Rajah Shriners appoint Denver resident to office

By on January 30, 2013

Photo by Stan Hall

The Rajah Shriners of Reading installed a new slate of officers recently in ceremonies held at the local headquarters in Blandon.

Edwin L. Engle of Denver, was installed potentate of the 3,700-member body for 2013. Born in Stouchsburg, Berks County, Engle is a graduate of Bethel High School and served in the PA Air National Guard from 1961 to 1967.

Engle’s career path was in the automotive industry. He worked in his father’s automotive supply business before taking a sales position with Carlos. R. Leffler, Inc. Engle worked in the oil and gasoline distribution business for over 30 years and owned and operated "On the Go Travel" in Lebanon for four years. He returned to the Leffler organization as a vice president of sales for the All-American Truck Stop division for Eastern United States and retired in 2001.

In 1990, he married Ferne Shanaman. Ed and Ferne have six children between them, including three sons and three daughters.

Engle is a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ of Denver. He is past president of the Richland Lions Club, past president of the Lebanon County Lions Sight Conservation Committee, past president of the Lebanon County Automotive Trade Association, and a member of the American Legion Post 880 in Richland.

Engle was initiated into freemasonry in Williamson Lodge F.&A.M. No. 307 in Womelsdorf; is a member of Reading Royal Arch Chapter No. 152, Reading Commandery #9, Knights Templar; and a 32nd degree mason, Reading Consistory, Valley of Reading and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon.

As a member of Rajah Shrine, Engle has chaired the annual Rajah Pretzel Bowl and the Thursday night Bingo program. He has also served on the sportsman’s raffle and the circus committees and is a representative to the International Imperial Shrine convention and the Middle Atlantic Shrine Association.

Other elected board of director officers installed include: chief rabban Thomas V. Conlon, Sr. of Womelsdorf; assistant rabban Glenn T. Sattizahn of Schuylkill Haven; high priest & prophet Larry S. Bortz, III of Shillington, and oriental guide David W. Evans of Mertztown. Re-elected were past potentate, blandon and treasurer Ronald F. Rapp; and recorder Joseph J. Hagan, Sr. of Birdsboro. More ENGLE, page A10

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