Saturday, November 12, 2011

#Childabuse : Joe #Paterno #Freemason Connection !

Legendary Penn State University head football Coach Joseph V. Paterno was honored by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania with the presentation of the John Wanamaker Masonic Humanitarian Medal.

R.W. Grand Master Robert L. Dluge, Jr. presented the award to Joe Paterno following a Committee on Masonic Homes meeting at the Carnegie House, State College, during a private luncheon held in the Coach's honor.

Joe Paterno is recognized by many as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, having coached for more than 50 years. His volunteer services and philanthropic endeavors make him unique among colleges and universities nationwide. "Mr. Paterno does not only emulate good sportsmanship, he practices it in his daily life," said Robert L. Dluge, Jr., R.W.G.M., while presenting the award. "He is the most outstanding example, in my opinion, of what a true sportsman should be."

Paterno said during his address after receiving the Wanamaker medal, "I get a lot of different awards, but this represents a very special group of people and I'm very honored for you to honor me, to reach out and say 'here is somebody we admire and appreciate what he has done' -- and, I hope is going to do a few more things before it is all said and done. I appreciate it and I'm very humbled."

The John Wanamaker Masonic Humanitarian Medal was created by resolution of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in 1993 and is awarded to a non-Mason, male or female, who supports the ideals and philosophy of the Masonic Fraternity.

Famous Philadelphia merchant and Mason, John Wanamaker (1838-1922), for whom the medal is named, was an outstanding public-spirited citizen who devoted his life to doing good for the betterment of humanity. His Masonic character was intimately tied to his business practice and summed up in a memorial tablet surmounting the Wanamaker department store (now Lord and Taylor), Philadelphia, on the celebration of its Completion Day in 1910. It reads: "Let those who follow me continue to build with the Plumb of Honor, the Level of Truth, and the Square of Integrity, Education, Courtesy and Mutuality. * John Wanamaker"

The John Wanamaker Masonic Humanitarian Medal has been presented sparingly, to maintain the great prestige associated with an award created by resolution of the Grand Lodge. Since 1993, only five persons have been honored with the Wanamaker medal.