Office of the Grand Secretary

The Mission of the Grand Secretary’s Office is to provide accurate and speedy services to Pennsylvania Blue Lodges and Grand Lodge Officers, while fulfilling the constitutional duties of the Grand Secretary.

In order to meet the Mission of the Grand Secretary’s Office, we focus on the following specific service objectives:

  1. Manage an accurate membership database.
  2. Provide speedy response to all forms of communication.
  3. Re-create all processes to minimize workload on Lodge Secretaries.
  4. Automate as many processes as is practical to effectively concentrate human resources on providing individualized services where best needed.
  5. Support all programs of the Right Worshipful Grand Master and the Grand Lodge.
  6. Establish reliable office hours for service to members and general public alike.
  7. Properly document all actions and business of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
No. of Lodges, December 27, 2013   421
No. of Mergers in 2014   4
No. of Lodges Surrendering Warrants   0
No. of Lodges Constituted   0
No. of Lodges, December 27, 2014
*Note: Six mergers occurred 12/27/14
bringing the number of Lodges down to 411.
  417
Membership, December 27, 2013
(As printed in 2013 Proceedings)
  107,731
Membership after examination of the General Returns – 2013   107,474
Membership Increases during 2014:    
Admitted 521  
Initiated 2188  
Restored 585  
Total Increases   3,294
Membership Decreases during 2014:    
Suspended (1,929)  
Expelled (3)  
Resigned (643)  
Deceased (2,966)  
Total Decreases   (5,541)
Membership, December 27, 2014   105,227
Net Decrease   (2,504)
Year Admitted & Restored Initiated Suspended Resigned Deceased Net Change Prior Year Adjustment Dec 27 Total
1948 891 11,215 (479) (371) (4,060) 7,196 0 217,581
1949 1,417 10,566 (458) (878) (4,032) 6,615 0 224,196
1950 719 9,882 (569) (347) (4,219) 5,466 0 229,662
1951 718 9,743 (611) (345) (4,340) 5,165 0 234,827
1952 648 9,916 (649) (335) (4,575) 5,005 0 239,832
1953 635 9,904 (646) (370) (4,651) 4,872 0 244,704
1954 977 9,171 (626) (749) (4,645) 4,128 0 248,832
1955 575 8,975 (746) (416) (4,814) 3,574 0 252,406
1956 716 8,720 (919) (734) (4,937) 2,846 0 255,252
1957 690 7,915 (1,026) (574) (5,252) 1,753 0 257,005
1958 615 6,746 (1,275) (611) (5,217) 258 0 257,263
1959 833 6,554 (1,196) (483) (5,260) 448 0 257,711
1960 613 6,852 (1,018) (643) (5,600) 204 0 257,915
1961 1,094 5,961 (1,269) (980) (5,374) (568) 0 257,347
1962 636 5,864 (1,392) (638) (5,684) (1,214) 0 256,133
1963 823 5,666 (1,378) (681) (5,950) (1,520) 0 254,613
1964 931 5,805 (1,238) (810) (5,627) (939) 0 253,674
1965 885 5,930 (1,115) (855) (5,855) (1,010) 0 252,664
1966 617 5,730 (1,229) (602) (6,050) (1,534) 0 251,130
1967 719 5,455 (1,239) (698) (5,997) (1,760) 0 249,370
1968 833 5,316 (1,236) (767) (6,203) (2,057) 0 247,313
1969 648 5,041 (1,268) (591) (6,123) (2,293) 0 245,020
1970 610 4,734 (1,305) (635) (6,034) (2,630) 0 242,390
1971 828 4,689 (1,468) (741) (6,018) (2,710) 2 239,682
1972 1,515 4,733 (1,392) (684) (6,128) (1,956) (894) 236,832
1973 739 5,003 (1,138) (639) (6,199) (2,234) 0 234,598
1974 694 4,860 (1,389) (735) (5,889) (2,459) 0 232,139
1975 805 4,872 (1,194) (828) (5,809) (2,154) (94) 229,891
1976 687 4,918 (1,327) (705) (5,801) (2,228) 0 227,663
1977 684 4,044 (1,200) (655) (5,769) (2,896) 2 224,769
1978 666 3,685 (1,359) (761) (5,628) (3,397) 25 221,397
1979 851 3,699 (1,553) (611) (5,497) (3,111) 0 218,286
1980 667 3,634 (1,708) (667) (5,535) (3,609) (332) 214,345
1981 691 3,488 (1,848) (737) (5,606) (4,012) (66) 210,267
1982 671 3,280 (1,945) (776) (5,449) (4,219) (21) 206,027
1983 684 3,432 (1,756) (649) (5,483) (3,772) (14) 202,241
1984 643 4,364 (2,167) (511) (4,194) (1,865) 21 200,397
1985 539 4,871 (4,241) (809) (5,076) (4,716) (1,768) 193,913
1986 564 3,523 (1,617) (710) (5,158) (3,398) (154) 190,361
1987 555 3,414 (985) (734) (4,794) (2,544) (448) 187,369
1988 567 3,136 (1,745) (728) (4,730) (3,500) (465) 183,404
1989 502 3,035 (1,636) (712) (4,585) (3,396) (323) 179,685
1990 522 2,869 (1,342) (700) (4,311) (2,962) (449) 176,274
1991 489 2,532 (1,367) (718) (4,239) (3,303) (429) 172,542
1992 446 2,374 (1,719) (801) (4,333) (4,033) (402) 168,107
1993 549 2,003 (1,384) (762) (4,248) (3,842) (340) 163,925
1994 476 2,798 (1,429) (628) (4,274) (3,057) (488) 160,380
1995 394 2,718 (1,254) (628) (4,184) (2,954) (430) 156,996
1996 392 2,232 (1,356) (481) (3,496) (2,709) (532) 153,755
1997 433 3,131 (1,416) (570) (4,014) (2,436) (566) 150,753
1998 439 2,356 (1,295) (565) (3,927) (2,992) (264) 147,497
1999 540 2,168 (1,280) (551) (4,308) (3,431) 616 144,682
2000 504 1,901 (1,324) (511) (3,844) (3,274) (1,351) 140,057
2001 567 1,837 (1,153) (429) (3,659) (2,837) 657 137,877
2002 586 2,154 (1,236) (616) (3,811) (2,923) (1,278) 133,676
2003 497 1,945 (1,509) (566) (3,730) (3,363) (397) 129,916
2004 736 5,384 (2,209) (861) (3,572) (522) (508) 128,886
2005 591 2,658 (2,344) (601) (3,582) (3,278) 214 125,822
2006 579 2,106 (1,031) (630) (3,348) (2,324) (222) 123,276
2007 615 2,362 (1,378) (589) (3,442) (2,432) (342) 120,502
2008 581 2,173 (1,601) (544) (3,266) (2,657) (261) 117,584
2009 705 2,047 (1,685) (617) (3,214) (2,764) (373) 114,447
2010 1,401 4,436 (2,033) (352) (3,011) 441 (1,609) 113,279
2011 1,095 3,074 (1,357) (381) (3,218) (787) (831) 111,661
2012 60 2,685 (1,398) (383) (2,965) (2,001) (2,903) 108,758
2013 1,059 2,440 (1,838) (667) (3,053) (2,059) (1,027) 107,731
2014 1,106 2,188 (1,932) (643) (2,966) (2,247) (257) 105,227
EXCERPT FROM THE AHIMAN REZON
Or Book of the Constitution of the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the
Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of
Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and
Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging

