It is with great honor that I accept the position as the 142nd Thrice Potent Master of the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection and I thank you for putting your trust in me to SERVE and lead such an amazing organization. While going through the chairs of the LOP I have come to learn that as a Scottish Rite Mason our NUMBER ONE PRIORITY is to care for our members and to help teach Children how to overcome dyslexia.The funds we raise through our 2 pie sales, soup and apple dumpling sales as well as our participation in the Children’s Dyslexia Center Walk enables our Valley to provide financial support to the Learning Center. Your continued support will assure its success.
Do you know a brother who is going through some rough times and needs some encouragement? Go to the Supreme Council Website, www.scottishritenmj.org, click on Brother to Brother, complete the form and Supreme Council will send a card offering get well greetings or words of encouragement from our Sovereign Grand Commander. This is just one of the ways we show that we care for our members.
Another TOP PRIORITY we have is to keep our membership strong by seeking out new prospects. On Saturday, October 29th there will be a very unique opportunity to advance a Master Mason or a newly raised Master Mason from that morning’s Man to Mason Class, to become a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in a few short hours, at a very low cost. It is of the utmost importance that we get as many new members as possible. The future of our LOP and other Scottish Rite Bodies is in our hands as our numbers are steadily declining.
The officers of the LOP are working hard to make this day a success but we need your help more than ever. So, it’s up to you to participate in our rituals and programs to replenish our membership in this one day class. Lets not pretend the responsibility lies elsewhere. We have been given the tools to change the lives of others. We just need to use them.
Dennis D. O’Connor
Thrice Potent Master
ONE DAY BLUE LODGE AND SCOTTISH RITE JOURNEY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016 HARRISBURG OR READING CONSISTORY
The morning session beginning at 7:45 am thru 11:50 am is dedicated to the Blue Lodge conferrals of the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason degrees. Lunch is served at noon followed by the opportunity to continue the Masonic Journey in the afternoon to become a 32 Scottish Rite Mason.
The opportunity to advance From EA, FC, and MM to become a 32 Scottish Rite Mason in one single day is a unique experience for newly made Masons. It is also an opportunity for those who paused in their Masonic Journey as 14 Grand Elect Masons to continue their progression to complete the requirements of becoming a 32Åã Scottish Rite Mason.
There are 4,800 Master Masons in the Valley of Lancaster of which almost all of the 1,550 have completed the requirements to be a 32 Scottish Rite Mason. Ten Percent of the 1,550 are 14 Grand Elect Masons who have not completed their journey to become a 32 Scottish Rite Mason. So the challenge is before every Master Mason to identify and invite men to join our fraternity. The times have changed from traditional progressive steps in the past. We must respond to the times making adjustments to our past practices. And there is no better time than NOW to show how we can grow our fraternity with men of all ages by inviting them to join our organization.
The task is upon us to identify and invite new members to the fraternity. Each Blue Lodge has its own fee schedule however huge savings can be achieved in our Scottish Rite Offer to eliminate fees for joining the Scottish Rite. The cost to join Scottish Rite in the Valley of Lancaster is $60.00 for Lodge of Perfection and either $41.00 for Harrisburg Consistory or $52.00 for Reading Consistory. Contact the Valley of Lancaster Secretary for a petition and get started today in our search for new members.
Send Petitions to: Bruce H. Jackson, 33° P.T.P.M., Secretary
DINNER RESERVATIONS & MENU
We will continue to use the process of offering members who attend regularly to place their name on a STANDING LIST that assures them a reservation without calling the Secretary. However, if your name is on the Standing List, please call the Secretary to cancel a meal if you are unable to attend. For those Brethren who choose to make an occasional or irregular meal reservation please contact the secretary III. Bruce H. Jackson, by 5:00 pm the night before a stated meeting. 717-327-9909.
