co-chaired the event and personally delivered pins to the homes of the widows unable to attend.

Bro. Hilton "Woody" Woodruff was Master of Ceremonies for the event with the assistance of his wife, Pat. Bro. Sherwin's wife, Emma, Pat Woodruff and Frances Slike served an assortment of cookies, cakes and soft drinks in the banquet hall at the conclusion of the program.

Topping off the evening, Mrs. Max Tyger presented her late husband's Blue Lodge ring to her son, Kenneth, who recently received the Master Mason degree, and is a member of Lodge No. 749. Bro. Kenneth was very surprised and deeply honored to have and wear his father's ring.
Doric Lodge No. 630

What goes with tea and cookies? Fellowship and a chance to meet and greet new people!

That's what happened on July 16 during a tea party hosted by Doric Lodge No. 630, Sewickley, and the Masonic Village at Sewickley to honor the widows of Freemasons living at the Masonic Village and those from Doric Lodge. Approximately 30 ladies attended to chat with each other and members of Doric Lodge No. 630. Bro. Jim LaSalle, W.M., and Bro. Arnie Steinberg, S.W., presented the ladies with Widows' Pins.

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