EDITORIAL BOARD Chairman Robert J. Bateman, R.W.G.M. Raymond T. Dietz, R.W.D.G.M. S. Eugene Herritt, R.W.S.G.W. Thomas Gamon, IV, R.W.J.G.W. Jeffrey W. Coy, R.W.G.T. Mark A. Haines, R.W.G.S. EDITORIAL STAFF Tina L. Raybold - Production Coordinator Rich Johnson - Graphic Designer Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation Staff Masonic Library & Museum of Pennsylvania Staff (Publication No. USPS 426-140) May 2015 Issue of The Pennsylvania Freemason ® Published quarterly by the Masonic Villages, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Articles and photographs to be considered for publication should be sent with local Masonic authority to the address above, to the attention of The Pennsylvania Freemason ® or emailed to [email protected] masonicvillages.org. Except by special arrangement, all articles, photographs and artwork become the property of the Grand Lodge. Published by the Masonic Villages, owned and operated by the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Pennsylvania, as a means of soliciting the physical and financial support of the members, their families and the public in general. Periodical postage is paid at Elizabethtown, Pa., and additional mailing offices. We appreciate the many submissions we receive for consideration. We apologize, but due to space constraints we are not able to publish every submission we receive.
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• Grand Master’s Message • Annual Grand Communication • Change for the Troops • June Quarterly Communication Highlights
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• Annual Ohio - PA Brotherhood Night • PA Academy of Masonic Knowledge • Degrees in the Woods• Honoring Our First Responders • Community Service & Random Acts of Kindness • One Day Masonic Journey • Congratulations to ...
• The Tools of Freemasonry in the Age of Social Media • The Masonic Outreach Program • From Great Depression to Great Philanthropist • A LifeSaving Gift • Masonic Book Review •
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• Board Member Spotlight: Bro. Jeffrey W. Coy • 92nd Annual Youth Appreciation Day • One Home Run of a Good Time • Sturgeon Health Care Center Plaque Unveiling • Autumn Day 2015 • What’s Happening Around the State • 2015 Wish List Items
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Brethren, I have now been Grand Master for 20 months and have enjoyed traveling throughout our great Commonwealth with the other Grand Lodge Officers. We have been to lodge meetings, banquets, family nights, first responders’ nights, veterans’ nights, motorcycle rides, three Quarterly Communications and Donor Dinners at our Masonic Villages. We have also attended meetings with our appendant bodies and our youth groups, and have enjoyed a ball game with the youth of our Masonic Children’s Home in Elizabethtown. These are just some of the things your Grand Lodge Officers do. Almost all of the programs instituted at the Annual Communication on Dec. 27, 2013, have come to fruition because of the help and enthusiasm of the membership. The only one that has not been totally embraced by our membership is the Membership Retention and Growth Program. We have given several initiatives to our brethren and our lodges to assist, and I thank them for all their hard work and effort to maintain and increase their membership. Unfortunately, only about 25% of our lodges took advantage of this, but those that did had growth in their membership. It has been my desire to help our members and lodges with these incentives because I honestly believe they will help in building a strong and productive future for our entire Craft. I don’t understand why the other 75% are not taking advantage of them, but it’s not too late! It is my hope that the rest of our brethren and our lodges participate and benefit from this program. As a reminder, if a Masonic lodge increases its membership while maintaining its current membership within a Masonic year, the lodge will receive $50 from Grand Lodge for every new member who has been raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason above what the membership was at the beginning of the year. If a member is the first line signer on a petition, his name will go into a pool to be eligible for a grand prize drawing of a gift card in the amount of $1,000. There will also be a second and third place drawing of a gift card in the amount of $500 each. A member may put his name into the pool for each of the petitions for which he was the first line signer. The drawings for the gift cards will take place at the December Quarterly Communication, just in time for the holidays. Brethren, your blue lodge is the well for growth for every appendant body in Freemasonry. We need to face the fact that every Masonic body in our fraternity is suffering due to membership decline. Bro. Thomas K. Sturgeon, R.W.P.G.M., opened the door for all of us by allowing selective invitation in Pennsylvania Freemasonry. I have heard it said by some of our brethren, “I will never invite anyone to join because we have never done it that way, and I am not going to start now.” Where has that attitude gotten us so far? We are in a
freefall, down from 262,000 members in the 1960s to approximately 104,000 members now. I have also heard it said that we need quality members, not quantity. I can’t believe any member of this fraternity would invite a man to join Freemasonry who is not a good man and one of extraordinary quality. Isn’t it better to know that a man is of quality than to start from scratch and have to learn whether he is who he says he is? We are in a new century, and our world is changing rapidly. If we don’t change along with it, we may become as extinct as … well, you fill in the blank. Brethren, it is all of our responsibility to build a future for our beloved fraternity. Please don’t wait until it is too late! I forget where I found this saying, but when I read it, I couldn’t help but think, “Am I doing all I can do as Grand Master to help build a future for our fraternity?” When I look at our membership in our lodges and in our appendant bodies, I keep asking myself, “What am I missing?” I ask all of you, when you read this saying, please think about it as I do and what it says and means. I still believe with all my heart if we go hand in hand in unanimity, we will be successful in building a future for our beloved fraternity. Please draw your own conclusion, and answer your own questions as you read it. In every organization, there are two kinds of members. Some keep the organization strong While others join just to belong. Some volunteer and do their share While others rest and never care. On meeting nights, some always show While there are some who never go. Some always pay their dues ahead Some get behind for months instead. Some do their best, some build and make Some never do, just sit and take. Some lag behind, just let things go And never help their fraternity to grow. Some drag, some pull, some don’t, and some do. Consider which of these are you? - Author Unknown
Sincerely and fraternally,
Robert J. Bateman R.W. Grand Master
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Spouses, Family & Friends are invited to attend all events along with you!
Annual Grand Communication Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
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Cash Bar Reception
6:30 p.m. Banquet Dinner with Entertainment by Singer-Songwriter Chris Jamison 2014 Finalist on “The Voice” Tickets $90 per person (Advance Tickets Required)
For Tickets and Reservations please contact:
Please contact your District Deputy Grand Master or Bro. David Morgans by phone at: 412-728-6533 or email at: [email protected] Reservations are due by November 15, 2015
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CHANGE FOR THE TROOPS Above, l-r: Bros. Capt. Andrew Levy, USAF; Col. Harris Brooks, USAF (Ret.); Maj. Gen. Marvin Jay Barry, USAF (Ret.); Cadet Jonathan Pitkins, USAF Academy; and Col. Seamus McCaffery, USAF (Ret.)
Growing Masonic Membership through Change for the Troops The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has provided more than $880,000 through the Change for the Troops/Help for Our Heroes program since 2008. Through the generous donations of our brethren, the program has provided calling cards to troops serving overseas; held baby showers for military families; assisted with veterans courts, group homes and home repairs for spouses of deployed military members; sponsored Christmas parties for military children with special needs; provided trips to Great Adventure for military families; supported a cycling rehabilitation program for veterans with disabilities; and provided telemedicine funding to improve health care delivery to military families. While obviously the fraternity helped sponsor these programs out of a desire to support our military, veterans and their loved ones, these efforts have unexpectedly gained exceptional exposure that has greatly increased interest among military members to want to join the fraternity that has invested so much time, money and energy into promoting the well-being of their comrades and families. “Through these various programs and our interactions with our military members, they are learning what Masons do,” Col. and Bro. Harris Brooks said. One such example is a young man Col. and Bro. Brooks interviewed as an admissions officer for the Air Force Academy. Over the years, he mentored the young man, who saw Col. and Bro. Brooks run education programs in high schools through the March of Dimes and at Abington Hospital, as well the various programs sponsored through Change for the Troops. The young man became close to Col. and Bro. Brooks and his wife, Cheryl, and expressed
his interest in becoming a Mason from seeing what Masons do for charity and to improve themselves and their communities. That young man, Cadet Jonathan Pitkins, USAF Academy, is pictured above after having received his Masonic degrees at Brotherhood Lodge No. 126, Philadelphia, by dispensation from R.W. Grand Master Robert J. Bateman. The brethren received permission to don their military uniforms, and some members of the National Sojourners (comprised of commissioned, warrant and senior noncommissioned officers and honorary members who are Masons) attended in colonial attire as R.W. Past Grand Master Edward O. Weisser (shown below) performed the third degree.
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Military members requesting membership has become more and more common. On March 24, members of Brotherhood Lodge No. 126, Philadelphia, gave all three degrees to Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Beck, Pennsylvania State Director for Military and Veterans Affairs, and Lt. Col. Geno Rapone, Communications Squadron Commander, 111th Fighter Wing. Bro. Rapone deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in April. Left (front row, l-r): Bros. SMS Matt Giacobbe; Brig. Gen. Jerry Beck; Lt. Col. Geno Rapone; and Chuck Lord, P.M., U.S. Army (Ret.). Back row (l-r): Bros. Chuck Holloway, D.D.G.M.-C, Air Force veteran; Thomas Long, U.S. Army veteran; and Anthony Stefanski, W.M.
