October 27, 2003

Local Man is Awarded Top Masonic Honor

On the evening of Saturday December 6th 2003, the Valley of Middletown Lodge of Perfection, of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, will honor Illustrious Brother Norman E. Moon on the occasion of his being elevated to the thirty-third degree of Freemasonry by presenting him with the white hat that signifies that honor. The thirty-third degree is the highest degree awarded in Scottish Rite Freemasonry and is an honor that can only be earned in recognition of a lifetime of dedication and service to Masonry, family, and community.

Mr. Moon, a resident of Matamoras, PA, is a Past Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, has been a driving force in the Masonic communities of Orange and Rockland counties. His personification of the values and principles of the fraternity and his selfless dedication to service and philanthropy in the community have warranted this paramount honor in Freemasonry. In celebration, the Middletown Lodge of Perfection, AASR, will hold a banquet on December 6th at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will follow at 8:00 p.m., attended by the Scottish Rite Deputy for New York State, Ill. Harold Aldrich, and other Masonic and community dignitaries. The banquet is $15 per person or $25 per couple with all profits going to the Scottish Rite charities. Attendance at the evening program itself is free. We encourage members of the community to join us as we honor this pillar of our community.

For more information, please contact Bro. Joseph Leo, Committee Chairman, by telephone at (845) 401-8387 or by email at

(Photo available on request)

About the Lodge of Perfection
The members of the Middletown Lodge of Perfection represent many of the Masonic lodges in Orange and Rockland counties. Our primary goals are to promote fraternal friendship and philanthropy as we emphasize those intangible qualities of trust, values, morals and pride taught in Freemasonry, to emphasize family life, and to provide outreach services within our communities. As the first eleven degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, we actively support the Scottish Rite charities which include the 32 Masonic Learning Centers for Children which provide dyslexic children with specialized one-on-one tutoring to enable them to cope with their deficit in reading and writing. Students are accepted into the learning centers at no charge to their parents or to any schools from which they are referred and applicants are not judged on the basis of economic status, race, religion or Masonic affiliation. In addition, Scottish Rite charities include scholarships, schizophrenia research, and supporting the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA.

About the Association
The Orange-Rockland District Masonic Association (ORDMA) was founded in 1989 to foster and maintain an active spirit of good fellowship and brotherhood among the thirteen Lodges of Free and Accepted Masons which compose the Orange-Rockland District and to promote a spirit of charity and benevolence. The officers and brethren of this Association work hard to promote communication between, and support the efforts of, the individual lodges and the District Deputy Grand Master and Staff Officer, as well as the concordant bodies. Freemasons contribute over a million dollars to charity every day and the members of ORDMA are proud to contribute to those efforts as well as provide scholarships to local students, send children to summer camp. sponsor youth organizations, and promote fraternity, service, and philanthropy in our communities.

Contact Information
Mr. Joseph R. Leo, Press Liaison
Orange-Rockland District Masonic Association
19 Crescent Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 401-8387