FLUSHING — On June 9, members of the Flushing Masonic Lodge No. 298 visited one of its oldest members, Charles H. Foster.
At 91 years of age, Charles has been a member of the lodge for more than 61 years. He served as Worshipful Master in 1956 and was the chairman of the 100th year anniversary of Flushing Lodge in 1957.
Charles was presented his 60-year pin by District Deputy Rodney L. Kovacs, past masters pin by Past Master Jerry Milliken, and a plaque from the lodge from Worshipful Master William M. McGowan.
A former prisoner of war, Charles served during World War II. He was captured by the Germans in North Africa on April 17, 1943 and spent the next 27 months in captivity, most of that time in Stalag VII A in Mosseberg, Germany. For three months he was reported as missing in action until the Germans released his information.
During his captivity he was instrumental in engaging other POW’s in activities which keep them occupied both mentally and physically, ultimately contributing to their survival.
He was assigned to the Regimental Headquarters Intelligence where he was one of the finest map makers of the battalion.
The members of the Flushing Lodge make it a practice to visit their fellow members who are no longer able to attend gatherings.
MEMBERS OF the Flushing Masonic Lodge No. 298 recently visited with longtime member Charles H. Foster, second from left. Joining the 61-year member are, from left, Worshipful Master William M. McGowan, Past Master Jerry Milliken and District Deputy Rodney L. Kovacs. Fosters has held several positions with the organization and was presented a 60-year pin during the visit.