DUTIES OF THE RIGHT WORSHIPFUL GRAND SECRETARY
12.09. It shall be the duty of the Grand Secretary to record the minutes of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge;

To preserve its archives and seal;

To collect and receive moneys and securities for or on account of the Grand Lodge, give the proper credits therefore, and pay the same to the Finance and Administrative Services forthwith; accept the fees for Dispensations and Grand Lodge Certificates and the moneys received for copies of the Ahiman Rezon, Digest of Decisions, and other petty cash items, which he shall pay to the Finance and Administrative Services.
Adopted December 1, 1993

To issue summons, orders, and notices, either by direction of the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master, attaching to them the seal of the Grand Lodge, and attesting the same;

To issue notices to each Lodge, of all Stated, Special and Extra Communications of the Grand Lodge;

To transmit annually, as soon as practicable, after every St. John the Evangelist’s Day, to each Subordinate Lodge within this Jurisdiction, and to all Grand Lodges in correspondence with this Grand Lodge, a copy of the printed proceedings of the Grand Lodge, published by its authority;

To receive all petitions, appeals, and other papers intended for the Grand Lodge, and lay them forthwith before the Grand Master, or other proper authority;

To keep in suitable and separate books, registries of all Warrants, Dispensations, and Certificates granted by the Grand Lodge or the Grand Officers; a registry of the returns of the Lodges; and alphabetical list of the members of the Lodges; and a record of the suspensions, expulsions, and rejections in said Lodges, and such as may be communicated by other Grand Lodges; and a registry of every item of appropriation of the moneys or funds of the Grand Lodge, and charge each appropriation with the amounts paid on account thereof;

To transmit to every Lodge in arrears, at least once a year, a statement of its account, and, in conjunction with the Grand Master, adopt such measures as may be proper to collect the same;

To conduct the correspondence of the Grand Lodge with Subordinate Lodges, under the direction of the Grand Master, preserving all letters received and copies of all letters written and properly file the same;

To report quarterly to the Grand Lodge, all Subordinate Lodges suspended, or otherwise deprived of the representation therein;

To report annually, in a condensed form, to the Grand Lodge, not later than the Quarterly Communication in June, the number of the members belonging to each Subordinate Lodge; the number of the initiations, admissions, resignations, suspensions, expulsions, and deaths, during the preceding Masonic year;

To cause the Constitution of the Grand Lodge to be carefully bound up in a book, with a sufficient number of blank leaves, on which he shall enter in their proper places, and under their proper heads, any amendment or alteration that may be made therein.

The office of the Grand Secretary shall be kept open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday.
Adopted December 7, 1977

He may appoint a Deputy Grand Secretary, with the approval of the Grand Lodge.

He shall have charge of and oversee the printing of the Annual Proceedings of the Grand Lodge.

EXCERPT FROM THE AHIMAN REZON
Or Book of the Constitution of the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the
Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of
Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania and
Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belonging

DUTIES OF THE LODGE SECRETARY
18.07. The Secretary shall keep a record of all the transactions of the Lodge proper to be committed to writing, that they may be submitted to the Master, or a committee of the Lodge, and to the Grand Master whenever required. He shall preserve a copy of the By- Laws of the Lodge, and of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, and a list of the members of the Lodge, with the dates of their initiation or admission. He shall make a record of all the petitions for initiation and membership, or membership only, and the action of the Lodge thereon; and of the suspensions, expulsions, resignations, and deaths of members, restorations to good Masonic standing, and restorations to membership, and give notice thereof to the Grand Secretary immediately after the meeting at which the same take place. He shall immediately notify all rejected petitioners that they have been rejected.

18.08. He shall, on or immediately before the fifteenth day of November in each year, forward to the Grand Secretary a correct list of all the members of the Lodge who are also members of the Grand Lodge. He shall also make out the annual return of the Lodge which is required by Article 17.17, and retain a duplicate thereof.

