The members of Argus Masonic Lodge 545 F&AM in Canfield met Friday evening Feb. 11 to pay tribute to distinguished members at their annual awards night.
Honorees attending were brothers James R. Brown, Laszlo D. Dundics and Ronald W. Martin, honored for 25 years of service, brother Eric R. Cahalin for 35 years, brother Emanuel Cominos for 50 years, brother Robert W. Luth for 60 years and brothers Arthur T. Gundry and David R. Gundry for 65 years of service. Arthur Gundry traveled from Lexington, Ky., and his brother David from Fort Myers, Fla., to receive their awards.
All of these brothers received a commemorative pin and certificate to mark the occasion. The awards were presented by RWB. John Martin, District Deputy Grand Master, WM Thomas J. Hallden and Brother Denny Furman, L.E.O.
Photo special to the Town Crier
Pictured during the recent tribute evening at Argus Masonic Lodge 545 in Canfield are (seated) Emanuel Cominos, David R. Gundry, Arthur T. Gundry and Robert W. Luth, and (standing) John Martin, Douglas F. Anstrom, Eric R. Cahalin, James R. Brown, Laszlo D. Dundics, Ronald W. Martin and Thomas J. Hallden.
WB Douglas F. Anstrom, who was master of the lodge and initiated the 25 year awardees in 1987, had the privilege of presenting them with their awards.
Those awardees that were not able to attend were brothers Fredrick T. O'Conner, 65 years of service; Ronald J. Sponseller, 60 years; Joseph A. Weiser and Charles E. Dawson 50 years; Willam A. Capshaw, Ronald N. Craig, Randolph L. Davis, Edwin J. Ellis, Jr., and Terry Farmer for 35 years; and brothers Jeffery J. Cashon, Lee R. Hively, Glenn T. McClain, Paul F. Moracco and Kurt A. Snyder for 25 years.
Charity is an important tenet of the Masonic fraternity. The 114,000 Masons in Ohio provide approximately $15 million in charitable giving annually. This year they gave $50,000 in college scholarships, contributed a record $200,000 to Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games and funded $70,000 in free training for hundreds of Ohio school teachers to recognize students at non-academic risk. They also provided $12 million in elderly care, and helped many needy Ohio families and individuals through their Charitable Foundation.