Message From The East Feb 2019

As we move forward through the cold months of winter, I am reminded that spring is just around the corner. With spring comes the warmth and the light of the sun. We may have begun our lives in the cold and the dark, but Freemasonry has brought us to the light. Let us continue down that path of light and assist our Brethren from drifting back into the darkness. At our recent Officer’s Workshop, the question was asked, “What is the purpose of your Lodge?” While many answered this by saying to “Make good men better,” and “To make Masons,” The Officers of Lodge No. 43 were in unanimity by saying that we should advance our Brethren through education, charity, and fellowship.
I couldn’t agree more. While the Officer’s are here to help and guide the Lodge, it is the strength and the fraternal bond of the membership that can help us to accomplish any goal. Brethren, if you know of or see any Brother that may be drifting back into the darkness, please do your best to guide him back into the light. It is part of our obligation to help, aid, and assist, but this does not have to be done alone. The strength of our Lodge shown best when we work together. Whether it be through education, charity, or fellowship, we have the ability to keep ourselves and our Brethren in the light.

Fraternally,
Todd A. Bennicas, WM

Lodge 43 Community Needs Grant Application 2019

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Application Deadline is March 31, 2019

2019 Lodge 43 Community Needs Grant Application for Financial Assistance

Name of Organization

Mailing Address

Primary

Contact Phone

Number

E-Mail Address

Web Site

Mission and Brief History of Organization:

Is this your first grant application to our Club ? Yes No

Is the organization a 501C3 status? Yes No Tax

ID#

Number of Employees: Number of Volunteers:

Other Sources of Financial Support (e.g. United Way,

etc.)

Amount Requested: $

Intended Use of Funds: (Please include a description of the number, ages and character of the people who will most benefit from this assistance)

Other Supporting Information:

The following items should accompany your proposal:

1. A cover letter using your organization’s stationery.

2. A roster of your Board of Directors and Officers.

3. A current budget for the organization.

I AFFIRM THAT ALL INFORMATION GIVEN ON THIS APPLICATION IS CORRECT I AFFIRM THAT ALL INFORMATION GIVEN ON THIS APPLICATION IS CORRECT AND ANY FUNDS RECEIVED FROM LODGE 43 WILL BE USED FOR THE STATED PURPOSE

Signature

Title

Date

Please send the completed request to:

Secretary, Lodge 43 216 West Chestnut Street

Lancaster, PA 17603 All applications must be received by March 31, 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE EAST: Jan 2019


Brethren, I am truly humbled and honored to address you for the first time as the Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43. It has been an extremely rewarding experience for me to serve this Lodge in the past, and I am excited to continue to do so throughout 2019. There are very few Lodges that are still in existence that can trace their lineage back to 1785. Lodge No. 43 has been able to accomplish this not because of any one individual, but because we have always worked together in unanimity.

We truly are a band of brothers held together by the cement of love and affection. I am also proud to work with our current line of officers. Their hard work and dedication to the craft has positioned this Lodge to succeed once again. We have a lot of great programs and events planned for this year but they will only be successful with your help. Please do your best to always help your Brothers and to support this Lodge and all of its history and tradition. I look forward to seeing you all in 2019. 

Fraternally,

Todd A. Bennicas, WM

Secretary of Lodge No.43 F&AM

Brethren, In reflecting on this year as Secretary of Lodge No.43 F&AM it occurred to me how very little I knew about the job when I was elected last December and it was only with the help and understanding of my Brothers that I was able to make it through. While there were many who helped me I’d like to give special thanks to Brothers Jason H. Lewis, Jeffrey S. Moyer, PM, James A. Malone, PM, L. Kenneth Bray, III, WM, all the other Officers of Lodge No. 43 F&AM and Assistant Secretary Bro. Clifford E. Fromm, without his efforts the Monthly Notices would not have been published.

I made some mistakes and I appreciate the understanding and patience that was provided to me. Thank you again to all my Brothers; it was my pleasure to serve as Secretary this year. I hope you all have a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!

Douglas M. Wiker, P.M., Secretary

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Masonic Charities Holiday Appeal

The approaching holiday season holds special meanings for us as Freemasons. Our philanthropy is what makes possible the outstanding services of the Masonic Charities that provide for our brethren and their families, the elderly and the youth, and our ability to reach out into the community to help our friends and neighbors. We show our charity as Freemasons through the vital programs and services of all the Masonic Charities.

As you reflect on the blessings in your life, consider the opportunity you have to benefit many, be part of a community and demonstrate the main principles of the fraternity; brotherly love, charity and truth.

If you are age 70 ½ or older, consider making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) this year to your favorite Masonic Charity – tax free! For the charitable distribution to be tax-free qualified, please have the check payable directly to the charity and not you the owner.

If you have not already supported the Masonic Charities this holiday season, please consider a charitable gift before the New Year. Please consider the needs addressed by the Masonic Charities and support the necessary programs and services that we make possible together.

There is still time to make a difference! Thank you for your support!
Please make a contribution by logging onto www.MasonicCharitiesPA.org and clicking “Donate Now” or mail your contribution to:

Masonic Charities, Office of Gift Planning, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022

MESSAGE FROM THE EAST November 2018

Brethren, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for the well attended Stated Meetings over the course of the past year. There is nothing more satisfying than to look out from the East and see a Lodge room full of Masons. Since coming back from summer break it has been my goal to focus on Masonic Education. I plan to continue to tailor our programs to be insightful and educational. I appreciate the positive feedback in regard to our past programs and have passed those kind words to our guest speakers. Pennsylvania Masons have an excellent opportunity to expand their Masonic knowledge by joining the Academy of Masonic Knowledge and getting involved in the Masonic Scholar Certification Program. This month Brother Michael Moran will be speaking to our membership about everything the Academy has to offer, and how YOU can get involved and take advantage of such a wonderful and unique program. To the best of my knowledge, Pennsylvania is one of the few Masonic jurisdictions offering this type of educational program. I hope you will join me in welcoming Brother Moran to our Lodge and look forward to another well attended Stated Meeting.
Your humble Servant,

L. Kenneth Bray III, WM