All Ten Lodges in the 1st Masonic District, will be collecting non-perishable food for their Local Food Bank during 2017. They will be collecting for June and for December. Please bring your donation to each meeting of your Lodge. It is a small way we can give back to our communities.
As I prepare to step down as District Deputy Grand Master of the 1st Masonic District, I would like to take a moment to reflect back on some of the many accomplishments of the District. The 1st Masonic District was very proud to have donated over $ 20,000.00 dollars over the years, to the Lancaster Dyslexia Learning Center, through Blood Drives and various fund raisers. During the 100th year celebration of the Masonic Villages the District and Lodges contributed over $ 24,000.00 dollars to this milestone. Lebanon VA Hospital was the recipient of $ 10,000.00 dollars from a District Fund Raiser. The first District Website was established firstmasonic.org The School of Instruction established a “Participation Trophy” for the Lodge with the best attendance each year. The School has eclipsed the 600 member attendance each year for the last 5 years. The School also relocated where they met to Manheim Lodge No. 587, which is central to all Lodges in the District. The “Worshipful Master” of the year award called the Lloyd N. Hall Trophy was established and presented each year. The “Lodge in the Woods” event was started and has been a huge success each time it has been held with the proceeds this past year going to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. The District Degree Team has conferred degrees on numerous candidates, over the last 5 years, with each candidate in full dress and full participation. The District Degree Team also presented the Right Worshipful Grand Master’s Veteran’s Program the last two years to all the Lodges in the District. The Lodges held Open Houses each year, with many Lodges holding them jointly. Activities included Youth Group games, Fire and Rescue, Police, Blood Drives, cookouts, and Car Shows. The 1st Masonic District Directory was established with every organization represented, with schedules, Officers, and contact information reproduced each year. Table Lodges were held in each Lodge, the last 4 years, with visiting Lodges acting as host, allowing all the members of the Lodge to participate in their Table Lodge. The District Has participated in the Mount Joy Memorial Day Parade the last 6 years with the Grand Lodge Floats, and usually winning awards. Two years in a row the District has held a District Car Show at the Masonic Villages, with proceeds going to the Youth Groups, Lancaster Dyslexia Learning Center, and the Masonic Villages.
With the participation of the Officers and Members of all the Lodges, not one event planned, ever failed. To that end, I say thank you to each and every one for your participation and hard work. The 1st Masonic District can be very proud of what they have accomplished.
To Brother Ronald B. Carson, the new District Deputy Grand Master of the 1st Masonic District, I wish you the best, I personally know you will do a terrific job. We still have a lot to accomplish in this District and in Masonry in general. With the type of support I have seen over the last 9 years I know we can continue to move forward. I will never forget my years as District Deputy Grand Master of the 1st Masonic District. Again thank you for your support and dedication
Larry A. Derr
District Deputy Grand Master
1st Masonic District of Pa.