Bicycle Program Helps to Rehabilitate Our Nation’s Heroes
Project Hero Horsham, a cycling program for military members week, the pushers verbally guided him through his accelerations, turns and veterans with disabilities, continues to thrive at Horsham Air and decelerations. The next rider, a Vietnam veteran, is missing a National Guard Station. leg. The third low rider in the photo, Duval D., learned a lot about “This program was started and is continuing through the support his physical limitations and abilities and grew stronger every day. of our PA Masons,” Col. and Bro. Harris Brooks said. His pushers were constantly motivating him to work harder and Vets with disabilities compete in harder. There were some crashes, some challenge events such as the Memorial mechanical problems, and Duval even Challenge, from Arlington to Manassas. bought a new pair of shoes during this Shown in the above left photo is Kathy tough week, but he didn’t give up and he B., (center), one of the Army veterans finished the entire journey. in the program, along with Sterling R., “The contributions we received from a volunteer SAG wagon driver (which the Grand Lodge have truly enabled us to follows the cyclists to pick up those who provide excellent cycling equipment and have been injured, retrieve bikes that have opportunities to the vets in our local area. mechanical issues and provide snacks We were able to obtain a new recumbent during breaks from long rides), and Lt. bicycle, a Catrike 700, for Duval, designed Col. Claudia Malone. This was Kathy’s for faster and longer cycling than what he first challenge ride, and she completed - Lt. Col. Claudia Malone was previously used to,” Lt. Col. Malone 25 miles. Cyclists start in the gym with said. “The contributions also have been used therapy, instruction and equipment funded by Change for the Troops, to purchase an upright road bike for Maurice B., an Army veteran. and achieve amazing feats! “My next large purchase will probably be a better hand-cycle Each recumbent and hand-cycle has a push bar installed on the for Theresa A., an Army vet (former 1st Sgt.) who currently rides a back of the bike that enables an upright rider to assist the low riders donated mid-range cycle. ... Theresa always gives 110%, and I would up the long hills. The first hand-cyclist in the above right photo is like to see what she is capable of if given better equipment.” paralyzed on the right side and legally blind. Throughout the entire
“The contributions we received from the Grand Lodge have truly enabled us to provide excellent cycling equipment and opportunities to the vets in our local area.”
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June Quarterly Communication Highlights 1.
On June 20, the Quarterly Communication was held at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center. Grand Secretary Mark Haines presented membership statistics for the Masonic year ending Dec. 27, 2014. With four lodge mergers in 2014, the number of lodges decreased from 421 in 2013 to 417 in 2014; however, since six mergers occurred on Dec. 27, 2014, the number of lodges is now 411. Membership decreased from 107,474 in 2013 to 105,227 in 2014. While 3,294 members were admitted, initiated or restored in 2014, 5,541 members were lost due to suspensions, expulsions, resignations and deaths. This yielded an overall net decrease of 2,247 members. Full code by-laws of five lodges and amendments of 20 lodges were approved. Three mergers were approved: General James Chambers Lodge No. 801 into George Washington Lodge No. 143, effective July 1, 2015, to be known as George Washington Lodge No. 143, Chambersburg; William D. McIlroy Lodge No. 269 into Dallas Lodge No. 231, effective July 1, 2015, to be known as Dallas Lodge No. 231, Pittsburgh; and Tyrone Lodge No. 494 into Mountain Lodge No. 281, effective Dec. 27, 2015, to be known as Mountain Lodge No. 281, Altoona. The following District Deputy Grand Masters were recognized with a precious gemstone added to their name badge for achieving a gain in membership in their respective districts in 2014: Bros. David M. Howells, Jr., D.D.G.M.-10; W. Scott Muller, D.D.G.M.-15; Timothy L. Shumar, D.D.G.M.-30; and John E. Nixon, D.D.G.M.-50.
R.W. Grand Master Robert J. Bateman presented the following Awards: Outstanding Service Award (photo 1): Bro. Vincent G. Monardo, Deputy Chief to the Grand Master, Lodge No. 45, Pittsburgh Masonic Scholar Collars, Jewels and Certificates (photo 2): Bros. John R. Dinkel, P.M., and Richard F. Muth, P.M., St. James Lodge No. 457, Beaver
Grand Master’s Award (photos 3-6): Cassia-Mount Horeb Lodge No. 273, Ardmore Stephen Bayard Lodge No. 526, Elizabeth Duquesne-McKeesport Lodge No. 731, Duquesne Oriental Lodge No. 460, Orangeville Master Builders Award (photo 7): Bros. William L. Britton, Cumberland Valley Lodge No. 315, Shippensburg; Brian T. Mattocks and Casimir J. Palowitch, CassiaMount Horeb Lodge No. 273, Adrmore; Cory M. Root, Eureka Lodge No. 366, Union City; John M. Breitigan and Nathan W. Ray, Sunset Lodge No. 623, Washington; Ildephonse J. Hines, Bedford Lodge No. 320; Bryan P. Keenan and Stephen K. Morse, Jr., John A. Brashear Lodge No. 743, Pittsburgh; John R. Rudd, DuquesneMcKeesport Lodge No. 731, Duquesne; Andrew J. Beauchamp, J. Simpson Africa Lodge No. 628, Stroudsburg; Charles R. Wallace, Shenango Valley Lodge No. 810, Hermitage; and Michael A. Green, Lodge No. 45, Pittsburgh Grand Master Bateman announced the December Quarterly Communication will be held at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, at 10 a.m., on Dec. 2, 2015.
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Annual Ohio - PA Brotherhood Night The Annual Ohio - Pennsylvania Brotherhood Night will be held at the Youngstown Masonic Center, 223 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio, on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting. Grand Master Bateman requests that brethren interested in attending notify their District Deputy Grand Master by Aug. 25.
Pennsylvania Academy of Masonic Knowledge
Oct. 17, 2015 • Freemasons Cultural Center • Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
The 2015 Autumn session of the Academy of Masonic Knowledge will be held on Oct. 17 in the Deike Auditorium of the Freemasons Cultural Center on the campus of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. A lunch (requested contribution of $10) will be served at noon, and the program will be completed by 3 p.m. All Masons are welcome to attend. Dress is coat and tie. The program will feature Masonic speakers, including Professor Kenneth Loiselle who will cover topics from his research and recently published book, “Brotherly Love: Freemasonry and Male Friendship in Enlightenment France,” in a lecture entitled: “From Enlightenment to Revolution: Masonic Friendship in Eighteenth-Century France.” Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please send your name, address, lodge number, and phone number by email to: [email protected] If you do not have access to email, please make your reservation through your Lodge Secretary. Please recognize that a cost is incurred to the program for your registration. If you pre-register and subsequently determine that you will be unable to attend, please have the Masonic courtesy to cancel your reservation by the same method and providing the same information.
District 15 to Host 2nd “Degrees in the Woods” After receiving many accolades from last year’s event, the brethren of District 15 are inviting degree teams and candidates to experience this One Day Class on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 a.m. Thanks to Bro. John McHugh, the event will be held in the same beautifully secluded area on the 3rd hole of the McHugh Golf Course, located on McHugh Hill Road, Great Bend, with a spectacular view of the Endless Mountains. Bluestone Lodge No. 338, Hallstead, will be the host lodge; in the event of rain, the event will move to Bluestone Lodge. Schedule 7:30 a.m. Check In, Coffee & Donuts (Please be kind to donate if not attending barbecue)
8 a.m. Bluestone Lodge No. 388 Opens 8:30 a.m. First Degree 9:30 a.m. Second Degree 11 a.m. Break – Hot Dogs Noon Third Degree 1:30 p.m. Close Lodge 2 p.m. Complete Chicken Barbecue Dinner and Cash Bar in the Pavilion at Green Gables Italian American Restaurant in New Milford Remember to bring a lawn chair and keep an eye on the weather! All officers in Masonic dress with regalia; Master Masons in business suit; D.D.G.M. will have discretion.
Name:_________________________________________ Lodge Name & Number: ______________________________ District: ___________ Home address:______________________________________________City:____________________________ State:________ Zip______________ Phone #:___________________________ Email:______________________________________________ Please circle: Candidate: Yes No Degree Team: Yes No Degree#: _____ Please return this form and a check for $21 (payable to 15th Masonic District) to: Bro. Robert Anthony Di Palma, Sr., 874 Rice Road, New Milford, PA 18834-7628
Attending BBQ: Yes No
Everyone must register for the event by Sept. 6, even if you are not attending the barbecue. Lodges must pay for candidates.
Questions? Call Bro. W. Scott Muller, D.D.G.M.-15, at 570-575-7368 or email at [email protected] or Bro. Robert Anthony Di Palma, Sr., P.M., W.M., at 570-702-4810 or email at [email protected]
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Honoring Our First Responders Lodges across the state dedicated programming during the month of May to honoring and celebrating our first responders, who put their lives on the line daily to ensure our safety. The following articles feature ways in which brethren recognized these brave heroes.
Saving Brothers’ Lives Bro. J. Robert Taylor, P.D.D.G.M., was recognized with a first responder’s pin at a special presentation following the January stated meeting of Lake Erie Lodge No. 347, Girard. After the previous month’s stated meeting, Bro. Taylor quickly executed the Heimlich maneuver to save a fellow member who was choking. His quick thinking and decisive action was duly recognized and much appreciated by the members of his lodge.
l-r: Bros. H. Eugene Geib, Russell T. Nash and James Carl
Lodges Celebrate Local Heroes On May 14, Moshannon Lodge No. 391, Philipsburg, presented the first responders in its community (shown below) with a Masonic first responders lapel pin to honor and thank them for their community service. Bros. Peter M. Kraus, D.D.G.M.-24, and J. Robert Taylor, P.D.D.G.M. On April 2, at the stated meeting of Red Lion Lodge No. 649, Bro. H. Eugene Geib, P.M., W.M, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown, presented a plaque of appreciation to Bro. Russell T. Nash, S.D., Red Lion Lodge No. 649, for saving the life of Bro. James “Jim” Carl, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682. The month prior, several brothers from Red Lion Lodge visited Abraham C. Treichler Lodge to observe the ritual work. Later in the evening, Bro. Jim stumbled, appearing extremely sick. Bro. Russell, an experienced operating room nurse, took charge and stayed with Bro. Jim until the medics arrived. In addition to a plaque, Bro. Russell received a check from Abraham C. Treichler Lodge for the benefit of the Red Lion Lodge’s Charity Fund from Bro. Jim.
