|Volume LIII||November 2006||Number 4|
District 42 Applauded for Membership & Charity Efforts
Of the more than 2,300 Masons in the 42nd Masonic District, less than 1/10 of 1 percent remain with dues unpaid, which is a great improvement over prior years. Hats off to Friendship Lodge No. 649, Shrewsbury Lodge No. 423, Good Samaritan Lodge No. 336 and Hebron Lodge No. 465 for net increases in membership so far in 2006!
Since membership retention often is based on how brethren perceive the value of their membership and their personal connections with their lodge brothers, perhaps District 42 has been successful due to their active social calendar!
In May, nearly 100 brethren marched in the 139th Memorial Day Parade in Gettysburg, Pa., followed by refreshments at the home of James R. Eisenhart, District Deputy Grand Master.
On July 15, more than 275 officers, members and guests of Red Lion Lodge No. 649, including R.W. Grand Master Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., and many other Grand Lodge officers and their ladies, celebrated the lodge's 100th Anniversary at the York Expo Center with a Table Lodge ritual.
On August 5, members of District 42 and their ladies, along with the R.W. Deputy Grand Master of Maryland, Bro. John R. "Jack" Biggs, and his lady, enjoyed dancing, refreshments and wine tasting at Bro. Richard Naylor's vineyard in Stewartstown, Pa.
Throughout the summer, many of the lodges held golf tournaments, road rallies, chicken BBQs and white elephant auctions, raising more than $25,000 for various charities or scholarships.
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