Duane A. Dellecker, of Lehighton, was elected and installed as Master of Lehighton Lodge No. 621, Free and Accepted Masons.

The one-year term began at noon, Dec. 27. Dellecker previously served as Master in 2000 during the 100th anniversary of Lehighton Lodge.

Other officers elected to serve the Lodge include William H. Douthart IV of Lehighton, senior warden; Patrick Totaro of Albrightsville, junior warden; Keith G. Billig of Bowmanstown, treasurer; and William H. Ravert, Past Master of Bowmanstown, secretary.

Officers appointed by the new master of the Lodge to serve throughout 2012 are Alan A. Raab, senior deacon; Richard L. Getz, Sr., junior deacon; Pierce Wagner, senior master of ceremonies; Matthew Fritchlee, junior master of ceremonies; Michael A. Mickey, pursuivant; Richard L. Zimmerman, past master, chaplain; Vernon Fritz, tiler; and William DeHart and John Rendle, stewards.

The officers were installed by their predecessors: James P. Haja, past master of Palmerton, installed the new master; Duane A. Dellecker installed the new senior warden; and, William H. Douthart IV installed the new junior warden.

Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest men's fraternity. It is a fraternity built on the cardinal virtues of brotherly love, charity and truth. Masons are men of charity and good works. In America, Freemasonry has been called "the world's greatest philanthropy," for contributing more than two million dollars every day to charitable causes which they, alone, have established.

In Pennsylvania, there are approximately 120,000 Freemasons in the 450 Masonic Lodges throughout the Commonwealth. There are approximately 375 members of Lehighton Lodge No. 621 F&AM.

For additional information, contact Duane A. Dellecker (610) 377-0188.