On May 6, North East Lodge No. 399, honored the North East Fire and Police Departments with a picnic and awards ceremony at the lodge. The brethren thanked the 58 first responders for their dedication
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to training, personal sacrifices and service in order to ensure the safety of their community. Each received a custom lapel pin, and Bro. Douglas Kendzior, W.M., presented recognition certificates to the Fuller Hose Company, Crescent Hose Company and the North East Police Department.
l-r: Gathered in front of Mapleton Fire Department’s Quick Response Unit are Bro. Jeremy R. Chilcote, Mapleton Fire Dept.; Michael Corbin, Chief, Mapleton Fire Dept.; Hunter Corbin, Mapleton Fire Dept.; Phil Miner, 1st Lieutenant, Mount Union Fire Co. #1; Bro. Shannon Cramer, W.M.; Bro. Bradley A. Rinker, S.W.; and Bro. Michael A. McConaughey, Jr., J.W. l-r: Dave Meehl, Fire Chief, Crescent Hose Company; Bro. Doug Kendzior, W.M.; and Steve Wilkinson, Fire Chief, Fuller Hose Company On May 16, Huguenot Lodge No. 377, Kutztown, had its second annual First Responders Day honoring 25 local heroes. The lodge honored and thanked several districts of EMS, fire fighters, police and medical evacuation personnel for their dedication and service to the community. The all-day event included grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. The local Med Evac helicopter touched down in the field behind the lodge building for a visit. There were also several fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles, as well as a Masonic CHIP event.
Cromwell Lodge No. 572, Orbisonia, honored and recognized current and past first responders during its stated meeting on May 26. Following the program, Worshipful Master Matthew R. Varner, Sr., presented first responder pins.
l-r: Bro. Walter E. Hughes, P.M.; Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer Bro. J. Franklin Hollingshead, J.D.; retired PA State Police Officer Bro. Jerry L. Shapiro, Chaplain; Life Member Mount Union Fire Co. #1 Bro. Edward C. Goshorn, P.M., Secretary; President of Shade Gap Area Fire Co. Bro. Matthew R. Varner, Sr., W.M. Prosperity Lodge No. 567, Riegelsville, thanked its local first responders on May 19, including members of the Riegelsville Community Fire Department, Williams Township Volunteer Fire Department, Metro EMS and the Phillipsburg Emergency Squad (shown below).
Mount Union Lodge No. 688 recognized and honored its community first responders at a special open gathering of the lodge on May 23, including representatives from Mount Union Fire Company #1 and Mapleton Fire Department.
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Random Acts of Kindness & Community Service Initiatives
As Bro. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” While the weather is still nice, now is the perfect time to remember the importance of spreading your generosity and getting involved with others. Make a point to get your lodge involved in a charity project or coordinate a fund raising event for the benefit of others. As always, please don’t forget to visit www.pagrandlodge.org/rak to enter your random acts of kindness on the registry. Sponsoring a Booster Club On June 11, Bedford Lodge No. 320 presented the Chestnut Ridge Teen Rifle Booster Club with a $250 donation. The club teaches community youth how to be responsible when using firearms. Following the presentation, members and guests enjoyed strawberries and ice cream.
Support for Wounded Warriors On March 21, 13 members of the Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter No. 38, Watsontown, attended a fundraiser for the Semper Fi Fund, sponsored by the Proud Few Motorcycle Club, Hughesville, and donated over $1,000. The Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Bro. Darrin Troutman, W.M., presents a check to Bradley Criswell, Representative of the Chestnut Ridge Teen Rifle Booster Club.
Larry Cress, Commanding Officer of the Proud Few Motorcycle Club, and Bro. Andrew Kline, Watsontown Lodge No. 401 and Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter No. 38
Charity Kickball Tournament Valley Lodge No. 459, Masontown, teamed up with Martha Assembly No. 11, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, on May 9 to hold its inaugural Charity Kickball Tournament. The event was held in support of the My Bike program, which provides adaptable bikes for disabled children. Over 300 people attended and more than $5,400 was raised.
Taking the Plunge for Charity On Feb. 14, Bros. Andrew Kline and David Bridge, Watsontown Lodge No. 401 and Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter No. 38, braved the cold temperatures at Camp Brule and took the plunge into icy waters to raise money for youth programs in Sullivan County. The pair also raised over $500 for youth programs prior to the plunge by hosting various events.
Bros. Andrew Kline (front) and David Bridge (back) take the icy plunge. A Surprise Delivery Jerusalem Lodge No. 506, Philadelphia, sent a delegation of members to celebrate the arrival of new bicycles at the Masonic Children’s Home on April 11. Eighteen new bicycles and safety helmets were donated by the lodge to add to the bicycles bought for the children last year.
Random Acts of Kindness While on a bike ride, Bro. Rick Fetzer, Greater Johnstown Lodge No. 538, noticed a group of people who couldn’t get their truck started. After Bro. Rick attempted to jump-start the vehicle, he suggested starting it in neutral. The truck started right up, and the group was grateful for his help. Bro. Charlie Etling, P.M., King Solomon’s Lodge No. 346, Connellsville, noticed a stranded bicyclist with a broken chain along the road. Bro. Charlie put the bike in the trunk of his car and took the man to a local bicycle shop, owned by fellow Bro. Gary Stout. Soon, the chain was fixed and the bicyclist was set to continue his journey.
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1st row, l-r: Scott W. Harmon and Bro. Larry A. Derr, D.D.G.M.-1 2nd row, l-r: Bros. Clair Knight, W.M., Columbia Lodge No. 286; Josh Parmer, W.M., Lodge No. 43, Lancaster; and Lloyd Hall, S.W., Charles M. Howell Lodge No. 496, Millersville. 3rd row, l-r: Bros. Gene Geib, W.M., Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown; Jeffrey Kauffman, W.M., Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551, Mount Joy; and Terry Millard, W.M., Manheim Lodge No. 587. 4th row, l-r: Bros. Earl Graby, Jr., P.M., Co-Chairman of the fund raiser, Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704, Lebanon; Abram Shaffner, W.M., Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 226; Michael Marrone, W.M., Mount Olivet Lodge No. 704; Ronald Carson, W.M., Lamberton Lodge No. 476, Lancaster; and David Gallagher, W.M., Ephrata Lodge No. 665. Throughout 2014, the 10 lodges in the 1st Masonic District worked hard to raise funds for the VA Hospital in Lebanon, located in their district, by requesting support through a gun raffle. By the end of the year, they raised nearly $10,000. On March 19, during the official visit of Bro. Larry A. Derr, D.D.G.M.-1, to Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 226, Bro. Derr presented a check to Scott W. Harman, Chief of Voluntary Services for the Lebanon VA Medical Center. The 1st Masonic District was also instrumental in having the Lebanon VA Hospital sponsor a bus to the Eternal Flame Dedication during Autumn Day 2014, and with honoring veterans from the hospital at the two Lebanon lodges’ veterans nights the past two years.
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Building Bridges President Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Freemasonry as we know it has always encouraged enlightened thinking by providing a haven for the reasonable exchange of ideas among men of diverse backgrounds and often differing opinions. At its March stated meeting, Corinthian Lodge No. 573, Pittsburgh, hosted just such an exchange with Prince Hall brethren. Representatives of six Prince Hall lodges from the Pittsburgh area attended the meeting at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center to share in the fellowship. Adding to the event were a number of Prince Hall dignitaries including Worshipful District Deputy Grand Masters Gordon Manker and Timothy Cager, Grand Marshal-West Terrance Dorsey, Worshipful District Deputy Lecturer Sanford Richards, Grand Trustee-West Arthur J. Edmonds and Grand Trustee-West Emeritus David E. Moore. District Deputy Grand Master D. Todd Ballenger
and several Worshipful Masters of the 55th Masonic District were also present, as Worshipful Master Jack Taylor, III, of Jericho Lodge No. 20, shared the inspiring Masonic history of Prince Hall in America. Corinthian Lodge No. 573 and Jericho Lodge No. 20 began frequent visitations three years ago under the banner of “Building Bridges.” Continuing this theme and to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march across the bridge in Selma, Miss., Bro. Chris Jordheim, W.M., Corinthian Lodge, surprised Bro. Taylor with the gift of a pewter plaque depicting the bridges of Pittsburgh. It is the mutual desire of these lodges, as well as all the brothers present at that memorable meeting, to continue to build these bridges, stand together in unity and exemplify Masonic brotherly love and fraternity.
One Day Masonic Journey Twenty-three men took a One Day Masonic Journey on April 25, at Tacony Masonic Temple, Philadelphia. The degree teams were made of brethren from Districts A and D coordinated through the Tacony School of Instruction. Bro. Walter R. Jeranek, P.M., Frankford Lodge No. 292, Philadelphia, is the Principal. The new brethren are pictured after the ceremonies flanked by (extreme left) Bro. Leonard Juliani, Jr., D.D.G.M.-D; (extreme right) Bro. Joseph Jensen, D.D.G.M.-A; and the conferring Worshipful Masters: (back row, 5th from left) Bro. Leonard L. Yackimowicz, W.M., Athelstan-Lamberton Lodge No. 482, Philadelphia, who conferred the Fellow Craft Mason’s Degree; (back row, 9th from left) Bro. Frederick J. Fedak, P.M., Houseman Lodge No. 211, Bristol, who conferred the Master Mason’s Degree; and (back row, 16th from left) Bro. Robert M. Breese Jr., J.W., Houseman Lodge No. 211, who conferred the Entered Apprentice Mason’s Degree.
