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Plum man selected to lead local Freemasons district

| Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007

A Plum man will lead six local lodges of the Freemasons of Pennsylvania.

Paul J. Roup, 38, of Plum, has been named a district deputy grand master of the Masons by Right Worshipful Grand Master Ronald A. Aungst Sr. He has been a member of the Plum Creek-Monroeville Lodge No. 799 Free and Accepted Masons in Plum for about 10 years.

Roup, owner of The Roup Insurance Agency and Dreamscape Video Productions, both in Plum, will lead the 54th District of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. It includes about 2,400 men in six Masonic lodges in Plum, Tarentum, Turtle Creek, Lower Burrell and Export.

Roup, a 1986 graduate of Plum High School and a 1990 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, said the fraternity's ideas of "making good men better" and self-improvement attracted him to the Freemasons.

Roup's term as district deputy grand master is seven years. During his tenure, Roup wants to boost membership and make the community more aware of what the Masons do.

"We are at a crossroads," Roup said. "I want to make the community more aware (of the Freemasons) and men more aware of what they can become."

Roup said his greatest honor prior to being named district deputy grand master was conferring the three degrees of Freemasonry -- Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason -- on his father, Paul J. Roup II.

Kurt R. Tesche, past district deputy grand master, said he recommended Roup for the position and looks forward to Roup's tenure.

"He brings a lot of energy and youth," said Tesche, 60, of Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County. "He has a good, solid ritualistic background, and he will be excellent for the district."

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