Volume LIVMay 2007Number 2

New Kite & Key Lodge No. 811 F.&A.M. Constituted

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master, and the Grand Lodge Officers held a Special Communication in Egyptian Hall at the Masonic Temple, Allentown. The purpose of the Communication was to constitute Kite & Key Lodge No. 811, the first lodge to be constituted in almost 29 years, and to install the officers.

The Kite & Key Lodge represents a historic event in our Grand Lodge, as it is the first Traditional Observance Lodge to be instituted in Pennsylvania. The Charter Members of the lodge have been meeting for the last eight months to become familiar with the philosophy and procedure of this European Concept lodge. Among the charter members are Grand Master Aungst and Ralph Slider, District Deputy Grand Master for District 10.

A large turnout witnessed the ancient ceremony, administered by the Grand Officers. The warrant officers are Aaron R. White, W.M.; Mark E. Bober, S.W.; James E. Green, J.W.; Daniel E. Tarafas, Treasurer, and Charles S. Canning, Secretary. The new lodge was dedicated with the traditional blessing of corn, wine and oil.

Traditional Observance lodges are similar to European Concept lodges in that they incorporate higher dues; festive boards, called Agape; and strict dress codes - all members will meet in tails. There is also a higher standard of ritual. The thrust of the initiation is to develop knowledgeable and proficient members before advancing. But the real difference is in the initiatic elements, with a Chamber of Reflection prior to the first degree, and the presentation of papers. The process of advancement likely will be longer.

The lodge will be limited to 50 members. Business of the lodge will be minimal. The atmosphere of the lodge will be for serious reflection and enlightenment. The presentation of papers is an essential aspect and promotes continued study of our Masonic lessons. Topics of a more esoteric nature will be the focus of discussion at dinner, which also is held with ceremony.

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