On Jan. 30, 2021, during what was already a difficult year for businesses in downtown Butler, a fire affected four local businesses including Reclamation Brewing Company, a family-owned brewpub. A dozen local fire companies helped put out the blaze. As the proprietor of Don Paul Jewelers, a family-run jewelry store, Brother Don Paul, 33°, Argyle Lodge No. 540, Chicora, understood the challenges of running a business and what it would take to get these businesses [...]
The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania is sponsoring an art contest for amateur or professional artists, 18 and older, to submit original entries displaying a visual interpretation of Masonic Values pertaining to Freemasonry in Pennsylvania. Categories include oil, three-dimensional, drawing and print-making, water-based medium and digital imagery.
On Dec. 02, 2020, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania held its first all-virtual December Quarterly Communication. Traditionally an in-person event, Philadelphia’s COVID regulations required a pivot to a virtual livestream.
As a business owner; Past Potentate, Shrine Circus and Rodeo Chairman, LuLu Shrine; and incoming Junior Warden, Lodge No. 2, Philadelphia, Brother Doug “Finky” Fink (above, left) isn’t afraid of a little hard work. But his true calling is one of the hardest of all. “My job is to make people laugh,” he said – not referring to his ambassadorship with the Masonic Blood+Organ Donor Program, a newer addition to his workload, but his involvement [...]
On behalf of the employees and residents of our Masonic Villages, I write to thank you and your families and friends for the overwhelming support we have received from the Grand Lodge, Blue Lodges and Pennsylvania Masons.
Who Can Join? To qualify for membership, a petitioner must be male, at least 18 years of age, one who believes in the existence of a “Supreme Being,” of good moral character, motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit, prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry, interested in learning and willing to practice the customs of the fraternity. What is the Purpose of Freemasonry? The basic purpose is to make “better [...]
“Sins of Our Masonic Fathers: The lost strength of fewness in American Freemasonry”, by John W. Bizzack, PhD. Reviewed by Cathy Giaimo, Librarian, The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. “Sins of Our Masonic Fathers” by Brother John W. Bizzack is an examination of the history of American Freemasonry and its effect on membership. Brother Bizzack makes the point throughout the book that the focus on membership expansion has not benefited the men joining the [...]
When Brother Mark Nolf, New Bethlehem Lodge No. 522, signed up to be an organ donor as a teenager, he never imagined that he would one day be the recipient of a life-saving organ. In the fall of 2012, he started experiencing shortness of breath. “I thought I was just getting fat and lazy,” he jokes, but it was actually something far more serious. Brother Mark was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or unexplained scarring [...]