Masonic Seminars

Seminars

Each year, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania holds several leadership training seminars and ritual instruction across the Commonwealth at locations convenient to the Brethren. These sessions cover a wide variety of topics, including leadership, Lodge management, Ritual instruction, Masonic education, membership tips and more.

2020 Secretary and Treasurer Training Seminars

The Grand Lodge of PA recognizes the need for convenient training in the use of the online membership system. This has become even more important with the recently expanded functionality that supports officers at the Lodge, District, and Grand Lodge levels, as well as individual members. The once-per-year Secretary seminars that were held in only four locations have therefore been transitioned to local training throughout the state conducted by IT Specialists.

The IT Specialist Program consists of a corps of experts who have been recruited at the state, region, and district levels to provide training and support to all officers in the fraternity. The Director of IT Specialists and the Regional IT Specialists are working with District Deputy Grand Masters to schedule training sessions in your area. Please contact your DDGM for information about local training sessions.

2020 Lodge Officers Training Workshops and Mentor Program

Lodge Officer Training Workshops for 2020 (previously known as Wardens Seminars) are listed to the right. Workshops are only open to Sr. and Jr. Wardens; Sr. and Jr. Deacons; Mentor Chairmen; DDGM’s; and District Education Chairmen – all listed here are invited and encouraged to attend.

You may attend the workshop of your choice, but the Education Committee must be notified as to which particular location you will commit to attend through the registration links on this page.

Registration for each workshop closes one week prior to the session.

Sessions are held on Saturday from 9AM until 3PM with lunch at 12 Noon. Check-in begins at 8:30AM. Coffee and pastries are served prior to the session. Business casual dress is acceptable.

Late registrations cannot be accepted, and “walk-ins” will not be admitted as space is limited.

No email or telephone registrations will be accepted.

Please make sure your on-line only reservation is received no later than the appropriate closing date.

Reserve your seat early!

Region 3
February 1, 2020
Altoona Masonic Hall
600 Jackson Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602
Register Online

Region 6
February 8, 2020
Muncy Lodge No. 299
28 Brummer Pond Road, Muncy, PA 17756
Register Online

Region 4
February 15, 2020
Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center
3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Register Online

Region 5
February 22, 2020
Grove City Masonic Hall
1340 W. Main Street, Grove City, PA 16127
Register Online

Region 1
March 7, 2020
Masonic Village-Lafayette Hill
801 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
Register Online

2020 Leadership Seminars

Our Grand Master has updated the new Leadership Seminars for the purpose of developing great leaders for tomorrow’s future! While this is not a Masonic Leadership Seminar, registration is open to all members. Seminars are limited to only 100 attendees at each location due to the interactive nature of this high-energy course. The seminar fee, if properly approved by your Lodge, can be paid by your Lodge. The course curriculum concentrates on developing your leadership skills, style and effectiveness, whether you use this knowledge in your family, church, work, community organization or Lodge.

Seminars are held on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with lunch provided at noon. A $25.00 fee to cover the seminar materials and lunch will be assessed to each attendee at the time of your on-line registration. All registrations must be made on-line using the registration links on the right. All registered attendees may check-in beginning at 7:45 a.m. All those attending any Leadership Seminar must “dress for success” (coat & tie). We look forward to seeing you at one of these dynamic and rewarding seminars as you start building your professional future.

The deadline for registration for each workshop is one week prior to the session.

No walk-ins will be permitted.

All payments must be made in advance – No payments will be accepted the day of the seminar.

Questions or concerns should be directed to: education@pagrandlodge.org

By phone: 1-877-455-7097 (Voice Mail Only) No Telephone Registrations will be accepted.

All registrations must be completed by using the links on the right side of this page.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Freemason Cultural Center – Brossman Ballroom
71 Freemason Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Register Online

2020 Schools of Instruction

The learning and exemplification of the ritualistic work is a core concept in Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is committed to the highest standards of ritual performance and presentation, all in an effort to give every new Mason an experience he will carry with him for the rest of his life.

To this end, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has established Schools of Instruction, wherein Masons can work to perfect their presentation of the ritual in a constructive and educational environment.

Regional Schools

To ensure the consistency of the ritualistic work throughout the Commonwealth, the Grand Lodge holds several Regional Schools of Instruction. At a Regional School of Instruction, the ritual is exemplified and attendees may ask questions and get definitive answers on the finer points of the ritual and its performance. These schools are supervised by the Director of the Ritualistic Work and the Regional Instructors of the Ritualistic Work.

The Director of the Ritualistic Work supervises the Regional Directors. The Regional Directors are tasked with assisting the District Deputy Grand Masters and the Principals of the Schools of Instruction by ensuring the ritual is being portrayed and presented in an appropriate and consistent manner.

Director of the Ritualistic Work
Bro. Larry A Buzzard

Regional Instructors
S. Curtis Barrett (Region 1)
Paul A. Stucliffe, Jr. (Region 2)
Michael W. Rinehart (Region 3)
David W. Morgans, P.D.D.G.M. (Region 4)
Stephen M. Shaffer (Region 5)
Richard W. Bickhart (Region 6 East)
Guildford G. Rowley, Jr. (Region 6 West)
Robert A. Sutcliffe (Region 7)

Region Districts Date Location Time Registration
6 16, 18, 46 and 58 Saturday, February 22, 2020 Muncy Lodge
28 Brummer Pond Road
Muncy, PA 17756
8:30 A.M. 8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
4 47, 54, and 55 Saturday, February 29, 2020 Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center
3579 Masonic Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
8:30 A.M. 8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
5 24, 25, 26, 27, 37, 52, and 53 Saturday, March 7, 2020 Scottish Rite Cathedral
110 East Lincoln Avenue
New Castle, PA 16105
8:30 A.M. 8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
5 Districts 17, 21, and 22 Saturday, May 2, 2020 Ossea Lodge #317
8 Kelsey Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
8:45 A.M. 8:00 – 8:45 A.M.
4 Districts 29, 30, and 31 Saturday, May 9, 2020 Pleasant Valley Masonic Center
Pleasant Valley Road
Connellsville, PA 15425
8:45 A.M. 8:00 – 8:45 A.M.

District Schools

With the approval of the Grand Master, District Deputy Grand Masters can establish Schools of Instruction within their respective Districts. Each of these schools is led by a Principal, who may be assisted by Assistant Principals. The District Deputy Grand Master, and through him, the Principal of the School of Instruction, are charged with overseeing the conferral and presentation of the ritual of the Lodges within their Districts.

For more information on your local School of Instruction, please contact your Lodge Secretary, Worshipful Master or District Deputy Grand Master.