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1. Bro. William Selden, Jr., Knapp Lodge No. 462, Berwick, (center) recently received his 70-year Masonic Service Award from Bro. J. Kevin Jones, D.D.G.M.-35 (right) in the presence of Bro. Andy Gromel, W.M. (left).
2. Bro. George A. Levis, Ivy Lodge No. 397, Williamsport, received his 70-year Masonic Service Award at the lodge’s April stated meeting. At 104 years of age, Bro. Levis made the trip back to Williamsport with his family from his home in Abingdon, Md. When Bro. James A. Young, Sr., D.D.G.M.-18, told Bro. Levis that the next Emblem (the 75-Year Masonic Emblem of Gold) was only five years away, he replied, “I’ll be back.” Front row: Bro. Patrick J. McNutt, S.W.; James A. Young, Sr., D.D.G.M.-18; Susan Hudson, Bro. Levis’ daughter; Bro. George Levis; James Hudson, Bro. Levin’s son-in-law; and Bro. Kenneth W. McClintock, P.D.D.G.M. Back row: Bros. John W. Magyar, II, S.D.; Michael J. Osborn, P.M., Secretary; Ben E. Zeafla, W.M.; Robert T. Welter, P.M., Treasurer; and Eugene McCloskey, Chaplain. 3. Bro. Harold R. Smith (99 years of age), Mifflinburg Lodge No. 370, received his 70-year Masonic Service Award on May 14. l-r: Bros. Lynn B. Baker, D.D.GM.-46; Harold R. Smith; and Steven P. Dunkle, S.W. 4. On the morning of Feb. 23, Sheriff’s Deputy and Bro. Robert Chambers, McKinley Stuckrath Lodge No. 318, Pittsburgh, was driving to work when he witnessed an assault on a pedestrian in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh. When Bro. Chambers exited his vehicle and identified himself as a police officer, the 19-year-old suspect fled. After first checking on the well-being of the victim, Bro. Chambers radioed for backup, then gave chase on foot for three blocks before successfully apprehending the suspect. For his actions, he received a Proclamation from the Allegheny County Council on March 24. l-r: Allegheny County Councilman James Ellenbogen, Luke Chambers (son), Ashley Chambers (wife), Bro. Robert Chambers, Anne Digiorgi (mother), and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Photo Credit: Margaret Stanley, Allegheny County
5. In June, Bro. Thomas Toscani, Melita Lodge No. 295, Philadelphia, received the 2015 Trustee of the Year Award from LeadingAge PA. The award is given to a voluntary leader who has served with distinction on the board of a LeadingAge PA member organization. The recipient must display a significant contribution by enriching the lives and well-being of seniors, displaying a personal commitment to the life of the organization, and providing outstanding leadership to the organization and the community at large. Bro. Toscani has served on the Masonic Villages’ board of directors for more than seven years. Bro. Joseph Murphy, CEO for the Masonic Villages, joined Bro. Thomas Toscani as he received his award.
Bro. Dave Richards, Washington Lodge No. 164, recently received The Louis E. Waller Humanitarian Award from the Washington County Community Foundation, which recognizes a local individual or organization who is devoted to the promotion of human welfare and the advancement of social reforms as evidenced by humanitarian deeds in the community. Through his leadership in the Blue Knights, a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles, combined with Washington Lodge No. 164, Bro. Dave has served over a decade as the lead organizer of the Blue Ride, a popular local motorcycle event that benefits local charities. On average, the Blue Ride draws nearly 1,000 participants and riders from all across the East Coast and even Canada, raising $30,000-$40,000 a year to benefit charities that provide a community, child or family-oriented program. To date, it has raised more than $347,000. Bro. Dave is a Sergeant in the North Strabane Police Department with a 30-year career in law enforcement. Congratulations to the brethren of HomesteadAmity-McCandless Lodge No. 582, Dravosburg, on their 125th Anniversary! Homestead Lodge No. 582 was constituted on July 28, 1890.
The Tools of Freemasons in the Age of Social Media by Bro. Andrew J. BeauChamp The social media icons shown below are just a fraction of those in use today. Knowing how to use social media to engage your members and potential members is how you will attract future generations to your lodge. Communication has been the cornerstone of Freemasonry for the past 400 years; adapting to new communication styles will continue to be the key in the next 400 years and beyond. When I took over the website for J. Simpson Africa Lodge No. 628, Stroudsburg, we had only one social media outlet – a website. By today’s standards, our lodge was in the dark ages – the site was filled with awkward, outdated photos and the content was unattractive and unengaging. Our “likes” were in the single digits, and we had virtually no visibility on Google analytics. Over the next several months, I decided, with the blessing of the Worshipful Master, to revamp the website. I added more social media outlets with the goal of attracting new visitors to our sites, and in turn, to J. Simpson Africa Lodge and Freemasonry. I developed a two-year plan. I wanted to encourage current Freemasons already on social media to visit the lodge website and use it as a networking tool. Networking is an important feature of social media, and I wanted the J. Simpson Africa Lodge website to be seen on a global scale. The following is an overview of the processes used to achieve these goals. Social Media: I opened 12 social media accounts for the lodge: Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram, to name a few. I started reaching out to my Masonic brothers already on social media by liking, following and messaging them to become a member of their various sites and pages. I was surprised to find out how many brothers and lodges are connected to social media. Within a few days, I had personally connected to over 200 brothers and about 50 lodges in the United States and Europe. Through these connections, I found that many lodges were having the same problem – a lack of social currency. Social currency is essential to attracting people to our sites, our fraternity and therefore, our lodges. While I was making these personal connections, I spoke with several Grand Lodge webmasters who said they were tackling the same issues and were attempting to increase their social currency on many social media platforms. What these webmasters told me was that many of the hits from social media resulted in membership information, general information on Freemasonry and its activities, both current and past. Based on this information, I knew the direction I was going to take. The website: Over a two-month period, I researched hundreds of membership websites from many organizations including Masonic lodges and other fraternal brotherhoods. I also reviewed multiple web hosting sites with easy-to-use web templates. I created the J. Simpson Africa Lodge home page to contain all the information about becoming a Mason above the “fold” or “scroll,” thus making that information easily accessible at the forefront. Simply put, on the landing page of the website, you find a large “Join Now!” which directs potential members to easy-to-understand membership information.
Next, I designed pages that were different from other Masonic web pages, including art and objects from across the world. I ensured that all the pages included as many key search words as possible to enhance ranking on Google, Yahoo and other search engines. I tried to keep gimmicks such as spinning, fade ins, pop-ups and so on to a minimum. I wanted a more elevated look to our site. When I launched the site, I watched the analytics daily. At first, there were only a few landings on the home page, with a few venturing to other pages. Most were single digit hits, three being the most. However, after two weeks, the site had over 100 hits with 20 unique visits. In the first month, the number climbed to 150, with 20 unique hits. Although we only had 20 unique visitors, people were returning to the site multiple times. The next phase was to add a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I had chosen these due to the endless key hits when one searches Freemasonry or Masons. It was clear that the interest is out there to learn more about Freemasonry, it just needed to be tapped. I created an additional Facebook page to complement the one that existed for our members. I started posting content across the four sites, which is pretty easy to do with a dashboard application that allows you to create one post and send it to all sites at once. I kept the content to Freemason Lore, Famous Freemasons, Art & Architecture, Digital Tours of Lodges and Reflections. I cross-checked all facts and stayed away from urban legends. In the second month after the launch of the website, hits went to 5,000 plus with over 1,000 unique hits, and our Facebook likes jumped to 300. At the time of writing this article, our website has well over 450,000 hits. “Figures in Masonic History,” our famous Freemason series, ranks 55 in Google search. When I posted on the website that I would be moving the posts from Pinterest to our webpage, we had an increase of 50,000 hits on the site that week. Our Facebook page had over 1,000 likes in five months; we reach over 20,000 people each week in over 50 countries. Of these, 28% are men between the ages of 35 and 44 and 22% are between the ages of 25 and 34, my goal target group in my original plan. Our posts are shared on average 40 times to other lodges’ Facebook pages. We are only eight months into the two-year plan; the analytics predict we should be at 5,000 likes on Facebook and over a million hits on our website within 12 months. I am now turning my attention to Twitter, Snapchat and Vine. Even though the posts are shared across these sites at once, we have not seen the same social currency increase at the same rate on these sites. These sites are key to 20- to 30-year-olds. What is the end result of all my work? We have seen petitions in membership to our lodge increase, inquires have increased, and our social currency has increased. Want to learn more? Explore the J. Simpson Africa Lodge No. 628 website at www.jsa628.org, like us on Facebook.com/jsa628, follow us on Twitter @JSA628 and visit us on Pinterest.com/jsimpsonafrica6/.
