At the Southeast Section Reception for the Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania, held Saturday, December 5th, there were some special awards presented. During that event Rev. & Sir Knight William D. Hartman, Right Eminent Grand Prelate for the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America presented Lady Sandra Hall, President of the Hermit Commandery Ladies Auxiliary with the Companion of the Temple award for her service to Templary in Pennsylvania. S.K. Hartman presented Sir Knight Larry Q. Hall, PDC with the Knight Commander of the Temple Award for his service and dedication to Templary in Pennsylvania. Also, Sir Knight Seth C. Anthony, PDC, Quartermaster for Grand Commandery, with the Knight Commander of the Temple award for his continuing service to Templary in Pennsylvania. It was a very nice evening to honor these three very worthy recipients. (pictured below is S.K. Anthony’s award, similar to all the awards presented that night)
On September 20, thousands gathered as Masonic Villages dedicated an Eternal Flame monument in the Veterans Grove at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Watch the full program, which pays tribute to all military and veterans and concludes with a flyover of a World War II-era bomber, by clicking the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page. http://www.masonicvillages.org/
If you would like to be part of the project click on the following link for more information. http://www.masonicvillages.org/elizabethtown/docs/Eternal-Flame-form.pdf
Hermit Commandery No. 24 has a paver at Veterans Grove to help honor those that have served and continue to serve this country. Here are a few pictures.
At the Stated Conclave of Hermit Commandery No. 24 Sir Knight John R. Von Blauch received the Illustrious Knight of the Triangle (IKT) Award. Presenting the award was Eminent Grand Generalissimo George H. Taylor assisted by Division Commander Mark G. Mattern, Division 5.
pictured above from left to right are SK George H. Taylor, Eminent Grand Generalissimo; SK John E. Von Blauch (John’s Father); SK John R Von Blauch IKT; SK Mark G. Mattern, Division Commander; (back) SK Gerald B. Stephens, Commandery Hermit Commandery.
The members of Hermit Commandery participated in the annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship Service at the Lebanon VA held on the Sunday before Memorial Day. The Sir Knights have been participating in this service for 40+ years and are honored to do so. Commander Gerald Stephens said “we hope we can help bind the wounds of the residents of the VA that cannot be seen by the eye and let them know that they are not forgotten, but always in our thoughts and prayers for the service they have given to our country”.
Kevin M. Organtini, President of the Masonic Temple Association of Lebanon, PA, receives a check for the MTA in the amount of $100,000 from Hermit Commandery No. 24, stationed in Lebanon. The donation will be used to pay down the mortgage on the Masonic Temple. Pictured from left to right, Larry Q. Hall, PDC, Division 5; Mark G. Mattern, EC; Kevin M. Organtini, MTA President; Larry Derr, DDGM, 1st Masonic District.
Last night Gerald Stephens was installed as the Commander of Hermit Commandery No. 24 for the coming Templar year beginning May 1.
Pictured below is Sir Knight Stephens taking the oath; The officers for 2014-2015 left to right – SK David L. Winters, PC Generalissimo; SK Gerald B. Stephens, Commander; Larry Q. Hall, PC Captain General; The installing team left SK Donald Swisher, PC Marshal and right SK Seth C. Anthony, Division Commander for Div. 5 as Installing Officer.
Weidle Royal Arch Chapter No. 197 was honored with a visit by Most Excellent Companion Charles L. Klingaman, Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania, and Companion Jeff Fox, District Deputy Grand High Priest, at our March Stated Meeting. Companion William S. Arnold, PHP, was honored with a Certificate of Achievement for his years as Secretary of the Chapter and the efficient manor in which he handles those duties. Well done Companion Bill!
Pictured left to right: DDGHP Jeff Fox, MEHP Mark G. Mattern, MEGHP Charles L. Klingaman
Sir Knight Dale E. Clair, Past Commander received the Illustrious Knight of the Triangle at the November Conclave of Hermit Commandery No. 24.
The award was presented by Sir Knight George H. Taylor, Eminent Grand Captain General of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania (right), and Sir Knight Seth C. Anthony, Division Commander for Division No. 5 (left).