Volune LIIIJanuary 2006Number 1

Donor Profile: Jay G. Brossman
Leaving a Legacy

Hundreds of times each year, Bro. Jay G. Brossman stands atop a sparkling, snow-covered mountain, skis braced, ready to experience the thrill of rushing down the rugged slope before skidding to a graceful stop at the bottom and starting all over again.

But only once in a lifetime does one have the chance to reach the pinnacle of gift giving - the opportunity to feel the intense rush of satisfaction and pride that comes along with committing to a selfless sacrifice that will enrich the lives of countless others in need. Fortunate are those who commit to leaving a legacy that will serve as an example for future generations and enable a charity to continue its mission.

A native of Ephrata, Pa., Bro. Jay, age 75, currently resides in Frisco, Colo., with his wife, Sally. He has two daughters, six grandchildren and two great-grandsons. He is a member of Ephrata Lodge No. 665 F. & A.M., Valley of Reading Consistory and Reading Rajah Shrine Center in Blandon, Pa. He recently received his 50-Year Masonic Service Emblem from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Bro. Jay is also a member of Georgetown Lodge No. 12 A.F. & A.M. and Breckenridge Lodge No. 47 A.F. & A.M. in Colorado, where he served as Worshipful Master in 2002 and 2003. He and Sally also are members of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 42 in Georgetown, Colo. They were Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron from 2004 to 2005.

Bro. Jay and Sally ski every day during the ski season, October through June. In the past year, Bro. Jay has logged 255 days of skiing on the several ski mountains within 20 miles of their home. They are also active members of Colorado Summit County Senior Center. Bro. Jay enjoys the company of good friends, a quality that naturally guided him toward Freemasonry. Bro. Jay made his first significant gift to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown at the end of 1998 to build a new swimming pool at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. The pool, which was named in memory of his late son, J. Glen Brossman, was opened in the 1999 summer season for use by the many residents, children and employees at the Elizabethtown campus.

In 2003, Bro. Jay was looking for a way to increase his current income level in retirement, when he purchased a charitable gift annuity from the Masonic Village, which provided him a fixed income for life.

Subsequently, in 2004, after inquiring with the Gift Planning Office on how he might further assist the Masonic Villages, Bro. Jay established a charitable remainder unitrust to benefit himself and his wife for their lives and then ultimately the Masonic Villages upon their deaths. Bro. Jay serves as trustee of his own trust and is receiving an income each year based on the value of the trust. He received a charitable deduction for part of the value of his appreciated stock to fund the trust while avoiding capital gains taxes on the sale of the stock.

In reflecting upon his gifts, Bro. Jay shared, "I think there is a lot of good done through these charities. All the people I talk to there at the Masonic Village are very happy, and I've met a lot of nice people through the years." Even with the satisfaction of knowing that he had made a significant contribution to the future of the Masonic Villages, Bro. Jay was not finished giving.

Most recently, Bro. Jay made the ultimate gift - a major commitment through his estate plan to support the Masonic Villages for many years to come. Bro. Jay noted, "Making this legacy gift was important to me because it is my way of sharing the benefits I attained in my lifetime with my fellow Brethren and their families. To me, this is akin to reaching the mountaintop of giving." In recognition of this and Bro. Jay's many other charitable gifts, the Committee on the Masonic Homes named the Brossman Ballroom in his honor, so that residents and visitors to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown would remember the man who exemplifies the tenets of the Fraternity.

"I am especially proud, as a Pennsylvania Mason, of the charity services our Masonic Villages have provided to our Brethren, Eastern Star members and their families," Bro. Jay said. "I am delighted to know that my legacy gift will continue making a significant impact on future generations assisted by the Masonic Villages."

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