Columbia Lodge supports local community projects

Recently the Columbia Masonic Lodge showed their support for the Old Columbia Public Grounds Co by assisting in cleaning up and mulching the shrubbery in the Columbia Park. A long time supporter of the Pubic Grounds Company, Lodge member and Past Master Mark Zeamer organized this event. The Lodge supports the Public Grounds Company and   the Columbia Shade Tree Commission   with an annual contribution

Lodge members ready to go to work

Park project

(l-r) Tom Beaulieu and grandson  Teagan Sheehan, Ray Groff, Marlin Shughart Jr. Glenn Bachert, Andrew Zeamer, Chad Zeamer, Doug Miller, Mark Zeamer (who took the photo)

Columbia Lodge No. 286 meets monthly at the Masonic Temple 25 Cool Creek Road in Wrightsville. Lodge information is available or 468 4741. The Columbia Lodge, constituted in 1854 is associated with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Masonic Bodies and is dedicated to community service by promoting personnel development of the individual


Cocalico Graduate Receives Masonic Scholarship

Miss Megan Glover, Stevens, has been selected to receive a $3,000.00   scholarship from the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. Megan was selected from 199 applicants and is eligible as the granddaughter of Masonic Member James A. Bolander, Jr from Baldwin Township in western Pennsylvania.

Megan will be attending Pennsylvania State   pursuing a major in Chemical Engineering. The Foundation, which is a charitable extension of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Pennsylvania, presented 42 scholarships totaling $142,000 this year to young people with a Masonic relative, or who are members of a Masonic-sponsored youth group.

For further information please contact the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation 717) 367-1536 Presenting the award on behalf of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation was Masonic District Deputy for the Fist Masonic District Larry A. Derr. Along with Worshipful Master Jeff Kauffman.


(l-r)   Kauffman, Glover, Derr

Ashara-Casiphia recognizes outstanding graduates

Mount Joy Masonic Lodge Ashara-Casiphia recognizes outstanding graduates. Zachary Zeamer, Hempfield   and Karlee Farr Donegal were the recipients of the Lodges annual scholarships. Zeamer plans on attending Penn State, Harrisburg and Farr plans on Syracuse University. The award is selected on academic achievements and participation in school activities.


(l-r)Worshipful Master, Jeff Kauffman, Zeamer, Farr, and District Deputy Grand Master Larry Derr

Masonic Camping Club Chapter 96

N C T (National Camping Travelers)

A Masonic Camping Club Chapter 96

Pearl Strickler Secretary

2950 State Rt. 235 Millmont, Pa 17845 Tel 570-922-1310 

May 30, 2013 Brethren, National Camping Travelers, Inc., (NCT) was founded in 1969 at Gettysburg, Pa, by the late Brother Myron Fox (#1C) and twenty-one other Masonic families with the idea that a camping Club for Master Masons and their families would be an added opportunity for fraternal fun and fellowship. Brother Fox’s idea has since spread to most of the continental United States and Canada. NCT is a call to refreshment for those who use travel trailers, campers, motor homes, tents and other recreational equipment to travel, sightsee and have fun while promoting good fellowship, making friends, getting more out of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If you have an interest in camping with Masonic brothers, please contact the secretary (noted above) for a list of activities for this year, and for additional information. Fraternally  NCT Chapter 96

Memorial Day Parade, Mount Joy PA

Lodge’s of the First Masonic District participated in the Memorial Day Parade in Mount Joy on Saturday, May 25.  As part of the First Masonic District’s parade unit, many brothers marched with the Right Worshipful Grand Master and the District Deputy Grand Master. Despite the cooler-than-normal weather, the crowd saw Lodge Officers from the nine Lodges in the First Masonic District and members help represent Pennsylvania freemasonry in this long standing, small town patriotic community parade. Photos courtesy George Sheldon Photography.



Peter Null recognized for half century of Masonic service

Peter Null recognized for half century of Masonic service. At a recent meeting of Columbia Lodge, Larry Derr, District Deputy Grand Master of Pennsylvania recognized Null for his 50 years in Freemasonry by presenting a 50 year emblem of gold   to mark this occasion from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Null served Columbia Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1970 and 1997 and  continues today as a Lodge Trustee.

Very active in other Masonic bodies, he is a member of the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection serving as Secretary for the last 13 years,   member of Harrisburg Consistory, and in 2001 was coroneted a 33° Sovereign Grand Inspectors General.

His other Masonic activities include membership in the Lancaster Royal Arch Chapter, Lancaster Commandery,   First Capital York Rite College, Red Cross of Constantine, High Twelve and Zembo Shrine.

Null and his wife Marlene reside in Mountville.

Officers of Manheim Lodge No. 587

DSC_9947Here is a recent photo of the Officers of manheim Lodge. Photographer unknown. Seated in the front row L to R :  Henry Walker-Sec.,Jeff D. Chambers-S.W.,Dennis A. Weller,P.M.-W.M., Terry Millard,P.M. -J.W., Joel H. Mutschler -Tres.,
Back row L to R : Scott A. Griffith-Pur., Lee E. Barshinger P.M.- Asst.Sec.,Shane B. Penick-J.D., Dennis Marcini-Chap., Ronald D. Baier J.M.C., Kirmit A. Drumheller -S.D.

Official Visit District Deputy Grand Master

DDGM01grp4During the Official Visit, of the District Deputy Grand Master, of the 1st Masonic District, to the Ephrata Lodge No. 665, on February 12, 2013 the RWGM and the living PDDGM’s of the 1st Masonic District were in attendance. This has been the goal of the current DDGM since taking office. What a night for the history of the 1st Masonic District and the DDGM’s that served it.

From left to right is the current DDGM, Larry A. Derr, who took office in 2009, PDDGM, Bro. Charles A. Achey Jr., who served from 1972 to 1977, PDDGM, Bro. Robert S. Conway, who served from 2000 to 2008, and  RWGM and PDDGM, Bro. Jay W. Smith, who served from 1992 to 1999.

It was both an honor and pleasure to have these special Brothers in attendance at this meeting.