Two experienced Master Masons were enjoying a flight in a hot air balloon when suddenly a thick cloud formed between them and the ground. Being without instruments, after half an hour they realized that they were well and truly lost.
A short time later there came across a large hole in the cloud and spied a gentleman below walking his dog across a field. They had time to exchange pleasantries and found that he too was a member of the Craft.
The chaps in the balloon enquired of him as to their location and received the reply, “About 200 feet up in a balloon.” Just then the cloud closed the hole and they were alone again. One turned to the other and said, “I bet he’s the Secretary of his Lodge!”
“Why do you say that?”, the other asked.
“Well what he has told us is absolutely true – but in our present predicament is totally useless!”
On this month of May in 1843, fifteen Grand Lodges sent representatives to a convention in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss the possibility of forming a national Grand Lodge and unifying the Masonic ritual of the American Grand Lodges. At this time, the Morgan Affair had taken its toll on membership and the outlook for Freemasonry in the United States was bleak. Ever the staunch traditionalists of the Masonic world, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania refused to participate in this conference. Several more attempts to unite the American Grand Lodges occurred in succeeding years, but Pennsylvania never sent delegates and remained a bastion of independence throughout the movement. (Source: A Pennsylvania Masonic Handbook: The Personal Ahiman Rezon)
Elected officers for Richmond-Soloman’s Lodge No. 3 in Philadelphia for 2018 installed tonight, from left to right:
Bro. Harry Ritz, Senior Warden, myself, Worshipful Master and Bro. Grigor Lakuriqi, Junior Warden.