St. John’s Lodge in Peru installs officers

St. John’s is one of the oldest operating organizations in La Salle County

The St. John’s Lodge No. 13 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Peru held its 183rd annual installation of officers, during an open ceremony on Jan. 18, 2024, at the Peru Masonic Center. Pictured are (front, from left) Alexander J. Zarka, junior steward; Jeffrey L. Glade, junior deacon; Benny L. Nooks, worshipful master; Eric M. Lynch, junior warden; Raymond W. Miller Sr., senior deacon; Scott E. Heyob, senior steward; (back) Lucas W. Matson, treasurer; Eric T. Mrowicki, marshal; Larry E. Lawson, secretary; Gary E. Olson, tyler; and Phillip M. Sterba Jr., chaplain. Not pictured was Stephen J. Brown, senior warden.

The St. John’s Lodge No. 13 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Peru held its 183rd annual installation of officers during an open ceremony Jan. 18 at the Peru Masonic Center.

Elected to serve St. John’s Lodge No. 13 for the upcoming year are Benny L. Nooks of Princeton, as worshipful master; Stephen J. Brown of Ladd, as senior warden; Eric M. Lynch of Peru, as junior warden; Lucas W. Matson of Ottawa, as treasurer; and Larry E. Lawson of Princeton, as secretary.

Officers appointed by Nooks for 2024 are Raymond W. Miller Sr. of La Salle, senior deacon; Jeffrey L. Glade of Mendota, junior deacon; Scott E. Heyob of La Salle, senior steward; Alexander J. Zarka of La Salle, junior steward; Phillip M. Sterba Jr. of Peru, chaplain; Eric T. Mrowicki of Oglesby, marshal; and Gary E. Olson of Peru, tyler.

St. John’s Lodge No. 13 is one of the oldest continuously operating organizations in La Salle County, established Oct. 4, 1842, and meeting in the same location on Fourth Street in Peru since 1896.