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

Brethren,
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:

https://pmyf.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/msrg2018.pdf

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

https://pmyf.org/scholarships/program/

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

 

 

 

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:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lancaster-tall-cedars-sub-sale-tickets-41298176959


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:

etowndodgeball@gmail.com

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