June 14th was Flag Day. At that time I wrote emails to the Craft wanting all of us to take a moment to recognize and think about the contributions of those men and particularly those Brothers who have fought for and continue to fight for the America that we love–to think about how much better our world is because of their contributions and sacrifices. Hibiscus Lodge needs to better acknowledge the contribution of those Brothers who have defended our homes and our liberties. This will be an on going matter, but I would like to start it by stating that the 50th Anniversary Book of Hibiscus Lodge should include a chapter recognizing our Brothers who have served honorably in the Armed Services. We have begun to prepare a list of our honored Brothers so that a more formal recognition may be made, and in noting this difficult task I would ask that each of you who notice that names are not included in this list, submit to me the names of Brothers who you know to have served in our Armed Forces so that no one is omitted:
As an updated partial list we have so far (I do apologize if your name is not yet included);
W:. Paul Bauer
W:. Carlos Cespedes
R:.W:. George Chipouras
W:. Joseph Eason
W:. John Eason
W:. Mal Englander
W:. Douglas Johnson
Dana Gene Mead
W:. Peter Millheiser
Herman (Bill) Press
W:. Tom Ratner
W:. Benard Rosenblatt
W:. Vic Santora
R:.W:. Matt Schlepin
W:. Moie Tendrich
R:.W:. Jack Wolfenson
Italics reflect that these Brothers have gone to the Celestial Lodge. God Bless America, God bless all those who have fought for our Country and especially our Brother Masons who have done so.
Roger Dunetz, W.M.
W:. Bro. Tom Ratner is on track towards a complete recovery. His surgery went extremely well, his spirits are good and he won’t need chemotherapy, radiation or further treatment; and he thanks you for all your thoughts;-cards and prayers.
On April 29, 2002 R:. W:. Steven Q. Steele will be installed in the Grand Royal Arch Masons of Florida, as the Most Excellent Grand High Priest and W:. Bro. Tom Ratner will be the new Right Excellent District Deputy Grand High Priest for our First District which covers 3 counties!
HEROLD BINDER, RICHARD COOPER, MARCUS FREEDMAN
DAVID GEWANT, BERNARD GLASSER, MILTON HOMER
DAVID GOODWIN, GEORGE GRAHAM, ARTHUR KWART
HOWARD LEVINE, ARNOLD NOTKIN, DAVE SHULMAN
Tuesday, May 14, 2002
6:00 p.m. Dinner Melody Inn, 83 Andalusia Ave. C.G.
7:30 p.m.,Stated Communications
R:. W:. Paul M. Richman had a mild heart attack on April 15, 2002, and left the hospital a few days later, but not before your senior officers, W:. Roger Dunetz and Bros. John Holian, Greg Conterio visited him. R:. W:. Paul appeared to be in good shape and was in very good spirits given that he was in the hospital. He was very pleased to see us and expressed his strong support for the efforts of Hibiscus’ Brothers and the progress we are making. He also reiterated his great affection for us and that heis, as always, willing to help Hibiscus Lodge in any way.
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