Next Meeting: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. — Stated Meeting:  Introduction to the Renaissance

Welcome to Greater Johnstown Lodge 538

A Message From the Worshipful Master

Christopher L. Kantz, W.M.

Five years ago I knocked on the proverbial doors of Freemasonry and they were opened up to me. I traveled down the same road all of you have traveled and once I became a Master Mason, I took a step that many have not taken. I became active in our Lodge and the many other affiliated organizations within Freemasonry. With the encouragement of others, I learned parts in our Degrees, sat in Chairs of Office, took part in acts of Fellowship, voiced my opinions and offered leadership where needed.

Our Lodge is one of the most forward-thinking Lodges that I have encountered. After entering this Lodge many years ago and witnessing all of the events that have surrounded us, I truly believe that Harmony now prevails in our Lodge and I will do my best to preserve it as we continue our journey for the ensuing Masonic year.

The past year we have been taking exciting steps toward saving and preserving Greater Johnstown Lodge 538, steps that although they were difficult, were necessary for us to grow. The last year I feel was a reconstruction effort that we needed in order for us to build our future. The Work is not finished, but the framework is now in place for us to begin to flourish for years to come.

Tradition is an important aspect of Freemasonry. Here in Johnstown we exhibit with the highest quality when opening and closing a Lodge, exacting standards in the delivery of Ritual, introductions of distinguished Masons, a precise order of business, and a specific manner of attire. I intend to keep up with the good record our previous Worshipful Master has established and build upon it with improving our Degree Work and having interesting Lodge Programs.

Without you we would not have this wonderful Lodge to share and enjoy with one another. It is my hope that my meager contributions to this great Lodge this year will be enjoyed by all and enhance this Lodge’s value to our Membership for years to come.

Fraternally,

Christopher L. Kantz, W.M.

Latest News

January Meetings —

A Stated Meeting of Greater Johnstown Lodge 538 will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. (The Stated Meeting will be moved due to the New Year holiday.) The program will be Introduction to the Renaissance. Dinner will be served before the meeting at 6:30 p.m., we will be having a Soup Cookoff.

An Extra Meeting of Greater Johnstown Lodge 538 will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. for conferring the Master Mason Degree. (Please note the error in the printed Lodge notice, this meeting will be held on the 28th.)

The 41st Masonic District School of Instruction will meet on Tuesday, January 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

December Meeting —

A Stated Meeting of Greater Johnstown Lodge 538 will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. We will be electing and installing officers for 2015. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. will be the 1st Annual Greater Johnstown Lodge Chili Cookoff.

November Meetings —

A Stated Meeting of Greater Johnstown Lodge 538 will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The program will be Veterans' Recognition Ceremony/Year in Review. Dinner will be served before the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

An Extra Meeting of Greater Johnstown Lodge will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. to confer the Master Mason and Fellowcraft Mason Degrees.

Greater Johnstown Lodge in cooperation with Cambria Lodge 278 will be honoring the First Responders in the Greater Johnstown Area with a special dinner and program at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Greater Johnstown Lodge will be traveling to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 22, 2014. We will depart the Masonic Temple at 5:30 a.m. and return approximately around 11:00 p.m. We will tour Grand Lodge at noon. If you are interested in attending, please attend the November Stated Meeting . We will review details and activities at the meeting.

The 41st Masonic District School of Instruction will meet on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

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