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by Donald L. Albert, R.W. Grand Secretary

Brethren:

It is important that you are informed of the progress of the information services provided by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. We hope that you will appreciate that progress in streamlining and modernizing the way that we do business.

The main phase of the portal for our lodge secretaries is now completed. The feedback received from our secretaries has been very favorable. A lodge secretary can now input members' names and addresses on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. What I am saying is that with our new system, lodge secretaries can manage their lodge tasks to their own schedule. Approximately 70 percent of our lodge secretaries are currently on line using our system. Our records indicate that each business day, two additional lodge secretaries come on board our system.

We are currently adding your Blue Lodge officers to the membership program, which will enable them to assist in the planning of your lodge activities.

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is recruiting brethren to assist in some of our computerization projects. We are fortunate and very grateful for those who have contributed; however, we need your enthusiasm and ideas to help us accomplish our goals. This can be very exciting for someone who enjoys the challenges of the information service technology. Volunteers will need only to contribute a few hours a month. Just think of the experience you will be receiving and how you will benefit Freemasonry!

If you are a past master of your lodge, or have prior experience as a lodge secretary, own a personal computer, have e-mail access, and have the following skills, you would be an ideal candidate:

divUnderstanding of Masonic law

divWritten & verbal communications

divWord processing & spreadsheets

divHyperlink & web page formatting

If you are interested, please provide your name, address and telephone number to our offices using the following e-mail address: volunteer@pagrandlodge.org.

I look forward to hearing from our brethren who can make this endeavor a successful one.

Thank you and I hope you have a safe and happy Summer.

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