EPHRATA LODGE NO. 665
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From the East
Greetings Brethren and guests to Ephrata Lodge No. 665's website. Welcome to November! Fall is here with winter around the corner. Our annual lodge banquet at the Durlach & Mt Airy Fire Hall on October 26 was a huge success. Thank you to all who came out. We also experienced the state-wide One Day Class in which our lodge brought 5 members into this wonderful organization. September was great as we received two new petitions from our open house when the Ephrata Fair was in town, and the Autumn Days at Elizabeth Town was another fantastic day. For all those who missed it, remember to check the calendar in September every year for when this amazing event occurs. Thousands come out to enjoy the festivities.
In addition to the 5 new brethren who came from the One Day class, we additionally received another brother this month from the traditional approach and will be doing the same next month. Welcome to those new brothers as well. I would like to see more brethren come out and support our new brethren at their degrees though. The officers have a lot of pride in their work and it is a blessing to have the ritual performed so beautifully at our lodge and throughout the district. Come and listen to the words we have in our degrees as the morals and lessons they deliver are fantastic. There is some real beauty and excellent advice in our ritual brethren. If you haven't seen a degree in a while, I encourage you to attend, both for your own benefit and for that of the new brother. Looking forward to December, we will have our annual election of officers and open installation, where I will be passing the leadership of the lodge to our Senior Warden. A reminder to all that our ladies night will be coming up in December as well. The announcement will be made at our December stated meeting. Please remember to check the calendar for all dates, times, and addresses as events approach. If there is anything that you would like to see placed onto the calendar, please let myself or one of the other officers know. It has been a pleasure serving the lodge.
From the West
Brethren, the "Help for our Heros" program, has almost reached the 1 million milestone simply from your pocket change donations. Please continue to be generous with your spare change that goes to this great cause. The basket to make any donations will always be on the table right outside the lodge room near the Tyler station as you enter.
We continue to receive petitions and therefore will be busy with degree work...always a good thing. We could use some help for guides with the numerous petitions coming in though. Please see me or contact the lodge if you would like to help in this manner. It is a great way to get involved with our degrees and be a part of a Brother's experience that he will remember for the rest of his life. For the officers and anyone interested in learning the ritual, please note the monthly ritual practice is on the Thursday prior to our stated meetings. I invite all our members and any visiting brethren to come out to support the officers and see the excellent degree work we enjoy delivering. It is also a great feeling for our new brethren to have a full sideline. So come and support your new brethren of Ephrata Lodge. If you haven't seen a degree in a while, I highly encourage you to come out as Ephrata Lodge delivers some of the best ritual around. The ritual has such wonderful meanings behind it and if taken to heart will truly change how you live your lives. You can't hear the messages the ritual conveys enough, plus it's fun. So come out and enjoy the brotherhood. See you at the next event.