The new year of 2014 has come upon all of us very quick, and with the new year, we have several changes in the 1st masonic District to announce. First and foremost we would like to welcome the three New Lodges that have joined the 1st Masonic District; Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 226, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 and Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704. The 1st Masonic District would also like to wish the two Lodges that moved from the 1st District, Washington Lodge No. 156 and Christiana Lodge No. 417, to the 5th Masonic District, continued success and good fortune. The 1st Masonic District now consist of 10 Lodges; Lodge No. 43, of Lancaster, Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 226 of Lebanon, Columbia Lodge No. 286, of Columbia, Lamberton Lodge No. 476, of Lancaster, Charles M. Howell Lodge No. 496, of Millersville, Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551, of Mount Joy, Manheim Lodge No. 587, of Manheim, Ephrata Lodge No. 665, of Ephrata, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, of Elizabethtown, and Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704, of Lebanon. The District also saw the appointment of a new Regional Instructor, Bro. Paul Sutcliffe, P.M. of Lodge No. 43 and member of Columbia Lodge No. 286. Other changes include a new District Blood Drive Chairman, Bro. Ivan Arnold, P.M. of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, and two new Blood Drive Assistants, Bro. Frank Roschel, member of Charles M. Howell Lodge No. 496, and Bro. Brad Alexander Member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 and Lamberton Lodge No. 476. The new District Masonic Education Chairman is Bro. Steven Dochter, P.M. of Charles M. Howell Lodge No. 496. The 1st Masonic District School of Instruction would also like to welcome two new Assistant Principals; Bro. Ronald Carson, W.M. of Lamberton Lodge No. 476, and Bro. Clair Knight, S.W. Columbia Lodge No. 286. The District would also like to recognize their Webmaster Bro. Frank L. Tunis, P.M. of Lodge No. 43. Congratulations to all from the 1st Masonic District Lodges and Members.
The 1st Masonic District has many events planned for the new year, and just to mention a few; the District will again be participating in the Mount Joy Memorial Day Parade on Saturday may 24, 2014, with the Grand Lodge Floats and the Officers of the Lodges, two District wide Blood Drives to be held on Saturday May 14, 2014 and Saturday November 8, 2014, District wide Open Houses of all the Lodges, Saturday August 16, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., a One Day Masonic Class, on Saturday October 18, 2014, and the Open Meeting Of Installation of Officers for all the Lodge in December.
Masonry has withstood the test of time and has proven that Great things do last. The 1st Masonic District continues to work hard to preserve this Great Organization both for ourselves and for future generations. The Lodges, Officers and Members of the Lodges have it with in their power to reinforce Masonry and keep it on the path of success.
As District deputy Grand Master of the 1st Masonic District, I am blessed with many over achievers and hardworking Brothers who see the merit of striving to strengthen and preserve this fraternal order we call Freemasonry. I am looking forward to a very successful and rewarding year for the 1st Masonic District of Pa. and Freemasonry in general everywhere.
Fraternally & Sincerely
Larry A. Derr
District Deputy Grand Master
!st Masonic District of Pa.