|Volume LV||May 2008||Number 2|
MSG Sean M. Thomas Memorial Benefit Ride
To honor a fallen brother, the Masonic Motorcycle Club, Chapter 38, will hold the 2nd Annual MSG Sean M. Thomas Ride on June 7, at the Muncy American Legion Post, Muncy, Pa. Chapter 38 is comprised of 13 brothers from various lodges, including a majority from Watsontown Lodge No. 401.
In the less than two years since the chapter began holding benefit rides, they have raised more than $15,000. Money raised during the ride in June will go toward an education fund for the daughter of MSG and Bro. Sean M. Thomas, La Fayette Lodge No. 199, Lock Haven, who was killed on March 27, 2007, while serving in Iraq. His daughter, Alexa, was born in September 2006. Funds will also be given to the Sean Thomas Foundation, which has been active in local schools, teaching kids about the countries that are currently involved in the war and allowing them to write, e-mail and invite returning soldiers to visit their classrooms.
No money raised is kept by Chapter 38. They also have donated to the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Wounded Warriors Foundation, Andrew's Special Kids Foundation, Scotland School for Veterans Children, Philadelphia Shrine Children's Hospital, Watsontown Legion Post 323 youth baseball, the Pennsylvania Masonic CHIP program and various local children in need.
Bro. Thomas, a National Guardsman from north-central Pennsylvania, served in Afghanistan before heading to Iraq in summer 2006, as a Sergeant 1st Class with the Harrisburg-based 28th Division Support Command. He spent six years with the U.S. Army Reserve before joining the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1998. His wife, Carrie, is a former Sergeant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Bro. Thomas was posthumously promoted to Master Sergeant.
Last January, in a ceremony attended by his wife, relatives and friends, a post office in Hughesville, Pa., was renamed the Master Sergeant Sean Michael Thomas Post Office in his memory.
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