Message from the East – April

“To be great, truly great, you have to be the kind of person who makes the others around you great” – Mark Twain

Brethren, I would like to thank those of you that came out to the Academy of Masonic Knowledge this month and made it such a great success. As you know, Masonic Education is the cornerstone of this fraternity and my focus on the year ahead. When attending our meetings, take note of the educational flyers that are placed at the Tyler’s station. Our Junior Master of Ceremonies has prepared these flyers to hopefully spark your curiosity in learning more about the lodge and the fraternity at large.

April is another month that is full of Masonic happenings, please make sure you visit our Lodge’s website, as well as the First Masonic District’s website to receive the most up to date information. We are a very fortunate lodge to have so many new petitions and candidates, please support these new members as they go through their Masonic journey. I encourage you to get involved and help support your lodge; you get out of it, what you put into it.

I will be hosting an online discussion about “The Builders” by Joseph Fort Newton, as well as hosting a brief crash course about the Academy of Masonic Knowledge. Stay tuned for an event email that will be circulated about a week before the event for you to sign-up and join in the discussion, or just follow along.

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

Your humble servant,
L. Kenneth Bray III, Worshipful Master

A Message from our Lodge Librarian: 

An inventory of our Masonic library books has recently been completed. There are over 150 books that are overdue, some dating back to as early as 2002, and all years up to the present.

Please check your bookshelves, night stands, etc. for any books that you have completed, and may have overlooked returning. Return them to the Lodge Library at your earliest convenience so others may have an opportunity to enjoy them. Please log them back into the current “sign-out sheet” in the library so I may account for them.

Thank You and continue to enjoy what the Lodge Library has to offer. I look forward to continuing to maintain and grow what is one of the finest Masonic libraries of its kind.

Nat Gilchrist P.M.

Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge – March Symposium

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

GRAND LODGE OF PENNS. MASONIC CHARITIES ANNUAL FALL APPEAL

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

September MESSAGE FROM THE EAST

Brethren, welcome back! I hope everyone had a great summer! I look forward to seeing everyone at our stated meeting on Wednesday September 13th. This meeting we will celebrate our Past Masters, honor our 25-year members, and last but not least vote on whether we will sell on not sell our beloved statue of George Washington. While this meeting is a pretty full agenda it will be easier to hear as our PA system has been installed and works beautifully. Enjoy the rest of your summer and God bless.

Lodge No. 43 Congratulates Brothers

Bro. Joshua D. Parmer, P.M.
Bro. Vincent L. Spadea

For receiving the 33° of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
this summer at the Supreme Council session in Rochester NY.

Bro. Larry A. Derr, DDGM
For his nomination to R.W. Junior Grand Warden.
Please attend his reception at Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682
January 3rd, 2018, 7:00 PM

Bro. Ronald B. Carson, P.M.
District Deputy Elect for the First Masonic District.
Please attend his reception at Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682
January 5th, 2018, 7:00 PM.

Special Meeting Wednesday Aug. 9th

Brethren, I trust you are having an enjoyable summer.  At the request of the District Deputy Grand Master and myself, we will be holding a quick special meeting the evening of Wednesday Aug. 9th, at 7:30 for the purpose of voting on a candidate.  By approval of the District Deputy Grand Master, a prior call-them-all and this email was deemed adequate for due and timely notice.  While this will be a very quick meeting, I encourage you to attend if the summer  break has found you missing lodge. Listed below are a number of reminders and events for the upcoming weeks and months.
Fraternally,

Thomas “TJ” Quinn, WM.