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IT IS OUR SAD DUTY TO
ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF:
Brother Harvey K. Neel, P.M.
|Washington City Mission||Masonic Center Social Hall|
The Washington City Mission was extended an invitation to use the Masonic Center's kitchen and dining facilities to feed their residents until they complete the rebuilding of the burned out areas of their building on W. Wheeling Street. The Masonic Temple Preservation Association made the invitation as a gesture of goodwill to the community service organization and the Mission as of August 5th has started to move into our building and ready the kitchen for their specific needs. They provide three meals a day to the over 100 residents they now serve. They start serving breakfast around 7am and finish evening dinner by 6pm. The nine Masonic bodies meeting in the Center will not be adversely affected by this temporary relocation and it was felt that this was the right thing for us to do.
It is anticipated that the Mission will be using the our building for the next 12 to 16 months as they make their renovations to restore their building to the now required building codes. According to Jerry Oxford, Director of Mission Initiatives, the Masonic facility more than meets the Mission's needs and they are very pleased at being able to use our facility which is so close to their own building on W. Wheeling St.
We welcome the Mission and their residents to our facility.
Congratulations to our Brothers John M. Breitigan and Nathan W. Ray on achieving the prerequisites for eligibility as Master Builders from the Grand Master at the June Communication on Saturday, June 20th at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center. Our Brothers are the first in the 29th District to achieve this high distinction bestowed by the Grand Lodge for 1st year members who complete the Master Builders Course requirements on the Grand Lodge Web site.
Shown at left are Brothers Matthew A. Boice, P.M., Breitigan, David L. Moore, District Deputy Grand Master, Ray, and George E. Silvers, P.M.
We are extremely pleased with the progress of these two new Brothers and look forward to more great things from them as they continue their journey in Freemasonry. For more information on the Master Builders Award contact the Secretary.
Sunset Lodge was represented at the recent arts and crafts exposition at Trinity Area High School on Tuesday January 13, 2015. We presented two $500 cash grants. One was given to the art department and the other was given to the school orchestra. These grants are the result of the new "Arts Grant Program" launched by the Lodge under the direction of Brother Matthew A. Boice, Past Master. Money for these grants reflects donations from Lodge members and from the several fund raising activities the Lodge has been engaged in over the past year including our clay shoot, progressive raffle and Masonic Clock raffle. The grants were presented by Bro. Boice, assisted by Bros. Joseph J. DeThomas, Junior Warden, and John Breitigan, Chaplain.
|Orchestra Check Presentation: Left to right, Mr. John McCarthy, music teacher, Brother Joseph DeThomas, Even Berry, Brother John Breitigan, Sara Setto, Mrs. Carol Lee, Assistant Principal, Dr. Michael Lucas, Superintendent, Brother Matthew Boice.|
|Art Department Check Presentation: left to right, Mrs. Carol Lee, Assistant Principal, Brother John Bretigan, Mackenzie Sheppard, Makayla Plants, Brother Joseph DeThomas, Mrs. Sherry Knight, Arts Department Head, Dr. MIchael Lucas, Superintendent, Brother Matthew Boice.|
On Friday evening, January 30, 2015, the Lodge made it's presentation of a $1,000 check to the Prexie Performers of Washington High School at a packed house just prior to the final performance of "Face on the Barroom Floor."
|Check Presentation: Left to right, Isaac Pleta, crew member, Sarah Boice, assistant director, Ali Jackson, crew member, Brother Zachery T. Goodwin, Brandy La Quatra, director, Laura Wicker, crew member and Brother Matthew A. Boice, P.M.|
|W.M. Bro. David J. Thomas; Bro. Philip A. Snoke, Bro. Jason S. Banes||Bro. Matthew A. Boice, P.M., Bro. Toby Guidry, W.M. Bro David J. Thomas|
|Bro. David J. Thomas, W.M., Bro. Douglas J. Scott, Brother Matthew A. Boice, P.M.||Bro. David J. Thomas, W.M., Bro. James L. Taggart, Brother Matthew A. Boice, P.M.|
Please welcome our newest Brothers receiving their Master Masons Degrees in 2015.
The picture at the top left shows new Brother Philip A. Snoke, and visiting Brother Jason S. Banes.
Brother Snoke received his Degree on February 23rd.
The picture at the top right shows new Brother Toby J. Guidry
Brother Guidry received his Degree on March 23rd.
The picture at bottom left shows new Brother Douglas J. Scott.
Bro Scott received his Degree on April 27th.
The picture at the bottom right shows new Brother James L. Taggart.
Bro Taggart received his Degree on June 22nd.
Sunset Lodge held it's first of a kind Veteran's Recognition Program immediately following the Stated Meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014. Veterans in the community, men and women were invited to attend and be recognized for their service to our country. The picture shows those non-members and members who were in attendance and received a special Veteran's Lapel pin furnished by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania for the occasion. The Worshipful Master and the Wardens presented a program prepared by the Grand Lodge and following that a moving presentation was made by Sunset Lodge member Brother Randy E. Riggle (shown at the right) a nationally touring comedian, who performed a poem he has written honoring all veterans entitled "This Hat I Hold." Following the program all were invited to the social hall where delicious pumpkin pie and apple cider was served.
PAST MASTERS in attendance and Lodge Officers in the back row. Our Stated Meeting on Monday September 15th was the annual recognition of our Past Masters. The meeting was preceded by a delicious ham loaf dinner prepared by the ladies of Martha V. Paul Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and served by the young ladies of Martha Assembly No 11, Order of Rainbow for Girls.
After an impressive program presented by the elected officers, Past Masters received a lapel pin and a baseball cap with the Pennsylvania Past Master Emblem embroidered on the front and "Past Master" along the side band.
Worshipful Master Matthew A. Boice stands beside the new eternal flame monument, a part of the Veteran’s Memorial, after its dedication Ceremony on Autumn Day, Saturday, September 20, 2014. The Veteran’s Memorial is located in the Veteran’s Grove at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, PA and was installed to pay homage to all active military, veterans, and all those heroes who gave their lives for our freedom.
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>>September 27... The Masonic Center has a low power information radio transmitter installed and operating on 1620 AM for passerby's to tune in. The radio gives out information about who meets in the building and other pertinent facts about the Fraternity.
>>The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has instituted a new computerized state of the art Lodge and Financial Management System. The system, currently near completion will put the the offices of Secretary, Treasurer and the Trustees online and is the most advanced system of its kind. The days of paper bookkeeping are essentially history in Pennsylvania Freemasonry.
>> CBS Sunday Morning presents an inside look at Freemasonry click here to view the video.
The origin of these terms, descriptive of Speculative Freemasons, goes back into the very beginnings of the history of the Order; indeed, behind the history of the building Craft in Europe.
But it is only in keeping with the antiquity of the teachings of Freemasonry. Many of our symbols and their meanings go back to the very childhood of the race. Through these a direct relationship may be traced in mind, heart and ideal; if not in written document, to such diverse ages and places as China four thousand years ago, the priesthood of ancient Egypt and the Jews of the Captivity.
Answer: When he can look out over the rivers, the hills and the far horizons with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope, charity and courage. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive and to love his fellowmen.