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With the permission and encouragement of the Grand Lodge and of our District Deputy Grand Master, I am happy to announce that we are planning to have a Stated Meeting at the Lodge on Thursday evening October 1 at 7:30. There will be no dinner before the meeting, due to Covid restrictions. Originally, a noted Masonic speaker, Brother Glenn Kurzenknabe, had been planning to present a program about “Brother Harry Truman”; unfortunately, however, that program has been cancelled due to the pandemic. It will likely be rescheduled for some time next year, when it is safer for Glenn to travel to our Lodge.
Instead, we will continue with the local history theme that we have our enjoyed at our last several Zoom meetings. The program for the evening will be entitled “What do Duke Basketball, the Lion Theater, WSBA Radio and Red Lion Lodge have in common?”
We are planning to ballot on four applicants for membership at the meeting. It is very encouraging to see that interest in our Fraternity continues, despite the limitations that current circumstances have imposed on most of our regular activities. We also have scheduled an Entered Apprentice Degree on Thursday October 15.
We will also be honored to welcome Brother District Deputy Grand Master Darrin Catts as our guest for the evening.
In order to keep us safe during our meetings, Grand Lodge has provided extensive guidelines regarding social distancing, masks, care of regalia and ritual items, as well as modifications of the Lodge Room layout and the ritual. Masks (covering both mouth and nose) must be worn at all times in the Lodge building, unless you are eating or drinking. Grand Lodge also requires that all persons attending any activity in our Lodge building must sign a waiver releasing the Lodge from liability from Covid-related issues.
Covid restrictions require that we maintain a period of one week between each use of the Lodge Room. In order to comply with that regulation, we will need to schedule our practices and Degrees on Thursday evenings for the time being. We understand that this may cause some inconvenience, but ask that you participate with us to the extent that your schedules permit.
I know that, despite our adaptations, and for a variety of legitimate reasons, some of our Brothers will initially prefer not to join us in person for Lodge activities. That is very understandable and acceptable. Please keep in touch, and be with us in spirit. (Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have approval to record or livestream tiled meetings online.)
Our Charity Golf Outing a few weeks ago was very successful. Understandably, we didn’t have quite as many participants as in recent years, but we were very pleased with the turnout and the support, especially during these challenging times. Mother Nature provided us with perfect weather: sunshine, clear skies and a gentle breeze. Thanks to all who organized the event, to all who helped on game day, and to all who supported our endeavors. The money raised at this annual event provides the bulk of the funds that support our charity projects, including, notably, our scholarship program.
District School of Instruction will resume at the York Masonic Center (with all appropriate Covid precautions) on Monday evening October 5. All Master Masons are welcome to attend. It is especially important that officers of the Lodge make a special effort to be present.
Finally, an important reminder: If anyone is in need of assistance with shopping, transportation, or other logistical issues, please contact any of the officers or Bro. Rodney Ream. If anyone is in need of financial assistance, please contact our Almoner (Bro. John Sharp PM) or me. We do have some funds available that we can use to assist with bill payments, and the like.
Grand Lodge continues to work closely with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to keep us up to date and safe. Adjustments in the regulations and recommendations may be necessary going forward, depending on the course of the virus. We will do our very best to stay flexible and compliant.
I hope to see many of you on October 1st. Meanwhile, please stay well and keep in touch!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Sam Laucks, W.M.
September 28, 2020