Lodge No. 476 honors 50 60 year members

On February 6th, Lamberton Lodge No. 476 held their Stated Meeting. Lamberton was honored by First official visit from our new DDGM Ronald B. Carson, The Worshipful Masters of The First Masonic District, 50 Year recipients,  Past DDGM Noble J. Johnson, and Past Master from other Districts. To top it off, a surprise gift was given to Past Master Jason Hoover from his family.

Years of Service Recipients

70 Year – James N. Hillegrasse

Raised:  April 9th 1948

60 Years – Harry T. Aichele

Raised:  March 3rd 1958

60 Years – Glenn A. Huber

Raised:  January 9th 1959

50 Years – Thomas B. Trayer

Raised:  January 9th 1969

60 Years – George C Xakellis, SR

Raised:  September 5th 1968

First Masonic District member awarded Masonic Scholar Award

First Masonic District member, Brian J. Wagner, was recently awarded his Masonic Scholar Award through the Academy of Masonic Knowledge by submitting his final Masonic Article suitable for publication. Bro. Wagner’s article was published in none other than The Journal of the Masonic Society’s, winter 2017 issue. His article was titled “The Masonic Knights Templar. Regalia History, Part One”, and will be continued in a future issue.

If you like to learn more about the Academy of Masonic Knowledge, visit: http://pamasonicacademy.org/

Their next meeting will be held on March 17th, 2018, at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown PA

If you’d like to learn more about The Masonic Society, you can visit them at: https://themasonicsociety.com/

Appendant Bodies Fundraising events

Please support our Appendant Bodies in their fundraising endeavors and events. Below you will find information and links!

Children’s Dyslexia Center Pie Sale
Print and complete the order form and mail to Children’s Dyslexia Center, 213 W. Chestnut St. Lancaster PA 17603. Information and order form can be found here: http://childrensdyslexiacenteroflancaster.org/

Tall Cedars Sub Sale
Find information on how to order and pick up your subs on February 6th, here:

Tall Cedars Master Mason Seafood Night
STAG EVENT. Master Masons and Tall Cedars only. Join us for fun, frolic, fellowship and some seafood. Social Hour 530pm Dinner 630 PM. Cost $28 Dress is casual. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call Ralph “Butch” Ella Jr. 717-665-7789 by Feb 24th
Or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1998303523576919/

Dodgeball for Dyslexia

Dodgeball for Dyslexia is a dodgeball tournament that has been driven for the purposes of raising as much money as possible for the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, which is the State Charity for Pennsylvania DeMolay. Dodgeball for Dyslexia was founded by Brother Evan Crawford from Elizabethtown Chapter, who has now passed the duties of planning this tournament to me, Kody Anderson, a 2017 Past Master Councilor of Elizabethtown Chapter.

Save the date: Dodgeball for Dyslexia will be held on May 12, 2018. The tournament will be at the Spooky Nook Sports complex in Manheim, PA.

2018 will be the fourth consecutive year for this tournament. In 2017, we raised over $3,000 for the Dyslexia Centers, and we plan to raise even more for 2018! Each and every year, the Dodgeball for Dyslexia tournament has been increasing in participation, with teams coming from all over Pennsylvania and even Virginia. We have had 13 teams in 2017, which consisted of many DeMolay chapters and even members from various Masonic Bodies.

We invite anyone who is willing to play dodgeball to make a team and help support and raise money for the Dyslexia Centers. All the money that is donated by teams will go to the Dyslexia Center nearest to them, so grab six to ten of your best players and come out to raise money, and have fun while doing it! The overall winning team wil take home the coveted Travelling Gold Dodgeball and have their name engraved on the trophy stand. The team that raises the most money for the Dyslexia Centers will win the Silver Dodgeball; and the team showing the most spirit will be awarded the Bronze Dodgeball. Along with the registration fee, we encourage all teams to raise and donate money to the Dyslexia Centers. We will distribute the funds you raise to the Center you designate or the one that is nearest your location.

In order to participate, each team will have a minimum registration fee of $75. The earlier you register, the less the fee. This enables us to secure the necessary referees, the required medical personnel and order sufficient commemorative shirts. Our goal is to have all teams registered by March 1st. Here are the dates and the registration fees.

