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
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,
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.
Lodge No. 43’s 233rd Annual Banquet Thursday, November 1, 2018
Enjoy Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktail hour beginning at 5:30
pm. Cash Bar will be open from 6 pm until 9 pm. Soup, salad, and bread will
kick off the evening. A lavish walking buffet will feature carving stations offering:
Pasta, Chicken, Roast Beef, and Salmon. Enjoy whipped potatoes and assorted
vegetables as sides. After a hearty
meal, enjoy assorted desserts, as we join and rejoice in fellowship for another
wonderful year of Freemasonry!
Cost $35 per Ticket with Reservations, $40 at the Door
**Please RSVP to the Lodge Secretary no later than October 20, 2018**
Brethren, I hope you are all enjoying your summer and that you are all finding yourselves refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things. I made an announcement on Facebook, and would like to reiterate: If you can recite your Oath and Obligation from any degree, from memory, please see me for a special gift.
Please note there is a limited amount of gifts and they will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. **Officers and Past Masters are excluded**
Brother William Mooney will be joining us and sharing a riveting presentation on the Battle of Gettysburg.
Also joining us will be Brother Ed Stumm, representing the Tall Cedars and sharing the amazing work they do. As always, I thank each and every one of you for making this year a success and look forward to seeing you all in September as we honor our Past Masters!