|Volume LV||November 2008||Number 4|
A History of Making a Difference
Benjamin Franklin joined the Masonic fraternity at the age of 25 and spent most of his life establishing the foundations of our country: diplomatic policies, constitutional laws, many inventions we still use today and the concepts of a library and volunteer fire company. He was also a writer and philosopher as well as a benevolent human being.
It is easy to understand why such a man could influence members of the oldest lodge in Pennsylvania, Lodge No. 2 in Philadelphia, more than 275 years later.
"We like to look back to the charity of our founding fathers - at a time before we were a nation - and Benjamin Franklin, who at age 25, took money out of his own pocket to give to others," Bro. Lawrence Hubert, Jr., W.M., Lodge No. 2, said. "Ben Franklin found a way. We always try to find ways to help the community. We want to contribute to making the world a better place and leave a good legacy."
Among the lodge's charitable initiatives, which benefit its members and the community at large, are supporting the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia and the Masonic Villages, participating in the Charity Mini Grand Prix to benefit the Masonic Children's Home, working with appendant Masonic organizations and youth groups and volunteering with local Adopt-a-School and drug awareness programs.
Lodge No. 2, with 212 members, was one of several contributors to the restoration of a Steinway grand piano at the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill (see story on p. 33). With several of their members residing at the Masonic Village, it was a great way to directly support their fellow brothers and the Masonic Charities.
"Our goal is to make specific initiatives and use our philanthropy well," Bro. Hubert said. "By creating many different efforts, our members enthusiastically find ways to become active in whatever way they're capable. We have a strong motivation to be part of the fraternity's foundation of making good men better."
December Quarterly Communication
of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania
To the Members of the Grand Lodge:
You are hereby requested to attend the December Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to be held at 10:00 o'clock, a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 at the Masonic Temple, 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.
By Order of the R.W. Grand Master.
Mark A. Haines R.W. Grand Secretary
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