June Message from the East

Brethren, We have an extremely busy and exciting June on the horizon! Please come out and join the First Masonic District at the Relay For Life located at 2210 Horseshoe Rd., Lancaster PA 17601 at Conestoga Valley High School anytime after 5PM on Friday June 9th to 4PM Saturday June 10th. This event is for the purpose of raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Brother Ken Bray and I will be clocking 50 miles each, and will be running throughout the night. Feel free to stop by in support at anytime of the day or night. June 25th Lodge 43 will be having a picnic at the Wheatland estate home of Bro. and Past Master James Buchanan beginning at 1pm. Tickets are $10 each. Please contact Glenn Knight the lodge Chaplain for tickets. We will be having extra meetings this month on June 8th and June 22nd. The meeting on June 8th falls before our stated meeting and requires a dispensation, which was acquired. I look forward to our stated meeting June 14th please remember to bring nonperishable food items for our food bank collection.


Brethren, I look forward to seeing you at our April stated meeting. Our program this month will be honoring our masonic widows. Please be there to celebrate the ladies who have supported our dearly deceased brethren through out their lives and help to remind these women that they are not forgotten. Our education will be on the history of the Masonic Temple presented by brother Israel Pagan III. We will also continue to talk about possible outcomes for our museum assets. Please note our meal this month will be served at 6:00pm, the Masonic Widows Program will occur at 6:45 pm and is open to the public. This will allow a 7:30 start for our regular meeting. Please remember to bring a nonperishable food item to add to our food bank. I look forward to seeing you all on April 12th for an evening of education, fellowship, and celebration.

Wreath laying ceremony President James Buchanan

Lodge 43 members are cordially invited to the annual wreath laying ceremony at the Woodward Hill Cemetery grave site of United President James Buchanan (1791-1868). Event will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 10 am. There is a Lodge 43 marker at President Buchanan’s grave site. Call 717-392-3375 for more information.

Message from The East March 2017

Brethren, there is a large amount of information in this notice, and the year is beginning to fill up with many exciting events. Please take the time to read the notice thoroughly. I look forward to seeing you at our March stated meeting. Our program for the evening will be an intriguing account of freemasonry around the world from Brother David Newall of Ephrata Lodge and the education will cover the 7 Liberal Arts. Please remember to bring a nonperishable food item to add to our food bank. Ladies night this year will be held at the escape room in Lancaster on Friday March 24th. Reservations are limited and cost $20 per person. Please see brother Junior Warden for details and reservations. Brethren do you now of a masonic widow? We will be honoring masonic widows in the month of April and are looking for names and contact information of women who have supported our dearly departed brothers. I look forward to seeing you all on March 8th for an evening of education and fellowship.

Family Picnic June 25, 2017 Wheatland

First District Brothers; June 1863

The Confederate Army of General Robert E. Lee is fast approaching Wrightsville, intent upon claiming Lancaster County as a spoil of war. All available militia units have repaired to the banks of the Susquehanna where they stand to repel the invasion. There are no soldiers left to guard the residence of our late President, the Honorable Worshipful Brother James Buchanan, PM.

Lodge No 43, Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, will hold an unofficial meeting (and family picnic) on the grounds of Wheatland, the home of Worshipful Brother Buchanan at the corner of President and Marietta Avenues west of Lancaster City where we will stand guard over our Past Master and Past District Deputy Grand Master.

To Arms
Sunday, June 25th, Two Thousand Seventeen
From One until Five O’clock
Near the Carriage House on the grounds of Wheatland
Family and friends are welcome.
Cost $10 per person.
(Under 12, free) (Masonic Widows, free)
(50 year Masons, free) (Civil War veterans, free)

Please RSVP with payment to: Glenn Knight  141 S. Spruce St.  Lititz, PA 17543

Or email Glenn@4merMarine.com prior to June 10th

Make Checks Payable to: Lodge No. 43, F&AM


Brethren, I look forward to seeing you at our next stated meeting as we welcome Brother Larry A. Derr our District Deputy Grand Master along with Worshipful Masters of the first masonic district. The program will be honoring our 50, 60, and 70-year emblem of gold recipients. This year we have four 70 year members; simply unbelievable. Join me in celebrating these men who have given so many years to our fraternity. Please remember to bring a non-perishable food item to add to our food bank. Lodge No. 43 along with the rest of the lodges in district one will be donating our food bank to a local organization in June and December. Brethren, do you know of a Masonic widow? We will be honoring Masonic widows in the month of April and are looking for names and contact information of women who have supported our dearly departed brothers. Would you like to get more involved in the fraternity? We are currently looking for anyone who is available to assist the lodge with funeral services, committees of inquiry, mentoring, and guiding. Please be sure to contact our lodge secretary or sign up for your interest at the next stated meeting. I look forward to seeing you all on February 8th for an evening of celebration, education, and fellowship.