By March 1st, $75

March 2nd – March 15th, $100

March 16th – April 1st, $125.

April 2nd – April 15th, $150

The absolute deadline to register a team is April 15th!

There are two ways to register: You can fill out the form and send it to our email at:


as an attachment, or you can fill out the form and mail it straight to us at Elizabethtown DeMolay, 1244 Bainbridge Road, Elizabethtown PA 17022. Please contact us by via email to request a registration packet or by phoning 727 514 2462.

Remember: Making a team makes a difference, so come out and play dodgeball to raise money all for a great cause!

Upcoming Secretary Seminar and Officer Workshops

Reminder and registration links for the upcoming Secretary Seminar and Officer Workshops coming up.
Secretary Seminar
Officer Training Workshop
Descriptions of both events can be found in the links.

January 16, 2018 Extra Meeting

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 an Extra Meeting of Ashara-Casiphia Lodge was held for conferring one Entered Apprentice Masons Degree.  The meeting was well attended and everyone was excited about the evening.  It was a great night and the new Entered Apprentice Mason is looking forward learning and starting his journey as a Freemason.  We can now call him Brother.  Continue to support your Lodge and new candidates during all of your extra meetings.

Brother Ronald B. Carson, DDGM



Link to event page

Come join Lodge No. 43, Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania for an afternoon of Masonic Lectures, held Saturday March 3rd, 2018 from 12:30-5:00 PM, at the Lancaster Masonic Center.

NO COST, however contributions are accepted at the event to help fund further events.

RSVP: Seating is limited. Please Reserve Seats through Eventbrite.

Presenters and Topics:

Christopher D. Rodkey, Ph. D:
“Joseph Fort Newton: Minister, Mason, and author of ‘The Builders'”

Jason M. Richards:
“Operative to Speculative, the Evolution of Early Scottish Freemasonry”

Jon T. Ruark:
“The Revelation: A Critital Analysis of Masonic Demographics”


This event is OPEN to Masons and NON Masons alike.
Dress is casual.
Off street parking is limited. Paid parking ramp 1/2 block away. See map.

Support for annual Spring Pie Sale on March 28th, 2018

January, 2018 

Mr. Ron Carson, DDGM & 1st Masonic District Grand Lodges 

Dear Mr. Carson: 

The Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc. have taken the lead nationally in tutoring children with dyslexia at no cost to their parents.  This is a tremendous benefit to both the children and their families who come from every ethnic and socioeconomic background. We do this important work in 45 centers in 13 states and underwrite the program entirely through donation. 

Since opening in 2002, over 175 children have received services.  We have certified nearly 50 tutors in the Orton-Gillingham Method.  At present, the Center in Lancaster is serving 27 children and will being training 4 new teachers soon. This past September, the Center began a program to certify 6 teachers in the Advanced Training Program. Instruction is individualized and one-on-one, a program of far greater intensity than can be offered within the public schools.   As the children gain the skills to overcome their reading roadblocks their self-esteem is restored and they can succeed in a regular classroom setting. It costs us between $5,000 and $6,000 per child, per year, to provide this service.

As part of our effort to continue this important work, the Children’s Dyslexia Center plans to have its annual Spring Pie Sale on March 28th of this year, and again in the fall for the holidays. This event is intended to raise funds to sustain the tutoring program and to raise awareness in the community of the problems children with dyslexia encounter.  Greater awareness means more children can be diagnosed and treated. With your help the Center will continue to reach out to more and more children in need of our services.

We ask your lodge to consider a sponsorship of our pie sales. We are offering you three levels at which to participate:  

    Platinum-$1000          Gold -$500       or    Silver-$250.                                                         

The name of your lodge and level will be printed on labels affixed to each pie box amounting to between 4500 and 5000 pies sold in Lancaster County.  You will also receive a plaque to display at your lodge that shows your participation in our program. Your pledge can be paid in full now, or be divided into two equal parts; half payable in the spring of 2018 and half payable in the fall of 2018.

Any inquiries concerning the Pie Sale should be directed to Brother Willis Hackman, at 717.940.9309.

The Masons and their affiliates are a giving organization.  We hope you will consider supporting our children with dyslexia and the Children’s Dyslexia Center.


Heather Hinkel, Director