Our story starts with Randy Colyer, who has successfully served our community as the owner of Greenwood Pools and Spas since 1987. He joined our Shrine in November 2003 and became a member of the Provost Guard. Randy was Provost Guard Secretary from 2006 until 2008 and as a result of a successful business background he was the assistant Chairman for several years circa 2008 and took on the daunting role of Gun Raffle Chairman from 2016 until present day.
Randy also finds time to contribute his business experience to fund raising for the transportation of kids to Shriners hospitals as a member of the “Q”, and was Camaxtli in 2014. He is a valuable Shrine member and his attitude and tireless efforts are evident in making our Shrine run smoothly and efficiently. Randy’s tireless efforts with Shrine events and many fund raising efforts encouraged his two sons to follow in the Colyer family tradition and beliefs and became Masons and ultimately Shriners in 2016. Son’s Ryan and Zach also work with their dad at the family run Greenwood Pools and Spas; they joined our Shrine and the Provost Guard in 2016. They are both active Provost Guard members and are following in their father’s footsteps in working and helping with the production and success of the Gun Raffle, Circus and Sports Shows.
Ryan was recently given the prestigious award of Noble of the year for his tireless efforts in working our many Shrine events and fund raising efforts. He was always on hand to offer his assistance and could be seen working long after everyone had gone home. His attitude and dedication to the success of our Shrine deserves praise. Youngest son Zach is also in our Provost Guard and is a valuable and much needed youthful addition to the growth of our Shrine. Like his brother, he too is always busy with preparations and the behind the scenes hard work in making our many events the success they deserve. He was instrumental in the organization and set up for the Kiddies Christmas party and is following in the Colyer family Shrine traditions.
I encourage families like the Colyer family to come forward and be recognized as we appreciate each and every one of our extended families. Should you wish to become involved in the Legacy Program or to learn more, please contact:
Kevin Law, Highlander & Legacy Program Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org 919-730-1257
Uncle Dave Peterman
Throughout the community and our Shrine family, he is affectionately known as “Uncle Dave.” David Paul Peterman was born May 31, 1953 in Altoona, Pennsylvania and graduated from Altoona Area High School in 1971.
At the tender age of 13, Dave began working with his dad, Glenn, at Peterman’s Gulf on Beech Ave. & 4th Street in Altoona. Shortly after graduation, he opened D. Peterman Auto Repair on 22nd Ave. & 9th Street. The business is currently located in Juniata, and has grown to include auto sales, detailing, towing and Uncle Dave’s Pop Shop where you can frequently meet up with a Shriner friend for coffee & conversation, a Longbranch hot dog or scratch a lottery ticket.
Uncle Dave began his masonic career when he joined DeMolay in 1967 & held several offices. He was raised a Master Mason in Hiram Lodge No. 616 and joined the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Altoona and joined Jaffa Temple in 1977.
Through the years, he has served on the appointed Divan under Illustrious Sir Lou Deschamps, he was an assistant chief aide for a number of years and was the co-chairman of the Jaffa Hospital Crusade in 1980 under Illustrious Sir Fred Imler. He is a charter member of the Jaffa Antique Car Club, and a member of the Jaffa Cycle Corps. In 2013, along with a group of Nobles & their ladies, the Jaffa Kiddies Christmas Party Club was revitalized. Uncle Dave served as secretary for several years.
Dave is also a member of Order of Quetzalcoatl Colotic #91, serving as Camaxtli in 2010. He is a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 70, where he served as Director in 2004.
Uncle Dave and his Lady Carol reside in Bellwood, Pennsylvania and enjoy traveling to their place in South Daytona Beach.
Lanny Edwards was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1943. He graduated Hollidaysburg High School in 1961 and then joined the United States Army in 1963 becoming a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, achieving the rank of Sergeant (E-5).
He worked for Veeder Root in Duncansville, Pennsylvania for 43 years before retiring as the waste treatment manger in 2009.
Lanny was raised a Master Mason in Portage Lodge No. 220 in 1974 and joined the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Altoona the following year. In December of 1975, he joined Jaffa Temple and immediately made an impact. He is a Life Member of the Jaffa Calliope Clowns where he served as Clown Director for 9 years. He is also an associate member of the Jaffa Legion of Honor.
Lanny served in the capacity of Chief Aide for an astounding 15 Potentates and has rightfully achieved the title of Chief Aide Emeritus.
He is a member of Oder of Quetzalcoatl Colotic No. 91 and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court No. 70 where he served as its Director in 2002.
In 2013, along with a dedicated group of Nobles and their Ladies, Lanny revitalized the Jaffa Kiddies Christmas Party for less fortunate children in Central Pennsylvania and currently serves as the organization’s President.
Outside of Freemasonry is an active member of Lakemont Methodist Church where he serves as Head Trustee. He also enjoys camping, hikes, and bike rides with his Lady Lynne.
Lanny and Lynne reside in Lakemont and have 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
ALEXA HARDING was born and raised in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The daughter of Noble and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie Board of Governors member Troy Harding and his Lady Sue, Lex began her Shriners Hospitals journey in 2012.
Lex was diagnosed with a double scoliosis curve in her back. After being evaluated by the world-renowned doctors within our health care system, Lex went through nearly two dozen appointments at both our Erie and Philadelphia hospitals as well as two surgeries to fix her medical condition.
During her recovery, she began speaking at a number of events about her surgical journey and the world-class care given to her by our hospitals.
In 2017, looking to give back to the hospitals who gave so much to her, she organized a fundraiser by selling copies of a charcoal piece she created in her high school art class. She then presented a copy to our Erie Hospital as well as gave an inspirational speech behind the piece.
She is a 2018 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School and currently attending Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania with a major in Respiratory Therapy with hopes of supporting our hospitals in another capacity, this time as a medical professional. She is also on Gannon’s competitive Dance Team and a member of the Honors Academic Program.
Lex hopes to continue to share her story of being a Shriner’s patient with more people as well as bringing awareness to what Shriners mean to her and other patients.