Recognition of 250 years of Membership

A pleasure and an honor for the Officers, Members, and myself to be present for the recognition of 250 years of Membership in our Masonic Fraternity and service to Ephrata Lodge No. 665. Five 50 Year Members were presented their Emblems of Gold last evening. They appreciated the attendance from their Lodge and the District.

These evenings make me even more proud to be a Mason. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a very memorable evening.











Brother Ronald B. Carson, District Deputy Grand Master of the First Masonic District.

District Deputy’s message April 2, 2018

Brethren and Friends,

I hope this message finds you all well and you all have enjoyed the Holiday with your family and friends.

There has been a lot happening within the First Masonic District and as each week passes, I find myself more and more proud to be a member of this District.  I am looking forward to working together to ensure our Lodges, District, and Fraternity continues to achieve every goal we set out to accomplish.

I would like everyone to take a moment to think about the time and commitment that the Officers and Committees of your Blue Lodge or Appendant Bodies have made to you and your Lodge.  They work very hard to ensure the meetings are successful and enjoyable and that your Lodge continues to grow.  Brethren, their wages are paid by your attendance.  I am asking all of you to put aside an evening or two to join your Brothers at Lodge and support the Officers.  Your Lodge wants your attendance and your Officers deserve it.  Please support them; I am quite sure that you will not be disappointed.

Our Lodges are approved by the Right Worshipful Grand Master to open our Stated Meetings in the Entered Apprentice Masons Degree to allow our Candidates to attend before they become Master Masons.  I am encouraging the Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft Masons to attend the Stated Meetings of their Lodge.  This helps achieve what is most important to all of us, fellowship. The only stipulation is that they cannot vote until they become a Master Mason. Please invite them to your Stated Meeting.

During the past three months, the 10 Worshipful Masters and I have been working on a new advancement program for our Candidates and we will need your help as we move forward with it.  In order for a Candidate to be advanced to the next Degree, they will need to be educated on the Degree and truly understand the Oath and Obligation of a Freemason and appreciate its value.  Degree proficiency and attendance at Mentoring sessions are requirements for advancement.  No candidate will be advanced who have not met the requirements set forth by the Lodge and Mentoring Committee.  Brethren, the main goal is to have our Candidates earn their next degree so that they may better understand how important this great Fraternity is to all of us.  Please contact your mentoring committee for any questions.

A District Mentoring Session has been set up on the Fourth Monday, 7:00 pm, at Manheim Lodge No. 587 in the lower level.  This is the same night as School of Instruction.  Candidates will join us for opening of School and then go downstairs for mentoring in their current degree.  Anyone who may feel like they may have missed something before is more than welcome to join us. This is a great way to get your Candidate to meet other Brethren, learn, and see a different part of Freemasonry.  Please encourage this to your Candidates.  Contact Brother Ivan Arnold, PM, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge, No. 682 for further details.

Enjoy the rest of the Newsletter and look at the upcoming dates and events, you can view and subscribe to the newsletter by clicking here.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at Lodge.

Brother Ron, DDGM 01

Pictured: S. Eugene Herritt, RWGM, Christopher M. Gibson, PM, Ronald B. Carson DDGM 01 at Riverside Lodge No. 503 in Wrightsville, PA.


Extra Meeting of Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551

Extra Meeting of Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551. Brother Howard Sheppard was raised this evening to the degree of a Master Mason. Brother Todd A. Bennicas, Senior Warden of Lodge No. 43 and Assistant Principal of the First Masonic District conferred a fantastic Degree. Brother Larry A. Derr, Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden and first line signer was present for the Degree. Congratulations Brother Howard.

Lodge No. 503 honored by visit from the Right Worshipful Grand Master

Monday, March 19th, Riverside Lodge No. 503 F & AM was honored by a visit from the Right Worshipful Grand Master Eugene Herritt and Officers from The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Also in attendance were the DDGM’s of District 42, DDGM Ronald B. Carson of District 1 and The Worshipful Masters of District 42 and a host of visiting brothers and Past Masters from District 1. Happy Birthday to Brother Chris Gibson too.



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.