The Masonic Outreach Program … A Helping Hand in Time of Need
Due to the sensitive nature of these stories, the names of featured Masonic Village Outreach clients have been changed. Phyllis felt fearful and alone after her husband, a member of Concordia Lodge No. 67, Jenkintown, passed away in June 2011. Left with the daily struggle of paying for her living expenses, Phyllis turned to the Masonic Village Outreach Program for guidance. The Masonic Village Outreach Program receives calls daily from people in need. The service provides free education, information and referrals as goodwill services to Pennsylvania Masons, their families and the community. In June 2013, Phyllis called the Outreach Program in hopes of gaining some financial assistance, which is a service available only to Masons and their wives/widows. For six months, the Outreach Program provided Phyllis with gift cards to purchase groceries and other items she needed. Outreach staff checked in on her periodically, ensuring she was safe and well. The Outreach staff also discussed with Phyllis the option of selling her home and moving to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown with the help of the Masonic Compassionate Care Fund. By the following January, Phyllis’ house was for sale, and she was planning her move. It sold quickly, but until her apartment at Masonic Village was ready, Phyllis had nowhere to live. Both she and her husband had been active in his lodge, and thankfully, his brethren came to her rescue. They paid for her to stay in a hotel and gave her the moral support she needed until she was able to move to Masonic Village. “If I needed anything, my husband’s brethren were on top of it,” Phyllis said. “I appreciated everything they did for me. There are no words for a Mason.” Unfortunately, Phyllis’ first week at the hotel was the week of a huge snow storm. The hotel lost power for three days, leaving her room cold and dark. Her hotel was unable to serve food due to the power outage, leaving Phyllis feeling stranded and afraid. When Debra Brockman, Masonic Village’s director of marketing and outreach, learned of the situation, she contacted Maureen Reisinger, executive director of the Masonic Village at Warminster,
because Phyllis’ hotel was located in that part of the state. Maureen drove to Phyllis’ hotel herself, bringing her food and comfort. Maureen talked with Phyllis and helped her get through the week with as little hardship as possible. Thankfully, the next week, Phyllis’ apartment was ready, and she was able to move in. Since her move to Masonic Village, Phyllis has felt at home. She has gained many friendships and has gotten back on her feet since her husband’s passing. “I met a lot of nice people here who have similar interests as I do,” Phyllis said. “We share common bonds through our ties to Masonry.” As Phyllis and others who were once in need can attest, the Masonic Village Outreach Program works closely in providing direction and education for those experiencing a life change. When a brother’s home was in severe disrepair, his lodge jumped in to support and provide him housing until Masonic Village at Elizabethtown could offer him a suite. The Masonic Outreach Program provided funds to exterminate an infestation in his home while his lodge brothers gathered together to prepare it for sale. With the combined support of the Outreach Program and the fraternity, the brother is now living comfortably. Bob and Eva were in financial trouble and struggling to pay their bills. The Masonic Outreach Program was able to get the couple back on their feet by providing grocery gift cards monthly. After Eva passed away, Outreach also served as a connection and source of comfort upon which Bob could rely. As the widow of a Pennsylvania Mason, Sue, a resident of the Ohio Masonic Home, was not eligible for the community’s Compassionate Care Fund. While Sue is provided one meal a day, she must provide the other two on her own. To complicate matters, she is the weekend caregiver for her grandson, who is blind and suffers from Cerebral
Palsy. Outreach support enables her to have meals for both herself and her grandson while remaining in a comfortable community. Bro. Bill and his wife, Betty, take care of their granddaughter, Katie, full-time. When faced with the need for end-of-life care, Bro. Bill wished to receive it at home. Outreach provided the funds the family needed to provide Bro. Bill home care services, which was a less expensive alternative to full-time nursing care, so the family could remain together during Bro. Bill’s final months of life. Janet was admitted to the hospital last summer for what she thought would be a relatively simple operation. However, her surgeon made a mistake during surgery, causing Janet to be diagnosed with septic shock within a few hours. Following numerous additional surgeries and treatments, Janet was finally cleared to go home, but she was weak and in need of assistive medical equipment. Facing
FREEMASON 19 expensive medical bills and having lost work time, she couldn’t afford the equipment she needed. She was relieved to be able to borrow equipment from Outreach’s Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet. The Masonic Village Outreach Program offers education on many subjects to individuals and families throughout the United States. Outreach staff also gives guidance on what services may be available for specific situations and provide references to the appropriate community service to fit each need. These services may include personal care and skilled care homes or government and state programs. The Outreach Program also offers home assistance, a panel of attorneys and a finance panel for Pennsylvania Freemasons and their families. If you or someone you know is interested in the services offered by the Masonic Outreach Program, please call 800-462-7664 or visit www.masonicoutreach.org.
From Great Depression to Great Philanthropist At the Masonic Charities Donor Dinner held at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown on May 27, Bro. Donald Wood, Youghiogheny Lodge No. 583, McKeesport, provided the following speech sharing why he supports the Masonic Children’s Home: “Each of us here for the Donor Recognition Dinner has his or her own life story and reasons for supporting various Masonic charities and activities. Here is my story … “I was born near the beginning of the Great Depression in a mill town near Pittsburgh, the only child of a working class family. Lack of siblings often made me lonely, and tough economic times meant few toys and other material things. “However, thanks to my mother, my love of reading and books began at an early age. She read to me, and frequently I would point to words on the page and ask, ‘What say, Mommy?’ and, ‘What means it?’ “Growing up, I soon realized education represented escape from a future in the steel mills. I could have ended up working in the mills along with other men in that area at that time, but I had the opportunity to get an education at the end of World War II, thanks to the G.I. Veterans’ Bill. “After service in the Army Air Force and then the U.S. Air Force, I returned to Pittsburgh to attend college. Upon graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, I moved to Maryland to begin a civilian career in various offices of the Department of Defense. “I never married and have no offspring, so in a way, those in the Children’s Home have become my children. “I support the Children’s Home because it affords a source of family and provides physical, emotional and educational support to children who then prosper in this atmosphere. The Children’s Home launches young people into a life of opportunity and accomplishment that they otherwise might never experience. “As a Pennsylvania Mason for some 65 years, I was aware of the Children’s Home through Masonic literature and several personal visits. “Impressed by what the Children’s Home has accomplished over a span of 100 years, I support it actively through individual donations and a future bequest to the Children’s Home Endowment Fund. I also support those in need at the Masonic Health Care Center and others at Elizabethtown. I was so impressed with the Grand Master’s project to construct an Eternal Flame on the Elizabethtown campus honoring
our veterans that I personally funded the pedestal topped by the Eternal Flame in the Veterans’ Grove. “My attachment to the Children’s Home has been further enhanced with the application of my name to its Administrative Office Building. Thus, the Wood Building is based on my name rather than the type of construction materials. “In summary, all those present here tonight can be thankful for our capacity and desire to make donations now and hopefully well into the future. Also, we should acknowledge and thank those donors who are not here tonight. “All donations – large and small – are certainly vital to continuing and enhancing Masonic achievements in Pennsylvania. All of us here tonight have our own story to tell why we support the Masonic Charities. Your story, just as mine, has a lasting impact on the future of the fraternity and the community we are a part of.”
Bro. Gordon and Roberta Hensel
A Life-Saving Gift
The Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Club is most frequently associated with blood donations, but the club also seeks to heighten awareness and provide educational materials about organ donation. While medical advancements have made organ transplants more successful than ever, there are not enough organ donations to keep up with the demand. According to the Gift of Life Organ Donor Program (www.donors1.org), more than 123,000 patients are waiting for a transplant in the United States. Each day, 21 people die in this country waiting for organ transplants. To Receive Bro. Gordon E. Hensel, P.D.D.G.M.-District 53, Secretary, Hebron Lodge No. 575, Mercer, was a lifelong supporter of organ donation because he always knew it was the right thing to do. He never thought, however, he’d be the one in need. Last July, Bro. Gordon learned he needed a kidney transplant. He had no idea how long he’d have to wait and anticipated years of being on dialysis which was a 9-hour daily process. The fact that he had a fairly rare blood type, AB+, could lead to an even longer wait. A the end of February, he received a much-anticipated phone call. A kidney was available from someone who was also AB+, which turned out to be an advantage for Bro. Gordon since he was one of the few who could accept it. The surgery was considered a success.
Bro. Gordon does not know who the organ came from, but he knows exactly what he’d say to the person and their family: “Thank you. What else can you say? It’s the gift of life. “There were so many prayers offered during the operation and afterwards, you can’t imagine. Now I have no pain. I’m much better than I’ve been for years.” While on dialysis, he was limited to what and how much he could drink, including water. He also had to carefully monitor his diet and avoid high levels of potassium or phosphorus. He can now drink as much water as he wants, something others may take for granted, as well as relax his diet. The best part was being off dialysis. Bro. Gordon and his wife continue doing the things they enjoy such as golfing and volunteering with Meals on Wheels and at a local food pantry. He has returned to his active involvement with the Masonic fraternity. A member for 47 years, Bro. Gordon has seen the profound impact the fraternity can have. “It changes your whole outlook on people and how you treat them,” he said. It’s no surprise to him that such an altruistic organization strongly encourages organ and blood donations. “It’s been an amazing journey for us,” Bro. Gordon said. “To give an organ to someone you don’t know is just unbelievable.”
To Give Liz Grosh, Recreation Coordinator at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, experienced the other side of organ donation. Her son, Scott Barger, passed away three years ago following a heart attack. He would have been 42 years old on July 23. His liver, kidneys and corneas went to waiting recipients. His bone and tissue saved and healed 59 people across the United States, ages 6 to 59. He had asthma, so his lungs could not be used, but one was saved for asthma research. Scott had not left explicit wishes whether to have his organs donated. It was up to Liz and her younger son to make the decision. “Scott’s father died while waiting for a kidney transplant, which helped to color our thinking,” she said. “In one of the last conversations I had with Scott prior to his death, he told me tearfully that all he had ever really wanted in life was to do something good and helpful for others. “That is how we decided, but the tough part was how difficult the process was emotionally. I felt like we were dissecting him part by part as we discussed what we would give permission to have ‘harvested’ from his body – all of which had to be decided so quickly while we were still in shock and grieving. It was so hard, but I would do it again given the same choice. I feel we did the right thing, and
he would have been pleased.” As a result of her difficult ordeal, Liz is passionate about emboldening others to be organ donors and educating friends and families about the decision. “Generosity comes easily for many of us, and reaching out to help others may feel like second nature, yet giving the gift of life in the form of organ donation goes far beyond our comfort zones,” she said. “Ethical questions, the emotional pain of loss – and in regards to our own end-of-life decisions, fear and denial – prevent us from being able to even consider the idea. “Still, when you understand the great needs existing with thousands of people waiting for donations and the scarce number of donors available to provide such life-saving gifts, one realizes the significance of learning more about this difficult decision of choosing life for others upon the death of ourselves or our loved ones. My wish is for all states to do a better job of educating people on how to make this difficult topic one for family discussion so people would more easily know and accept that in an untimely death, their dying can be a true gift of life to others.” To record your wish to donate your organs and/or tissue with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, you can fill out an organ donor form by visiting www.pagrandlodge.org/programs/donor/index.html.
