On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Advance Island City Mizpah Lodge No. 586 had a Public Grand Lodge Service Awards Night at their Temple in Astoria. There were 14 recipients and they all had between 50 and 70 years in the Craft. There were only six who were able to make the event. Those Brothers were: RW Robert Russell, RW Donald Kaiser and RW William M. Plank received their 50 Year Awards, Bro. Joseph Maskiell – D.S.A. and Bro. George D. Campbell received their 55 Year Awards and Bro. Loreto A. Cambi received his 60 Year Award.
District Deputy RW Spiro Triantafilis said it was incredible that we had three 50 year Masons, four 55 year Masons, four 60 year Masons, two 65 year Masons and one 70-year Mason all from the same Lodge and that most of these Brothers were still very active.
RW William Plank said a few words in thanks for the recognition and then prayed, “May the Lord watch over me between here and there!”
Brother Joseph Maskiell noted that his grandfather was made a Mason 100 years ago in Advance Temple. He also said that he hopes his next 55 years are as pleasant as the past.
The evening was a great success, and we wished all the Award Winners health and happiness in the future.
In Brotherly Love,
W Nick Isabella
Queens District Historian