Fritz Lodge No. 308
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Constituted September 29, 1857

Fort Washington Lodge No. 308, constituted September 29, 1857, and Fritz Lodge No. 420, constituted August 15, 1868, merged on December 31, 2001, forming the present Fritz Lodge No. 308




TRI FOR THE KIDS

To those in the triathlon world, it's referred to simply as "Ironman": a 2.4 mile swim, followed immediately by a 112 mile bicycle ride and concluding with a 26.2 mile Marathon run - all completed within the same day.  If the idea of attempting such an endeavor provides a picture in your mind of a funny white jacket that ties in the back, then it's probably not for you.  But at least one of your Masonic brothers has been training hard for the past four years to complete this 140.6 mile Odyssey.  My name is Cameron Smith and I'm a 52-year-old Past Master of Fritz Lodge in Conshohocken.  It is my intention to complete my first ultra-distance triathlon in Cleveland, Ohio in September and while doing so, to raise funds for the Masonic Children's Home in Elizabethtown.  To learn more about the Home, check out http://www.masonicvillages.org/elizabethtown/mch/

For me, race day will begin about 4:00 a.m. as I make final preparations for a 7:00 a.m. start.  About 75 minutes later, I hope to exit the water and transition to my bicycle for six hours in the saddle.  Then, I hop off the bike and into running shoes for my very first Marathon, that I hope to complete in under four hours.

Knowing how many hours I’ve spent preparing for this bucket-list event – countless laps in the pool, thousands of miles on the bike, and hundreds more running – don’t begin to compare to the past difficulties experienced by the youngsters at the Masonic Children’s Home.  If I can elevate my efforts to mean more than just the completion of another race, I will feel truly satisfied that it was all worthwhile.

So even if a 12-hour workout is not your cup of tea, feel free to sit back in your easy chair, knowing I’m swimming, biking and running for ALL the brethren and that you’ve provided your tax-deductible contribution to this wonderful Masonic charity without having to awaken at 4 a.m. with me. 

There are three ways to make your tax-deductible donation:

ONLINE – Click the “Donate” link at the top of www.MasonicCharitiesPA.org , then on the “Donate Now” link at the bottom of the next page.  Complete the requested information and on the next page, choose “Cameron Smith – Triathlon to Benefit the Masonic Children’s Home”.  You’ll also be prompted to designate your donation by selecting “Masonic Children’s Home” before moving on.  Click “No Honoree or Memorial Information” and then you’ll be redirected to PayPal to complete the secure, online donation.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a PayPal account, as you will still have an opportunity to pay by credit card if you prefer.

MAIL - Make your check payable to “Masonic Children’s Home” and send it to:

Masonic Charities

Office of Gift Planning

One Masonic Drive

Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Please remember to write “Cameron Smith – Triathlon” in the memo section of the check.  It will ensure the donation is credited to my efforts and that I have a way to follow up with a thank-you note!

IN PERSON – You can always hand me your check or cash and I’ll make sure it gets to the Children’s Home, with the added benefit of receiving a smile, a personal handshake/pat on the back and a heartfelt “Thank you” from yours truly.

Freemasonry

Freemasonry may have a different meaning to different individuals.  To many it is a charitable organization that has consistently devoted itself to the service of fellow humans in a generous way.  To some it is a system of moral and spiritual lessons that help better its member’s overall character.  To others it is a venue for fellowship and social interaction with like-minded men of high moral and ethical qualities.  To a few it is a school of leadership in an ever changing world that needs men who can inspire and instill hope in humanity and its good causes.  To us it is all these elements conclusively forged into one.

Freemasonry is a non-religious yet spiritual, non-political yet social, ancient fraternity that promote self-knowledge and tolerance. It raises above all religious, cultural, ethnic, social, educational, and individual differences, to focus on the common characteristics in a free open atmosphere of dialogue to bring us closer to one another and strengthens the fraternal bonds and values of brotherly love, charity, freedom, and equality.  Masons are family oriented, hard-working, mannered men who lead an ethics based life and take joy and pride in doing good.  To Masons good is a verb.  Only men who carry these qualities inherent in them, strive to constantly improve in every aspect of their existence and believe in a supreme being are welcomed into our fraternity.  We invite you to contact us in order to seek more information about our fraternity and membership.

Why YOU should consider Freemasonry

Every man has his own reason for wanting to be a part of the greatest fraternity in the world. Regardless of your reason, you will benefit from membership, because Freemasonry makes good men better. Seek Knowledge, and you will find much about our history, purpose, and current  programs of education, character development and charity.
Freemasonry is a fraternity of brothers who share one common goal: to help each other become better men. We strengthen and improve our character by learning and practicing basic virtues of fraternal love, charity, and truth. Our principles extend far beyond our interactions with each other, and we strive to apply them to our daily lives.  
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