Category Archives: Members

New Lodge Bulletins

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

531 Hosts 1-Day Masonic Journey

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

Masons & Matrimony

Brothers from Lodge 531 recently participated in the wedding ceremony of Brother James Byers. The wedding was held on Sunday, September 2, 2012, at Firwood United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre.

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.

Highlights from our September Meeting

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

Highlights from our June Meeting

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

Highlights from our May Meeting

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 2012

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

Highlights from our April Meeting

  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

Annual Regional School of Instruction Conference

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

Highlights from our March Meeting

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

Highlights from our February Meeting

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

Highlights from our January Meeting

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

Highlights from our December Meeting

  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

Highlights from our November Meeting

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

Masons March in Veterans’ Day Parade

Members from George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531 joined Brothers from neighboring Lodges to march in the 66th annual Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, November 6. The 12th Masonic District marched along with more than 1,000 people from … Continue reading