18.09. He shall issue to all the Members notices for all Stated Meetings in which he shall give the full name*, age, occupation, residence of every petitioner whose petition is pending for initiation and membership, or membership only, and the names of the members forming the Committee of Inquiry, but he shall not give the names of the recommenders in said Notices. He shall also send a notice of each meeting to the District Deputy Grand Master. In the notices for the Stated Meeting of the Lodge to be held one month before the annual election, he shall state the amount of dues which may be owing by the Member to whom the notice is sent, on the night of the annual election. He shall make his returns at the time and in the form required by the Grand Lodge and perform such other duties as may pertain to his office or be required by the Ahiman Rezon. He shall perform every act as Secretary, which the Master of the Lodge may direct, in aid of the business of the Lodge or concerning the same. He shall keep a record in which shall be recorded the place of residence of each Member of the Lodge, which record shall be the best evidence of the residence of said Member.

EXCERPT FROM THE DIGEST OF DECISIONS
The following are excerpts from the Digest of Decisions relative to the duties and responsibilities of the Lodge Secretary:

78 SECRETARY

78.1 It is the duty of a Master to enforce the observance of the By-laws of his lodge and of the Rules and Regulations of the Grand Lodge, and see that the property and funds of the Lodge be justly managed and dispensed. The Secretary’s duty is prescribed by Art. 18.07-.09. In all things he must remember that the Master has charge of the Lodge, and is responsible for all that is done by it in its name. He must perform his duties to the Master’s satisfaction, and observe his will and pleasure.

78.2 A Master is responsible for the right performance by the Secretary of the duties of his office, and if the Secretary should refuse to perform them, or persist in neglecting to perform them, after repeated notice, a Master is justified in suspending the Secretary from his office, and should report his action to the Grand Master.

78.4 It is the duty of a Secretary of a Lodge to furnish his Minute Book for examination by the District Deputy Grand Master of the District in which it is located, when requested by him.

78.5 A Master can appoint an Acting Secretary from month to month. A special election need not be held unless the same is desired.

78.12 An oral motion to change the salary of a Secretary which is fixed by the By-laws is unlawful.

78.14 A Secretary shall be entitled to a salary of at least Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per annum. A Secretary is entitled to be reimbursed from the Lodge funds for expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of his office. Such expenses, however, must be itemized and recorded in accordance with the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service pertaining to expense accounts. (Rev. 1990)

53 LODGE FUNDS

53.5 The Secretary is not the proper custodian of Lodge Funds. He should receive moneys and forthwith pay them over to the Treasurer.

EXCERPT FROM THE MODEL CODE OF BY-LAWS
The following is an excerpt from the Model Code of By-Laws relative to the duties of the Secretary:

ARTICLE 3
DUTIES OF OFFICERS

SECTION 3.03 The Secretary shall keep fair and correct minutes of the proceedings of the Lodge, and issue notices for each Stated, Special and Extra Meeting. He shall, in the notice for each Stated Meeting, set forth the name, age, occupation and residence of every petitioner for initiation and membership, or for membership only, whose petition is then pending. In the notice for the Stated Meeting next preceding the Annual Election he shall notify each member that dues for the ensuing Masonic year are payable January 1, or the member shall be subject to suspension at the January Stated Meeting; and said notices shall have printed therein Article 6 of these By-laws. He shall furnish, in writing, to the first named on each committee a list of the committee and an abstract of the business to which its attention is directed, with the papers relating thereto; which papers the Brother so first named shall be answerable for and shall return with the report of the committee. He shall keep the accounts of dues and fees between the Lodge and its members.

He shall receive all moneys which may be paid to the Lodge, report the amount received at each meeting and the persons from who received, and pay the same forthwith to the Treasurer, taking his receipt therefore. He shall furnish each member, on his admission, with a copy of the By-laws. He shall make regular Returns as required by the Ahiman Rezon and conduct the correspondence of the Lodge, under the direction of the Master. He shall have his books and accounts ready for examination whenever required by the Lodge or the Auditing Committee, and perform such services, appertaining to his office, as the Lodge may require. He shall give a bond, to be approved by the Lodge, in favor of the Master for use of the Lodge in the penal sum of $ * For his services he shall receive $**

* It is an unnecessary expenditure of a Lodge to provide for a bond unless the bond shall be in excess of $25,000. Up to $25,000 is covered by a Fidelity Bond Policy maintained by Grand Lodge. Therefore the bracketed material should be omitted.

** Digest of Decisions 78.14 ” A Secretary shall be entitled to a salary of at least Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) per annum.

A Secretary is entitled to be reimbursed from Lodge funds for expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of his office. Such expenses, however must be itemized and recorded in accordance with the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service pertaining to expense accounts.”

Note: The salary of the Secretary must be a fixed annual amount and may not automatically fluctuate with the membership of the Lodge.

Services

The Office of the Grand Secretary is pleased to serve the more than 400 Lodges working under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Provided at right is information on those services the Grand Secretary’s Office can provide Lodges and individual members.

Each year, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania holds seminars for the Lodge Secretaries to update them on important information and offer a forum for feedback.

Dates of seminars and registration information for events will be posted to the Seminars page as they become available.

If you are a member of a Lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and need to update your address, you may do so utilizing our Member’s Services system.

Century Club Application

At the December 5, 2009 Quarterly Communication, then R.W. Grand Master Bro. Stephen Gardner announced the creation of the Century Club award for Pennsylvania Lodge members who have conferred a minimum of 100 Lodge degrees.

This award can be obtained by completing the application. The Lodge Secretary should complete and forward the application to his District Deputy Grand Master for approval who will then forward it to the Grand Lodge.

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania recognizes members who have given significant Masonic service for many years. Special pins are awarded at 25, 50 and 75 years, and certificates for 60 and 70-year milestones.

Twenty-five year pins are awarded by the Lodge Secretary any time during the year in which a member celebrates this significant anniversary of membership. The Worshipful Master MAY use the 25-Year Pin Presentation ceremony, posted below, at his discretion.

