Volume LVIMAY/JUNE 2009Number 2

12th Annual "Meeting In The Hills"

On June 26, 2009, the 12th Annual Meeting in the Hills will again be held at a remote wooded location along the Youghiogheny River near Dawson, Pa. A New York strip steak with a baked potato, corn, salad, rolls and beverage will be served beginning at 6 p.m., with a Special Meeting of Marion Lodge No. 562 to follow at 7:30 p.m. Following the meeting, all will enjoy apple pie and ice cream. Tickets are $25.00 each and may be ordered via mail from Bro. Richard E. Bigley, 107 Ashton Drive, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666. Make checks payable to CDS Building Corporation and include a return, self-addressed, stamped envelope. The deadline for ticket orders is June 22, 2009. For additional details, contact Bro. Bigley at (724) 547-2367 or (724) 331-2061.

Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania Announces
the June 2009 Quarterly Communication

The June Quarterly Communication, open to all Master Masons, will be held at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided immediately following the meeting. Masonic dress is required.

From the Northeast Corner

An occasional periodical on Masonic Knowledge published by the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research
Bro. Stephen Gardner, R.W. Grand Master • Bro. Joseph F. Acton, Worshipful Master, 2009

Some of the best sources for Masonic Knowledge are the Masonic Service Association of North America (MSA) and the Masonic Information Center (MIC). MSA regularly puts out a very interesting publication called "The Short Talk Bulletin," first published in 1923, which features an interesting Masonic subject that is informative and applicable to presentation at lodge meetings and other Masonic functions. They also issue a catalog each year which lists those Bulletins, which can be purchased for a nominal cost. MSA also offers brochures, pictures, VHS and DVD video presentations, charts, photographs, digests and an assortment of other helpful items, such as church bulletin covers and handout brochures.

Masonic Service Association & Masonic Information Center
8120 Fenton Street, Suite 203
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4785
(301) 588-4010

The MIC's "Statement of Purpose" is to be a central source of accurate information about Freemasonry. It provides this information to the general public, directly and through national and local media; responds to criticism of the Masonic fraternity; and assists Masonic Grand Lodges and their members in disseminating accurate and authoritative information about Freemasonry within and outside the Craft.

As MSA notes, many Grand Lodges are seeing an upsurge in younger men joining the fraternity, and enthusiastically seeking "Masonic light and knowledge." To help recognize and honor those lodges that are making meaningful efforts in "asserting an energetic identity for Masonic awareness within the lodge and throughout the greater community, consistent with the fraternity's historic focus on education, self-improvement, good works and fellowship," MSA/MIC instituted The Twain Award Program. Bro. Richard E. Fletcher, P.G.M., Executive Secretary of the MIC, states that the center "provides Twain Award competition through its Web site and through numerous publications." As Bro. Fletcher further states, "Lodge by lodge, we see new levels of enthusiasm for communicating the relevance of Freemasonry to members and to our communities. The Twain competition is just one way that our new and veteran members are working together to innovate Masonic education and communication." Further information can be learned by accessing their Web site.

We, as Masons, have each pledged to pursue Masonic knowledge. The Pennsylvania Lodge of Research stands as a fountain of Masonic Knowledge to all who would attend. Any Pennsylvania Freemason, in good standing, may join the Pennsylvania Lodge of Research, and any Freemason, in good standing, may attend any of its meetings. For further information on how you can join or when and where the next meeting will be held, just go to the Grand Lodge Web site and click on the PA Lodge of Research link. You can also contact its Secretary, Bro. James F. Standish, 1 Pierce Court, Glen Mills, PA 19342.

First-Ever Masonic Law Workshop

On Oct. 18, 2008, approximately 350 lodge officers from around the state came to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown for the first-ever Masonic Law Workshop. The program was designed by Grand Lodge's Committee on Masonic Education to help lodge officers understand the complex, and sometimes inconsistent, body of civil and Masonic Law applicable to their operations. Bro. Scott Meyer, Esq., Melita Lodge No. 295, provided information concerning the tax status and governance of the Grand Lodge, its charities and subordinate lodges and Hall Associations. Robin Dobson, Compliance and Risk Officer for the Masonic Villages, described the insurance coverage made available to the lodges through the Grand Lodge and shared many helpful recommendations concerning insurance and risk management for lodges. Then each attendee was provided a remote control device to answer questions concerning Masonic Law in game show fashion with hosts Bros. William L. Kingsbury, Esq., District Deputy Grand Master for District C and S. Eugene Herritt, District Deputy Grand Master for District 3. The results were posted to a large-screen and tabulated for each attendee in real time. Those in attendance reported that it was an exceptionally educational and enjoyable program.

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