April 2017

A Stated Meeting of Greater Johnstown Lodge 538 will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

  • Business of the Lodge
  • Masonic Education Month

Dinner at 6:30 PM: Papa John's Pizza 

An EXTRA Meeting of Greater Johnstown Lodge No. 538, Free and Accepted Masons, will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM 

  • We will be conferring the Enterred Apprentic Mason Degree

 The 41st Masonic District School of Instruction will meet on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 7:30 PM.

A Message from the Worshipful Master:

Volunteerism to assist American military forces and care for veterans dates back to the American Revolution but was formalized by the government as the Veterans Administration 71 years ago. Its establishment and history has a strong Masonic connection. In 1945, President and Mason Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away and Brother Harry S Truman, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, became President. Truman selected General Omar Bradley, a New York Mason, to head the “VA”. Bradley succeeded General Frank Hines, a Mason from Washington, DC, appointed 20 years earlier by President Warren G. Harding, an Ohio Mason. General Hines was a veteran of the Spanish American War and WWI; however, Truman wanted a veteran of WWII to look after the veterans of WWII. Under Brother General Bradley, the Veterans Administration was modernized. In 1919, the Masonic Service Association (MSA) was formed; its early work was to provide a place in cities across the nation for Masonic servicemen to meet and socialize. Today the MSA is part of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) to the VA and provides volunteers at more than 100 Veterans Associations and participates in NAC meetings on volunteer issues.  As the only non-veteran group represented on the NAC, the MSA ranks very high in the level of volunteer service provided to military veterans. What all this means is Masons have served proudly, above and beyond as leaders, volunteers and advocates for military veterans. Be enlightened brethren and preserve a proud past while honoring our future by volunteering, please do what you can.

Fraternally,

Ricky L. Fetzer, WM