Volume LIVMay 2007Number 2

Helping Where It Is Needed Most

Bro. Charlie Ross wanted to make a donation somewhere that would benefit the most amount of people, or "the whole ball of wax," as he put it. He selected the Masonic Villages as the recipient of his three charitable gift annuities because "they take care of the children, the elderly residents and the community."

"I felt giving to the Masonic Villages would be the best approach," he said. "I thought a charitable gift annuity was a good way to give because it affords me income for life." He appreciated the Masonic Charities staff who made the entire process very understandable.

A charitable gift annuity allows Bro. Charlie to receive a fixed rate of return on his contribution, with a payment made directly into his personal account. He also received a federal income tax charitable deduction. Upon his death, the remainder will go to the Masonic Villages.

Bro. Charlie resides in Sun City Center, Fla., but spent most of his life in Reading, Pa. He has made several visits to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, which led to his decision to make a contribution.

He had his own business, Ross Distributing Co., and was very active in Freemasonry within his hometown. Bro. Charlie belongs to Chandler Lodge No. 227 and the Rajah Temple in Reading and is a former Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite - Valley of Reading tiler. He recently earned his 25-Year Service Award. He feels Freemasonry has made him a better person.

"I appreciate the work they do," he said, "and their outlook on life."

This "Masonic outlook" explains his commitment as a dispatcher for an emergency squad in Sun City Center. He previously volunteered for one 24 hour shift per week. His other activities include a men's chorus, which entertains the citizens of his community.

Sun City Center is located east of the gulf coast, about 25 miles from Tampa, and is surrounded by 162 holes for golfing, although Bro. Charlie no longer golfs. He involves himself with the Sun City Center Shrine Club, attending lunch meetings and helping with the twice annual pancake brunch.

Bro. Charlie's support will surely touch many within the Masonic Village's "ball of wax." The effects of Freemasonry on his life are helping to ensure others feel the same effects for years to come.

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