Welcome to the First Masonic District of Pennsylvania’s website. The website contains information about all Ten Lodges of the First Masonic District, as well as information about the District activities, current events, business directory, and a number of other headings, including how you can join the Masonic Organization. I hope everyone who refers to this site finds it informative and enjoyable to visit.
2015 was a memorable year for the First Masonic District in many ways; to name just a few, the District held a District Degree Team conferral of the Third Degree on ten candidates, simultaneously, and in full Masonic Fashion, at Lodge No. 43’s “Old Lodge Room” 8 East King Street, Lancaster, Pa., also the “One Day Masonic Journey” on Saturday October 19, 2015, was conducted with all participants receiving their degrees simultaneously at one time, and in full Masonic Fashion. The District participated in the Annual Mount Joy Memorial Day Parade with 50 Brothers participating in the parade as well as the Grand Lodge Floats in their full splendor. The District again `had a very successful fund raiser, with the money being donated to the Lancaster Dyslexia Learning Center. The “Lodge In The Woods” event was held September 16, 2015, at the Camp Mack Scout Reserve, which was attended by the Grand Lodge Officers, over three hundred and fifty Brothers from many areas of the state and outside of the state, with the ten Worshipful Masters of the District serving as the Officers for the event.
The 1st Masonic District is planning a very active year for 2016 with the following activities on the agenda; there will be a District Wide “Open Table Lodge Event” the date and location to be determined, a District Degree Team conferral of degrees, the Annual Mount Joy Memorial Day Parade participation, Open Houses for the Lodges, Veterans Appreciation Night in November by the Lodges, and the Open Installation of Officers in all Lodges in December.
The School of Instruction of the 1st Masonic District will be changing their location and time of their meetings for the 2016 year. The School will start meeting at Manheim Lodge No. 587, 30 South Linden Street, Manheim, Pa. 17545. All meetings will be the Fourth Monday of each month except June, July, November, and December. There are four other additional meetings; Saturday January 9, 2016 (Officers Workshop) 8:00 a.m. to 12:00, Monday March 7, 2016 7:00 p.m. (District Degree Team), Saturday April 9, 2016 (Regional School) Lebanon Masonic Center 8:00 a.m., Monday October 3, 2016 7:00 p.m. (Business of the Lodge) and Monday November 7, 2016 (Open Installation of Officers). The 1st Masonic District is proud to boast that over 600 Brothers attended the School during each of the last three years. Lodge No. 43 was the proud winner of the “Participation Trophy” for 2015.
The New Right Worshipful Grand Master, Bro. Raymond Dietz has laid out his plans and initiatives at the Grand Lodge Annual in Pittsburgh, Pa. They include, reestablishing the Masonic Values, Enhancing the Outreach Programs, establishing an Alomar Fund for each Lodge, for helping individuals of their respective Lodges, supporting the Raise the Reader Program, establishing a Traveling Gavel in each Region of the state, creating a new Masonic Brand, and establishing state wide One Day Masonic Journeys to be held on October 29, 2016.
The Ten Lodges of the District have installed their new Officers and are preparing for the upcoming year. Each Lodge has an active list of activities they will be engaging in throughout the 2016 year. These activities can only be successful with the participation of the Members of their Lodges. I urge each member of each Lodge to support and attend your Lodge’s activities, to make these programs a big success. Masonry has succeeded through all these years with great success by going “Hand in Hand in Unanimity”.
As District Deputy Grand Master of the 1st Masonic District I look forward to another very successful year for the 1st Masonic District, with the support of all the Members of the Lodges in the 1st Masonic District, and Masonic Members everywhere. God Bless the United States and God Bless this Great Organization we call Freemasonry.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
Larry A. Derr
District Deputy Grand Master
1st Masonic District