The year of 2015 is now here, and we have all made our New Year’s Resolutions. The key will be, can we abide by our Resolutions we have made. Freemasonry is a lot like New Year’s Resolutions; each Lodge starts every New Year with a new group of Officers, to lead their Lodges with new ideas, programs, and activities. It is up to these Officers and other members of our Lodges to do the best job they can to make these ideas, programs, and activities as successful as possible for our respective Lodges. Participation by our Membership is the key element for the success of these ideas, programs, and activities in our Lodges. We as Masonic Members need to remind ourselves that we are about helping and serving others, both Masonic Members and non-Masonic Members alike. Freemasonry has survived for hundreds of years because we care about others and we give of our time and resources to make the world a better place.
Freemasonry has and continues to make a difference in the world by influencing men of all walks of life. The world needs Freemasonry more today than any time in the past, and it is up to the Membership to help make this a continuing goal. The 1st Masonic District of Pennsylvania is a small part of a worldwide organization that strives for the above mentioned goals and we can be proud of its accomplishments.
During the 2014 year the 1st Masonic District held a fund raiser, to raise money for supporting the VA Hospital in Lebanon, Pa. We were proud to donate almost $ 10,000.00 dollars to support the Veterans who so proudly served our country and continue to serve our country.
The 1st Masonic District has many activities planned for the 2015 year and hope our membership will support them. To name just a few; each Lodge will Honor “First Responders” at their April meetings, they will also Honor “ Veterans” at their November meetings. The District will also participate in the Mount Joy Memorial Day Parade, on Saturday May 23, 2015, with the two Grand Lodge Floats, as well as the participation of the Grand Lodge Officers. 2015 will also be the year we celebrate the “LODGE IN THE WOODS” event, Wednesday September 16, 2015, at Camp Mack, to honor our Daniel Carter Beard Award members. The District will again hold their “ONE DAY MASONIC JOURNEY “ on Saturday October 17, 2015, at the Lancaster Masonic Center.
The 1st Masonic District is proud to announce the appointment of a new Principal of the School of Instruction, Bro. Ronald Carson PM of Lamberton Lodge No. 476, a new Assistant Principal, Bro. Jason Martin, JW of Ephrata Lodge No. 665 and a new Assistant Secretary for the School, Bro. Douglas Scheid, Senior Master of Ceremonies of Lodge No. 43. Please congratulate them when you see them. The District would also like to thank Bro. Raymond Greiner, PM of Ephrata Lodge No. 665 for his unselfish dedication, for serving as the Principal of the School of Instruction for the last 8 years. His service will be missed by all. We would also like to sincerely thank Bro. Frank Tunis, PM of Lodge No. 43 for his impeccable work on the District website and his wonderful photographs of different events through the year. It is the work of these individuals that make” Freemasonry” in the 1st Masonic District second to none.
As District Deputy Grand Master of the 1st Masonic District of Pa. I would like thank everyone in the 1st Masonic District and worldwide who serve this “Great Organization” in some form or another. Without your support and dedication Freemasonry would not continue to be the Greatest Organization known to mankind. The world is a “BETTER” place because of FREEMASONRY.
Larry A. Derr
District Deputy Grand Master
1st Masonic District of Pa.