The Executive Team has decided to make another Dinner Change. Effective with the September Dinner meals will be provided by Enck’s Catering. The menu will now include 2 hot entrees, 2 hot vegetables, cold salads, pickles tray, fruit, assorted selections to complement the meal, roll, butter and beverage.
SCOTTISH RITE DAY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Valleys and State Councils of Deliberation from both the Northern and Southern Masonic Jurisdictions will come together to celebrate the Scottish Rite. It is the first time the fraternity has held such a nationwide day of honor.
Supreme Council is asking all Valleys in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction to commemorate the day. Our hope is that you see it as a chance to plan a fun, memorable occasion that reaches out to and connects with members old and new. Contact any officer with your ideas as the planning stages have just begun. Ladies, children, relatives, neighbors, work associates and friends are welcome to participate.
COME OUT AND JOIN YOUR FELLOW BRETHREN FOR A DAY OF CELEBRATION.
Bring your lady, children, family members, co workers, friends and neighbors. Take a tour of the building, stop by the Children’s Dyslexia Center, visit the museum, Blue and Red Rooms, stop on the second floor to see characters in full dress costumes who will illustrate our ritual, see videos of Masonry in Action, and join us for lunch…all FREE.
Contact any officer to make a reservation…don’t delay…call today.
THE JOHN KASSEES, PM MEMORIAL BUILDING FUND – Our Building Fund was established to seek the monetary support of Local Lodges so The Masonic Center of Lancaster County could address some major maintenance and repair needs at the center. We are now expanding the drive to the members of the appendant bodies in District 1. Your contribution to the fund is appreciated so the Masonic Center can continue to serve the needs of Masonic Organizations in District 1 for many years to come. We are two-thirds of the way to our “unofficial” goal. We are hoping that your contribution will help push us over the top. If you have any questions about our building fund drive please don’t hesitate to call me at 717-669-0952. There is still time to get your name on The New Legacy Wall in The Masonic Center of Lancaster County. Legacy Donors of a $1000.00 or more will headline the wall. All donations will be accepted! Those who came before us did their part for us, now it is our time to do our part to preserve The Masonic Center of Lancaster County for future generations.
Vince Spadea, Chairman of the John Kassees, PM Memorial building Fund
Make checks payable to: The John Kassees, PM Memorial Building Fund mail to: 213 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
SCOTTISH RITE DAY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, valleys and State Councils of Deliberation from both the Northern and Southern Masonic Jurisdictions will come together to celebrate the Scottish Rite. It is the first time the fraternity has held such a nationwide day of honor. Supreme Council is asking all valleys in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction to commemorate the day. Our hope is that you see it as a chance to plan a fun, memorable occasion that reaches out to and connects with members old and new. Contact any officer with your ideas as the planning stages have just begun. Ladies, children, relatives, neighbors, work associates and friends are welcome to participate. Complete details of these events will be published in the May – June and September – October Bulletins.
SPRING AND FALL REUNION NEWS
The Right Worshipful Grand Master of Pennsylvania has declared October 29, 2016 to be the date for a State Wide Masonic Journey. The One Day Masonic Journeys provide an opportunity for new members to join the fraternity in a single day conferral of the first, second and third degrees. These events are scheduled to take place at 13 of the 16 Scottish Rite facilities beginning in the morning and concluding by noon. The newly made Master Masons will be eligible to join the Scottish Rite in an afternoon session beginning at 1:00 pm and concluding at 4:30 pm. The degrees will be conferred using a series of 5 DVD’s thereby conforming to the Book End Concept and consistent in all consistories. The usual and customary Membership & Initiation Fees for Scottish Rite will be waived so the new petitioner will only pay the annual dues to the Lodge of Perfection and Consistory of his choice. Upon completion of the afternoon program those in attendance will be honored as 32 Scottish Rite Masons. The Valley of Lancaster members should look upon this opportunity to generate new petitions for our Valley. The candidates will have the option of attending either Harrisburg or Reading Consistories.