Argus Lodge conducts installation ceremony
CANFIELD -- A highlight of the Dec. 8 meeting of Argus Masonic Lodge 545 was the 119th annual installation ceremony at which George E. Brainard of Youngstown was inducted as the organization's master.
Dale H. Hawkins and Thomas Hallden, past masters of the lodge, conducted the ceremony at the lodge in Canfield.
The title "master" is used for the presiding officer instead of "president," to reflect the Masonic tradition of using titles from the Middle Ages when the mason in charge of building the great cathedrals of Europe was referred to as a "master of work."
Brainard was born and raised in the Youngstown area and graduated from South High School. After earning a degree in law enforcement at Youngstown State University, he was enrolled in the master's program for law enforcement at Ashwood University.
Brainard is an Army reserve officer and a retired Youngstown police officer. A five-year member of the American Red Cross, he devotes his time to the Mahoning Chapter of Health and Safety Disaster Services and as an instructor in the Armed Forces Emergency Services. He was honored in 2006 as the Volunteer of the Year in Disaster Services
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world, with more than two million members in North America alone.
The 121,000 Freemasons in Ohio provide approximately 15 million in charitable giving annually. This year, the organization gave 94,000 in college scholarships, contributed 125,000 to Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games, and funded 70,000 in free training for hundreds of Ohio schoolteachers to recognize students at nonacademic risk. The members also provided 12 million in elderly care and helped many needy Ohio families and individuals through their charitable foundation.
For more information, contact www.freemason.com. For information on the local lodge, contact www.arguslodge.org or call Donald Huntley at (330) 799-7882.