Times Leader - Northern Pennsylvannia
Masons cited for service locals named to receive 33rd degree for service to scottish rite freemasonry
Sept. 27, 2005
A group of more than 2,100 33rd-degree Masons and their wives heard an update on Masonic charitable endeavors during the recent meeting of the Supreme Council for Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
The charities are supported by voluntary contributions from the 240,000 32nd-degree Masons throughout the jurisdiction. The National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Mass., was built in 1975 through their efforts to provide changing exhibits on American history.
Learning centers for children with dyslexia have been providing free one-on-one tutoring at 53 locations. Within the next few years, the number of centers will increase to 59. Other charities include scholarships for college students and fellowships for schizophrenia research. The Northern Jurisdiction covers 15 Northeast and Midwest states.
The week-long meeting concluded with the conferral of the 33rd degree upon 236 members who were selected for dedicated service to Scottish Rite Freemasonry or service reflecting credit upon the fraternity.
The names of 237 nominees were announced to receive the 33rd degree at next year’s meeting in Chicago on Aug. 29, 2006.
The list included some local residents including: Alfred W. Kotula Sr., Dupont, secretary, Valley of Scranton; William E. Kull, Exeter, manager, U.S. Postal Service; Martin W. Migliori, Falls, engineer; James C. Reed, Stillwater, retired general manager, Pennsylvania Liquor Board; Davis T. Reppert, Conshohocken, accountant; William R. Shaffer, Dallas, retired, U.S. Coast Guard, and Raymond W. Unger, Gouldsboro, retired electrical technician, Toby Hanna Army Depot.