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A stated meeting of Valley Lodge No. 499 Free and Accepted Masons, 318 Linden Street, West Pittston, Pa, 18643 will be held on Thursday evening January 8, 2015 at 7:30 o'clock pm. 6:00 pm pre-meeting light meal. 6:30 pm a Valley Hall Association meeting will be held for 2015 election of Hall Association Officers.
Bretheren with this coming New Year, I hope that you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something. This is the way that we become better men. We can not change as men, masons or brothers unless we make mistakes. So go ahead and make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, love, work ,family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Sean P. Gresh, WM
Welcome to Valley Lodge #499
Thank you for visiting the Valley Lodge No.499 Website. The purpose of our site is to expand the knowledge of Free Masonry in our area. This Association of like-minded men improves and strengthens the character of each Brother, reflecting Freemasonry and thereby perpetuating the values through the Fraternity.
Valley Lodge #499
A Masonic Lodge, often termed a Private Lodge or Constituent Lodge, is the basic organisational unit of Freemasonry. Every new Lodge must be warranted or chartered by a Grand Lodge, but is subject to its direction only in enforcing the published Constitution of the jurisdiction. By exception the three surviving lodges that formed the world's first known Grand Lodge in London (today called the United Grand Lodge of England) have the unique privilege to operate as time immemorial i.e. without such warrant; only one other lodge operates without a warrant - this is the Grand Stewards' Lodge in London, although it is not also entitled to the "time immemorial" title.
A Freemason is generally entitled to visit any Lodge, in any jurisdiction (i.e. under any Grand Lodge) in amity with his own. In some jurisdictions this privilege is restricted to Master Masons (that is, Freemasons who have attained the Order's third degree). He is first usually required to check, and certify, the regularity of the relationship of the Lodge - and be able to satisfy that Lodge of his regularity of membership. Freemasons gather together as a Lodge to work the three basic Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason.
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE GRAND LODGE:
You are hereby requested to attend the June Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to be held at 10:00 o’clock, a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh, PA.
By Order of the R.W. Grand Master.
Mark A. Haines
R.W. Grand Secretary
GRAND LODGE OF FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS OF PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, PA, January 16, A.D. 2013, A.L. 6013 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE GRAND LODGE:
You are hereby requested to attend a Special Communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to be held at 11:00 o’clock, a.m., on Monday, May 27, 2013 at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Cemetery Annex in Gettysburg, PA, for the purpose of rededicating the Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial monument. By Order of the R.W. Grand Master.
Mark A. Haines
R.W. Grand Secretary