Family Picnic June 25, 2017 Wheatland

First District Brothers; June 1863

The Confederate Army of General Robert E. Lee is fast approaching Wrightsville, intent upon claiming Lancaster County as a spoil of war. All available militia units have repaired to the banks of the Susquehanna where they stand to repel the invasion. There are no soldiers left to guard the residence of our late President, the Honorable Worshipful Brother James Buchanan, PM.

Lodge No 43, Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, will hold an unofficial meeting (and family picnic) on the grounds of Wheatland, the home of Worshipful Brother Buchanan at the corner of President and Marietta Avenues west of Lancaster City where we will stand guard over our Past Master and Past District Deputy Grand Master.

To Arms
Sunday, June 25th, Two Thousand Seventeen
From One until Five O’clock
Near the Carriage House on the grounds of Wheatland
Family and friends are welcome.
Cost $10 per person.
(Under 12, free) (Masonic Widows, free)
(50 year Masons, free) (Civil War veterans, free)

Please RSVP with payment to: Glenn Knight  141 S. Spruce St.  Lititz, PA 17543

Or email prior to June 10th

Make Checks Payable to: Lodge No. 43, F&AM



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Brethren, welcome back! I hope everyone had a great summer! I look forward to seeing everyone at our stated meeting on Wednesday September 13th. This meeting we will celebrate our Past Masters, honor our 25-year members, and last but not least vote on whether we will sell on not sell our beloved statue of George Washington. While this meeting is a pretty full agenda it will be easier to hear as our PA system has been installed and works beautifully. Enjoy the rest of your summer and God bless.

Lodge No. 43 Congratulates Brothers

Bro. Joshua D. Parmer, P.M.
Bro. Vincent L. Spadea

For receiving the 33° of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
this summer at the Supreme Council session in Rochester NY.

Bro. Larry A. Derr, DDGM
For his nomination to R.W. Junior Grand Warden.
Please attend his reception at Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682
January 3rd, 2018, 7:00 PM

Bro. Ronald B. Carson, P.M.
District Deputy Elect for the First Masonic District.
Please attend his reception at Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682
January 5th, 2018, 7:00 PM.

Special Meeting Wednesday Aug. 9th

Brethren, I trust you are having an enjoyable summer.  At the request of the District Deputy Grand Master and myself, we will be holding a quick special meeting the evening of Wednesday Aug. 9th, at 7:30 for the purpose of voting on a candidate.  By approval of the District Deputy Grand Master, a prior call-them-all and this email was deemed adequate for due and timely notice.  While this will be a very quick meeting, I encourage you to attend if the summer  break has found you missing lodge. Listed below are a number of reminders and events for the upcoming weeks and months.

Thomas “TJ” Quinn, WM.

June Message from the East

Brethren, We have an extremely busy and exciting June on the horizon! Please come out and join the First Masonic District at the Relay For Life located at 2210 Horseshoe Rd., Lancaster PA 17601 at Conestoga Valley High School anytime after 5PM on Friday June 9th to 4PM Saturday June 10th. This event is for the purpose of raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Brother Ken Bray and I will be clocking 50 miles each, and will be running throughout the night. Feel free to stop by in support at anytime of the day or night. June 25th Lodge 43 will be having a picnic at the Wheatland estate home of Bro. and Past Master James Buchanan beginning at 1pm. Tickets are $10 each. Please contact Glenn Knight the lodge Chaplain for tickets. We will be having extra meetings this month on June 8th and June 22nd. The meeting on June 8th falls before our stated meeting and requires a dispensation, which was acquired. I look forward to our stated meeting June 14th please remember to bring nonperishable food items for our food bank collection.