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Brethren, as April approaches an end, I’d like to keep you informed about some upcoming events:
Saturday, April 21st, we will be hosting our Spring Blood Drive, beginning at 7 AM at the Lancaster Masonic Center. This event concludes at 12 NOON, please come out and support the Children’s Dyslexia Learning Center of Lancaster. $10 is donated to the Learning Center for every unit collected. A Valid form of ID is required in order to donate blood. For more information, please visit: http://www.masonicblooddrive.org/
Thursday, April 26, beginning at 7 PM we will be holding an Extra Meeting for the conferral of three degrees, a meal will be provided at this meeting at no cost, please come out and support these candidates on their Masonic Journey.
Saturday, April 28th, is the James Buchana Celebration at the Woodward Hill Cemetary, please arrive at 9:45 AM to collect an apron. Support our first ever District Deputy by helping us honor his life.
Saturday, April 28th, is also the Bridging the Gap dinner, held at the John Wright Restuarant in Wrightsville – this event is sponsored by the First and 42nd Masonic Districts.
Sunday, April 29th, at 2 PM I will be hosting an online discussion and book review of “The Builders” by Joseph Fort Newton and will be discussing how you can get involved in the Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge and the basics to get you started. Please check the digital events notice in your email inbox for details.
Friday, May 4th, we will be hosting a First Friday event at the Lancaster Masonic Center, beginning at 6 PM.
Saturday, May 5th, we will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Open House with Lamberton Lodge No. 476 at the Lancaster Masonic Center. The pancake breakfast begins at 7 AM, the cost is $5 per person, $3 for children 4 and under.
Congratulations to Past Master TJ Quinn for all of his efforts to claim the traveling gavel. Also a very special “Thank You” to DDGM Ronald B. Carson for presenting the gavel at our Stated Meeting. Such a wonderful night of fellowship! Thank you to all the members, and guests, for making tonight a very special and memorable evening.
Prior to the 4/11/18 Stated Meeting L. Kenneth Bray III, Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43 and Brother Vince Spadea presented a check to Maryanne O’Neill. Mrs O’Neill is the program coordinator of Safe Families for Children, a part of Bethany Christian Services. The check was for $1000 called a Community Needs Grant from our Lodge charity fund.
Brother, you may have received a phone call about the upcoming Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge symposium this Saturday, March 17, 2018. As you may have discovered, I am extremely passionate about Masonic Education. I encourage all Masons to get the most value from their membership be taking advantage of these educational opportunities. The Academy meetings are held in our backyard at the Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown, PA. We are very fortunate to have these meetings so close to home, as I have heard some brethren travel 2-3 hours just to attend these events. Please make every opportunity not to miss out on what promises to be an educational and informative event. More on the event speakers can be found: http://pamasonicacademy.org/meetings/
The program will begin at 9:30 am however, registration starts at 8:30 am and all Masons are encouraged to attend. Please be sure to fill out an online registration form: http://pamasonicacademy.org/symposium-registration/
A lunch (requested contribution of $10) will be served at noon and the program will be completed by 3:00 p.m. All Masons are welcome to attend. The dress is coat and tie. Please recognize that a cost is incurred to the program for your registration. If you pre-register and subsequently determine that you will be unable to attend, please have the Masonic courtesy to cancel your reservation by the same method and providing the same information.
It’s with our support that makes these opportunities available for years to come, so please come out and support this wonderful educational event.
Your humble servant, Worshipful Master L. Kenneth Bray III