By resolution of the Grand Lodge adopted at the Quarterly Communication, held June 5, 1940, a member of a Lodge in this Jurisdiction who has been a Master Mason in good standing for 50 years, or more, is eligible to receive a Grand Lodge Fifty-Year Masonic Service Emblem. By decision of the R.W. Grand Master, January 10, 2007, additional service award levels of 60, 70 and 75-years may also be awarded. The 75-year award shall be known as the Diamond Jubilee Award.

Eligibility

The date of initiation, whether in the Lodge of which he is presently a member or in some other Lodge in this or any Jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, is to be used in determining the completion of his 50 or more years in good Masonic standing.

If a Brother resigns from a Lodge to affiliate with another; he is still in good Masonic standing. Therefore, the period during which he was not affiliated with a Pennsylvania Lodge should be included in the 50 or more years.

Any period during which a Brother may have been suspended must not be counted as part of the 50 years, UNLESS the suspension was for not more than one year, in which case the period of his suspension should not be deducted.

Requests for Emblems

If a member feels he is eligible for one of these awards he may request it through his Lodge Secretary, although the records are usually reviewed automatically at the beginning of each year. When a member becomes eligible for a 50-Year Masonic Service Emblem, a 60 or 70-year award, or the Diamond Jubilee Award, the Lodge Secretary will request these items from the Grand Secretary’s office, in writing, at least 30-days in advance of the anticipated presentation date.

A special ceremony has been created for the presentation of Fifty-Year Emblems and for the Diamond Jubilee Award. These ceremonies will be conducted by the R.W. Grand Master, by the District Deputy Grand Master in his absence, or by a designated brother, on behalf of the Grand Master.

Ceremonies for Service Awards

25 Year Award Presentation
50 Year Award Presentation
75 Year Award Presentation

Please visit our Outreach page to request a funeral service for a deceased member.

In order to visit Lodges and Grand Lodges in other Jurisdictions, members are encouraged to request an official Travel Commission from the Grand Master, as issued by the Grand Secretary’s office. A Travel Commission is only valid if it bears the original signatures of the Grand Master and Grand Secretary, and the impressed Seal of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for processing and delivery of a Travel Commission.

We are pleased to offer a program designed to provide a more affordable method of paying dues for members by giving them the opportunity to have their dues paid by credit card or withdrawn from either their checking or savings account. Payment can be made in full or in equal monthly/quarterly installments.

Below are the necessary forms to allow a Lodge Secretary to set up the process with our partner, Payliance, as well as a form for the members who elect to participate in this program.

Forms for the Individual Member
GL-PA Pay Authorization How-to.pdf
GL-PA Pay Authorization.pdf

Forms for the Lodge Secretary
GL-PA Lodge Agreement How-to.pdf
GL-PA Lodge Agreement.pdf

Resources

Master Masons in Pennsylvania have many resources available to them. Whether it be information on Masonic Lodges recognized in Pennsylvania, forms for requesting a Masonic tag for your vehicle, or just information about programs that your Lodge can participate in, the Grand Secretary’s Office is here to help.

Pennsylvania Masons may only visit Lodges working under a jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania maintains fraternal relations with those Grand Lodges that have requested recognition. All requests are referred to the Grand Lodge Committee on Fraternal Recognition. Final determination is granted by vote in the Grand Lodge.

There are several ways for a Pennsylvania Mason to determine whether or not a particular Lodge or Grand Lodge is officially recognized. Each Lodge Secretary has a copy of the List of Lodges (Masonic) published annually to identify those Lodges generally recognized by a majority of the regular Grand Lodges. If you intend to travel abroad, you may request a Travel Commission from the Grand Secretary’s Office. Please allow one month’s time prior to departure to obtain the Travel Commission.

No Pennsylvania Mason is permitted to correspond directly, in any form or manner, with another Grand Lodge or its Subordinate Lodges without prior approval of the respective Grand Secretaries in accordance with Masonic protocol. Requests to correspond with another Grand Lodge or its Lodges must be submitted to the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

On June 30, 2007, the Grand Lodge Committee on Fraternal Recognition issued this cautionary statement:

“…as we have indicated in previous reports, irregular forms of Freemasonry continue to expand not only into unoccupied territories but also into jurisdictions where regular Freemasonry exists. We, therefore, emphasize the need to exercise caution when traveling and also in communication on the Internet. Lack of knowledge remains a major concern to world Masonic leadership, as well as to this committee.”

