Century Club Pin
At the December 5, 2009, Quarterly Communication, then R.W. Grand Master Stephen Gardner announced the creation of the Century Club award for Pennsylvania Lodge members who have conferred a minimum of 100 Lodge degrees.
This award can be obtained by completing the application. The Lodge Secretary should complete and forward the application to his District Deputy Grand Master for approval who will then forward it to the Grand Lodge.
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania recognizes Master Masons who have given significant Masonic service. Special pins are awarded at 25, 50 and 75 years, and certificates for 60 and 70-year milestones. The 75-year award is known as the Diamond Jubilee Award.
Twenty-five year pins are awarded by the Lodge Secretary any time during the year in which a member celebrates this significant anniversary of membership. The Worshipful Master MAY use the 25-Year Pin Presentation ceremony, posted below, at his discretion.
By resolution of the Grand Lodge adopted at the Quarterly Communication, held June 5, 1940, a member of a Lodge in this Jurisdiction who has been a Master Mason in good standing for 50 years, or more, is eligible to receive a Grand Lodge 50-Year Masonic Service Emblem. By decision of the R.W. Grand Master, January 10, 2007, additional service award levels of 60, 70 and 75-years may also be awarded. The 75-year award shall be known as the Diamond Jubilee Award.
Eligibility for service emblems is determined by the length of time a member has been a continuously active member of one or more lodges recognized by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Any time during which a member was not an active member as a result of resigning from all lodges is not counted toward service emblem eligibility. Any period longer than one year during which a member was suspended is not counted toward service emblem eligibility
Requests for Emblems
If a member feels he is eligible for one of these awards, he may request it through his lodge secretary, although the records are usually reviewed automatically at the beginning of each year. When a member becomes eligible for a Masonic Service Emblem, the lodge secretary will request these items from the Grand Secretary’s office, in writing, at least 30 days in advance of the anticipated presentation date.
A special ceremony has been created for the presentation of 25-Year Pin Presentations, 50-Year Emblems and for the Diamond Jubilee Award. These ceremonies will be conducted by the R.W. Grand Master, by the District Deputy Grand Master in his absence or by a designated brother, on behalf of the Grand Master.
On December 27, 2007, R.W Grand Master Ronald A. Aungst, Sr. introduced and approved the usage of the Lewis Jewel for Pennsylvania Masons.
The word “Lewis” denotes strength and is depicted by certain pieces of metal dovetailed into a stone, which forms a cramp, and enables the operative Mason to raise great weights to certain heights with little encumbrance, and to fix them in their proper bases. Lewis, likewise, denotes the son of a Mason; his duty is to bear the heat and burden of the day, from which his parents, by reason of their age, ought to be exempt; to help them in time of need, and thereby render the close of their days happy and comfortable; and his privilege for so doing is to be made a Mason before any other person however dignified.
In the days of operative Masonry, it was a great source of pride when a son followed in his father’s footsteps and was Entered as an Apprentice, his name “entered” on the roll, and thereby admitted to the Lodge. To study his father’s skills and learn to use his father’s tools were manifest expressions of the greatest honor and esteem a son could play. It was common to carry on the tradition through several generations in the same family.
The Lewis Jewel may be worn by a Mason, if, at the time of his Initiation, his father was a Mason in good standing. The initiate of a deceased father – in good standing at the time of his death – would also qualify. The jewel is suspended from two chains with two bars. The upper bar contains the name of the father and the date of his initiation. The lower bar contains the name of the son and date of his initiation. The Jewel comes in a wallet with a pocket holder.
The Lewis Jewel has been in use in England and other Jurisdictions under the United Grand Lodge of England for many decades to honor a new Mason’s father. The jewel has also been adopted in the Jurisdictions of Vermont, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut and perhaps others in the United States and is offered throughout Canada.