Volume LIXNovember 2012Number 4

Congratulations To...

Bro. G. Kent Hackney, 33° District Deputy Grand Master (D.D.G.M.) for District B, presented a Century Club Recognition Certificate and Pin to Bro. Allan W. Stitzer, W.M., P.M., during the June stated meeting of University Lodge No. 51, Philadelphia. Bro. Hackney also has received the Century Club honor.

Bro. Stitzer's degree work began in 1971. He first served as Worshipful Master in 1973. During the January stated meeting, his first night in the East, the Grand Lodge visited Lodge No. 51 to install Allan's father, Arthur B. Stitzer, Jr., P.M., as D.D.G.M. of District A. Bro. Stitzer takes great pride in noting that six of the 100+ degrees he conferred were at a stated meeting on June 14, 2004, when he conferred the three degrees on each of his two sons by dispensation of then-R.W. Grand Master William Slater II.

Left-right: Brothers Allan W. Stitzer, Jr.; Allan W. Stitzer, W.M., P.M.; D.D.G.M. for District B G. Kent Hackney, 33° and J. David Stitzer, P.M.

B. Monte Kemmler, P.M., Mount Union Lodge No. 688, was installed as the Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, Order of Eastern Star, at the Annual Session on June 30 in York. He will serve for the 2012-2013 Chapter year.

Bro. B. Monte Kemmler, P. M., and Bro. S. Eugene Herritt,
R.W. Junior Grand Warden, representing Jay W. Smith, R.W. Grand Master.

Bro. George R. Hixon, P.M., James Cochran Lodge No. 614, Connellsville, received his Diamond Jubilee Service Award from R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith on Feb. 4 at the Pleasant Valley Masonic Center for 75 years of service to the Craft. Bro. Hixon entered the Craft on March 9, 1937 and served as Worshipful Master in 1944 and in 1954.

Bro. George R. Hixon, P.M., received his award from R.W. Grand Master Jay W. Smith.

Bro. Barry Martz, Cumberland Lodge No. 315, Shippensburg, has been chosen to serve as Sovereign Prince of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem, one of four Masonic organizations comprising the Scottish Rite bodies of the Valley of Harrisburg.

Bro. Martz served as Worshipful Master of his lodge in 2003. He serves as a Regional Chairman of Masonic Education for the Grand Lodge and as President of the Shippensburg Scottish Rite Club.

Bro. William S. Arnold, Sr., 33°, Mount Olivet Masonic Lodge No. 704, Lebanon, was elected to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the Harrisburg Consistory, one of four Masonic bodies comprising the Valley of Harrisburg, A.A.S.R., for the next three years.

He served as Worshipful Master of his lodge in 1979, as a Regional Instructor of Ritualistic Work for Masonic Region 2, as District Deputy Grand Master for the 60th Masonic District from 1989-1998 and as president of the Lebanon County Scottish Rite Club, in addition to many other Masonic affiliations and posts.

On June 27, at the High Twelve International Annual Convention in Tucson, Ariz., Bro. Donald M. Whistler, York Lodge No. 266, was elected International President of High Twelve International. Bro. Winton E. Hewitt, Cassia Mount Horeb Lodge No. 273, Ardmore, was elected Third International Vice President, and Bro. William H. Haynes, Pocono Lodge No. 780, Cresco, was elected Endowment Fund Trustee. Bro. Matthew D. Dupee, Esq., Shiloh Lodge No. 558, Souderton, was appointed General Counsel, and Bro. and Rev. William D. Hartman, Lodge No. 9, Philadelphia, was appointed Associate Prelate. Bro. George W. Tracy, Esq., Shiloh Lodge No. 558, serves as Treasurer, General Counsel and Zone 7 Representative for the Wolcott Foundation.

High Twelve is an association of Master Masons dedicated to the unification of Master Masons, independent of the formal ritual. Members are dedicated to service to the fraternity, developing long-lasting friendships, encouraging and supporting the public school systems, participating in constructive community activities and preserving the principles of good government based on the rights of the individual. High Twelve supports Masonic causes with special emphasis on youth support and patriotic events. Its principal charity is the Wolcott Foundation, which provides fully paid scholarships to graduate students majoring in public or governmental administration at George Washington University. To locate local High Twelve in your area, visit www.high12.org.

On April 9, the Pennsylvania Shield & Square Club degree team conferred its 100th degree since its inception in 1998. Under the direction of Degree Chairman William A. Klosz, P.M., Joseph H. Brown Lodge No. 751 and Widener Apollo Kensington Lodge No. 211, both of Philadelphia; the team conferred the 3rd degree on Bro. William McCarthy, a retired Philadelphia Police Lieutenant in Joseph H. Brown Lodge No. 751 at the Tacony Temple in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Shield & Square degree team is available to confer the 3rd degree on active or retired law enforcement Fellowcraft Masons in Region 1. For information about the club, via email.

Bro. Jeffrey S. Greene, P.D.D.G.M., Club President, (front row, 1st on left) and all the members of the original degree team as well as Shield and Square Club members present for the occasion. Bro. William McCarthy, (front row, 3rd from right) is joined by Bro. Edmond F. Margerum, (front row, 4th from left) a retired Philadelphia Police Sergeant, who was the first person raised by Bro. Klosz (between Bros. McCarthy and Margerum) and his team. Bro. Margerum is also a member of Joseph H. Brown Lodge No. 751. The same degree team that raised Bro. Margerum was assembled to raise Bro. McCarthy.

Pennsylvania Ohio Brotherhood Unity Night

The Grand Lodge officers of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and the Grand Lodge of Ohio

The Valley of New Castle and Mahoning New Castle Lodge No. 243, New Castle, hosted the Third Annual Pennsylvania Ohio Brotherhood Night in the West Lodge Room of the Scottish Rite Cathedral on Sept. 11. It was a pleasure to welcome R.W. Grand Master of Pennsylvania Jay W. Smith, M.W. Grand Master of Ohio Kevin B. Todd and more than 200 members for the evening.

The fourth Brotherhood Unity Night has been scheduled for Sept. 10, 2013, in Ohio.

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