Native American Freemasonry: Associationalism and Performance in America by Joy Porter Reviewed by Glenys Waldman, Librarian, The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania Native Americans were attracted to Freemasonry as soon as it arrived in America. As Dr. Porter says, “That Native Americans, and other groups for whom ritual, and the rehearsal and performance thereof, is very meaningful, should be attracted to Freemasonry is no surprise.” That, of course, in addition to all the other good things about it that make it attractive to many men. Native Americans had, and have, many beautiful, highly-developed rituals; thus, they have a “flair” for Masonic ritual, to which they add many nuances. Freemasonry smoothed the many interactions among the diverse groups that built this country. Dr. Porter studies these relationships during three periods of membership growth: the Revolution, the “Settlement” of the West and Civil War, and the late 19th century through the years just after World War I. There are also several sketches of key Native Americans, the role Freemasonry played in their lives, and their roles in it. Dr. Porter includes a general history of Freemasonry at the beginning
of the book. She ends her work with somewhat pessimistic observations about the role of television (among other sociological phenomena) and the decline of fraternalism in American life. The book ends on a melancholy, yet positive note about a segregated cemetery: “… Masonry gave all those brothers who rest there common comfort and the security that in the next world, the Masons’ shared sense of time, myth, brotherhood and ritual would hold true. That is an interracial legacy of which the fraternity can be proud, a hidden but important history that should not be forgotten.” All in all, this is a well-written, scholarly work, well designed and including extensive notes, bibliography and an index. If you are interested in “Native American Freemasonry,” please contact the Library at 800462-0430, ext. 1933, or visit The Masonic Library & Museum online catalog at www.pagrandlodge. org. This book is also available for purchase from the Museum Shop in the Masonic Temple at www.masonicmuseumgifts.com.
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Masons Bring Surprise to Shadow Night
While visiting Penn Valley Rainbow Assembly, Bro. Jeff Heller, D.D.G.M.-6, and Bro. Tim Pletcher, D.D.G.M.-40, were impressed with the efforts of the girls to do their ritual and run their meeting with a commitment to excellence. Talking with some of the girls and their adult leaders, they learned that, because of cost, many girls do not get to attend the annual statewide Grand Assembly convention over the summer. Seeing an opportunity for the fraternity to make a difference, they each pledged $200 per lodge in their districts. On May 28, Bros. Heller and Pletcher returned to the assembly meeting on an “Official Visit” with many of the Worshipful Masters
of their lodges with them. Also accompanying them was Bro. Thomas Gamon, IV, R.W. Junior Grand Warden. That night was “Shadow Night” at Penn Valley Assembly, when Masons are invited to sit next to and mimic the floor work of the assembly officers. Bro. Gamon was the “shadow” for Worthy Advisor Marian Wiggins, and he even wore a Worthy Advisor’s tiara. The girls loved it! Near the end of the meeting, Bros. Heller and Pletcher made good on their pledge and presented $3,400 to help the girls pay for their travel and registration costs for their Grand Assembly convention in Altoona in July.
Rainbow Girls’ Annual Divine Services The ritual of the International Order of the Rainbow Girls was written by Rev. W. Mark Sexson. The first initiation was conducted on April 6, 1922. As an observance of this anniversary, each assembly has a divine service on a Sunday nearest to April 6 when all Rainbow Girls are to attend a worship service together. Some of the girls participate in the worship service as readers or ushers. Some ministers deliver a message of God’s promises as symbolized by His Bow in the clouds. This year, Alicia Daniels, as Worthy Advisor of Reading Assembly No. 33, shared Masonic youth information during the worship service. The Rainbow Girls and Pledge members performed the Dad Ceremony. There were some members of Reading Chapter DeMolay also in attendance, and they performed the DeMolay Flower Talk.
Rainbow Girls Visit Sewickley Village Residents On the Saturday before Easter, Rainbow Girls in western Pennsylvania spent the day with residents at the Masonic Village at Sewickley. The girls helped make unique Easter bonnets for the ladies, who wore them proudly during the party, and decorated top hats for the gentlemen. Afterward, the girls performed the skit, ‘Twas the Night Before Easter’ and sang Easter/Spring songs. The residents and girls shared a snack before the girls escorted the residents back to their rooms.
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Carlisle DeMolay Chapter Chartered March 29 marked the culmination of a seven-year-old dream to bring the Order of DeMolay back to the Carlisle community. On that afternoon, in a lodge room filled with DeMolay members, advisors, Masons, parents and family members, Carlisle Chapter received its Letters Patent of Perpetual Constitution Confirmatory, known simply as its permanent charter. Pennsylvania DeMolay Executive Officer Bro. Thomas R. Labagh presented the Charter to newly installed Master Councilor Jacob Otto in a ceremony that also involved Bro. John D. Cook, D.D.G.M.-3, and Bro. Randy C. Knapp, Deputy Executive Officer. DeMolay had a presence in Carlisle from 1953 through 1994, when the chapter closed from inactivity. But the DeMolay program was never forgotten, and former members often talked about wanting their own children to have the Masonic youth experience. In 2007, three young men from the Carlisle area joined George Washington Chapter in Chambersburg. Within a year, two minivans filled with DeMolays were making the 45-minute one-way trip to Chambersburg. Many of these young men served as Master Councilor, and several were recognized for their outstanding leadership with the prestigious Degree of Chevalier. In 2011, several Masons from Cumberland Star Lodge No. 197 and St. John’s Lodge No. 260, which both meet in Carlisle, began talking about formally re-opening the DeMolay chapter. Representatives of both lodges met with the advisory council of George Washington Chapter and members of the Executive Officer’s leadership team for Pennsylvania and made plans to bring DeMolay back to the Carlisle area. In the spring of 2012, with a large trained and devoted advisory council in place, DeMolay International issued Letters Temporary to the two lodges, authorizing them to adopt bylaws, open financial accounts, recruit new members and initiate them. The first seven members of the chapter transferred from George Washington Chapter to form the first officer corps and committees. Shortly thereafter, they began recruiting their family members and friends. To honor the original Carlisle Chapter, these members voted to keep the original name, Carlisle DeMolay. On Dec. 2, 2012, with more than the required minimum of 15 members on the rolls, Carlisle DeMolay was officially presented the Letters Temporary document to display in their meetings, and they
held the first installation of officers. During the next two years, the chapter would continue to grow in members and in prestige. The chapter became well known for its participation in the Carlisle community and in the state activities offered by Pennsylvania DeMolay. With an impressive mix of membership recruitment, athleticism and ritual excellence, Carlisle DeMolay met the requirements necessary for the presentation of its permanent charter. Along the way, four consecutive Past Master Councilors earned the prestigious Past Master Councilor’s Meritorious Service Award, recognizing outstanding planning and execution of activities by the Master Councilor and all of the members and advisors of the chapter. The fledgling chapter also won the 2014 State Flag Football Tournament and the 2015 State Volleyball Tournament. To show their ritualistic prowess, they presented the dramatic section of the DeMolay Degree in impressive fashion on stage for the first time at the Patriots Class held at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Reading. In May, Carlisle Chapter presented an amazing performance of the DeMolay Degree at the Spring Reunion of the Valley of Harrisburg to honor Senior DeMolay and Commander-in-Chief William S. Arnold, Sr. During the March 29 Installation of Officers and charter presentation, Executive Officer Labagh also surprised the crowd by presenting three DeMolay International Zerubbabel Keys. As Zerubbabel was the rebuilder of King Solomon’s Temple, these awards recognized the individuals who were deemed to be primarily responsible for re-opening the chapter: Bro. and “Dad” Brett Otto, “Mom” Kelley Otto and “Mom” Cayle Swindler, all of whom had served as advisors in Chambersburg before the Carlisle Chapter was even deemed to be possible. The recipients of the Zerubbabel Key demonstrated the determination, persistence, vision, devotion and uncommon passion for providing young men the opportunity to grow and succeed. If the Masons of your lodge or district have some or all of these qualities, as well as a desire to bring a DeMolay chapter to your area, please contact the DeMolay Office at 800-266-8424 or by email at [email protected]
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PA Job’s Daughters’ Youth Leaders for 2015-2016
across the state in working with their younger prospects as well as organize events for the “bees” while they are at state functions. At the annual meeting of the Mary Etta Wright Grand Bethel of PA, Lydia Bland from Bethel No. 19, Mechanicsburg, was selected to serve as the new Grand Bethel Honored Queen. She is a high school graduate pursuing a degree in secondary education. A Past Honored Queen of her bethel, Lydia will preside over the meetings of the Grand Bethel that unites the Job’s Daughters of Pennsylvania.
