Volume LIVMay 2007Number 2

Meet Carole Alfe... the Temple Treasures Gift Shop's New Manager

Mrs. Carole Alfe joined the Grand Lodge staff during the December 2006 Quarterly Communication, bringing with her an extensive non-profit background. Her experience includes serving as the director of The Elder Craftsmen Shop, a Philadelphia non-profit shop of handmade American crafts made by senior artisans from across the United States. She also worked for Cadbury Retirement Community as a newsletter editor and special events coordinator, and for Samaritan Hospice in Marlton, N.J., as a planned giving officer and corporate/foundation grant writer, also assisting with special events and fund raising.

Eager to return to the arts and non-profit retail within her native city of Philadelphia, Carole found the perfect opportunity in an advertisement for a gift shop manager for The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. "I feel energized and inspired every day as I walk through the front doors of the Masonic Temple to come to work," she said. "There is such a varied group of people working hard for the same mission of the Temple, for education and preservation of its rich history. The fact that this magnificent National Historic Landmark is a 'working museum' as well as a tourist destination adds to its interest." Carole reveals that there's never a dull moment; in fact, within her first three months she had already met visitors from 12 different countries!

Carole enjoys the challenges of creating an expanded museum gift shop, which recently re-opened on Dec. 4, 2006, after being closed for over a year for reassessment. In addition to Masonic items, the gift shop will also feature museum reproduction items and Philadelphia merchandise. One recent highlight was discovering a Polish glass ornament company that created a large hand-blown ball of the Temple, each one hand painted in a very "Old-world" style, which will be available by May. She has brought back the Cat's Meow Village reproduction of the Temple that was available several years ago. She also plans to offer for sale framed antique postcards of the Temple, Bro. Benjamin Franklin and other local landmarks.

Carole enjoys working with the Grand Master and Executive Director Andrew Zellers-Frederick, whom she claims are very open-minded to new concepts for expanding the gift shop. Recently named "Temple Treasures" through a staff naming contest, the Gift Shop provides Carole the chance to use her creativity toward a mission that warms her heart.

A self-proclaimed gardener and "This Old House" aficionado, Carole resides with her husband, David, a therapist. Their daughter, Amy, attends the New School University in New York City, where she also works as a film editor.

Carole invites you to plan a trip to explore the Temple Treasures. "You won't go home empty handed!" she says with a smile.

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