Downey United Lodge No. 220 helds its 147th installation of key officers for the 2017 masonic year on Dec. 11.
As part of the ceremony, the following officers and members were installed: Worshipful Master: Aleksey Y. Duplinsky, Senior Warden/Community Events Director: William H. Wood, Junior Warden: Ralf Lopez, Secretary: Gary Phillips, PM, Chaplain: Danilo P. Manalansan, Marshal: Ramiro J. Tellez, Jr., Senior Deacon: David A. Olmedo, Junior Deacon: Anthony Guzman, Senior Steward: Reynol Cobreiro, Junior Steward: Anthony Coronel, Tiler: David McLintock, Lodge Ambassador: Alberto Larrain, Installing Officer: Robert Udoff, PM, Master of Ceremony: David Wehmeyer, PM, Installing Chaplain: Charles Cross, AGL, Division VI
Furthermore, officers from the Downey United Lodge #220 returned recently from Cuba, visiting with the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Cuba Lazaro Faustino Cuesta Valdes and the quorum of grand officers. This will be the first time meeting with the Grand Master of Cuba since the XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges in San Francisco in 2015. Cuesta Valdes was very pleased to meet with the Downey lodge in his Caribbean homeland. Events included local and global discussions on masonry, tour of the grand lodge building and masonic museum, and a special Cuban heritage night invitation.
The Masonic Lodge plans a series of open house events in 2017. “This is an effort by the lodge to strengthen our relationship with the city of Downey and the community at large.”