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Almost everything has changed in nearly 100 years since the National League of Masonic Clubs, Inc. was formed, but their purpose and objectives are still the same. Representing Masonic clubs of all types throughout the United States, the League is a charitable organization of Freemasons that encourages the study of the fundamental principles and ideals of Americanism as laid down by the founding fathers of the republic, many of whom were Master Masons. It fosters a strict adherence to the duties of Masonry, obedience to Masonic principles of conduct, and the propagation of universal brotherhood, promoting closer fraternal and social ties among affiliated Masonic clubs and individual Masons.

The need for the Masonic club was first suggested in December 1901. By Apr. 3, 1902, the Masonic Temple Club of Syracuse was formed. Three years later, other Masonic clubs from New York met and formed the National League of Masonic Clubs and the first national convention was held in Syracuse in 1906. Since then, conventions have been held in most all of the large cities of the United States. The next national convention will be in Lancaster, PA, hosted by the current National President, Jack Schofield of York.

At its 23rd convention, "The Cherry Blossom Plan" was approved, setting forth three objectives: To express esteem for George Washington, the man and Mason; to give employment to many crippled soldiers of World War I; and to raise funds for scholarships. Today, it supports and assists worthy youth organizations in sponsoring a character-building program that succeeding generations may become inspired with the American way of life and protect and defend it honorably. It offers scholarships to worthy children and grandchildren of Masons. At its 20th national convention in 1926, the League agreed to establish a fund of $250,000 to endow scholarships.

For information on membership or activities, contact Jack Schofield, President, at 310 Starview Dr., York, PA 17402, or click on http://www.hometown.aol.com/JSchofi863.

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