The following list of recognized Grand Lodges is arranged alphabetically by location.
Africa:
Benin
GRAND LODGE OF BENIN Cotonou
Africa:
Burkina Faso
GRAND LODGE OF BURKINA FASO Ouagadougou
Africa:Congo GRAND LODGE OF CONGO Brazzaville
Africa:
Gabon
GRAND LODGE OF GABON Libreville
Africa:
Ivory Coast
GRAND LODGE OF THE IVORY COAST Abidjan
Africa:
Mali
MALIAN NATIONAL GRAND LODGE Bamako
Africa:
Mauritius
GRAND LODGE OF MAURITIUS Tamarin
Africa:
Morocco
GRAND LODGE OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO Rabat
Africa:
Niger
GRAND LODGE OF NIGER Niamey
Africa:
Senegal
GRAND LODGE OF SENEGAL Dakar
Africa:
South Africa
GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH AFRICA Orange Grove
Africa:
Togo
NATIONAL GRAND LODGE OF TOGO Lome
Albania GRAND LODGE OF ALBANIA Tirana
Andorra GRAND LODGE OF ANDORRA Andorra la Vella
Argentina GRAND LODGE OF ARGENTINA Buenos Aires
Armenia GRAND LODGE OF ARMENIA Yerevan
Australia:
New South Wales
THE UNITED GRAND LODGE OF NEW SOUTH WALES
AND THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRIRORY
Sydney
Australia:
Queensland
GRAND LODGE OF QUEENSLAND Brisbane
Australia:
South Australia
GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA Adelaide
Australia:
Tasmania
GRAND LODGE OF TASMANIA Hobart
Australia:
Victoria
UNITED GRAND LODGE OF VICTORIA East Melbourne
Australia:
Western Australia
GRAND LODGE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA East Perth
Austria GRAND LODGE OF AUSTRIA Vienna
Azerbaijan NATIONAL GRAND LODGE OF AZERBAIJAN Baku
Belgium REGULAR GRAND LODGE OF BELGIUM Brussels
Bolivia GRAND LODGE OF BOLIVIA La Paz
Bosnia and Herzegovina GRAND LODGE OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Brcko
Brazil GRAND ORIENT OF BRAZIL Brasilia
Brazil:
Acre
GRAND LODGE OF ACRE Rio Branco
Brazil:
Alagoas
GRAND LODGE OF ALAGOAS Maceio
Brazil:
Amapa
GRAND LODGE OF AMAPA Macapa
Brazil:
Amazonas
GRAND LODGE OF AMAZONAS Manaus
Brazil:
Bahia
GRAND LODGE OF BAHIA Salvador
Brazil:
Ceara
GRAND LODGE OF CEARA Fortaleza
Brazil:
Distrito Federal
GRAND LODGE DISTRITO FEDERAL Brasilia
Brazil:
Espirito Santo
GRAND LODGE OF ESPIRITO SANTO Vitoria
Brazil:
Goias
GRAND LODGE OF GOIAS Goiania
Brazil:
Maranhao
GRAND LODGE OF MARANHAO Sao Luis
Brazil:
Mato Grosso
GRAND LODGE OF MATO GROSSO Cuiaba
Brazil:
Mato Grosso do Sul
GRAND LODGE OF MATO GROSSO DO SUL Campo Grande
Brazil:
Minas Gerais
GRAND LODGE OF MINAS GERAIS Belo Horizonte
Brazil:
Para
GRAND LODGE OF PARA Belem
Brazil:
Paraiba
GRAND LODGE OF PARAIBA Joao Pessoa
Brazil:
Parana
GRAND LODGE OF PARANA Curitiba
Brazil:
Pernambuco
GRAND LODGE OF PERNAMBUCO Olinda
Brazil:
Piaui
GRAND LODGE OF PIAUI Teresina
Brazil:
Rio de Janiero
GRAND LODGE OF RIO DE JANEIRO Rio de Janeiro
Brazil:
Rio Grande do Norte
GRAND LODGE OF RIO GRANDE DO NORTE Natal
Brazil:
Rio Grande do Sul
GRAND LODGE OF RIO GRANDE DO SUL Porto Alegre
Brazil:
Rondonia
GRAND LODGE OF RONDONIA Porto Velho
Brazil:
Roraima
GRAND LODGE OF RORAIMA Boa Vista
Brazil:
Santa Catarina
GRAND LODGE OF SANTA CATARINA Florianopolis
Brazil:
Sao Paulo
GRAND LODGE OF SAO PAULO Sao Paulo
Brazil:
Sergipe
GRAND LODGE OF SERGIPE Aracaju
Brazil:
Tocantins
GRAND LODGE OF TOCANTINS Palmas
Bulgaria GRAND LODGE A.F. & A.M. OF BULGARIA Sofia
Canada:
Alberta
GRAND LODGE OF ALBERTA Calgary
Canada:
British Columbia
GRAND LODGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON Vancouver
Canada:
Manitoba
GRAND LODGE OF MANITOBA Winnipeg
Canada:
New Brunswick
GRAND LODGE OF NEW BRUNSWICK Saint John
Canada:
Newfoundland/Labrador
GRAND LODGE OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR Mount Pearl
Canada:
Nova Scotia
GRAND LODGE OF NOVA SCOTIA Halifax
Canada:
Ontario
GRAND LODGE OF CANADA Hamilton
Canada:
Prince Edward Island
GRAND LODGE OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND Charlottetown
Canada:
Quebec
GRAND LODGE OF QUEBEC Montreal
Canada:
Saskatchewan
GRAND LODGE OF SASKATCHEWAN Regina
Chile GRAND LODGE OF CHILE Santiago
China GRAND LODGE OF CHINA Taipei, Taiwan
Colombia:
Andes
GRAND LODGE OF THE ANDES Bucaramanga
Colombia:
Barranquilla
NATIONAL GRAND LODGE OF COLOMBIA Barranquilla
Colombia:
Bogota
GRAND LODGE OF COLOMBIA Bogota
Colombia:
Cali
GRAND LODGE OF WESTERN COLOMBIA Cali
Colombia:
Cartegena de Indias
NATIONAL GRAND LODGE OF COLOMBIA Cartagena de Indias
Colombia:
Cucuta
ORIENTAL GRAND LODGE OF COLUMBIA Cucuta
Costa Rica GRAND LODGE OF COSTA RICA San Jose
Croatia GRAND LODGE OF CROATIA Rijeka
Cuba GRAND LODGE OF CUBA Havana
Cyprus GRAND LODGE OF CYPRUS Nicosia
Czech Republic GRAND LODGE OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC Praha
Denmark GRAND LODGE OF DENMARK Copenhagen
Dominican Republic GRAND LODGE OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Santo Domingo
Ecuador GRAND LODGE OF ECUADOR Guayaquil
El Salvador GRAND LODGE ‘CUSCATLAN’ San Salvador
England UNITED GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND London
Finland GRAND LODGE OF FINLAND Helsinki
France FRENCH NATIONAL GRAND LODGE Paris
Germany:
Berlin
UNITED GRAND LODGES OF GERMANY Berlin
Germany:
Fuerstenfeldbruck
AMERICAN CANADIAN GRAND LODGE Fuerstenfeldbruck
Greece GRAND LODGE OF GREECE Athens
Guatemala GRAND LODGE OF GUATEMALA Guatemala City
Haiti GRAND ORIENT OF HAITI Port-au-Prince
Honduras GRAND LODGE OF HONDURAS Tegucigalpa
Hungary SYMBOLIC GRAND LODGE OF HUNGARY Budapest
Iceland GRAND LODGE OF ICELAND Reykjavik
India GRAND LODGE OF INDIA New Delhi
Iran GRAND LODGE OF IRAN (IN EXILE) Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Ireland GRAND LODGE OF IRELAND Dublin
Israel GRAND LODGE OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL Tel Aviv
