Star Masonic Lodge 78, Largo, recognized its long history in Pinellas County on April 13 when George E. Feaster presented Lodge Master James Clouser with an official 1876 centennial flag.
The lodge, the oldest in Pinellas County, met for the first time August 14, 1875, to petition the grand master of the Grand Lodge of Florida to charter and constitute a new lodge. The Star Lodge charter is dated Jan. 13, 1876.
The flag that Feaster gave to Lodge 78 is a derivation of the Betsy Ross flags with eight stars in a circle, a star in each corner of the blue field, and a large star in the center of the circle.
Star Lodge 78 also celebrated its members who received 25- and 40-year pins at the meeting.The 25-year pins went to James Grivas, Murray Cannon, George Barnard, Andrew Von Eitzen, James Gibson and Alex Choco. Forty-year pins went to Raymond F. Burke, George E. Feaster, Edwin C. Battson, William Jones and W.B. James Clouser.
Auxiliary names volunteers of the year
The Auxiliary of Morton Plant Hospital recently named Lula Brockway and John Kinghorn as Auxilians of the Year. The volunteer association also elected its new officers, including Sharon Glassburn, president; Atala Purdy, first vice president, Dorothy Sciullo, second vice president; Bob Largent, third vice president; Gloria Walz, recording secretary; Grace Scordino, corresponding secretary; and Beatrice Lodermeier, treasurer.
Retired Officers donate for youth, memorial
The Clearwater Chapter of The Retired Officers Association recently donated $600 to the Clearwater Chapter of Military Order of World Wars. The money will help send two Clearwater High School juniors to the May Youth Leadership program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. The Clearwater Chapter TROA also donated $300 to the TROA Korean War Memorial Fund Drive. The memorial will be built in Tallahassee.