Saturday, March, 17, 2018 Masonic Cultural Center, Elizabethtown, PA

The 2018 Spring Symposium of the Academy of Masonic Knowledge will be held on Saturday,

March 17th in the Deike Auditorium of the Masonic Cultural Center on the campus of the Masonic

Villages in Elizabethtown. Registration will open at 8:30 AM with the program beginning at 9:30

AM. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please use the link provided at pamasonicacademy.

org or email your name, Lodge number, and home zip-code to:

If you do not have access to email or the internet, please ask your Lodge Secretary to register for

you. All Masons are welcome to attend. Dress is Coat & Tie. Further information is available at:

50 Year Emblem Brother James Youtz

It was an honor to travel March 11th with Brothers, Tom Ranck, Worshipful Master, Earl Graby, Past Master, and Ronnie Smith, Past Master to present a 50 Year Emblem to Brother James Youtz. Brother Jim is a Past Master from 1976. He has provided Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704 with fifty years of service and knowledge. Thank you Brother Jim.

March Stated Meeting Lodge No. 476

The March Stated Meeting of Lamberton Lodge No. 476 was held on March 6th.  We had a great dinner and fellowship prior to the Meeting.  We presented a 50 year emblem of Gold to Brother Thee who is a Member of the Grand Lodge of Iowa. Brother Jack Harley, PM, spoke about Holy Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist and also about Symbolism in Freemasonry.  As the Lodge was opened in the Entered Apprentice Masons Degree, two Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Masons attended.  It was the second meeting for our Fellowcraft Mason, Brother Carlos. 

Lodge No. 43 lecture series

On Saturday, March 3rd, Lodge No. 43 hosted the first in a series of lectures at The Lancaster Masonic Center. Christopher D Rodkey, Ph. D from The Lodge of research discussed Joseph Fort Newton a Mason, minister, and author of the book, “ The Builders.” Jason M Richards from The Masonic Round Table discussed Operative to Speculative, The evolution of the Early Scottish Freemasonry. Jon T Ruark also from The Masonic Round Table discussed The Revelation: A critical analysis of Masonic Demographics. Also in attendance was The District Deputy Grand Master Ronald B. Carson in addition to The Masonic Lite Podcast, Masonic Scarf’s and chocolates from PM Jack Harley.

Writing a blog post

Our First Masonic District website gets a lot of traffic at times – So how should my lodge submit a blog post that can be used on this website? Well, we have addressed a few things here that may help you to write a blog post so everyone in the First Masonic District will be able to see and share your news.

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Upcoming Education Events

There are plenty of upcoming Educational Events occurring in the First Masonic District in the upcoming weeks:

2/20/18: Our friends at the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection are hosting guest speaker, Matthew D. Dupee, and is open to ALL Master Masons: CLICK HERE for more information.


3/3/18: Lodge No. 43 is hosting a Lecture Series with Christopher Rodkey, and Jason Richards and Jon Ruark from the Masonic Roundtable Podcast. CLICK HERE for more information. 


3/17/18:  The PA Academy of Masonic Knowledge will be hosting their Spring 2018 meeting at Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown PA. CLICK HERE for more information.

Relay For Life 2018

It is that time again, the First Masonic District will be participating in the 2018 Relay for Life. This event will take place June 8-9 (beginning Friday at 4 pm until Saturday 4 pm) at the Conestoga Valley High School.  Last year we had a great turnout from Jobs Daughters, as well as members of the First Masonic District.  This year we are looking for active participation from all lodges so that we may have a strong presence at this event.  In lieu of collecting funds for t-shirts, we are asking all lodges to donate directly to the Relay for Life team. For more information click here to contact the event chairman.

CLICK HERE to visit our Team page: Freemasons for a Cure.

Masonic Scholarships

The time of year is upon us again, and that time of year is SCHOLARSHIP TIME!

Did you know the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation publishes a resource guide outlining over three dozen scholarships available in Pennsylvania? They range from scholarships sponsored by particular lodges and appendant bodies to youth groups and bequests / trusts.

Popular Scholarships in the First Masonic District are:

  • The Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation Scholarship
  • The Leon M. Abbott Scholarship of the Scottish Rite
  • Lodge No. 43’s Daryl S. Flinn, PM, Scholarship
  • Ephrata Lodge No. 665, Scholarship Fund and the W. Frank Bolder Memorial Scholarship
  • Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682’s Educational Assistance Fund

These and other scholarships are listed in the guide from many Masonic Lodges, Appendant Bodies, and Youth Groups. To view the resource guide visit:

To access the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundations Scholarship Overview and application processes, visit:

Contact your Lodge’s Representative to the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation if you have further questions.