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.
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 Glenn@4merMarine.com prior to June 10th
Make Checks Payable to: Lodge No. 43, F&AM
Brethren, I look forward to seeing you at our April stated meeting. Our program this month will be honoring our masonic widows. Please be there to celebrate the ladies who have supported our dearly deceased brethren through out their lives and help to remind these women that they are not forgotten. Our education will be on the history of the Masonic Temple presented by brother Israel Pagan III. We will also continue to talk about possible outcomes for our museum assets. Please note our meal this month will be served at 6:00pm, the Masonic Widows Program will occur at 6:45 pm and is open to the public. This will allow a 7:30 start for our regular meeting. Please remember to bring a nonperishable food item to add to our food bank. I look forward to seeing you all on April 12th for an evening of education, fellowship, and celebration.
Lodge 43 members are cordially invited to the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Woodward Hill Cemetery grave site of United President James Buchanan (1791-1868). Event will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 10 am. There is a Lodge 43 marker at President Buchanan’s grave site. Call 717-392-3375 for more information.
Brethren, there is a large amount of information in this notice, and the year is beginning to fill up with many exciting events. Please take the time to read the notice thoroughly. I look forward to seeing you at our March stated meeting. Our program for the evening will be an intriguing account of freemasonry around the world from Brother David Newall of Ephrata Lodge and the education will cover the 7 Liberal Arts. Please remember to bring a nonperishable food item to add to our food bank. Ladies night this year will be held at the escape room in Lancaster on Friday March 24th. Reservations are limited and cost $20 per person. Please see brother Junior Warden for details and reservations. Brethren do you now of a masonic widow? We will be honoring masonic widows in the month of April and are looking for names and contact information of women who have supported our dearly departed brothers. I look forward to seeing you all on March 8th for an evening of education and fellowship.
Brethren, I look forward to seeing you at our next stated meeting as we welcome Brother Larry A. Derr our District Deputy Grand Master along with Worshipful Masters of the first masonic district. The program will be honoring our 50, 60, and 70-year emblem of gold recipients. This year we have four 70 year members; simply unbelievable. Join me in celebrating these men who have given so many years to our fraternity. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item to add to our food bank. Lodge No. 43 along with the rest of the lodges in district one will be donating our food bank to a local organization in June and December. Brethren, do you know of a Masonic widow? We will be honoring Masonic widows in the month of April and are looking for names and contact information of women who have supported our dearly departed brothers. Would you like to get more involved in the fraternity? We are currently looking for anyone who is available to assist the lodge with funeral services, committees of inquiry, mentoring, and guiding. Please be sure to contact our lodge secretary or sign up for your interest at the next stated meeting. I look forward to seeing you all on February 8th for an evening of celebration, education, and fellowship.
MESSAGE FROM THE EAST
Brothers, it is an absolute honor to serve as Worshipful Master for lodge 43 in its 232nd year. I look forward to continuing on the great path our lodge has endured throughout the years. I am so thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in our lodge, which has given so much to me. Through philanthropy, officer development, a focus on proper on boarding and maintenance of membership, social events, and public programs I hope 2017 will be a great year. I’d like to thank all who attended Abraham C Triechler’s stated meeting on December 19th where lodge 43 shined in more than one way. We successfully took possession of the districts traveling gavel and our Senior Warden Ken Bray was awarded his Master Builders award by our District Deputy. The traveling gavel is a program set into play by our Right Worshipful Grand Master and is highly sought after. Being that our possession is now public knowledge I assume our January meeting will be attended by not only 43 Brethren but Brothers from another lodge in an attempt to claim the gavel. I look forward to the First Stated meeting in 2017 and thank you all for the opportunity.