ACT No. 682 Welcomes Master Builder


Bro. Larry A. Derr, District Deputy Grand Master for the First Masonic District, presented the Master Builder Award to Bro. Herb Ridyard, a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682.

Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 congratulates Bro. Herb Ridyard, who was presented with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s Master Builder Award at the stated meeting on September 15, 2014. Presented by Bro. Larry A. Derr, District Deputy Grand Master of the First Masonic District, the award recognizes Bro. Ridyard’s zeal for the fraternity. To earn the award, a newly raised Master Mason must complete 10 mandatory requirements and also participate in three elective choices. Full details on the program can be found on the Grand Lodge Website (off site link.)

We look forward to great things out of Bro. Ridyard and encourage all new Master Masons to try and attain this noble distinction!

Lodge Announces Annual Banquet and Entertainment

We’re pleased to announce that the annual banquet for Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 will be held on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in the Brossman Ballroom at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Meals will be provided by Commonwealth Caterers, with prices and menus to be announced very soon.

AR-712159966This year’s entertainment will be provided by Mr. Chris Davis, better known as the Renaissance Man – an actor, author and comedian. In an effort to put his degree in Philosophy from Villanova University to the best possible use, he’s been entertaining and educating audiences of all ages since 1988. Shakespeare, Poe, Dickens, Greek Mythology and Kipling provide his material for interactive comedies which make history and literature more accessible and enjoyable, while giving audience members a chance to take a meaningful role in the performance. Oh…and juggling!

This show is perfect for all ages and offers a great chance for you to bring your whole family to the event. Mr. Davis is well-known for his excellent school based programs, so this banquet will be one that your kids and grand kids shouldn’t miss!

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As for tickets, watch for information from the Lodge very soon!

Master Assists with Scholarship Presentations

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Bro. Stephen E. Poff, Worshipful Master, assisted Bro. Larry A. Derr, District Deputy Grand Master of the 1st Masonic District, with the presentation of two scholarships. These scholarships, awarded through the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation, will assist these two young ladies in completing their collegiate careers. Congratulations!

Bair Receives Scholarship from Lodge

Miss Bair receives the scholarship from Bro. Stephen E. Poff, Worshipful Master.

Miss Bair receives the scholarship from Bro. Stephen E. Poff, Worshipful Master.

Miss Kylee A. Bair, Mount Joy, PA has been selected to receive a $300.00 scholarship from Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682. The scholarship was awarded through the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. The Foundation, which is a charitable extension of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Pennsylvania, presented close to 60 scholarships totaling $170,000 this year to young people with a Masonic relative, or who are members of a Masonic-sponsored youth group.

Kylee is eligible as a relative of a member of the Lodge. Kylee was selected from close to 200 applicants. She is attending Millersville University. Previously, she graduated from Donegal High School.

1st Masonic District Holds Gun Raffle to Benefit Lebanon VA

The 1st Masonic District, to which Abraham C. Treichler Lodge belongs, is holding a gun raffle to benefit the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lebanon, PA. The tickets are being sold for $20 each and will be played using the PA Lottery during the month of November. Prizes include cash, hand guns, rifles, and more. To find out more information, purchase a ticket, or for a copy of the complete rules, please see the Worshipful Master.

Here is a complete list of the prizes available. Good luck!


What’s been going on at ACT 682?

It’s been a bit since we have updated you with the happenings at Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682. Don’t let the lack of posts fool you, the Lodge has been hard at work spreading the good deeds of Freemasonry far and wide.

Original_ Buttermilk_PancakesFirst, we’d like to thank all of those who attended or assisted at our Pancake Breakfast on May 17, 2014. It was a beautiful day for the event. The final count was more than 1550 guests. While final numbers are still being calculated, this fundraiser should end up netting several thousand dollars for the Lodge’s charitable endeavors. Special thanks go out to Past Masters Gene Geib and Denny O’Connor, who acted as leaders for this event, ensuring that everything went according to plan.


