Every year the incoming Master strikes a pin to commemorate their year. This year WM L. Kenneth Bray has had a pin struck of President James Buchanan, Past Master of Lodge No. 43 within a wreath of acacia branches.
Brother James Buchanan served as Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43 in 1822-1823. His portrait proudly hangs on the wall outside of the Lodge room for all to see. Now, the members can carry Brother James Buchanan with them to all Masonic functions!
My brothers, it is with great honor to serve as Worshipful Master for Lodge No. 43 for the upcoming Masonic year. 2018 marks the 233rd Anniversary of our lodge, just an incredible testimony of the great leadership of this organization.
I would like to thank all of the Past Masters, for having served as stewards for this lodge and for carrying on the traditions of this wonderful fraternity. I would also like to thank each and everyone of our members for making Lodge No. 43 such a great success. It’s through everyone’s efforts and talents that have brought us to where we are today, and I am forever grateful.
I hope to carry on the tradition of excellence in our lodge this year, and will be focusing my attention on enlightenment and providing a foundation for those looking to learn more about the craft. We have an exciting year ahead and I look forward to working with as many of you as possible. I am certain this year will be a great success and appreciate everyone’s involvement and encouragement.
I’m a firm believer in the old saying, “you get out of it, what you out into it”, and hope the fruits of our labor will yield amazing results. We have some exciting programs in store for the year ahead and I look forward to sharing all this with you at upcoming Stated Meeting.
Your Humble Servant,
Bro. L. Kenneth Bray III, Worshipful Master
Wednesday December 13, 2017 Lodge No. 43 installed their new Worshipful Master for 2018 at an Open Meeting of the Lodge. Serving as Worshipful Master for 2018 will be Bro. Ken Bray. The other Officers, Representatives, and Trustees were also elected and installed.
Brethren, I want to personally thank each and every one of our members for a wonderful year. This year has moved so quick I can hardly believe it’s over. I thoroughly and humbly enjoyed my time in the East and serving Lodge No. 43. Without our members and Officers, this year could not have been such a success. To list all that was accomplished this year would be an undertaking, but the highlights I’ve enjoyed most are: Hosting a well received Widow program, resolving our George Washington Statue and moving him to Masonic Villages, a wonderful Veteran’s Program, our Relay for Life participation, Lodge 43’s strong presence of award winners including the Grand Master’s award at Lodge in the Woods, and our anticipated presentation of the 2017 Travelling Gavel. Please come out to this Month’s installation of officers, and in January, to the receptions of the anticipated Junior Grand Warden, Larry A. Derr, and the First Masonic District’s District Deputy Grand Master, Ronald B. Carson. Lastly, I’d like to wish Senior Warden, Brother L. Kenneth Bray III, and his officers, the best of luck in 2018. I thank you all again for a wonderful year, and I wish you a wonderful Holiday season and Happy New Year. – Bro. Thomas J. Quinn, Worshipful Master.
MESSAGE FROM THE EAST: Brethren, for those of you who missed the September meeting the lodge majority voted to NOT SELL our statue of George Washington. The lodge then voted in favor of loaning George to Masonic Villages where it will be restored and displayed in an appropriate environment. I personally wanted to thank all the brethren who have worked so hard on what I feel is the best solution especially Brothers Nat Gilchrist and John Pyfer.
This month we will be holding our table lodge. Our stated meeting will begin at its normal time and table lodge will follow. Therefore, there will be no dinner before our meeting. Table lodge is held in the Entered Apprentice degree so please invite any brothers in our pipeline who have been entered. Please remember to register for our annual banquet to be held on Friday November 10th at the Hamilton Ballroom at Wheatland Place. The event starts with social hour and cash bar at 6:30 pm. This event is catered by the Greenfield Inn.
THE GRAND LODGE OF PENNS. MASONIC CHARITIES ANNUAL FALL APPEAL
The Masonic Charities represent the work of generations of Freemasons, all coming together to make a better world. The foundation on which each of the Masonic Charities stand: a foundation of love. By donating to the 2017 Annual Masonic Charities Fall Appeal, you help build the foundation for five varying charities. YOU build a foundation for the future. YOU build a foundation for success. YOU build a foundation for growth. YOU build a foundation for love. YOU build a foundation for support. We take care of our Masonic family with programs that help our most fragile family members age safely and give members of all ages a place to turn for relief at the Masonic Villages. We are champions of leading young men and women to reach their potential by investing in our Masonic youth groups through the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. We have led the charge with equal access to education, security and support for every child in our Masonic Children’s Home, which provides healthy growth and development. We preserve, protect and share our Masonic heritage in our Masonic Temple and Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. You can make your donation online by logging onto www.MasonicCharitiesPA.org and clicking “Donate” and complete the form. Or, mail your contribution to: Masonic Charities Office of Gift Planning, One Masonic Dr. Elizabethtown, PA 17022