Italy GRAND ORIENT OF ITALY Rome
Japan GRAND LODGE OF JAPAN Tokyo
Lithuania GRAND LODGE OF LITHUANIA Vilnius
Luxembourg GRAND LODGE OF LUXEMBOURG Luxembourg
Macedonia GRAND LODGE OF MACEDONIA Skopje
Malta SOVEREIGN GRAND LODGE OF MALTA St. Julian’s
Mexico YORK GRAND LODGE OF MEXICO Mexico
Mexico GRAND LODGE VALLEY OF MEXICO Mexico
Mexico:
Aguascalientes
GRAND LODGE OF THE STATE OF AGUASCALIENTES Aguascalientes
Mexico:
Coahuila
GRAND LODGE ‘BENITO JUAREZ’ OF COAHUILA Torreon
Mexico:
Guerrero
GRAND LODGE OF THE STATE OF GUERRERO Acapulco
Mexico:
Jalisco
GRAND LODGE OCCIDENTAL MEXICANA Guadalajara
Mexico:
Michoacana
GRAND LODGE OF LAZARO CARDENAS Morelia
Mexico:
Nuevo Leon
GRAND LODGE OF NUEVO LEON Monterrey
Mexico:
San Luis Potosi
GRAND LODGE OF ‘EL POTOSI’ San Luis Potosi
Mexico:
Sinaloa
GRAND LODGE OF SINALOA Culiacan
Mexico:
Tamaulipas
GRAND LODGE OF TAMAULIPAS Tampico
Mexico:
Valle de Mexico
GRAND LODGE OF VALLE DE MEXICO Mexico
Mexico:
Veracruz
GRAND LODGE ‘UNIDA MEXICANA’ Veracruz
Mexico:
York
YORK GRAND LODGE OF MEXICO Mexico
Moldova GRAND LODGE OF MOLDOVA Chisinau
Monaco NATIONAL REGULAR GRAND LODGE OF MONACO Monaco
Montenegro GRAND LODGE OF MONTENEGRO Podgorica
Netherlands GRAND EAST OF THE NETHERLANDS The Hague
New Zealand GRAND LODGE OF NEW ZEALAND Wellington
Nicaragua GRAND LODGE OF NICARAGUA Managua
Norway GRAND LODGE OF NORWAY Oslo
Panama GRAND LODGE OF PANAMA Panama
Paraguay GRAN LOGIA SIMBOLICA DEL PARAGUAY
(located on Avda. de la Victoria No. 690 esq. Lopez Moreira)
Asuncion
Peru GRAND LODGE OF PERU Lima
Philippines GRAND LODGE OF THE PHILIPPINES Manila
Poland POLISH NATIONAL GRAND LODGE Warsaw
Portugal LEGAL GRAND LODGE OF PORTUGAL Lisbon
Puerto Rico GRAND LODGE OF PUERTO RICO San Juan
Romania NATIONAL GRAND LODGE OF ROMANIA Bucharest
Russia GRAND LODGE OF RUSSIA Moscow
San Marino GRAND LODGE OF SAN MARINO Falciano
Scotland GRAND LODGE OF SCOTLAND Edinburgh
Serbia REGULAR GRAND LODGE OF SERBIA Belgrade
Slovenia GRAND LODGE OF SLOVENIA Ljubljana
Spain GRAND LODGE OF SPAIN Barcelona
Sweden GRAND LODGE OF SWEDEN Stockholm
Switzerland GRAND LODGE ALPINA OF SWITZERLAND Bern
Tahiti REGULAR GRAND LODGE OF TAHITI AND ITS ARCHIPELAGOS Papeete
Turkey GRAND LODGE OF TURKEY Istanbul
Ukraine GRAND LODGE OF UKRAINE Kiev
Uruguay GRAND LODGE OF URUGUAY Montevideo
USA:
Alabama
GRAND LODGE OF ALABAMA Millbrook
USA:
Alaska
GRAND LODGE OF ALASKA Anchorage
USA:
Alaska
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF ALASKA Anchorage
USA:
Arizona
GRAND LODGE OF ARIZONA Phoenix
USA:
Arkansas
GRAND LODGE OF ARKANSAS Little Rock
USA:
California
GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA San Francisco
USA:
Colorado
GRAND LODGE OF COLORADO Colorado Springs
USA:
Connecticut
GRAND LODGE OF CONNECTICUT Wallingford
USA:
Connecticut
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF CONNECTICUT Hartford
USA:
Delaware
GRAND LODGE OF DELAWARE Wilmington
USA:
Delaware
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF DELAWARE Wilmington
USA:
District of Columbia
GRAND LODGE OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington
USA:
Florida
GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA Jacksonville
USA:
Georgia
GRAND LODGE OF GEORGIA Macon
USA:
Hawaii
GRAND LODGE OF HAWAII Honolulu
USA:
Idaho
GRAND LODGE OF IDAHO Boise
USA:
Illinois
GRAND LODGE OF ILLINOIS Springfield
USA:
Indiana
GRAND LODGE OF INDIANA Indianapolis
USA:
Iowa
GRAND LODGE OF IOWA Cedar Rapids
USA:
Kansas
GRAND LODGE OF KANSAS Topeka
USA:
Kentucky
GRAND LODGE OF KENTUCKY Masonic Home
USA:
Louisiana
GRAND LODGE OF LOUISIANA Alexandria
USA:
Maine
GRAND LODGE OF MAINE Holden
USA:
Maryland
GRAND LODGE OF MARYLAND Cockeysville
USA:
Maryland
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF MARYLAND Baltimore
USA:
Massachusetts
GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS Boston
USA:
Michigan
GRAND LODGE OF MICHIGAN Alma
USA:
Minnesota
GRAND LODGE OF MINNESOTA Bloomington
USA:
Mississippi
GRAND LODGE OF MISSISSIPPI Meridian
USA:
Missouri
GRAND LODGE OF MISSOURI Columbia
USA:
Montana
GRAND LODGE OF MONTANA Helena
USA:
Nebraska
GRAND LODGE OF NEBRASKA Lincoln
USA:
Nevada
GRAND LODGE OF NEVADA Reno
USA:
New Hampshire
GRAND LODGE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE Milford
USA:
New Jersey
GRAND LODGE OF NEW JERSEY Trenton
USA:
New Mexico
GRAND LODGE OF NEW MEXICO Albuquerque
USA:
New Mexico
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF NEW MEXICO Albuquerque
USA:
New York
GRAND LODGE OF NEW YORK New York
USA:
New York
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF NEW YORK New York
USA:
North Carolina
GRAND LODGE OF NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh
USA:
North Carolina
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF NORTH CAROLINA Durham
USA:
North Dakota
GRAND LODGE OF NORTH DAKOTA Fargo
USA:
Ohio
GRAND LODGE OF OHIO Springfield
USA:
Oklahoma
GRAND LODGE OF OKLAHOMA Guthrie
USA:
Oregon
GRAND LODGE OF OREGON Forest Grove
USA:
Oregon
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE FOR THE STATES OFOREGON, IDAHO AND MONTANA Portland
USA:
Pennsylvania
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia
USA:
Rhode Island
GRAND LODGE OF RHODE ISLAND East Providence
USA:
Rhode Island
PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF RHODE ISLAND Providence
USA:
South Carolina
GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA Lexington
USA:
South Dakota
GRAND LODGE OF SOUTH DAKOTA Sioux Falls
USA:
Tennessee
GRAND LODGE OF TENNESSEE Nashville
USA:
Texas
GRAND LODGE OF TEXAS Waco
USA:
Utah
GRAND LODGE OF UTAH Salt Lake City
USA:
Vermont
