Message from the East – October 2018

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.

Your Humble Servant, L. Kenneth Bray III WM

Lodge No. 43’s Annual Banquet

Members and Guests are cordially invited to:

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 without Reservations

**Please RSVP to the Lodge Secretary no later than October 20, 2018**

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.