The second session of the three-track Pennsylvania Academy of Freemasonry will be conducted at the Masonic Homes and the Masonic Conference Center in Elizabethtown on Saturday, Oct. 14. Again, the Academy will comprise three areas of Masonic education, which will be an Academy for Masonic Knowledge, a School for Ritual, and the Seminar for Wardens (a lodge officers' workshop).
The agendas for the Fall will follow those of the highly successful inaugural sessions in March. Another large turnout is expected for this program, considering the high level of interest and the large attendance at the first sessions. Advance registration is necessary, using the adjoining coupon or responding as indicated in the descriptions of the respective sessions below.
Robert L. Dluge, Jr., R.W. Grand Master, under whose direction the three-track program was developed, reiterated that "...through this training, Pennsylvania Masons will be able to broaden their knowledge of Freemasonry, its origins, history, and ritualistic work and to impart skills and planning information for their lodge leadership."
Two World Renowned Speakers For The Academy of Masonic Knowledge
Two world renowned Masonic speakers one from Canada and one from Israel -- will address The Academy of Masonic Knowledge, which will convene in the Masonic Conference Center on the Patton Campus. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.
Academy Chairman, Thomas W. Jackson, R.W. Past Grand Secretary, noted that due to the tremendous interest displayed by the brethren, all reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Use the adjoining coupon; no phone reservations will be accepted. It is important, Bro. Jackson continued, that all brethren making reservations honor them by attending; or, if a reservation is made and must be canceled, it should be done in advance. In addition to the meeting accommodations, the morning refreshments, and the luncheon arrangements are based on the number of reservations.
One speaker will be Bro. Wallace McLeod, noted Masonic scholar, author, and retired professor of Classical Languages from the Victoria College of the University of Toronto. He also is a Past President of the Philalethes Society and a full member of Quator Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London, the premier research lodge in the world. The second is Bro. Leon Zeldis, also a world renowned Masonic scholar and author. He is a Past Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33º, A.A.S.R. for the State of Israel and a Fellow of the Philalethes Society.
Busy, Informative Day Set For The School For Ritual
After an 8:30 a.m. registration, along with coffee and doughnuts, the School for Ritual will begin a busy day of exemplifying lodge work at 9. Larry A. Buzzard, Director of the Ritualistic Work, has planned a full morning exemplifying the conduct of the business of the lodge, the election and installation of officers, and the examination of a visitor. After the luncheon, a degree team of ritualists will conduct an exemplification of the Master Masons Degree. The session will conclude with a question and answer and discussion period.
Wardens Who Missed March Seminar Urged to Attend Session on Oct. 14
Wardens who were not able to attend the Spring Senior and Junior Wardens training session will want to be sure to attend the second (repeat) session in the Fall. Invitations, along with return sign-up post cards, are being sent from the Office of Masonic Training/Education to those Wardens.
Wives of the Senior and Junior Wardens also are being invited to attend the Masonic Academy. A special program is planned for the ladies. Hotel accommodations will be provided for those who live more than 100 miles, or two hours' drive time, from the Masonic Homes. Wardens are directed to respond by a Sept. 1 deadline, because reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.