There is no doubt that the second three-track session of the Pennsylvania Academy of Freemasonry was destined to be another historic moment in the vitality of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania and around the world. Weeks before the Saturday, Oct. 14 event, it was obvious from the large number of early reservations that there would be a full house at each of the three presentations: the School for Ritual, the Seminar for Wardens, and the Academy of Masonic Knowledge.
"It is evident that Pennsylvania Masons love Masonic history, tradition, education, and excellence in the degrees," said Robert L. Dluge, Jr., R.W. Grand Master. "When we introduced The Pennsylvania Academy of Freemasonry, we said that Masons will be able
Here is an overview of the scheduled presentations for each of the three sessions:
Academy of Masonic Knowledge: Thomas W. Jackson, R.W. Past Grand Secretary and Chairman of the Academy, said that brethren from throughout Pennsylvania were to hear two outstanding Masonic leaders. Speaking on the general theme of the historic development and geographic spread of Freemasonry were Bro. Wallace McLeod, retired professor of Classical Languages, from the Victoria College of the University of Toronto, Canada, and Bro. Leon Zeldis, Past Sovereign Grand Commander for the Supreme Council, 33º, A.A.S.R., for the State of Israel.
School for Ritual: Larry A. Buzzard, Director of Ritualistic Work, said that a full day of training, exemplification, and discussion was organized for ritualists meeting in the Abraham C. Treichler lodge room at the Masonic Homes. Topics for the morning session were to be concerned with the conduct of the business of the lodge, the election of officers, and the examination of a visitor. After the luncheon, a degree team of ritualists was to exemplify the Master Mason's Degree. Ample time was planned for a discussion and question period at the end of the session.
Seminar for Wardens: The Junior and Senior Wardens' Seminar was designed as a concise, one-day training program that would give the leaders of all lodges in Pennsylvania the opportunity to learn what their jobs entail while progressing through the line and to be able to plan fully for service to the Fraternity. "When they leave the seminar, the wardens will be prepared to be quality leaders of their lodges," said Edward O. Weisser, R.W.P.G.M, Chairman of the Masonic Training and Education Committee.
The agenda began with a discussion of "Values of Masonry," goals of the lodge, and roles of the officers. It continued with suggestions for organizing the talent in a lodge and planning programs for the year as the master. There was a period for listing and defining the operations of the required and optional committees of a lodge and another relative to working with the lodge secretary. A section on protocol defined the guidelines for arranging and conducting various functions, such as a visit by the Grand Master and Grand Lodge officers.
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