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September 15, 2015 @ 1:08 am by admin

A Historic Celebration


Officers of the Masons of California Grand Lodge and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California dedicate the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura.

On Sept. 3, Grand Master Charvonia led more than 80 Masons and Grand Lodge officers from the Grand Lodge of California and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California in a festive cornerstone dedication ceremony at the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura.

The ceremony included a flag presentation; remarks by Adam Thunell, chief operating officer of Community Memorial Health System; and an address from local civic leaders.

In addition to consecrating the symbolic cornerstone, brothers installed a time capsule, containing a newspaper, hospital employees’ names, and a video about the construction of the $275 million building. It will be opened in 50 years.

“We thank the Masons of California for partnering with us during this historic celebration,” said Michael G. Ellingson, vice president, marketing & development at Community Memorial Health System.

“The roots of the community are tied to Freemasonry, and local Freemasons are passionate about supporting health care in Ventura,” Grand Master Charvonia said. “Many of the founders of the previously built hospital, including E.P. Foster, were Masons.”

Watch a video of the ceremony.

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