Volume LIXNovember 2012Number 4

Grand Master's Message

Dear Brethren:

The lodges are back at work after the summer break. Every lodge should have had an open house and participated in a One Day Masonic Journey. I encourage each blue lodge to obtain the Grand Master's Award for 2012. Also, each lodge should be encouraging and helping our newly-made Masons to achieve the Master Builders Award as described on page 4 of this issue.

I want to thank the brethren who have contributed to our Help for our Heroes program after their lodge meetings. For those brethren who cannot attend lodge regularly and wish to contribute to this worthwhile program, you may do so by sending a check to your lodge secretary designated for the Help for our Heroes.

In November, the Massing of the Colors will again be held at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Please take the time to visit this beautiful tribute to our veterans.

I hope everyone who attended Autumn Day had a great time. I know I did! It was a great day for me to greet so many Masons and their families; please forgive me if I did not remember everybody's name. I would like to thank Bro. Joseph Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Masonic Villages, Beverly Sweigart, Chief Administration Officer, and their staff for all their hard work in organizing this special event. There is no better way to show off our Masonic Village and Pennsylvania Freemasonry.

As we approach the holiday season, let's not forget our brethren and their widows who reside in one of our Masonic Villages or in a private nursing home. Please visit or send them a card during this special time. As Masons, this is not only our duty, but our privilege.

As we move forward, I ask every new Worshipful Master for 2013 to provide the best programs possible for the brethren of your lodge. Locally and collectively, Freemasonry will benefit from your efforts and together, we will become Master Builders - Building for Our Future.

I want to remind everyone that next year, we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our Masonic Children's Home. Let's make this a special time for the children who live there. Also, I invite you to plan to explore Alaska with Nancy and me next summer (see. p. 8 for details).

In closing, Nancy and I wish each of you a Happy Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Jay W. Smith
Right Worshipful Grand Master

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