A One Day Masonic Journey Saturday, October 30, 2010
Other Masonic Bodies Approved candidates will be able to join Symbolic, Scottish Rite and Shrine Freemasonry — all in one day! Our Blue Lodge members may expand their Masonic Experience to include Scottish Rite and Shrine Freemasonry.
An Excellent Opportunity For interested, quality men to join our Fraternity! Men who may have: Busy schedules Numerous business commitments Personal time commitments
Sites & Coordinators SiteCoordinator Valley of AllentownLarry Newhard Valley of AltoonaMark A. Pine Valley of BloomsburgHenry Lesher, PDDGM Valley of CoudersportJohn Wells Zem Zem Shrine CenterKim W. Jeffreys, PDDGM Valley of HarrisburgKen Beard, PDDGM Valley of New CastleRobert Marziano, Jr., PDDGM Lu Lu Shrine CenterGary Davis, PDDGM Valley of PittsburghThomas M. Gasmire, PDDGM Valley of ReadingL. Donald Loos, Jr. Valley of ScrantonGordon Conniff, PDDGM Valley of UniontownTimothy L. Shumar Valley of WilliamsportRonald A. Aungst, Sr., RWPGM
Coordinators Responsibilities Organize recommended committees. Liaison between the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Scottish Rite and the Shrine. Maintain the aggressive schedule of the “One Day Masonic Journey.”
Blue Lodges Lodges are responsible for providing Mentors to assist candidates: In the conferral of Degrees. Instruction between Degrees.
Form of Petition Current form of petition prescribed by the Grand Lodge is to be used. Petitions are to be presented at a Stated or Special Meeting. Shall be read, noted in the Minutes and referred to a Committee of Inquiry. All Dues & Fees must be received prior to balloting on the petitioners.
Approval Process Petitions shall lie over to a subsequent Stated or Special Meeting. The Masonic Month requirement is waived if a Meeting is called for balloting. Multiple balloting on any number of petitioners is permitted. Lodges are encouraged to hold Meetings in July and August to receive and ballot on petitions.
Sixth Month Rule - Waived Approved petitioners may be held for the One Day Masonic Journey regardless of their date of approval.
Lodge Secretaries District Deputy Grand Masters Grand Lodge Website: pagrandlodge.org Petition Availability
Grand Lodge Receives Inquiry Pennsylvania Membership Information Request Forms (and petitions) from Website applicants, which are received by the Grand Lodge, will be forwarded to the District Deputy Grand Master who serves the applicant’s area.
Prorated Dues Dues should be prorated (25%) for the remainder of the year. Grand Lodge Blue Lodges (Optional)
Secretary Presents Petition Petitions read at a Stated or Special Meeting Due & Timely Notice to Members Deadline for submitting Petitions will be the September Stated Meeting (No Exceptions)
Petition Read By Lodge Secretary Appointment of Committee on Inquiry Due and Timely Notice to Members Lodge Action on Petitions
Lodge Action on Petitions, Continued Committee Reports Favorably Ballot Box /Voice Vote Multiple Balloting is permitted on any number of petitions Exception: If Special Meetings are called for balloting, the Masonic Month requirement is waived —provided that Due & Timely notice was given to members.
Candidate Proficiency Proficiency before advancement will not be required. Lodges are required to have members available to instruct their candidates. Mentoring is to begin at the One Day Masonic Journey and continue on an ongoing basis.
Candidate information All candidate information for registration purposes pertaining to the One Day class must be completed and in the Grand Secretary's office by Wednesday, October 20, 2010.
Identification Credentials For registration purposes, candidates will be provided with a personalized letter by the Lodge Secretary, attesting that all required dues and fees have been paid. Also, he will receive an itinerary, dress code and directions to the One Day Class location. This personalized letter and a photo-identification card must be presented at the registration desk.
Candidate Registration The Grand Secretary’s Office will provide the necessary information for candidate registration, including a pocket identification card, to the One Day Class Registration Committee Chairman.
Candidate Materials The Grand Secretary’s Office will forward Bibles and Masonic Education information to site locations — for presentation to “One Day Masonic Journey” candidates on Saturday, October 30, 2010.
Questions or Help? More detailed information is being prepared to assist Lodge Secretaries and District Deputy Grand Masters.