140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Son of ex-Guam governor is guest of honor at Mason officers' installation

By Ferdie de la Torre

The son of former Guam governor Manuel Leon Guerrero will be the guest of honor in the upcoming installation of elected and appointed officers for this year's Saipan Masons.

Saipan Tribune learned yesterday from the island's Masons that Alfredo D. Leon Guerrero, the Guam International Airport Authority property manager, will serve as the keynote speaker during the installation of the officers of Emon Lodge 179. The event will be held this Saturday from 5pm to 9pm at the Saipan World Resort's Royal Taga.

Leon Guerrero, who currently has the title Very Worshipful Noble in the Masonry, is the past District Deputy Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of the Philippines.

Leon Guerrero is also the president of the Guam Shriners Association, which is under the jurisdiction of the Aloha Shriners of Hawaii.

The Guam Shriners Association is sponsoring all the transportation costs for patients referred to the Shriners Hospital in Hawaii. The costs include the chaperones of the patients traveling from the Marianas region.

The Shriners centers in Hawaii and California treat crippled and burned children worldwide. Some of the Masons' charitable contributions go to these facilities.

This Saturday's ceremony, businessman Isagani E. Benoza will be installed as Worshipful Master for the Emon Lodge No. 179 of Masonic District No. 54 under the Jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.

Masons are also known as Freemasons. They belong to the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. The fraternity uses the tools of ancient architectural craftsmen symbolically in a system of instruction designed to build character and moral values in its members.

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