Volume LVIIJanuary 2010Number 1

Masons "Ride for Sight"

Left: Members of Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter 38 during the "Ride for Sight" event.
Middle: Bro. Howard Wohlheiter, Watsontown Lodge No. 401, gives Heather Schutt the front seat on this motorcycle.
Right: Bro. Jamie Phillips, Watsontown Lodge No. 401 and Vice President of Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter 38, stands by a
truck loaded with donated toys for children in need this holiday season.

On Oct. 24, the Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter 38, under the direction of Bro. Howard Wohlheiter, Watsontown Lodge No. 401, held a pig roast and motorcycle "Ride for Sight." This was a benefit event for a local girl, Heather Schutt, who suffers from Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and therefore has extremely limited sight. Bro. Wohlheiter was struck by the need to do something to increase this 2-year-old girl's quality of life and restore her vision. He remembered a magazine article he had read months ago about a child who was sent to China to receive treatment for four weeks and how the child's vision was dramatically improved. He wanted the same for Heather.

The downpours did not dampen the spirits of the 12 motorcyclists and 75 others who traveled from Williamsport, Mifflinburg and all points in between to ride for a little girl none of them even knew.

Many brethren, groups, clubs and organizations donated time and money to make it a very successful event, raising more than $5,500. Heather was present all day and even posed for a few pictures on some Harley Davidson motorcycles.

A few weeks later, on Nov. 14, the brethren of Chapter 38 organized a Toys for Tots drive at the Watsontown American Legion Post 323, collecting more than 100 toys, bikes and games. During the night, which included DJ entertainment and food, more than 100 people attended the event, which also raised an additional $400 to benefit the Heather Schutt Medical Expense Trust.

If anyone wishes to donate, please send a check or money order designated for "Heather Schutt Medical Eyesight Fund" to: Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, 250 E. Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, Pa., 17844. For more information, call (570) 966-1041.

Congratulations to...

Bro. Robert H. Benson was recently recognized for 60 years of service as a member of Freedom Lodge No. 328, Thompson, 50 years to Susquehanna Chapter No. 276, Temple Council No. 47 and 45 years to St. Andrews Commandery No. 27.

Bro. Thomas F. Toscani, Melita Lodge No. 295, Philadelphia, received the 2009 "Great Friend to Kids Award" on Nov. 19, 2009, from the Please Touch Museum for his volunteerism benefitting children in Pennsylvania over the years. The award honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to enriching the lives of children. Recipients of Bro. Toscani's benevolence include the Masonic Children's Home in Elizabethtown, Special Olympics and the Junior Diabetes Foundation, among numerous others.

A coach, mentor, lawyer and energetic leader, Bro. Toscani is the driving force for numerous community organizations including the Berwyn Paoli Little League program and Field of Dreams complex.

With Bro. Robert H. Benson, seated, are Brothers Leslie J. Loomis, Fidelity Lodge No. 655; John W. Hawk, Joseph Warren Lodge No. 726; Jeffery D. Burman, W.M., Freedom Lodge No. 328; Charles L. Klingaman, Tamaqua Lodge No. 238; Nathan A. Foster, D.D.G.M-15th District; Keith J. Murray, Landmark Lodge No. 442; John P. Zickler, Carbondale Lodge No. 249; and F. Dean Lewis, Jr., Freedom Lodge.

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