GRAND LODGE OF VERMONT Barre
USA:
Virginia
GRAND LODGE OF VIRGINIA Richmond
USA:
Washington
GRAND LODGE OF WASHINGTON Tacoma
USA:
West Virginia
GRAND LODGE OF WEST VIRGINIA Charleston
USA:
Wisconsin
GRAND LODGE OF WISCONSIN Dousman
USA:
Wyoming
GRAND LODGE OF WYOMING Lander
Venezuela GRAND LODGE OF VENEZUELA Caracas
Each Subordinate Lodge of the Grand Lodge is responsible for the correct filing of all tax returns unless otherwise notified specifically by the Grand Lodge. In order to assist the Officers of various Lodges to maintain an efficient filing of returns, an outline is presented below.
A. Federal and State Withholding
1. Who must withhold and file tax returns? Each Subordinate Lodge
2. Who is subject to Withholding? Every employee of each Subordinate Lodge
3. Who are employees? All persons rendering services to the Lodge for a salary or wage, which are under the direction and control of the Lodge.
4. How much must be withheld?
Income
Federal State Social Security
Federal
A table is provided by
U.S. Treasury Department
3.07% of the
Compensation paid
Employer @ 7.65%
Employee @ 7.65%
5. When must returns be filed and tax paid? For each calendar quarter with an annual reconciliation
  For the period: Due:
  January 1 to March 31 April 30
  April 1 to June 30 July 31
  July 1 to September 30 October 31
  October 1 to December 31 January 31
  Annual reconciliation is due January 31
B. Unemployment Compensation Tax Federal Pennsylvania
1. Who must file tax returns? Every Subordinate Lodge with employees
2. Who is required to pay the tax? The Lodge not employees The Lodge
3. What is the tax rate? Rates are set annually by the government
4. Who are employees? Same as for withholding
5. When must returns be filed? January 31 once a year Same as Federal withholding
6. When must tax be paid? When the return is filed When the return is filed
C. Local Wage Taxes
1. Who is subject?
Many cities, townships, boroughs and other political subdivisions levy a tax on wages, salaries or compensation. Usually, the employer (the Lodges) are required to withhold the tax from the employees (the Secretary, etc.) and remit the tax periodically to the appropriate tax authority. In most cases a Lodge will be considered as an employer for withholding purposes.
2. How taxing jurisdiction is determined?
The Political sub-division in which the Lodge domiciled (located) will generally be the jurisdiction to which the Lodge is responsible for any requirement for withholding of tax. In most cases the domicile will be considered as the location in which the Lodge holds its stated meetings.
3. Who is responsible for withholding?
Each Lodge is responsible for determining whether it is required to withhold and remit wage taxes for its employees to the political sub-division in which it is domiciled.
D. Pennsylvania Sales and Use Tax
1. Who is subject to tax?
Each Lodge must pay the sales or use tax on taxable items purchased. No Lodge may give a sales tax exemption certificate for any reason whatsoever.
2. What is subject to tax?
Generally speaking, all items of tangible personal property and certain services with which tangible personal property is an integral part. Since specific enumeration of taxable and nontaxable items would cover at least nine pages in detail, the following general rule should be followed. If a vendor would charge another customer for an item the Lodge purchased, then the Lodge is subject to the tax. Subordinate Lodges can not claim an exemption from sales or use tax as either a “non-profit” or charitable organization. Certain items related to Lodge activities are set forth hereunder for your guidance. Fraternal accouterments and related articles are specifically subject to tax. Formal day or evening wear is subject to the tax. Aprons are exempt, unless the value of the lambskin is more than three times the value of the next most valuable component material of the apron. Jewelry is taxable; books are taxable; Bibles are non-taxable. All furnishings for a Lodge room are subject to tax.
3. Must a Lodge secure a license?
No Sales and Use Tax License is required by a Lodge, since Lodges are prohibited from engaging in commercial or business activities or making sales in commerce. Lodge dues and assessments and income from interest or dividends will not cause an incident of sales or use tax.
E. Federal Income Tax Returns
The Grand Lodge is filing federal non-profit tax returns Form 990 – entitled “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax” for and on behalf of each Subordinate Lodge as to the receipts and disbursements reported by the Secretary of each Lodge in the annual audit report. Therefore, no Subordinate Lodge will be required to file a federal non-profit tax return unless it is specifically advised to do so by the Grand Lodge. Each Subordinate Lodge is required to file an appropriate federal income tax for any ancillary organization, such as a Temple Association. The Grand Lodge must be notified of any situation in which no return is filed and furnished with an opinion from legal counsel of the Subordinate Lodge as to the status of the non-filing.
Show your Lodge’s pride in being a cornerstone in the life of your community! Become a visible part of the network of Fraternal Brotherhood throughout the Commonwealth! These PennDOT approved signs not only help in raising the visibility of Freemasonry and your Lodge, they tell travelling Brothers where and when you meet, and remind your own members to go back to their Lodge! These are the only designs approved by Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.msigns