Masons Support Youth by Attending Meetings
l-r: Andi Collman, Lydia Bland, Kearstyn Kepler and Jessica Melhorn Kearstyn Kepler is Miss Job’s Daughter of PA. She is a Past Honored Queen from Bethel No. 1, York. A junior at Northeastern Area High School, Kearstyn won her position by competing in the Annual Miss Job’s Daughters Pageant that tests speaking, ritual and etiquette skills. Kearstyn will serve as the ambassador for PA Job’s Daughters and will attend various Masonic functions to speak and represent the Daughters of PA. Miss Congeniality, Andriana (Andi) Collman, was chosen by peers who competed at the Miss Job’s Daughter Pageant in April. She is a Past Honored Queen from Bethel No. 15, Elizabethtown, and is a senior at Elizabethtown Area High School. As Miss Congeniality, Andi will also serve as the Daughter Chairperson of the Job’s Daughters philanthropic charity – the HIKE Fund, which provides hearing assistance devices for newborn children up to 20 years of age whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. Miss Junior Jobie is Jessica Melhorn from Bethel No. 15, Elizabethtown, where she serves as Jr. Princess. Jessica attends Donegal High School. Her role will be to work with the “Jobie to Bee” program for girls who are not yet old enough to join Job’s Daughters. She will aid the bethels
On March 25, lodges of District 26 accompanied Wayne Frankenstein, D.D.G.M.-26, on an official visit to a meeting of Job’s Daughters Bethel No. 21, Butler. The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania was also represented.
Twenty Masons traveled to Job’s Daughters Bethel No. 15, Elizabethtown, on May 18. Miss Brooke Spence led the Job’s Daughter’s meeting as the Honored Queen.
For more information about and links to the Masonic youth groups in Pennsylvania, visit www.pmyf.org. There’s even a map showing where all the Masonic youth groups are located across the Commonwealth so you can find the one closest to you!
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From the Legislature to Church to Charity, Bro. Jeff Coy is a Key Leader Bro. Jeffrey W. Coy, 33°, began serving on the Masonic Villages’ board of directors on Dec. 27, 2003, when he was installed as the R.W. Grand Treasurer. A member of the fraternity since 1974, Bro. Jeff is a Past Master and past Trustee of Cumberland Valley Lodge No. 315. A gifted musician, he has served as the Grand Organist for the Central Pennsylvania area. Bro. Jeff’s vast professional career brings invaluable experience to the board room. He served 11 terms as State Representative for the 89th Legislative District of Franklin and Cumberland counties. He then served on the Chesapeake Bay Commission and as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, as well as Vice Chairman of the Orrstown Bank. A graduate of Shippensburg University, Bro. Jeff is a former Chairman of the Shippensburg University Board of Trustees. In 2004, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Bro. Jeff’s understanding of how state government works provides insight into health care issues and the role of a nonprofit board of directors. On several occasions, he has been able to reach out to contacts he’s made throughout his career to discuss concerns regarding funding and other developing issues that directly affect the Masonic Villages and positively affect public policy. R.W. Past Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon appointed Bro. Jeff Chairman of the Masonic Villages’ board of directors, and he was again appointed to the post by R.W. Grand Master Robert J. Bateman. “It’s unusual for someone other than the Grand Master to be the chairman,” Bro. Jeff said. “It’s been a real challenge. The organization has grown significantly, and with five campuses, it’s a big operation. I think it’s always important for the board of directors to be completely informed with good information so they are prepared for the decisions they need to make.” “I think Jeff is the perfect choice because his background and the leadership he brings enable him to deal with all aspects of the business,” Bro. Mark Haines, Grand Secretary, said. “His knowledge from the government and the private sector coupled with what he
does as the CFO of the Grand Lodge brings a good perspective. Plus, committee members are comfortable expressing their thoughts and opinions with Jeff, and the Grand Master can focus on the topic at hand and participate as a board member rather than being concerned with leading the meetings. As Chairman, Bro. Jeff presides over board meetings and acts as an intermediary between the Grand Lodge and Masonic Villages. He works with Chief Executive Officer Bro. Joseph E. Murphy on the meeting agendas and to focus on strategic goals to meet the Masonic Villages’ Mission of Love. “It’s a wonderful mission that we have at the Masonic Village,” he said. “It’s very gratifying to have people who live there say to you, ‘I don’t know what I’d do without this place.’” Bro. Jeff has seen a lot of growth during his tenure, including the founding of the Masonic Village at Dallas, the construction of the new health care center in Sewickley and the continuing expansion of apartments and cottages in Elizabethtown. He’s looking forward to the laying of the datestone for the new building at the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill in September. One of the most gratifying accomplishments Bro. Jeff has experienced was being asked to give the official remarks at the eternal flame dedication during Autumn Day last year. Obviously, Bro. Jeff’s role is time-consuming, but also gratifying. It’s one way that Bro. Jeff gives back to the fraternity for all it has brought to his life, including, as he states, “The amount of people I’ve become friends with because of Freemasonry and whose friendship I would not have had otherwise.” Bro. Jeff and his wife, Jo Anne, live in Shippensburg. They are members of Memorial Lutheran Church, where he has been the organist for more than 40 years. He is also an active member of Supreme Council. Jo Anne is a retired English teacher, having taught in the Shippensburg Area School District, and volunteers as President of the Shippensburg Public Library. She also enjoys playing golf, feeding special birds and gardening.
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92nd Annual Youth Appreciation Day
Dressed to impress, 40 children paraded across the stage on May 28 as they were recognized for their many accomplishments – scholastic, athletic, artistic, vocational, spiritual and volunteer. Three performed music for the crowd. Five led the Pledge of Allegiance. The three graduating seniors: Tianee, Jamir and Jesse, prepared to say “goodbye” to their friends and houseparents. All the children are the benefactors of
generous donors, many of whom attended the event, who believe in these children and invest in their future success. Board member Bro. Thomas Toscani called these donors “unsung heroes.” The youth also received awards handed out with the assistance of R.W. Grand Master Robert J. Bateman, alumnus Bro. and Rev. A. Preston Van Deursen and donors Bro. Bob and Joyce Umbaugh. Bro. Preston presented each of the graduating seniors with a Kindle and $10 bill to purchase the e-book, “The Orphan Train,” which he felt they might identify with since he had recently read it himself. The three seniors presented a poem, picture and flowers to show their appreciation to Bro. Bill and Dorothy Stout, alumni who have been very active within the alumni association, assisting with newsletters, tours and the advisory committee since they returned to the campus as senior residents in 2005. The highlight of the day is always hearing final thoughts from the graduating seniors. Tianee came to the Masonic Children’s home in 2007. She thanked her housemates and the staff for always being there for her when she needed them. “The children’s home changed my life big time,” she said, “and I wouldn’t be going to college without it.” Tianee will major in professional writing at Kutztown University. “I’m proud to say, ‘I made it,’” she said. “I’m glad I developed friendships that will last a lifetime … with the
push from the people I love, I know I’ll go far.” Several years after coming to live at the children’s home in 2010, Jamir said he “finally shed the fear of being myself.” He thanked the staff and donors for providing him food, clothing, a place to live and most importantly, for showing him that “I’m not alone anymore,” he said. “It’s cool to have friends. Being here fills my heart with joy … Living at the children’s home was more exciting than I could ever have imagined.” This
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Above, l-r: Tianee, Jamir, Director of Children’s Services Virginia Migrala, Jesse, Grand Master Robert Bateman and Masonic Villages board member Bro. Thomas Toscani feels confident as he prepares to attend Penn State-Harrisburg to major in criminal justice. “I am ready to embark on the next chapter in my life and continue my education. I am looking forward to the future,” he said. Grand Master Bateman concluded the program with a sentimental message to all attendees expressing how precious and valuable he considers the 40 youth. Wiping tears from his eyes, he told the crowd, “I would like to give each of you 40 gifts that will never stop giving.” He then asked the children to stand. The crowd applauded. Afterward, the three seniors planted a tree on the property of the children’s home, as has been the custom of the graduating class each year.
The Power of One -Author Unknown
One song can spark a moment One flower can wake the dream One tree can start a forest One bird can herald spring One smile begins a friendship One handclasp lifts a soul One star can guide a ship at sea One word can frame the goal One vote can change the nation One sunbeam lights a room One candle wipes out darkness One laugh will conquer gloom
fall, he will attend Shippensburg University and major in international business. Jesse recalls that moving to the children’s home three years ago was “the greatest thing that ever happened to me …” He thanked the staff and donors for making him the man he is today. “The Masonic Children’s Home has changed me for the better,” he said. “I’ve loved every second of it.” Because of the inspiration and guidance he has received from positive role models, Jesse
One step must start each journey One word must start each prayer One hope will raise our spirits One touch can show you care One voice can speak with wisdom One heart can know what’s true One life can make the difference You see, it’s up to you!
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One Home Run of a Good Time
As the sun peaked out behind the clouds on April 26 and shined down on Citizens Bank Park, 20 children from the Masonic Children’s Home sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and cheered on the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat out the Atlanta Braves 5 to 4. At 9 a.m., the youth, children’s home staff, R.W. Grand Master Robert J. Bateman and Bro. Tom Toscani, Melita Lodge No. 295, Philadelphia, Masonic Villages board member and children’s home liaison, boarded a coach bus and headed to the city for the
1:30 p.m. game. “The kids loved the ‘party bus,’ as they called it,” Virginia Migrala, director of children’s services, said. “They enjoyed the comfy seats and getting to watch movies on the way there and back.” Bro. Larry Christenson, Thomson Lodge No. 340, Paoli, retired Phillies starting pitcher and Masonic Children’s Home donor, (shown at left with the children) organized the event and accompanied the youth as they enjoyed the game from the Hall of Fame Club section paired with an abundance of baseball fare. The game celebrated the Phillie Phanatic’s 37th birthday. The furry green mascot made his debut on April 25, 1978, when the Phillies played the Chicago Cubs. For the celebration, some mascots from local sports teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles’ Swoop, came to join the party. Even the Phanatic’s mother, Phoebe, and girlfriend, Phillis, were in attendance. The fun continued when Phillis visited the skybox, hugged the kids and helped them cheer. “For some of the children, this was their first time at a Major League Baseball game, so this was truly a special time,” Virginia said. This trip of a lifetime was generously sponsored by supporters of the children’s home.
