Volume LVMay 2008Number 2

The Unity Gavel: Where is it Now?

As of April 19, the Unity Gavel had traveled 5,377 miles to visit 79 lodge functions, including 66 stated meetings, three special meetings and one extra meeting, as well as two training sessions, four banquets and three Schools of Instruction. As of that date, the Unity Gavel was held by 2,999 brethren.

At each function, the Worshipful Master has an opportunity to share comments about his lodge's experience and reactions to the sharing of the Unity Gavel. Here are a few of their comments: "It was a great pleasure to be able to use the gavel to Open and close our stated meeting. The gavel was constructed well and the box was a mark of excellent craftsmanship. I am truly proud and grateful." - Randy L. Richards, W.M., Knapp Lodge No. 462, Berwick

"It was indeed a pleasure for George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531 to have their turn with the Unity Gavel. My brothers and the 13 Past Masters who attended spoke highly of the experience. I also was extremely proud to use the gavel to close. [It was] one of the many outstanding experiences that I have enjoyed through my association with Freemasonry. Thank you." - Lynn A. Sheehan, S.W.

"The warmth and unity that came with this honor helped to melt the ice on the roads and warm the hearts of our brethren on this night. This was a wonderful idea." - Jeffrey D. Burman, W.M., Freedom Lodge No. 328, Thompson

"It was a privilege to be able to allow Bro. Ira Reynolds, 106 years old, to be the first member of our lodge to hold it. This gavel was something very special to be a part of, and it was an honor to be allowed to close with it." - Barney B. Wilkins, W.M., Canawacta Lodge No. 360, Susquehanna

"I was truly honored to be able to Open and close my first meeting in the East with the Unity Gavel. We will now be traveling 'in spirit' to the remaining lodges of the state." - James E. Benedict, W.M., Wyoming Lodge No. 468

On Jan. 22, Ralph H. Slider, Sr., District Deputy Grand Master for District 10 (front row, second from right), made his first official visit of the year to Lehigh Lodge No. 326, Macungie. The Unity Gavel was shared within the lodge that night. Pictured with Bro. Slider are, front row, left-right: Bros. Earl C. Schmoyer, Secretary; Donald H. Masters, District Deputy Grand Master for District 9; Jason C. Fogel, W.M.; and Kenneth M. Hohe, Treasurer. In the second and third rows are Worshipful Masters and Wardens of the 10th Masonic District.

