The Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will have its own Lodge of Research, the first in its history. While Lodges of Research have become relatively common in many jurisdictions, with some having more than one, for some inexplicable reason Pennsylvania, the largest jurisdiction, has never had one.

That will change this year. Pennsylvania Lodge of Research No. 1 will be warranted by the Grand Lodge on Dec. 27. The new Research Lodge will be open to all Master Masons belonging to a lodge in any recognized jurisdiction. Pennsylvania Masons under our Grand Lodge will be regarded as full members and those from other jurisdictions will be associate members.

The Lodge of Research will meet twice a year at different locations within the state. All who join within the Masonic year of 2001 will become charter members. Since a Research Lodge is not a Craft Lodge, even though it is warranted by the Grand Lodge, it does not interfere with, or count as, a dual membership.

The fee for joining will be $50, which will include a member's jewel. Annual dues will be $25. Petitions for membership became available Oct. 15 and may be secured by writing to the Office of Masonic Education, Masonic Temple, One North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.