From the office of the RWGM of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania.
Due to ongoing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, effectively immediately and until further notice, I am directing any and all lodge activities be cancelled, including, but not limited to: extra, special and/or stated lodge meetings; social functions; schools of instruction, etc., as well as youth group and community meetings/events that may be scheduled in your lodge building. Lodge officers may pay lodge bills in the ordinary course without lodge approval. This will be in effect until the end of April, by which time we will evaluate the situation and provide additional guidance as needed.
More information and the complete press release can be found: https://pagrandlodge.org/coronavirus-covid-19/
The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation maintains an Educational Endowment Fund, from which scholarship awards are made annually to deserving recipients, to date over 725 awards have been given totaling $1.1 million dollars.
Brethren, it is both an honor and privilege to have served this lodge as Worshipful Master for the last year. I cannot stress enough the old saying “you get out of it, what you put into it”. When I first joined this lodge, I was new, inexperienced, and knew absolutely nothing about the craft. I decided to make it my goal to learn as much as I could about this fraternity and to get as much value from my dues as I possibly could. Little did I realize where that journey would take me.
Freemasonry has shaped me into a better man through various avenues. Becoming a guide helped me overcome my fears of public speaking, and helped establish trust with my fellow brethren. By becoming a mentor it helped me establish life-long friendships and essentially taught me the value of teaching others. Becoming an officer of this lodge solidified the importance of the oath and obligations of each degree, and reminded me that a Mason is true to his word.
These are just a few of the many things I have learned over the last 7+ years. My hope is that each and every one of you takes full advantage of everything this fraternity has to offer and seek the value of your membership dues. Thank you for allow me to be a Steward of this lodge, and for carrying on the traditions of Lodge No. 43. I offer my sincerest best wishes to my friend and brother, Brother Todd A. Bennicas as he takes the East. I look forward to everything he has planned for the future of this lodge and trust we are in good hands.
I wish you and your family the very happiest of holidays!
Your Humble Servant, L. Kenneth Bray III WM
“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for its better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington
Join us at the Lancaster Masonic Center, Saturday, October 20, 2018, for our Annual Fall Blood Drive. Please be sure to bring a Valid form of ID. Donors will receive two (2) free admission vouchers to a Harrisburg Comedy Zone Show, Field of Screams Coupon, Oregon Dairy Coupon, and a Corn Cob Acres Coupon.
Sponsored by the First Masonic District of PA. Supports the Lancaster Dyslexia Center
**Please note the updated times for Donations beginning at 9 AM**
Brethren, I would like to thank all of you for coming out
to last month’s Stated Meeting, I hope everyone enjoyed the presentations and
found them insightful and educational.
I’m also curious if anyone really reads these messages – I know I was
guilty of skimming through my notice to look for important dates and events
without taking time to read the message in the east. I would again like to
challenge any member reading this that can recite the oath and obligation of
any degree, to the best of their ability, to see me after the meeting for a
special prize. Even if you only can
recall bits and pieces, I would love the opportunity to speak with you. Same
rules apply as last month.
I also would like to remind all our members of our
upcoming 233rd Banquet to be held at the Inn of Leola Villages on Thursday, November
1st, 2018. On a final note, I want to
extend my congratulations to the First Masonic District on taking 2nd place in
the State-wide Ritual Competition.
Having the opportunity to serve on the team was an enriching experience
and I invite anyone willing to learn the work and participate in your Blue
Lodge degrees to see an officer for more information.