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The 2015 Recognition of First Responders
From the East
Greetings Brethren and guests to Ephrata Lodge No. 665's website. It has been a quite a year thus far. We are a busy group. Two of the most rewarding honors to being Worshipful Master of Ephrata Lodge is honoring our First Responders (image above) at our September meeting, and handing out our annual Scholarship awards at our June meeting to worthy students from our community. We had close to 20 First Responders present and one of the best presentations regarding who the First Responders are was delivered by Brother William L. "Bill" Harvey, the Chief of the Ephrata Police Department. In June we awarded $6,000 in scholarships ~ $1,000 each to six inspiring young men and women.
We still have plenty more events upcoming for the remainder of the year. For the remainder of September we have the Ephrata parade in which the lodge will be participating. I am especially looking forward to seeing how our float turns out for that event. We also have our Lodge in the Woods event on September 16th which is always a great night of fellowship under the stars. If you don't have a ticket yet, there are a few left and I highly encourage you to attend. Held every other year, it is a fantastic and memorable night of Masonry. Our next stated meeting will be on October 13th. In October we have our annual banquet and there will be a One-Day Class for new members to receive their degrees. I and many others are also looking forward to our ladies night we have planned for in December. Another positive side-note, we are busy with degree work. We continue to bring in petitions this year which means our line of officers are able to perform the wonderful ritual work. Come on out on one of our degree nights if you can. Degree nights are usually held the Thursday after our stated meetings and sometimes the Tuesday after our stated meetings. We have an excellent ritual team that performs fantastic work. Last, we also have 2 ChIP events coming up. The first will be during the Ephrata Fair and our Open House event on 9/26, and the other will be at the Holy Trinity Church in Ephrata on 10/17. There is so much going on for the remainder of the year so come on out to support the lodge and the community. Check out the calendar for dates and times.
From the West
Brethren, we have 9 blood drives this year at multiple locations. If you are able to donate blood, please select one of the valid dates below so that I may contact you for a time to register. Regarding the "Change For the Troops" program, we have over $700,000 in donations simply from your pocket change. Please continue to be generous with your spare change that goes to this great cause. The basket to make any donations will always be on the table right outside the lodge room as you enter.
We have also had a wonderful start this year with getting new brethren into the lodge. That means we are busy with our "work". I invite all our members and any Master Masons to come out and see the excellent degree work we enjoy so much delivering. If you haven't seen a degree in a while, I highly encourage you to come out to support the lodge and the new brother in the lodge. The ritual work our great fraternity performs has such wonderful meanings behind it and if taken to heart will truly change how you live your lives. So come out and enjoy the brotherhood. See you at the next event.
Blood Drives for 2015
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