Volume LVIOctober 2009Number 3

Eastern Pennsylvania Masonic Family Picnic

Each June for the past 18 years, thousands of Pennsylvania Masons and their families have gathered at Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom for the Eastern Pennsylvania Masonic Family Picnic. Boys and girls from our Masonic Children's Home, as well as members of many Masonic Youth organizations, are sponsored by various lodges throughout this Jurisdiction. The Masonic Picnic at Dorney Park allows the entire Masonic family to join together for a great day of fun, food and fellowship.

Throughout the years, the picnic has been organized by the District Deputy Grand Masters of Masonic District D. While they have arranged the sponsors of the event, the actual reason for the great success of the Masonic Picnic goes to Linda Matthews, wife of Guy T. Matthews, P.D.D.G.M. of Masonic District D. During the last 18 years, Linda has been responsible for the collection of orders, reservations and the distribution of the tickets for the picnic. Without her efforts, the Masonic Picnic at Dorney Park would not be the wonderful Masonic family event into which it has grown.

At this year's picnic on June 13, 2009, more than 500 brethren and their families were present. Bro. David Tansey, District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District D, acknowledged Linda's great contribution to the annual success of the Masonic Family Picnic and made a presentation of appreciation for her outstanding service.

District A Lodges 482 & 487 Come Together

On April 7, for the first time, members of Robert A. Lamberton Lodge No. 487 and Athelstan Lodge No. 482, both of Philadelphia, held a Shadow Lodge for the sole purpose of unity between the two lodges. Both lodges' stated meetings fall on the first Tuesday of the month. Robert A. Lamberton Lodge hosted the meeting in Ionic Hall of the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. Bro. Robert Burns, District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District A, visited for the evening and the guest speaker, John C. Sherwood, gave a talk on developing and keeping memory skills sharp.

This was the second time the two lodges have come together. In November 2008, they held a Table Lodge which was attended by Bro. Robert A. Ciampitti, Sr., then-District Deputy Grand Master. Both events were well attended and the brethren shared wonderful evenings of fellowship.

Members of both District A lodges pose for a picture in Ionic Hall.
Time Found & Restored

At a recent stated meeting of Adelphic Lodge No. 424, Jamestown, Bro. William R. LeBarron, P.M., presented an antique Masonic clock to Worshipful Master Randy L. Kareha, P.M.

Bro. LeBarron found the clock, built in 1862, on eBay, purchased and restored it and donated the treasure to his brothers. It is now the official timepiece of the lodge.

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