CANFIELD - The Argus Masonic Lodge No. 545 paid tribute to 14 of its longtime members at its annual awards night Feb. 8 at the lodge. Those honored were Brother William C. Haggis of Dover, Ohio for 60-years of membership; Brothers Glenn J. Ringer of Youngstown, Eugene W. Raupach and George V. Timar, both of Canfield for 50-years of membership; Brothers Paul Hershey, Charles D. Jubak, John J. Koscelansky, Jerome A. Kavach and Ralph A. Ruggiero all of Youngstown; Robert W. Ensign of Columbus, Ross D. Lucarell of Canfield, Richard A. Meshula of Berlin Center, James T. Johnson of Jamestown, Pa., and W.B. Gregory B. Smith Sr. of Poland for 25-years of membership. Each man received a gold pin to mark the occasion.
Guests at the meeting were Allan G. Bohr and the families of the honored guests.
Master of ceremonies and photographer for the evening was Denny Furman.
Fourteen members were honored when Argus Masonic Lodge No. 545 held its annual awards night Feb. 8 at the lodge. Pictured are, first row, from left, Eugene W. Raupach, Glenn J. Ringer; standing, Allan G. Bohr, Ross D. Lucarell, John J. Koscelansky, Jerome A. Kovach, Richard A. Meshula, Paul Hershey, Ralph A. Ruggiero and Russell W. Gillam Jr. (Submitted photo)
Charity is an important tenet of the Masonic fraternity. The 121,000 Masons in Ohio provide approximately $15 million in charitable giving annually. This year they gave $97,000 in college scholarships, contributed more than $125,000 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.