|Volume LVII||January 2010||Number 1|
Veterans Youth Dance
The current and past District Deputy Grand Masters of Region One sponsored a Veterans Day Dance for Masonic Youth and their friends on Nov. 14, 2009, at the Tacony Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. More than 65 members of DeMolay, Rainbow Girls and Job's Daughters and their prospective members attended the dance in celebration of our nation's veterans, along with 30 adult leaders, volunteers and parents.
Everyone enjoyed the music courtesy of "Dad" Fred Wichterman of Friendship Bray Chapter. Philadelphia hoagies, pizza and soft drinks were in abundance as participants danced the evening away. Since the event was close to Halloween, members were encouraged to come in costume, and many donned military uniforms in honor of the theme.
An essay contest was conducted at the same time, with a general theme of how Masonic Youth can show their patriotism. Bro. Jonathan Webster of Somerton Chapter took first place with a thoughtful and meaningful essay (see p. 26). With winter approaching, used coats were collected for distribution to homeless veterans.
Seen in attendance were: Danielle Dunmire, Grand Worthy Advisor of PA Rainbow, from Throop, Pa.; Bro. Howard Wagner, DeMolay State Master Councilor, from Butler; Bro. Matthew Blaisdell, State Junior Councilor, from Wrightsville, Pa.; and Bro. Wesley Munns, State Master Councilor from New Jersey.
Masonic Blood Donor Club Supports New DeMolay Chapter
On Nov. 11, 2009, Tyler Bausinger, the first member of the new Delaware Valley Chapter, Fairless Hills, attended a Masonic Blood Donor Collection event in Bensalem. Since this was Veteran's Day, Tyler was there to greet and hand out U.S. Flags to donors as they arrived to donate blood. This very successful blood drive collected 52 pints of blood.
Three days later, at the Masonic Youth Veterans Dance, "Dad" Chuck Lankert and "Dad" Tom Barton received a donation of $520 for the new Chapter from the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Club in recognition of the Chapter's support of this blood collection event. Blood Donor Chairman Edward Budman of Masonic District "D" made the presentation. Bro. Budman went on to explain that Masonic Youth Group participation in blood collection events is important. He explained that for each unit of blood collected, three lives can be saved.
Masonic Youth Groups who support and participate in blood collection events can receive a donation of $10 per unit of blood collected from the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Club, if designated as the recipient by the sponsoring lodge.
More than $40,000 was given out in 2009 by the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation through its Educational Endowment Fund. In 2010, it is estimated that between 30 and 35 students will be selected to receive awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000, and including multi-year awards. The annual program runs through March 15, 2010, when applications may be submitted.
The Masonic Scholarship Resource Guide for the 2010 program and the 2010 application are now available online at www.pmyf.org or may be obtained by writing to:PMYF SCHOLARSHIPS
1244 Bainbridge Road, Elizabethtown, Pa 17022
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