Volume LVIIINovember 2011Number 4

Grand Master's Charity Golf Tournaments

The Eastern Region golf tournament was held on June 27 at Lu Lu Country Club in North Hills. Sixty-four golfers participated in the event featuring a full day of golf, a putting contest, cocktails with hors d'oeuvres, dinner and a silent auction. The net proceeds from the outing exceeded $13,000 to benefit special projects at the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill, the Masonic Temple Initiative and the Masonic CHIP event.

Congratulations to "James L. Ernette Cup" champions; Bros. Kevin Carlin, net champion; and Ken Farabee, Concordia Lodge No. 67, Jenkintown; gross champion

Special thanks to our putting champion, Bro. Daniel Richmond, Richard Vaux-Ivanhoe Lodge No. 384, Philadelphia, for continuing a tradition of donating the winnings of the contest to our charities. Many thanks to more than a dozen residents from Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill who volunteered their time to assist as "hole monitors" and to help stuff goodie bags.

The Central Region Golf Tournament, held Sept. 1 at the Irem Country Club in Dallas, was also a success. All of the proceeds will benefit the Masonic Charities.

Fraternity Day at the Ballpark

More than 100 Masons and their family members enjoyed a night of minor league baseball at the 24th District's annual Fraternity Day at the Jerry Uht Park, home of the Erie SeaWolves. The event included an all-you-can-eat buffet, reserved seating along the third baseline and a baseball cap. The weather cooperated and everyone had a great time.

Masons Make Grand Slam in Parade

The 18th Masonic District annually hosts the Grand Lodge and all appendant bodies as it pays honor to deceased Bro. Carl E. Stotz, former member of John F. Laedlein Lodge No. 707 and founder of Little League Baseball. Again this year, Pennsylvania Masons were invited to participate in the Little League "Grand Slam Parade" to kick-off the Little League World Series. The parade was attended by more than 50,000 and was televised on WVIA television.

Several hundred members of our Masonic family participated. In addition to the 18th Masonic District, and two Grand Lodge floats, the A.A.S.R. Valley of Williamsport, Grand Chapter, Council and Commandery, DeMolay, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Zafar Grotto and Shrine units from across Pennsylvania joined in the parade.

George Washington Portrait

Bro. Andrew M. Shecktor, S.D., Knapp Lodge No. 462, Berwick, noticed that the portrait of Bro. George Washington hanging on the West wall of the lodge room was rather old and lacking color. As an artist, Bro. Andrew decided to paint another portrait resembling the one on the wall. He worked on the oil-on-canvas portrait a little over a year and made a special presentation to his lodge upon its completion.

Bros. Andrew M. Shecktor, S.D., and Andrew F. Gromel, W.M., Knapp Lodge No. 462; and Bro. Earl D. Mordan, D.D.G.M. for District 35, receiving the portrait.

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