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Doylestown Lodge No. 245 is a very active Lodge ­ having consistently increased their total membership from 402 in January 1999 to 465 in October of this year. The exciting part about the increases is that the new members are filling the chairs and conferring degrees. At their October Stated Meeting the new members conferred a stellar Entered Apprentice Masons Degree. This is another step in their basic principle of getting new members actively involved and enthusiastic about Freemasonry in general and Doylestown Lodge in particular. There were 84 in attendance: 16 new Master Masons, 1 Fellowcraft, 1 Entered Apprentice, 12 Visitors and 54 Lodge Members. The conferring team consisted of Matthew W. Hallowell, initiated in 2000, as Junior Deacon; Ralph E. Wagner, PM, the team Instructor; Charles B. Foulkrod, initiated in 2004, as Senior Master of Ceremonies; Kent Baird, initiated in 2005, as Senior Deacon; Jay A. Moskowitz, initiated in 2004, as Junior Warden; Rodney A. Gilbert, initiated in 2004, as Junior Master of Ceremonies; Emery J. Kohut, initiated in 2004, as Acting Worshipful Master; Frederick C. Amt, initiated in 2004, as Senior Warden; Rhett Fisher, initiated in 2004, as Chaplain and Kevin P. Young, initiated in 2005, as Pursuivant. Benjamin T. Hanbicki, initiated in 2001, is Worshipful Master of the Lodge.

The Carmas Club of Carnegie, PA is made up of all the members of Centennial Lodge No. 544 and LaFayette Lodge No. 652 which meet in the Masonic Hall on Washington Ave. in Carnegie. At Christmas time each year the Carmas Club picks churches or other organizations that have a need for help. For the year 2005 the Carnegie Volunteer Fire Co. was chosen because of the devastating flood of September 2004. A check for $800.00 was given to help defray the cost for all the havoc the flood caused to the fire department. Officers of the Lodges presented the check to the fire Captain.

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