Schedule for the Travel of the Unity Box and Gavel

January 3 - Open & Close Dist. 9 No. 152
January 7 - Open & Close Dist. 7 No. 62
January 8 - Open Dist. 9 No. 283, Close Dist. 9 No. 396
January 9 - Open & Close Dist. 9 No. 637
January 10 - Open Dist. 50 No. 413, Close Dist. 50 No. 311
January 11 - Open & Close Dist. 10 No. 720
January 14 - Open & Close Dist. 50 No. 622
January 15 - Open & Close Dist. 9 No. 567
January 16 - Open & Close Dist. 9 No. 648
January 17 - Open Dist. 10 No. 561, Close Dist. 10 No. 440
January 18 - Open & Close Dist. 59 No. 468
January 19 - Open & Close Dist. 7 No. 377
January 21 - Open & Close Dist. 7 No. 660
January 22 - Open & Close Dist. 10 No. 326
January 23 - Open & Close Dist. 10 No. 811
January 24 - Open & Close Dist. 7 No. 479
February 1 - Open & Close Dist. 15 No. 328
February 4 - Open Dist. 15 No. 248, Close Dist. 15 No. 360
February 5 - Open & Close Dist. 45 No. 327
February 7 - Open & Close Dist. 45 No. 621
February 11 - Open Dist. 15 No. 341, Close Dist. 12 No. 442
February 12 - Open Dist. 12 No. 474, Close Dist. 15 No. 338
February 13 - Open Dist. 15 No. 240, Close Dist. 12 No. 395
February 14 - Open Dist. 12 No. 541, Close Dist. 15 No. 445
February 15 - Open & Close Dist. 16 No. 418
February 16 - Open & Close Dist. 16 No. 471
February 18 - Open & Close Dist. 16 No. 618
February 19 - Open & Close Dist. 16 No. 415
February 20 - Open & Close Dist. 16 No. 108
February 21 - Open & Close Dist. 16 School
February 22 - Open & Close Dist. 16 No. 70
February 23 - Open & Close Dist. 16 No. 163
February 25 - Open & Close Dist. 50 School
February 27 - Open & Close Dist. 50 No. 628
March 3 - Open Dist. 12 No. 61, Close Dist. 12 No. 531
March 4 - Open Dist. 12 No. 655, Close Dist. 35 No. 349
March 5 - Open & Close Dist. 35 No. 462
March 6 - Open & Close Dist. 12 No. 763
March 10 - Open Dist. 59 No. 579, Close Dist. 59 No. 664
March 11 - Open & Close Dist. 46 No. 702
March 12 - Open & Close Dist. 45 No. 242
March 13 - Open & Close Dist. 45 No. 677
March 14 - Open & Close Dist. 13 No. 597
March 15 - 150th Anniversary Banquet Dist. 17 No. 317
March 17 - Open & Close Dist. 35 No. 265
March 18 - Open & Close Dist. 35 No. 224
March 29 - Region No. 7 School Dist. 10 In Charge
April 1 - Open Dist. 59 No. 301, Close Dist. 14 No. 542
April 2 - Open & Close Dist. 14 No. 249
April 3 - Open & Close Dist. 14 No. 218
April 4 - Open & Close Dist. 14 No. 466
April 7 - Open & Close Dist. 35 No. 354
April 8 - Open Dist. 13 No. 588, Close Dist. 59 No. 233
April 9 - Open & Close Dist. 50 No. 780
April 10 - Open & Close Dist. 17 No. 421
April 14 - Open Dist. 14 No. 330, Close Dist. 13 No. 345
April 15 - Open Dist. 10 No. 673, Close Dist. 10 No. 792
April 16 - Open & Close Dist. 14 No. 344
April 19 - 150th Anniversary Banquet Dist. 10 No. 326
May 1 - Open Dist. 59 No. 499, Close Dist. 13 No. 291
May 5 - Open Dist. 13 No. 339, Close Dist. 13 No. 584
May 6 - Open Dist. 13 No. 323, Close Dist. 13 No. 523
May 8 - Open & Close Dist. 59 No. 504
May 12 - Open & Close Dist. 45 No. 467
May 13 - Open Dist. 16 No. 263, Close Dist. 16 No. 306
May 14 - Open Dist. 22 No. 342, Close Dist. 22 No. 388
May 15 - Open & Close Dist. 17 No. 373
May 19 - Open Dist. 46 No. 370, Close Dist. 46 No. 619
May 20 - Open & Close Dist. 15 No. 438
May 21 - Open & Close Dist. 12 No. 332
May 28 - Open & Close Dist. 12 No. 474
June 2 - Open Dist. 18 No. 106, Close Dist. 46 No. 256
June 3 - Open Dist. 46 No. 22, Close Dist. 18 No. 401
June 5 - Open & Close Dist. 18 No. 229
June 9 - Open & Close Dist. 18 No. 707
June 10 - Open Dist. 46 No. 144, Close Dist. 35 No. 460
June 12 - Open Dist. 18 No. 335, Close Dist. 18 No. 199
June 13 - Open & Close Dist. 46 No. 194
June 16 - Open Dist. 18 No. 755, Close Dist. 46 No. 404
June 17 - Open & Close Dist. 45 No. 611
June 18 - Open & Close Dist. 45 No. 238
June 20-21 - Grand Lodge Quarterly Communication
Aug 8 - Open & Close Dist. 15 No. 472
Aug 16 - 150th Anniversary Banquet Dist. 23 No. 316
Sept 1 - Open & Close Dist. 17 No. 247
Sept 2 - Open Dist. 18 No. 397, Close Dist. 18 No. 232
Sept 3 - Open Dist. 17 No. 602, Close Dist. 17 No. 556
Sept 4 - Open & Close Dist. 17 No. 351
Sept 9 - Open & Close Dist. 10 No. 469
Sept 11 - Open Dist. 22 No. 334, Close Dist. 22 No. 598
Sept 15 - Open & Close Dist. 17 No. 350
Sept 16 - Open & Close Dist. 17 No. 477
Sept 17 - Open & Close Dist. 22 No. 580

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