14th Degree Scottish Rite Masons meet in the Valley of Oil City, Penna. at
the Masonic Hall 15 E. 1st St. Where they have continuously met since November 4,
1909. Stated Communications the Second Thursday of each month at
7:30 P.M. Reunions are held 2nd Thursday in November and 4th Saturday in April.
HISTORY OF THE VENANGO LODGE OF
The Venango Lodge of Perfection is a Masonic Organization, the Lodge of Perfection designates the 4th through 14th Degree in Scottish Rite Masonry, membership is made up of 3rd Degree Masons or Blue Lodge members from the area in Venango, Forest, Clarion, and Crawford County, Pa.
The Venango Lodge of Perfection is known as the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of Oil City. Subordinate to the Supreme Council A. A. S. R. of Freemasonry of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, of the 33rd and last Degree in Freemasonry whose headquarters is in Lexington, Mass.
Venango Lodge of Perfection was constituted on November 4, 1909. Charter Officers of the organization was Charles H. Lay, 33 Thrice Potent Master, Fred C. McGill, 32, Deputy Master, Harvey Fritz, 33, Senior Warden, and Cecil L. Griffin, 33, Junior Warden. All of the Charter Officers were noted Businessmen in this period. Charter was issued on September 22, 1910. Within 6 years the organization had over 500 members and during the late 1950's had a membership of 2800 members.
Throughout its History many prominent residents of the surrounding area have belonged to Venango Lodge of Perfection, many have been elevated to the 33rd Degree, the highest Honorary Degree conferred in Scottish Rite Masonry. Some of those men were, Harry J. Crawford of Emlenton, Pa. He was a Past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Quaker State Oil Company, Lee A. McCracken who served as President Judge of Venango County for over 28 years, Dr. Forest J. Bovard M. D. of Tionesta, Pa a noted physician, G. Mason Cochran a Presbyterian Minister in Oil City for many years, Richard L. Lockwood of Oil City former President of the National Transit Co, , and John A. Comet of Oil City, retired President of National Fuel Gas Co. During its long history a total of 75, 32nd Degree Masons have been elected to receive this Honorary Degree for distinguished service to the Community, Humanity, or Freemasonry. There are currently 16 members of Venango Lodge of Perfections 980 members that hold the 33rd Degree. Since it was constituted November 4, 1909 over 6,110 men have belonged to this Noble Fraternity in the Valley of Oil City, Venango Lodge of Perfection, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
The goals and mission of the Venango Lodge of Perfection is Fraternal friendship and philanthropy to assist its members and mankind in general. The Lodge of Perfection also gives Scholarships yearly to the sons and daughters of Scottish Rite Members, also eligible to apply is members of Masonic Youth Groups, Rainbow Girls and Order of Demolay.
OFFICERS FOR YEAR 6/14/2012 TO 6/13/2013
Membership in Scottish Rite Masonry, 4th through 32nd Degrees,
comes from the following Blue Lodges