Message from the East – September 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!

Your Humble Servant, L. Kenneth Bray III WM

Relay for Life

This year, a few members of Lodge No. 43, representing the First Masonic District, attended the Annual Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life is a community-based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place in over twenty countries. It is estimated that Relay For Life events have raised nearly $5 billion to date.

The WM at our tent!

Last year our team, Freemasons for a Cure, raised over $4,000 for the cause. Please consider making a contribution to our team, Relay for Life is a 501 (c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax deductible. To find more information about the Relay for Life, please visit
This year we fell short of raising $4,000 and managed to raise a noteworthy $1,530.  If you’d like to make a donation online, you can still do so by August 1, 2018.  Please follow the link below to help us get closer to our goal!


June Message from the East

Brethren, this month we honor our recipients of Gold with an Official Visitation from the District Deputy Grand Master. We will be honoring members who have served this great fraternity for a period of 50, 60, and 70 years! This is quite an accomplishment, and I look forward to being able to preside over such an occasion. I know each one of these men appreciates your sincerest thanks and gratitude for their service.

It is also my pleasure to award our Darryl S. Flinn Scholarships to three worthy students who will be entering and/or returning to college. Please be sure to make these individuals feel welcome as they join us for dinner and fellowship.

On a final note, as we call off from labor for July and August, I ask that you enjoy this opportunity and make the very most of your time away.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the Relay for Life and ask that you would consider making a donation to such an honorable cause.

Please Note: We will be having our Annual Summer Social, however, we are looking for a Brother with a nice backyard that would be willing to host the event.  Otherwise, we will be renting facilities and informing the membership.  We plan on having the Summer Social sometime in August.  If interested, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

I look forward to seeing you at our next upcoming stated and extra meetings!

Your Humble Servant, L. Kenneth Bray III, WM.

Community Needs Grant Awarded to Off the Streets Lancaster

Last night Lodge No. 43 issued a $1,000 Community Needs Grant to Off the Streets, Lancaster.  We were honored to offer this grant to such a noble and honorable organization. Off the Streets works to get currently homeless people out of shelters and the streets into housing.

More information about Off the Streets can be found on their website, and Facebook page.


If you’d like to help support Off the Streets, you can make a tax deductible donation to the organization, volunteer your time, or donate furniture.  Off the Streets can be found:

Off The Streets – Lancaster PA
601 East Delp Road
Lancaster PA 17601

Message from the East – May 2018

Brethren, Lodge No. 43 is faced with a unique problem.  We have been receiving an overwhelming amount of petitions from men interested in joining this great fraternity.  I would encourage you to please support these men on their Masonic journey by attending our extra meetings.  It would mean a lot to this lodge, to our fraternity, and to these men, to have the doors of Freemasonry thrown wide open to receive them and to be greeted by a large audience of supportive Brothers.

I would also encourage you to make the most of your Masonic journey and pursue the Master Builders, Master Craftsman, or Master Pillar Awards.  These certificate programs are designed to get you involved so that you may experience all Masonry has to offer.  No fathomable value can be placed on such an experience, and I can assure you, you will reap the benefits of your labors.

On a final note, please be sure to support your Lodge and the First Masonic District’s Relay for Life Team, “Freemasons for a Cure”.  The Relay for Life holds a very dear spot in my heart, having lost so many family members to Cancer over the years, and I know I’m not alone.

Please note: Unfortunately we will not be hosting a Benefit Dinner on Sunday, May 6th, due to lack of participation. As mentioned above please support our District’s Relay for Life team, and mark your calendars for Friday, June, 8th through Saturday, June 9th. Come out and join us at the Conestoga Valley high School track as your schedule permits, bring the family for this wonderful FREE event. So much of our charity is done behind closed doors that this is an opportunity for Freemasonry to be on display, please help me make this another successful year.

I look forward to seeing you at our next upcoming stated and extra meetings!

Your Humble Servant, L. Kenneth Bray III, WM.