Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 to install new officers, host convention

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THE Emon Masonic Lodge No. 179 will hold its 28th public installation of elected and appointed officers for Masonic Year 2020-2021 in the Royal Taga Hall of Saipan World Resort this Saturday, Feb. 22.

Prior to the installation program, the masons will hold their second multi-district convention at the same venue, outgoing Worshipful Master Romeo D. Malasarte said.

Masons from Guam, Okinawa, Tokyo, Seoul, Tuguegarao, Quezon, and Manila will join their Saipan counterparts in the convention.

The program will start at 9 a.m. with a plenary session and presentation of lodge resolutions.

This year’s theme is “Charity and Humility: Foundations of a True Mason.”

Most Worshipful Grand Master Bro. Agapito S. Suan Jr. will be the guest of honor and speaker.

The elected and appointed officers who will be installed are Joel I. Subang as worshipful master; Leo P. Canedo, senior warden; Marvin Deocariza, junior warden; worshipful master Romeo Malasarte, past district deputy grand master, secretary; Wilfredo G. Ching, PDDGM, treasurer; and Daniel E. Banez, PDDGM, auditor.

Malasarte said the earliest historical formation of Emon Lodge could be traced back to as far back as 1944 when the U.S. started to use Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands as a military installation.

The lodge was officially constituted on June 8, 1966. On that day, the first historic installation of its officers was held in Kwajalein with 38 charter members.

In March 1985, the lodge had 263 members.

According to Malasarte, “Owing to the frequent reassignments of its members in the latter part of the 1980s, probably due in part to the end of the Cold War, the physical presence of the brethren deteriorated over time and the lodge’s activities eventually degenerated to the point that the lodge could not conduct its regular meetings. Its leadership was left with no option but to surrender the lodge’s charter to the Grand Lodge in 1991.”

Through the efforts of Celso Gianchand and Leslie Moreno and some dedicated brethren belonging to Micronesia Lodge No. 173 on Guam, Emon Lodge was reestablished on Saipan, Malasarte said.

“The Guam brethren were at the helm of its leadership for four years until 1997 when the first Saipan-based worshipful master, senior, and junior wardens were elected and installed. Since then the Saipan-based membership has strengthened to where it is now,” Malasarte said.

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