We would like to welcome you to the 29th Masonic District Website, as well as to the 29th Masonic district.
I am extremely excited to begin my first year as District Deputy Grand Master for this district, under Right Worshipful Grand Master Brother Thomas Gamon IV. He has many wonderful programs and ideologies that he strives to pursue, and it will be a pleasure to work with him to ensure that our district meets his expectations. I have been a member of Claysville Lodge 447 for 30 years, serving as Worshipful Master and the Principal of the School of Instruction for the past 20 years. I am extremely pleased with how the district has prospered under the leadership of Brother David Moore, PDDGM, and would like to thank him and the Grand Master for their confidence in my appointment to this office.
As a new DDGM, I would like to share some of my goals and plans for the ensuing year. We strive to continue with programs such as ladies night, Past Master nights, recognition of first responders, veterans, and the district picnic. We aim not only to have programs that reinforce masonic values, but bring together the entire masonic community. It is essential that we continue to support the youth groups and foster relationships that will allow the growth and success of our district and individual lodges.
I will represent the 8 lodges residing within Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties with pride.
Because of my background with the school of instruction, ritual work will be of the utmost importance. Openings and closings for stated meetings will be done in long form, and short form for extra meetings, as stated by the RWGM. Additionally, regular ballot box procedures are to be used, with voice votes only being used as a last resort. [(Elected) Officer advancement requirements are remaining the same, but will be enforced.] Strong mentorship of our candidates is essential, as the development of our candidates is our future. Every lodge, officer, and lodge instructor should attend the school of instruction. An officer that does not know his job has no excuse for a lack of improvement as the school and the instructors are there to be benefitted from. Though attendance is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged. Finally, a major goal set by the RWGM is for each member to replace himself as a mason, We are not looking for quantity, we are looking for quality. It will be by the pursuit of these goals and with earnest effort that our district and the fraternity will continue to thrive.
Brethren, the Right Worshipful Grand Master will be continuing to foster the growth and success of Pennsylvania Masonry by giving his best effort and dedication to this fraternity. I, in turn, promise that I too will support this district and represent it with virtues and leadership that will aid the lodges, their officers, and members to continued prosperity. It is with this that I again welcome you to the 29th Masonic District of Pennsylvania Masonry, and encourage you to join us in fellowship.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Jay A. McGuier
29th District Deputy Grand Master