New Ballroom

The new ballroom, now being constructed north of the Masonic Temple Building where the parking lots were located between the McKee Building and the Masonic Temple, will seat 1,200 persons for programs or 750 in a dining setting. For multiple, simultaneous activities, the room will have sound-proof partitions that will allow it to be divided into three smaller rooms with individual access doors to each. Additionally, one of the rooms also will be capable of being split into two rooms. Grand Lodge, several Masonic and Eastern Star groups, Job's Daughters, and Rainbow for Girls, already have reserved dates for special events in 2001. The Elizabethtown Area High School has reserved the room for its 2001 and 2002 proms.

"Previously, we have had to cancel some resident programs based on the space available; with this ballroom, we will enjoy the opportunity to accommodate the creativity of our residents, staff, and Masonic and community groups who are important to us, for major meetings," said Bro. Joseph E. Murphy, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Masonic Homes.

The Committee on Masonic Homes decided to recognize Bro. Jay G. Brossman, Ephrata Lodge No. 665, for his continual support of the Masonic Homes by naming the ballroom in his honor.

"The main reason I support the Masonic Homes is because they do such a good job. It does my heart good to see everyone enjoying the pool," Bro. Brossman said. (He contributed the swimming pool in 1999.) "The main thing on earth is to live a good life and to do good things for mankind and other people. I feel the Masonic Homes will make good use of it and it will be enjoyed for life," he said in reference to the new ballroom, which he was surprised to learn will bear his name.


At the construction site for the Brossman Ballroom are (clockwise): Bro. Richard Spieth, President, Masonic Health Care Center Resident Council; Bro. Joseph E. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer for the Masonic Homes; Gregory Scott, Partner, Reese, Lower, Patrick & Scott; Bro. William Herd, President, Independent Living Community Resident Council; Robert L. Dluge, Jr., R.W. Grand Master; Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr., R. W. Deputy Grand Master and Chairman, Building and Grounds Subcommittee; Bro. Arthur Linington, President, Residential & Assisted Living Resident Council; Bro. Richard Emrey, President, Independent Living Resident Council; Bro. William C. Davis, Jr., Chief Operating Officer for the Masonic Homes; and Bro. Ralph Simpson, Vice President, Warfel Construction.