The September 25th Conclave of Hermit Commandery was a Grand affair. Hermit Commandery was host to Sir Knight Nicholas Vaccarello, Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania, along with three other Grand Commandery officers, four past Grand Commanders and many other Grand Commanders, Past Grand Commanders, Grand Officers, Past Commanders and Commanders from PA and all over the United States. It was our pleasure to host the Sir Knights while the ladies of the Social Order Of Beauceant had a meeting of their own. The meeting was followed by a presentation on the Holy Land Pilgrimage given by our own Sir Knight Rev. Christopher D. Rodkey who made the journey to the Holy Land earlier this year. Pictured below is the group of Sir Knights after the Conclave and Sir Knight David Winters, P.C., who was presented with the Illustrious Knight of The Triangle award by Nicholas Vaccarello, REGC, and Jerry J. Hamilton, PGC (not pictured) who actually signed the award during his year as Grand Commander. Also pictured with David are his wife, Barb Winters, and Division Commander SK Mark G. Mattern, Division 5.
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Dear Brick Donor,
It has been two years since the dedication of our Masonic Center. I am committed to installing every memorial brick which has been donated in a more timely manner. My goal is to have the inside memorial wall completed by years end and to design and install the memorial walkway and courtyard shortly thereafter.
Part of the reason for the delay has been that Masonic symbols were promised on every brick at no additional cost. Almost every donor chose this option such that over a dozen symbols had to be offered. None of these symbols were in the manufacturer’s art library and were considered to be “custom” artwork. The set-up fees and placement would have added thousands of dollars to the cost. Also, adding a symbol to each brick would have decreased the print space available such that many dedications would no longer fit on the brick. Finally most of these Masonic symbols, when sandblasted on a 4×8 brick, would lose detail and not look well. Because these symbols were promised but could not be implemented, the project just foundered.
On my motion, the MTA has voted to scrap the Masonic symbols on individual bricks. In lieu of this we will purchase a larger 8×8 brick with its appropriate symbol for each Masonic body that has purchased a brick. These larger bricks will be placed among the individual bricks on the inside memorial wall. Certain requested donor bricks will, when possible, be clustered around the appropriate larger brick.
Some may be disappointed that placing a symbol on the brick just is not doable. I hope that in the Masonic spirit of charity and love, the will forgive us our error and allow us to move forward. For those who cannot, a full refund will be given if requested on or before September 2nd, 2014. After that, the bricks will be purchased and no refunds will be considered. A request for refund should be mailed to me.
Michael S. Marrone
Chairman:Donor Brick Committee
1958 Wexford Rd
Palmyra, PA 17078
Lots of people came out to enjoy York Rite Strawberry Night this past Saturday with the entertainment Sons of The Cimarron.
Hermit Commandery enjoyed a presentation by Dawn Rueppel on a community service project by the Lebanon Quilters Guild. The PA State Police Memorial Quilts made from old PSP uniforms that are no longer being used. There are 3 different versions of the quilts that will be given to the family of Troopers that were killed in the line of duty. A truly amazing and outstanding job by the ladies of the quilters guild.