At the Masonic Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Annual Meeting, December 27, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bro. Robert J. Bateman was installed as the Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons of Pennsylvania. During his Inaugural Address, he issued a challenge, that all Lodges in Pennsylvania would honor both “First Responders” and “Veterans” at their meetings in 2014 & 2015. The 1st Masonic District of Pennsylvania decided to take his challenge to a higher level, by holding a Gun Raffle in the 1st Masonic District to support the VA Hospital in Lebanon, Pa. (since it is located in their District.). During the 2014 year all 10 Lodges in the 1st Masonic District worked very hard at making this Fund Raiser a success. By the end of the 2014 year the 1st Masonic District had raised nearly $ 10,000.00 dollars toward that purpose. “Kudos” to all the Officers and Members of the Lodges in the 1st Masonic District for supporting this Fund Raiser and making it a HUGH success for the Veterans.
During the Official Visit of the District Deputy Grand Master, Bro. Larry A. Derr of the 1st Masonic District of Pennsylvania, to Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 226, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania on March 19, 2015, the DDGM presented a check to Mr. Scott W. Harman, Chief of Voluntary Services, of the Lebanon VA Medical Center, with a check from that Fund Raiser.
The 1st Masonic District has also been instrumental in having the Lebanon VA Hospital sponsor a bus to the Eternal Flame Dedication, at Autumn Days, Saturday September 20, 2014, and also with honoring Veterans from the Hospital at the two Lebanon Lodge’s Veterans nights the past two years.
Pictured above in the first row from l to r are; Mr. Scott W. Harmon & Larry A. Derr DDGM, second row; Bro. Clair Knight WM, Columbia Lodge No. 286, Bro. Josh Parmer WM, Lodge No. 43, Bro. Lloyd Hall SW, Charles M. Howell Lodge No. 496, third row; Bro. Gene Geib WM, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Bro. Jeffrey Kauffman WM, Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551, Bro. Terry Millard WM, Manheim Lodge No. 587, forth row; Bro. Earl Graby Jr. PM and Co-Chairman of the Fund Raiser, Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704, Bro. Abram Shaffner WM, Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 226, Bro. Michael Marrone WM, Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704, Bro. Ronald Carson WM, Lamberton Lodge No. 476, and Bro. David Gallagher WM, Ephrata Lodge No. 665.