Brethren, by order of the RWGM, all Masonic Activities are postponed until June 1, 2020.
Help us spread the word and bring awareness to the importance of staying home to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We’re encouraging all Masons to update their social media profiles, displaying their support.
In light of the current pandemic, Masonic meetings are taking place virtually across the district! The silver lining to the “stay at home” orders is the quick adaptation of digital meetings, and the use of social media channels to keep members engaged.
The DDGM, Worshipful Masters, Secretaries, and Support Team held a virtual meeting to discuss the current state of affairs and to brainstorm on how to better communicate in the future.
While this is a learning experience for all involved, the Masonic fraternity will prevail and these new advances in communication will only better serve the craft!
Congratulations to the First Masonic District’s February Mason of the Month:
Brother Steven K. Dochter, PM
Brother Dochter was nominated by Worshipful Brother Steven E. Hambleton (Charles M. Howell Lodge No. 496), who had this to say about our February Mason of the Month:
“Brother Dochter is always stepping up to help mentor brother no matter what time of day or night. His willingness to perform a Funeral Service at the last minute to give our deceased brother the proper send off all should receive…”
DDGM, Brother Ronald B. Carson adds, “Congratulations Brother Steve! Your commitments to your Family, Lodge, and our Craft are admired by all. You are a great Mentor, Ritualist, and most importantly, a wonderful friend and Brother. I am proud to know you wish you only the best. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.
By the way, Brother Steve has memorized a poem about Mason’s meeting on the Square. He is reciting the poem at our Official Visits and I would encourage you to listen to it. Please come out and listen to the powerful poem. This is just another example of Brother Steve’s love and commitment shines on our Fraternity.”
On behalf of WM Hambleton and the First Masonic District, we want to again congratulate and say, “Well done Brother Steve!”
Brethren, the Right Worshipful Grand Master has issued the following statement. Please be aware that ALL Masonic Activities are suspended until May 1, 2020. It is important, at this time, to remember this is a precautionary measure being taken by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to safeguard the well-being of all Masons, their families and loved ones, and the community at large.
We just signed up for a really important event, and we’d love it if you’d join us or help us reach our fundraising goal! It’s Relay For Life of Lancaster County, and it takes place on 06/12/2020.
What is Relay for Life? It’s the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society with over 4 million people in over 20 countries participating. We come together to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, remember those we’ve lost, and honor those who are currently fighting cancer.
Your donations help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, prevention and treatment, and crucial patient care programs.
Please consider joining Freemasons for a Cure or making a donation. https://mobileacs.org/37uk18I
This month’s latest magazine release has been distributed to the members, and select Grand Lodge Officers. We feature our latest “Mason of the Month”, as well as announcing upcoming events and the District Deputy’s message!
We are proud of this issue and hope you’ll enjoy it too!
This year the First Masonic District has implemented a new program, “Mason of the Month”, which highlights the achievements of a select few members from our district. Each “Mason of the Month” is nominated by their peers in Freemasonry.
This month [January] we are happy to announce that Brother Tyler Barto, Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551 has been nominated for recognition by RW Brother Larry Derr. On behalf of the entire district, we congratulate Brother Barto on his achievements and for all he has done for Freemasonry.
Mason of the Month is sponsored by Masonic Scarves [www.MasonicScarves.com].
This year we are kicking things off with the updated release of F1RST! F1RST was developed as a district-wide magazine back in May 2019. We wanted to put a new spin on the traditional old newsletter format. We hope you’ll agree this new look will bring the First Masonic District into the newest century.
We are excited to share with you all the latest updates from within the district, not just from our lodges, but also our Masonic Youth groups, Member contributions, appendant bodies, and more!