|Volume LVIII||February 2011||Number 1|
Toys for Tots & Food Drive
On Dec. 4, 2010, Saucon Lodge No. 469, Coopersburg, held its first Toys for Tots campaign and food drive for Betty Lou's Pantry. Everyone who brought an unwrapped toy and/or some canned food received free pictures with Santa. Decorated inside and out for Christmas, the lodge exuded a festive atmosphere with music, refreshments and reindeer (well, not really reindeer, but alpacas with fake reindeer antlers)!
Many of the lodge brothers and their families contributed their time, decorations and cookies. Special thanks to the Southern Lehigh Key Club for their generous donations of food and toys and the Cub Scouts for their help and for adding life to the party.
It was a fun way to make a difference in the lives of some less fortunate people.
"This is such a great lodge," said Donald Masters, District Deputy Grand Master for District 9. "Every member pitches in and the Worshipful Master bubbles with enthusiasm and ideas as to how to spread our 'word.' How lucky I am to have them in my district, along with several others lodges who are doing marvelous things - having fun and enjoying every moment!"
A Patriotic Processional
On Aug 4, 2010, 13 members of the Masonic Motorcycle Club (Chapters 19 and 38) joined the Vietnam Veterans, Patriot Guard, Combat Vets, Road Knights, Legion Riders and Susquehanna Motorcycle Club to escort the body of Lance Cpl. Abram Howard, USMC, to his hometown of Williamsport. The patriotic processional paid tribute to Lance Cpl. Howard's sacrifice for our country's freedom.
Celebrating Community Cooperation
Left-right: Bro. Andrew J. Dobson, J.W.; Senator Andrew Dinniman; Bro.
Douglas Pomietlarz, W.M.; Mayor Carolyn Committa; and Bro. Daniel T. Yarnall, S.W.
West Chester Lodge No. 322 recently sponsored a breakfast and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new homes constructed on East Barnard Street by Habitat for Humanity. Members and officers of Lodge No. 322; Carolyn Committa, Mayor of West Chester; and Pennsylvania Senator Andy Dinniman, along with all the construction companies, attended the breakfast held at Milestone Events in West Chester. The ceremony was well attended by the Masonic lodge and the Home Builders Association.
Honoring Veterans One Brick at a Time
Left-right: Bro. Paul Lauffenberger, P.M., Joseph Warren Lodge No. 726, and the Masonic Chairman of the event (in green jacket), presents a plaque to Bro. Richard N. Fitzsimmons, District Deputy Grand Master of the 24th Masonic District, in recognition of the district's contributions to the construction of the Veterans Memorial. Also participating are Bros. Michael R. Jordan, W.M., Joseph Warren Lodge No. 726; William D. Jenkins, W.M., Stillwater Lodge No. 547, Youngsville; Paul O. Walker, P.D.D.G.M.-56; and Robert J. Gafner, W.M., North Star Lodge No. 241, Warren.
The 11 lodges comprising the 24th Masonic District purchased a brick to support the fund raising efforts of the Warren County Veterans Council and provided many volunteer hours in the construction of the Warren County Veterans Memorial at Oakland Cemetery. The lodge received a plaque for their efforts at the dedication of the memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010.
Preserving Their County with a Labor of Love
Charity Lodge No. 190, Jeffersonville, received a letter from the Historical Society of Montgomery County recognizing and thanking its members for their efforts in assisting with the restoration of its headquarters. The society was unable to fund the expensive project, so the lodge's efforts in volunteering to paint the exterior of the building and even contacting Sherwin-Williams, who then donated the paint, was greatly appreciated. Members also helped with the clean-up of the Historic Montgomery Cemetery, the resting place of more than 400 veterans including five Civil War generals. The lodge's support has helped to preserve the history of the county for future generations.
Feeding Efforts to Help Injured Veterans
Chapter 38 members, left-right: Bros. Shane T. Fausey, Gene E. Kline,
Guy A. Yocum and Kevin L. Donowsky, all of Watsontown Lodge No. 401
On Sept. 11, 2010, members of Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter 38 assisted at the Patriot Trap Shoot, held at the TRI County Sportsmen Club in Silvara, Pa., to give back to soldiers injured in the War on Terror. Sportsmen, women and youth of all ages participated in the fund raising event, from which all proceeds benefitted the Hunts for Healing Organization.
Based in Laceyville, Pa., Hunts for Healing provides hunting and fishing trips for wounded veterans as well as hunter safety classes, hunting lectures and other outdoor programs. Its goal is to provide a safe, family atmosphere in which to show soldiers that there is nothing they can't do if they set their mind to it, no matter what their injuries or condition may be.
Members of the Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapter 38 donated and cooked hot dogs and hamburgers and prepared the sides for everyone who attended the event. The chapter made a donation of $1,500 in memory of Bro. and MSG Sean Thomas and Spc. Zack Long, son of Chapter 38 member Bro. Rick Long.
Traveling to Raise a Brother
On May 25, 2010, Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, Harrisburg, received a dispensation from R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon to hold an extra meeting at Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown, to raise a new Master Mason, Jamie Serr.
Members traveled to the lodge room at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, enabling Robert Burns Lodge members who reside at the Masonic Village to attend without having to travel to Harrisburg.
Lodge CHIPs Children at Community Event
On Aug. 7, 2010, Lake Erie Lodge No. 347, Girard, held its 5th annual CHIP Day at the lodge in conjunction with a local community event, "Dan Rice Days." The lodge CHIP'd 61 children that day, and over the course of the five years have CHIP'd more than 300 children in the surrounding community.
Bro. Dan Rice was a member of the lodge and a famous clown in the 1800s who wintered his circus in Girard. For the past 30 years or more, the community comes together to honor him with a parade, vendors and re-enactors.
Fun with Fitness & Fund Raising
On July 7, 2010, several members of King Solomon's Lodge No. 346, Connellsville, participated in the 28th annual John Woodruff 5K Run & Walk. Led by Worshipful Master John C. Fox II, the team wore distinctive t-shirts celebrating the 21st Century Masonic Renaissance. This event benefits the John Woodruff College Scholarship Fund for young men and women who attend the Connellsville Area Senior High School. After the race, the team enjoyed refreshments and fellowship at a local eatery with other participants and family members.
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