A Message from the Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43
The Candidate Mentoring Program is really showing success. I have had some pleasant interactions with our Candidates, Newly Raised Members and Brothers transferring from other Lodges. It is very satisfying to discuss and listen to their different perspectives on Freemasonry, Lodge experience, and just life. For those who are not aware, Candidates are still required to learn their Oaths and Obligations for the Degrees. They now have additional requirements they must complete. Some of these requirements are: attending Fellowship Events, attending a Youth Group Meeting, attending a Stated Meeting, and to serve as a Greeter for a Meeting.
Lodge No. 43 is experiencing an upswing in Visitation and Membership Transfers. We have had a good number of Brothers from other Jurisdictions who have approached us for Transfer. It is very nice to meet these Brothers, not to mention to have them ask to transfer to our Lodge. We should all be proud to have Brethren who are seeking to join us, and we should all make an effort to welcome these Brothers to our Lodge.
Washington Lodge No. 156 History:
At the Stated Meeting of Lodge No. 43 on January 14, 1818, a Petition was presented from a number of Brethren, requesting Lodge No. 43 to recommend their application for a Warrant to the Grand Lodge. Their desire was to form a new Lodge at Chestnut Level, Drumore Township, Lancaster County. The request was granted and the Grand Lodge issued the Charter in the name of Washington Lodge No. 156. A number of Members of Lodge No. 43 withdrew for the purpose of forming this new Lodge. The Warrant was granted on February 2, 1818 and Brother George White was named as the first Worshipful Master. Unfortunately, Brother White died before his first meeting and Brother Jacob Moore took his place as the first Worshipful Master. Washington Lodge was Constituted on May 8, 1818 and organized at the Public House of Philip Housekeeper of Chestnut Level, Drumore, PA. Washington Lodge moved to several locations in Drumore before finally moving to Quarryville in 1895 with the first meeting taking place on July 5.
The Intention of the Merger of Washington Lodge No.156 to Lodge No. 43 was announced at our February Stated Meeting. The Lodge will have a discussion, motion, and vote on the Intention of this Merger at our March Stated Meeting. If the vote is favorable, it will be put in the April notice for a motion and final Vote at the April Stated Meeting. I feel this Merger, if successful, will bring additional strength and continued success to Lodge No. 43. I am excited at the possibility of having our Brothers come home to Lodge No. 43 after 202 years.
Paul M. Allen, WM Lodge No. 43 F.&A.M.
The statue of the Masonic Worshipful Master was carved in 1996 during Nat Gilchrist P.M. year as Worshipful Master. The intent was to have it passed each year to the incoming Master to enjoy in his home for the his year, then pass it on. Years of travel hasn’t taken its toll on him too badly, although his gavel has since broken off.