  Masonic Signs
Supplier: Walsh Equipment
796 Unionville Road
Prospect, Pennsylvania 16052
Phone: 724-865-9221
Fax: 724-865-9817
Specifications: Reflective white lettering and border with reflective blue background on .080 gauge aluminum.
Price: Large Symbol Signs – 24″ x 30″ $55.00 each
Information Signs
24″ x 12″ $35.00 each (three lines of text)[Lodge Name, Lodge No., Meeting Day and Time]

24″ x 18″ $59.00 each (four or five lines of text)
24″ x 24″ $75.00 each (six or seven lines of text)

Eagle Scout Commendation Certificates

Commendation Certificates from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania are available through the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation at http://pmyf.org/programs/eagle-scouts/

Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award

The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award is given to a Master Mason who is currently a registered Scouter and active in a Scout unit, district, council, or national affiliate, and has displayed outstanding dedication to the Scouting program through:

  • developing Scouting units
  • assisting lodges in forming units
  • exemplifying the Scout Law and Masonic virtues
  • recruiting Scouting volunteers
  • strengthening the relationship between Freemasonry and Scouting

Work accomplishment and dedication, rather than a specific number of years in Scouting, will be the criteria for this award.

The program is administered on behalf of the Grand Lodge by the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. The application and additional details can be found at: http://pmyf.org/programs/scouting/

licenseplateInstructions for filing the application:

  1. Complete Sections A & D only.
  2. Attach check payable to “Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania” for $25. (Include cost for additional registration cards, if desired.)
  3. DO NOT MAIL IT TO THE BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES.
  4. Mail completed application, and check or money order to:
    Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
    One North Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-2598
  5. The Grand Secretary’s Office will validate your membership, complete sections B & C, and will forward it to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Click here for the Application for Special Organization Registration Plate

The State of PA has announced that effective July 17, 2014, specialty plates are now available.

  • Specialty plates are personalized versions of the Blue Lodge plates above, and cost $125 ($100 plus $25 for the registration).
  • Specialty plates can be up to 5 characters (alpha or numeric), and may contain one hyphen or space (but not both).
  • To order the specialty version of the license plate, please fill out this form, enclose $125, and send it to the Grand Lodge at the address above.

For questions, call Seamus Stimson at 215-988-1901 at sstimson@pagrandlodge. org.

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is proud to offer many scholarships to assist worthy students with their higher education. The scholarship program is administered through the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation.

Click here to learn more about scholarships offered by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Supplies

In conjunction with vendors and approved businesses, the Grand Secretary’s Office is pleased to offer several items for order. Information on currently available items is posted here for your convenience.

Lewis Jewel Order Form

On December 27, 2007, R.W Grand Master Ronald A. Aungst, Sr. introduced and approved the usage of the Lewis Jewel for Pennsylvania Masons.

The word “Lewis” denotes strength and is depicted by certain pieces of metal dovetailed into a stone, which forms a cramp, and enables the operative Mason to raise great weights to certain heights with little encumbrance, and to fix them in their proper bases. Lewis, likewise, denotes the son of a Mason; his duty is to bear the heat and burden of the day, from which his parents, by reason of their age, ought to be exempt; to help them in time of need, and thereby render the close of their days happy and comfortable; and his privilege for so doing is to be made a Mason before any other person however dignified.

In the days of operative Masonry, it was a great source of pride when a son followed in his father’s footsteps and was Entered as an Apprentice, his name “entered” on the roll, and thereby admitted to the Lodge. To study his father’s skills and learn to use his father’s tools were manifest expressions of the greatest honor and esteem a son could play. It was common to carry on the tradition through several generations in the same family.

The Lewis Jewel may be worn by a Mason, if, at the time of his Initiation, his father was a Mason in good standing. The initiate of a deceased father – in good standing at the time of his death – would also qualify. The jewel is suspended from two chains with two bars. The upper bar contains the name of the father and the date of his initiation. The lower bar contains the name of the son and date of his initiation. The Jewel comes in a wallet with a pocket holder.

The Lewis Jewel has been in use in England and other Jurisdictions under the United Grand Lodge of England for many decades to honor a new Mason’s father. The jewel has also been adopted in the Jurisdictions of Vermont, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut and perhaps others in the United States and is offered throughout Canada.

Contact Us

If you are interested in membership, please review the How to Join page and complete the form provided there.

If you are looking for records of Masonic Membership for relatives or as part of genealogical research, please contact the Masonic Library and Museum

Address
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
1 North Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2598

Phone
215-988-1901

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