2019 Lodge 43 Community Needs Grant Application

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2019 Lodge 43 Community Needs Grant Application for Financial Assistance

Name of Organization

Mailing Address


Contact Phone


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


Number of Employees: Number of Volunteers:

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


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.





Please send the completed request to:

Secretary, Lodge 43 216 West Chestnut Street

Lancaster, PA 17603 All applications must be received by May 30, 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. 


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


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

June Message from the East

Brethren, this month we honor our recipients of Gold with an Official Visitation from the District Deputy Grand Master. We will be honoring members who have served this great fraternity for a period of 50, 60, and 70 years! This is quite an accomplishment, and I look forward to being able to preside over such an occasion. I know each one of these men appreciates your sincerest thanks and gratitude for their service.

It is also my pleasure to award our Darryl S. Flinn Scholarships to three worthy students who will be entering and/or returning to college. Please be sure to make these individuals feel welcome as they join us for dinner and fellowship.

On a final note, as we call off from labor for July and August, I ask that you enjoy this opportunity and make the very most of your time away.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the Relay for Life and ask that you would consider making a donation to such an honorable cause.

Please Note: We will be having our Annual Summer Social, however, we are looking for a Brother with a nice backyard that would be willing to host the event.  Otherwise, we will be renting facilities and informing the membership.  We plan on having the Summer Social sometime in August.  If interested, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

I look forward to seeing you at our next upcoming stated and extra meetings!

Your Humble Servant, L. Kenneth Bray III, WM.