On March 25, R.W. Past Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon and his wife, Joan, were honored with the unveiling of a plaque naming the Sturgeon Health Care Center at the Masonic Village at Sewickley in their honor among members of the Masonic Villages’ board of directors.
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Autumn Day Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For Handicap or Bus Parking Only
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Join members and friends in celebrating Autumn Day at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. The event will feature entertainment, information, delicious food served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., farm market stands, children’s games, music, model trains, classic cars, farm animals, lots of Masonic family organization booths and much more. Autumn Day provides the perfect opportunity to visit with family members, reunite with friends and tour parts of the 1,400-acre campus. The Masonic Village is unable to provide wheelchairs, so please bring your own, if needed. Handicap parking is available; however, you must advise the Masonic Village on the coupon below if handicap parking is needed, so a special parking pass can be forwarded to you in advance. The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will be holding a blood drive to benefit Masonic Village residents on Autumn Day. Donations will be taken at the blood bank stand from 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Anyone 17 years of age or older, who is in good health and weighs at least 100 lbs., is eligible to donate blood. Anyone interested in donating blood should make an appointment by calling 800-771-0059 between 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday Friday. Please do not call the Masonic Village for these appointments.
Name____________________________________________________________ Lodge No.________________________________________________________ No. of Adults_______________ No. of Children_______________ Address ________________________________________________________________________ City _______________________________ State____________ Zip_____________ Need Handicap Parking* Charter Bus Complete and return to: Autumn Day, Masonic Village One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 *Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with this coupon. We will send you a special parking permit, if needed, which must be presented upon arrival. Veterans will be recognized.
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Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Cantaloupe Stop in and check out our new Orchard View Café featuring Trickling Springs hand-dipped ice cream
Farm Market Hours: Mon. - Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. Noon - 4 p.m. (Closed Sundays starting Nov. 1) Orchard View Café hours: Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. , Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun. Noon - 7 p.m. 717-361-4520 • www.MVfarmmarket.com • 310 Eden View Road, Elizabethtown Located on the grounds of the Masonic Village
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What’s Happening Around the State Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill Exciting things are unfolding as we begin moving our newest residents into their new homes on Aug. 19. We’ve also completed other renovations and upgrades, including a new entrance (shown above). This is your last chance to reserve a brand new two-bedroom apartment featuring approximately 1,120 sq. ft. of living space, two baths, a patio or balcony, granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, walk-in closets and a washer/dryer. Drop in for one of our quick tours in September: Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, or Wednesdays, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information or to schedule a personal tour, call 610-828-5760. Masonic Village at Dallas Autumn is a great time to visit Northeastern Pennsylvania and the beautiful Endless Mountains region. See why this community is nearly fully occupied, and homes are going fast! Tour our villas and apartments, and learn about on-campus amenities, regional attractions and the on-site Irem Clubhouse’s dining and event options. (The clubhouse is pictured below.) Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Sept. 3 or Thursday, Oct. 22. To attend an event or schedule a personal visit, call 570-675-1866.
Masonic Village at Sewickley We’re preparing for our second annual Community Festival and Open House on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m. In between enjoying live entertainment, a vendor show, the Shriners Parade, food and booths featuring local businesses and organizations, join us for tours of our 60-acre campus. You’ll have the chance to see villas and apartments and a variety of amenities. Proceeds from food sales will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. We’re also hosting a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, Oct. 21. For more information or to schedule a personal tour, call 412-749-6862. Masonic Village at Elizabethtown On Saturday, Oct. 17, our campus will be open for the Explore Retirement Living 5th Annual Open House. As Masonic Village at Elizabethtown is considered a top-quality provider for continuing care, we will be showing our cottages, apartments, Masonic Health Care Center and Transitional Care Unit during the Lancaster County-wide event. For more information or to schedule a personal tour, call 800-676-6452.
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill Spirit of Philadelphia lunch cruise outing
District of Columbia museums w/lunch & transportation $2,400 Harvest Ball event
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Yamaha digital pianos
Hand rail tilt and roll scale
ARJO sit-to-stand lift
4-channel electric stimulation
ARJO maxi lift
Masonic Village at Dallas 1
Wii game set
Handicap accessible picnic tables
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Wood working kits
Pergola with awning
WISH LIST ITEMS OFFICE OF GIFT PLANNING
Thank you to the following individuals who have provided for the following items since the last issue:
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown Bro. Richard Holt: Overhead lift Bro. Lester Sutter: Cordmate necklace, portable wireless microphone and pulse oximeter Masonic Children’s Home & Bleiler Caring Cottage Bro. Richard and Louise Brown, Bro. Wensil and Dorothy Fleck, Bro. Raymond and Mandy Fisher, Bro. Ronald and Judy McKnight, Bro. Robert Lyle, Bro. Raymond and Debbie Sisk, Jr.: Various items Bro. Stuart and Barbara Brown, Gloria Gates, Bro. Gary Powell, Rooster’s Corner Woodworking Shop, Bro. Robert and Joyce Umbaugh: Bedroom makeovers Bro. George and Carla Fishel, Jr.: College books Masonic Homes Patton School Alumni Assoc.: Trips Christenson Investment Partners and Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads: Tickets, food, beverages and transportation to Phillies game Bro. Robert and Geraldine Pletcher: Art supplies Retirement Living Craft Group: Various items, blinds for Bleiler Caring Cottage Retirement Living Residents Assoc.: Cordmate necklaces, laptop computer for library, vacation for Bleiler Caring Cottage residents Williamson Corinthian Lodge No. 368: Music program Masonic Village at Sewickley Bro. William A. and Marlene F. Moisey: Karaoke machine and coolers Masonic Village at Warminster Southampton Radiant Star Lodge No. 806: Various items Williamson Corinthian Lodge No. 368: Gazebo Masonic Village at Dallas Allen Gontz and Larissa Fawkner: Portable fire ring and bocce ball equipment Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill PA Meridian Sun Lodge No. 2: Spirit of Philadelphia lunch cruise Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation Masonic Homes Patton School Alumni Assoc.: Equipment for Masonic Conference Center There is an all-inclusive wish list posted on the Masonic Charities website at www.MasonicCharitiesPA.org, or feel free to contact the Office of Gift Planning at 800-599-6454. Please note that if funds donated for any item listed are oversubscribed, the funds will be used for additional wish list items or needs in the same service area.
Guaranteed Lifetime Income What Is It?
A “Charitable Gift Annuity”—a special type of irrevocable charitable gift that pays donors for life
What Are The Benefits? Guaranteed, fixed lifetime income Tax savings
Who Has Participated?
Hundreds of Masonic and non-Masonic donors
Payouts benefit the donor; and After the donor passes on, whatever is left in the gift annuity goes to the Masonic Charities.
What Are The Minimums?
$5,000 gift in cash or appreciated securities Age 65
SAMPLE GUARANTEED LIFETIME RATES For One Life For Two Lives Age Rate Age Rate 70 5.1% 70 & 75 4.8% 75 5.8% 75 & 80 5.3% 77 6.2% 85 & 85 6.7% 81 7.0% 85 & 90 7.3% 85 7.8% 90 & 90 8.2% 90+ 9.0% 90 & 95 8.8% Note: This is a partial listing. Rates exist for any combination of ages. COMPLETE AND MAIL THIS FORM TO:
Office of Gift Planning, One Masonic Dr., Elizabethtown, PA 17022 Telephone 800-599-6454 I would like more information, with no obligation. Please: S end me a Charitable Gift Annuity illustration. Name(s)__________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________ Email _____________________________ My birth date____________ Spouse’s birth date____________ (if two lives) Dollar amount(s) to be illustrated (up to three amounts)_________________ _________________________________________________________________ If using appreciated stock, estimate cost basis__________________________ Call me to answer my questions. Phone (______)_______________________
Where Can I Get Information? Call Masonic Charities at 800-599-6454, or mail the reply form.
www.MasonicCharitiesPa.org Financial information about Masonic Charities can be obtained by contacting us at 1-800-599-6454. In addition, Masonic Charities is required to file financial information with several states. Colorado: Colorado residents may obtain copies of registration and financial documents from the office of the Secretary of State, (303) 894-2680, http://www.sos.state.co.us/. Florida: SC No. 00774, A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-HELP-FLA. Georgia: full and fair description of the programs and activities of Masonic Charities and its financial statement are available upon request at the address indicated above. Illinois: Contracts and reports regarding Masonic Charities are on file with the Illinois Attorney General. Maryland: For the cost of postage and copying, documents and information filed under the Maryland charitable organizations laws can be obtained from the Secretary of State, Charitable Division, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, (800) 825-4510. Michigan: MICS No. 11796 Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of Masonic Charities may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office by calling 1-888-236-6167. New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp.htm#charity. REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. New York: A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the organization or from the Office of the Attorney General by writing the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. North Carolina: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989. Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of Masonic Charities may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Virginia: Financial statements are available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218. Washington: The notice of solicitation required by the Charitable Solicitation Act is on file with the Washington Secretary of State, and information relating to financial affairs of Masonic Charities is available from the Secretary of State, and the toll-free number for Washington residents: 1-800-332-4483. West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. REGISTRATION IN THE ABOVE STATES DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION OF MASONIC CHARITIES BY THE STATE.
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