On Tuesday, May 19, following the stated meeting, the Lodge held a program to honor our home town heroes – first responders from local police, fire companies, and ambulance services. Close to 30 first responders were in attendance and each received the congratulations of the Lodge and one of the Grand Master’s First Repsonder lapel pins. The guests were also treated to an ice cream bar after the meeting, where they continued to receive the thanks of a greatful membership.

The Lodge is now finalizing all of our programs before the summer break, so join us at our meeting in June and enjoy a program by Bro. Tom Dice, who will speak on the symbolism of the Past Master’s Jewel in honor of the Past Masters of our Lodge. See you then!


Lodge History Video

At a recent meeting of the Treichler Lodge, Bro. Seth Anthony, Senior Deacon and Lodge Historian, presented a video on the history of the Lodge during the 1950’s and 1960’s. If you were unable to attend the meeting, we’ve made the video available below for you to view. Enjoy!

DeMolay Plans Fundraiser

Please find below, for your consideration and review, a fundraising flyer for Elizabethtown Chapter of DeMolay.  It takes place on Tuesday Feb 25, 2014 from 5pm-9pm at the Isaac’s Restaurant in Mount Joy, PA.  25% of EACH order will be donated to the chapter as long as the flyer is presented.  **If we have 100 Freemasons attend and they each had an order of $10 that would equal a profit of $250 for the Etown DEMOLAY Chapter!

Worshipful Master Spends Time with DeMolay

On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Bro. Stephen E. Poff, Worshipful Master, attended a Prospect Party Event for Elizabethtown Chapter, Order of DeMolay. Bro. Poff was accompanied by his wife and children, who joined the Chapter at Laserdome in Mount Joy, PA. The Master and his family enjoyed the games with the DeMolay and he extends his thanks to the Chapter for the warm welcome that was received.WM-n-MC-LaserDome01252014

Treichler Welcomes Grand Lodge for Presentation

LodgeOfficersCleanOn January 21, 2014, the members and officers of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 were pleased to welcome Bro. Robert J. Bateman, Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, to the stated meeting of the Lodge for a special presentation. Travelling with the Grand Master were several other Grand Lodge officers, making for an exciting night. The officers of the Lodges of the First Masonic District were also out in force, supporting Treichler Lodge as a new member of the District, thanks to the hard work of Bro. Larry A. Derr, District Deputy Grand Master. There was literally no seating left in the Lodge room and the Lodge ran out of aprons, having to use candidate aprons to properly clothe the nearly 200 brethren and friends that were present!

The crowd was certainly large because of the reason for the Grand Master’s visit – the formal presentation of the apron and jewel of a Past District Deputy Grand Master to Brother Noble P. Johnson, Past Master of our Lodge, who retired as the District Deputy for the 60th Masonic District after 10 years of faithful service. Noble also was able to welcome his family to the open presentation, which included his children, grandchildren, sister, and beloved wife, Althea, who assisted him on his journey. Bro. Noble thanked his District Committee Chairmen, Charles Schaeffer–Youth; and Mark Mattern–Website; and remembered the work of the late Bro. David Gontz, P.M. Lodge 666, with Masonic Education, and especially  the late Bro. Robert R. George, P.M., Lodge 682, as the Principal of the District 60 School of Instruction. Bro. Noble thanked  all of the Brothers for their continued support and was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation, which he found very moving.

Bro. Bateman was pleased to extend the gift of his Grand Master’s Medallion to the Lodge and promised an automobile sunscreen to Bro. Stephen E. Poff, Worshipful Master. The Medallion has been turned over to the trustees and will be displayed as the Lodge relics and museum are updated. The Grand Master also outlined his programs for the year and gave a very stirring oration which the membership found both informative and entertaining.

The Lodge had not seen this kind of turn out in a long time and it certainly was a great night for Freemasonry in Elizabethtown. Thank you to everyone who came out for this special event!