2012-08-30 / Local & State

Harrisburg Masons To Celebrate 200 Years

The bicentennial celebration of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America is under way in Harrisburg.

Commander-in-Chief of the Harrisburg Consistory, William S. Arnold, Sr., 33°, announced last week that membership activities in the 15-county area of the Valley of Harrisburg have begun for the fall reunion scheduled for November.

Arnold, will be joined by Thrice Potent Master Leon B. Byers, 33°, of the Lodge of Perfection; Most Wise Master Noble P. Johnson, 33°, of the Chapter of Rose Croix; and Sovereign Prince Barry A. Martz, 32°, of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem in meeting with Scottish Rite Club officers.

In addition, Steven B. Smith and Richard L. Auchey are serving as cochairs of the membership committee for the Valley of Harrisburg and they will be attending membership meetings throughout the Valley.

To mark the anniversary, the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction has commissioned the making of a commemorative pocket jewel that will be presented to each new member joining the fraternity now through December 31, 2013. Individuals who joined the Samuel R. Andrews, 33° Class in May of 2012 are also eligible to receive the pocket jewel, which was still in production at the time.

Smith and Auchey will be explaining a special membership incentive program that will recognize first line signers of membership applications. Membership in the Scottish Rite is open to Master Masons and enables candidates to witness the on- stage exemplification of degree work during the two-day reunion. There are between 100-300 members involved as cast members, makeup artists, stage crew members, class marshals, registration processors, orchestra and choir members, and stewards, who serve the meals during the two-day event.

Masons seeking additional information should contact the Valley of Harrisburg at 717-238-8867 or by e-mail at info@sprshbg.org.

The Valley of Harrisburg has 15 county Scottish Rite clubs in southcentral Pennsylvania, including Fulton County, and one club in Aruba.

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