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The 2015 New Line of Officers
Worshipful Master-David Gallagher, Senior Warden-Jeffery Yorty, Junior Warden-Jason Martin, Senior Deacon-Kenneth VanFleet, Junior Deacon-Todd Hoak, Senior Master of Ceremonies-Eric VanFleet, Junior Master of Ceremonies-Richard Richards (not shown), Pursuivant-Steve Ravengum, Tyler-Mike Bare, Chaplain-James Blanshine, Treasurer-Jack Harley, PM, Secretary-Randall Kegerise, PM
From the East
Greetings Brethren and guests to Ephrata Lodge No. 665's website. It has been a quite a year thus far and we are only at the beginning of May. We just wrapped up our spring picnic and "Play All Day" fund-raiser at the High Sports complex in Lititz. I would like to thank all the members of Ephrata Lodge who volunteered their time and for all the brethren that attended. Special thanks go out to Brother Jack Harley for planning and managing the effort. Over $1,200 will be donated to the PTSD efforts at the Veterans Hospital.
If you have not been to a meeting or are not a Mason, then you will need to know that we still have plenty exciting events scheduled for the remainder of the year. In addition to our traditional philanthropy in the community we are striving to involve more family and friends in our events outside the stated meetings. To note a few upcoming events: in the month of May we have our Stated Meeting and Table Lodge on May 12th, three brothers will be receiving their 3rd degree on May 14th and 17th, while another three brothers will be receiving their 3rd degree in Lebanon on May 6th conferred by the District Degree Team. On May 23rd, Mount Joy will be holding their annual parade, starting at 1pm. Come out and see and support the Masons representing the South Central Pennsylvania area. In June we will be participating in the "Day in the Park" event hosted by Ephrata-Wellspan Hospital. We will have a booth there and will be performing a ChIP or Childhood Identification event. There will be all sorts of exciting foods and games available to bring the family along to enjoy. More men will be receiving their first degree in June and I look forward to everyone coming out in support of their initiations. The district degree team is also likely to have the 3rd degree held at the old Masonic Hall in down-town Lancaster. If that is the case we might be sending some of our candidates there as it is a Masonic Hall that is rarely used but is a magnificent wonder to see. We also plan to take a chartered bus trip down to Washington D.C. on August 15 to visit the George Washington Memorial and the Holocaust Museum. All are welcome to go and it only costs $35 per person. Last, we have our Lodge in the Woods event scheduled on September 16th. This is a must for any mason to attend. For $30, you get a wonderful steak dinner and get to sit in a lodge that is actually held in the woods at the Camp Mack BoyScout grounds. The Grand Lodge officers will be in attendance as well as all 10 lodges from District One. This is an event that always sells out and tickets are already running out. Please contact the lodge if you are interested in getting a ticket. There are more events scheduled during the year so check out our site often and take a look at our calendar section.
Support For The Dyslexic Center of Lancaster - Pies, Dumplings, and Soup
Brethren, friends, and guests, anybody that is interested in helping with the annual making of soup and dumplings fundraiser to support the Children's Dyslexic Center of Lancaster, please select one of the below dates and times and select submit. The pies will not be made this time around as they are made for the Easter and Thanksgiving holidays, so we only have to fill a short list of time slots. The Children's Dyslexic Center is completely funded by these fundraisers held each year. We would love to have more help than what is needed and remember you do not need to be a Mason in order to help. All are welcome. Note that on 8/8 the activity will be at the E-Town Masonic Homes, otherwise all the other dates will be at the Lancaster Masonic Center. Once you select a date(s) and hit submit, follow the promtps to email the administrator so that we may update our records of your signup. If you do not have access to email, please contact the lodge by leaving a message on the voicemail and we will respond to your request.
Architectural Drawings on Display
Brother Larry Bensing, PM was surprised at the end of the Installation of Officers on December 9th, 2014 by Brother Luke Hample's impressively large, yet beautiful wood work frame that now properly displays Brother Bensing's son's hand drawn images of the Five Orders of Architecture. The drawings have survived in the lodge stairwell for the last 20 years, but are now ready to be elegantly displayed elsewhere in the building to honor the beautifully crafted artwork. When you come to the lodge, take a moment to look at these drawings as they are an excellent display of artwork and we are very proud to have them.
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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