Welcome to the new website of the York Rite Bodies of Lebanon PA.
These bodies meet at the Lebanon Masonic Temple located at 499 S 14th Ave (click on address for map) on the east side of Lebanon City across from the Avon Sports Complex/Park.
Please check the pages listed above for more information about York Rite Freemasonry.
If you have any questions send us an email at YorkRiteLebanon@Gmail.com .
The September 25th Conclave of Hermit Commandery was a Grand affair. Hermit Commandery was host to Sir Knight Nicholas Vaccarello, Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania, along with three other Grand Commandery officers, four past Grand Commanders and many other Grand Commanders, Past Grand Commanders, Grand Officers, Past Commanders and Commanders from PA and all over the United States. It was our pleasure to host the Sir Knights while the ladies of the Social Order Of Beauceant had a meeting of their own. The meeting was followed by a presentation on the Holy Land Pilgrimage given by our own Sir Knight Rev. Christopher D. Rodkey who made the journey to the Holy Land earlier this year. Pictured below is the group of Sir Knights after the Conclave and Sir Knight David Winters, P.C., who was presented with the Illustrious Knight of The Triangle award by Nicholas Vaccarello, REGC, and Jerry J. Hamilton, PGC (not pictured) who actually signed the award during his year as Grand Commander. Also pictured with David are his wife, Barb Winters, and Division Commander SK Mark G. Mattern, Division 5.
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Dear Brick Donor,
It has been two years since the dedication of our Masonic Center. I am committed to installing every memorial brick which has been donated in a more timely manner. My goal is to have the inside memorial wall completed by years end and to design and install the memorial walkway and courtyard shortly thereafter.
Part of the reason for the delay has been that Masonic symbols were promised on every brick at no additional cost. Almost every donor chose this option such that over a dozen symbols had to be offered. None of these symbols were in the manufacturer’s art library and were considered to be “custom” artwork. The set-up fees and placement would have added thousands of dollars to the cost. Also, adding a symbol to each brick would have decreased the print space available such that many dedications would no longer fit on the brick. Finally most of these Masonic symbols, when sandblasted on a 4×8 brick, would lose detail and not look well. Because these symbols were promised but could not be implemented, the project just foundered.
On my motion, the MTA has voted to scrap the Masonic symbols on individual bricks. In lieu of this we will purchase a larger 8×8 brick with its appropriate symbol for each Masonic body that has purchased a brick. These larger bricks will be placed among the individual bricks on the inside memorial wall. Certain requested donor bricks will, when possible, be clustered around the appropriate larger brick.
Some may be disappointed that placing a symbol on the brick just is not doable. I hope that in the Masonic spirit of charity and love, the will forgive us our error and allow us to move forward. For those who cannot, a full refund will be given if requested on or before September 2nd, 2014. After that, the bricks will be purchased and no refunds will be considered. A request for refund should be mailed to me.
Michael S. Marrone
Chairman:Donor Brick Committee
1958 Wexford Rd
Palmyra, PA 17078
As we all know, when we moved from our Masonic Hall on 8th St. we brought everything along. This included the tables and chairs we currently use in the social hall. These tables and chairs have served us well for many year but now they have become old and worn. Some of the tables and chairs are bending and breaking and have become hazardous to use. The time has come to replace the tables and chairs. We plan one step at a time, table replacement first
New tables will cost around $100 each and we plan to buy a total of 25, or total cost of $2500. We will offer the old furniture that is still usable to the Brothers for a few dollars and dispose of any remaining after the replacements are in place. Several Brothers have already offered to donate the purchase price of a table. We will need a total of 25 of these donations.
After the tables are purchased and in place, 150 new stack type chairs will be purchased at a cost of $30 each. Again some Brothers have expressed an interest helping with this purchase.
We thank everyone for their continued support. All excess money donated for tables will be used to purchase chairs. Together our Masonic Brotherhood can make our Lebanon Temple a proud and shining symbol of Freemasonry for all to see.
If any Brother would care to help to purchase a table please make checks payable to; Lebanon Temple Association
Mail to; The Lebanon Temple Association, P.O. Box 1572, Lebanon, Pa. 17042
Dennis Royer, Vice President
Masonic Temple Association
At the Stated Conclave of Hermit Commandery No. 24 Sir Knight John R. Von Blauch received the Illustrious Knight of the Triangle (IKT) Award. Presenting the award was Eminent Grand Generalissimo George H. Taylor assisted by Division Commander Mark G. Mattern, Division 5.
pictured above from left to right are SK George H. Taylor, Eminent Grand Generalissimo; SK John E. Von Blauch (John’s Father); SK John R Von Blauch IKT; SK Mark G. Mattern, Division Commander; (back) SK Gerald B. Stephens, Commandery Hermit Commandery.
Lots of people came out to enjoy York Rite Strawberry Night this past Saturday with the entertainment Sons of The Cimarron.
The members of Hermit Commandery participated in the annual Memorial Day Weekend Worship Service at the Lebanon VA held on the Sunday before Memorial Day. The Sir Knights have been participating in this service for 40+ years and are honored to do so. Commander Gerald Stephens said “we hope we can help bind the wounds of the residents of the VA that cannot be seen by the eye and let them know that they are not forgotten, but always in our thoughts and prayers for the service they have given to our country”.
Kevin M. Organtini, President of the Masonic Temple Association of Lebanon, PA, receives a check for the MTA in the amount of $100,000 from Hermit Commandery No. 24, stationed in Lebanon. The donation will be used to pay down the mortgage on the Masonic Temple. Pictured from left to right, Larry Q. Hall, PDC, Division 5; Mark G. Mattern, EC; Kevin M. Organtini, MTA President; Larry Derr, DDGM, 1st Masonic District.