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4th of July
4th of JulyStarts: 12:00 amEnds: July 4, 2020 - 11:59 pm
Celebrate American Liberty! Of all the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, 13 were known to be Freemasons: William Ellery, RI; Benjamin Franklin, PA; John Hancock, MA; Joseph Hewes, NC; William Hooper, NC; Robert Treat Paine, MA; Richard Stockton, NJ; George Walton, GA; and William Whipple, NH.
Stated MeetingStarts: 7:30 pmEnds: July 6, 2020 - 9:00 pm
GeorgeMDallasStarts: 12:00 amEnds: July 10, 2020 - 11:59 pm
Birth of George M. Dallas, our Lodge's namesake and notable Freemason and American politician. 1792
- 4th of July
Category Archives: Members
Our Lodge introduced the new Stated Meeting Bulletin this month! This new version was a combined effort between Worshipful Master John Sinclair; Acting Secretary Barry Wagner, PM; and Brother Jim Byers; but was originally initiated by the late Robert Lewis, … Continue reading
New Brethren were welcomed into the Fraternity during the 1-Day Masonic Journey hosted by George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531 on Saturday, October 13. The First Degree was conferred by Brother Peter Calkins of Lodge 531; the Second Degree by … Continue reading
Brothers Christopher Matus, PM 2011, Jonathan Sinclair, WM 2012, David Evans Jr., and Robert McGuire Jr. served as ushers welcoming and directing guests. They later opened the ceremony by leading the wedding party to the altar where they stood until the Father of the Bride was seated. After the Pastor’s final remarks, the Brothers rose from their pew then walked halfway down the aisle where they formed a sword arch for the Groom and Bride to pass under. Once the entire wedding party had passed under and exited, the Masons sheathed their swords and closed the ceremony by being the last members to walk down the aisle.
Usually, Masons gather for ceremonies to celebrate the life of a Brother, but on that day four Brothers led the celebration of another’s nuptials. The incorporation of Freemasons in weddings is rarely done (if at all) and required the approval of District Deputy Grand Master Barry Littleford.
The special ceremony was well received by the audience and pleasantly surprised a Past Master from a neighboring district Lodge who was a guest of the Bride.
The event was noted in several local newspapers as well as the March 2013 issue of Freemasonry magazine.
Worshipful Master Jonathan Sinclair welcomed back the Brethren to the Lodge following this year’s summer break during September’s Stated Meeting held on September 2. The Lodge agreed to make donations to Community Cares For Kids for $200 and Dallas Fire … Continue reading
Brethren and their families enjoyed a variety of dishes prepared by Brothers or their ladies during the annual “Family Night”. The ladies and children were treated to a presentation on the history of The Land at Hillside Farms while the … Continue reading
The local chapter of the Demolay presented a Ceremony of Lights following the Lodge’s May Stated Meeting. The meeting featured an Official Visit of the District Deputy Grand Master Bro. Barry Littleford. Two brothers were also presented with a 50-year … Continue reading
Testimonial Dinner for Bro. Christopher Matus, Past Master 2011 Brothers, family, and friends joined together to honor Brother Christopher Matus for his service as Worshipful Master for 2011. The event was held on Saturday, April 21, at the Apple Tree … Continue reading
The April Stated Meeting of Lodge 531 featured a presentation about Flood Protection of the Wyoming Valley by Jim Brozena P.E., Director of Flood Protection for Luzerne County. Brozena discussed the devastation caused by the flooding in September 2011 … Continue reading
Members of Lodge 531 participated at the Annual Regional School of Instruction Conference held on Mach 17, at the Masonic Temple in Scranton. As Principal of the School of Instruction for District 12, Bro. Lynn Sheehan, P.M., led the group … Continue reading
Our March Meeting, held on Monday, March 5, featured a presentation by Tom Supey Jr. on Mining in the Wyoming Valley. Mr. Supey is Superintendent of the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour in Scranton. He shared his vast knowledge of coal mining covering … Continue reading
The Stated Meeting of Monday, February 6, included the Trustees Report by Brother Barry Wagner and the presentation of the Past Master Jewel to Brother Chris Matus, PM, for his service in 2011. A Testimonial Dinner will be held in … Continue reading
The Stated Meeting of Monday, January 2, was the premiere of our 2012 Worshipful Master Bro. Jonathan Sinclair as well as brothers Noel Kline, Junior Deacon, and Donald Holdredge, Sr., Senior Master of Ceremonies. A presentation on Masons in American History … Continue reading
Our Stated Meeting held on Monday, December 4, was a fine finish for the Masonic year and the tenure of Worshipful Master Christopher Matus. Brother Matus was the first Worshipful Master to hold an Open Officer Installation at Lodge … Continue reading
During our November Stated Meeting, Brother Mark Stavish from Wyoming Lodge No. 468 spoke on the subject of Freemasonry with “The Master’s Word“. His compelling speech discussed the true meaning of the words we use and their origins. Brother Stavish … Continue reading