|Volume LIV||November 2007||Number 4|
Widows Recognition Events
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
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
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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