Volume LVIIIFebruary 2011Number 1

Contributions from Lodges

Lobster Fest a First-time Fund Raising Success!

In compliance with R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon's requirement to hold a one-time fund raiser, members of Eulalia Lodge No. 342, Coudersport, voted to pre-sell tickets for a Lobster Fest. Hoping to sell at least 100 tickets at $25 per person, they pre-sold an astonishing 250+ tickets in a town with less than 1,400 adults. Not bad for the lodge's first-ever fund raising event!

The feast was held on Sept. 11, 2010, at the Coudersport Consistory where the lodge meets. On the day of the event, while Lodge Secretary Bart Ianson was driving back from Maine with a truck full of live lobsters, other members were getting the donated sweet corn and Potter County's famous potatoes ready for cooking. Others were prepping the shrimp cocktail, pre-setting the tables, preparing salads and beverages and posting Masonic signage. Fully one-sixth of the community was already in the doors and waiting before the appointed hour, and the lines formed outside the kitchen as the plated steaming lobsters were served. A local musician provided entertainment, licensed raffle tickets were sold, and the room was filled with the roar of a community in celebration of charitable deeds and good works.

Bros. Terry L. Goodenough, Worshipful Master, and Jim Gustafson, District Deputy Grand Master for District 22, were proud to see the lodge and the community joined in fellowship and celebration. The lodge raised approximately $3,000 to benefit the Masonic Villages and the lodge's operations.

As Eulalia Lodge prepares to celebrate its Sesquicentennial on Oct. 11, 2011, hopes are high to make this Lobster Fest an annual tradition.

100 Mason Night Raises Big $ for Charity

On Oct. 13, 2010, Infinity Lodge No. 546, Verona, held its third 100 Mason Night. This year, they upped the ante by offering to donate $5,000 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting low-income elderly and disabled homeowners through home repair and rehabilitation. Infinity Lodge donated the money in the name of any lodge in the 54th District which had at least 10 Masons in attendance.

Infinity Lodge also committed to donating at least $1,000 to the Masonic Villages for each Right Worshipful in attendance, with additional money offered for each District Deputy Grand Master (D.D.G.M.), Past D.D.G.M. or Appointed Grand Lodge Officer.

R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon, in recognition of this generosity, paid the lodge a personal visit accompanied by all of the current Grand Lodge Officers, R.W. Past Grand Masters Samuel C. Williamson and Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., and a number of other past Grand Lodge Officers.

More than 130 Masons enjoyed an excellent night of fellowship. All in all, Infinity Lodge donated $17,500 to the Masonic Charities and $20,000 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh.

Silent Auction Benefits Masonic Village
Right-left: Bro. Richard Heath, P.M., and his wife, Ellen;
Bros. Leonard Kornit, Mike Feldsher, P.M., and Bart Davis, P.M.

On May 20, 2010, the members of Hackenburg-Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 19, Philadelphia, held their annual Ladies and Award Night. Charles Holloway, District Deputy Grand Master for Masonic District C, presented 50- and 60-year service award pins. The lodge gave its meritorious service award, the Meyer J. Freiberg award, to Bro. Michael S. Feldsher, P.M., who served as the Worshipful Master in 2008 and 2009. During the evening, the lodge held a silent auction to benefit the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill. Bro. Feldsher obtained donations from lodge members and golf courses, autographed memorabilia from the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, baseball tickets from the Philadelphia Phillies, a gold watch, books and bottles of wine. The silent auction raised $782.50.

These are just a few of the lodges who helped
to raise $723,323.86 for the Masonic Villages!

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