Volume LIVFebruary 2007Number 1

Lodge No. 9 Brings Christmas Cheer

Sixty brethren and family members of Lodge No. 9, Philadelphia, held a Christmas Party for the 37 youth of the Masonic Children's Home and the seven adults of the Bleiler Caring Cottage at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown on Dec. 3, 2006. The festive event included a catered holiday meal, as well as a visit from Santa, who handed out gifts.

Prior to the party, each of the children and adults were asked to write a wish list for an item or items that totaled $150. Bro. Robert J. Burns, W.M., and Debra Congdon; Bro. Wayne D. Greenberg, P.M., and his wife, Karen; Bro. Rick Santella, J.W., and Maria Comp; and Bro. Steve Arnawoodian, P.M., shopped for the gifts, which were wrapped by Bro. William M. Norris, P.M., and his wife, Betty. Other arrangements were made by Bro. William Woodhead, Treasurer, and Bro. David W. Woodhead, P.M., Secretary, who played the role of Jolly Ol' St. Nick. The lodge generously hosts this event every two years at the Masonic Village, which is a large undertaking but a wonderful highlight for the children and adults alike.

The lodge also donated money to children's home resident Kristen Malasky Norman, who was named All American Cheerleader at National Cheerleading Camp this past summer at Millersville University, to help with the cost of her trip to Florida to cheer in the Orange Bowl Pre-Game Show in January.

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