Volume LVMay 2008Number 2

Let Your Money Work for You!

"We worked for [our money]," Bro. Urban Ginther, George E. Wagner Lodge No. 639, St. Marys, said. "Now, we let it work for us."

This simple statement was the basis for Alice and Urban Ginther's decision to fund a two-life charitable gift annuity to benefit the Masonic Village at Sewickley.

"My wife and I feel it is a great benefit to us, providing a steady income we know is coming," Bro. Urban said. "When we pass on, it goes to those who need it. It's just wonderful."

Bro. Urban worked hard for his money at his family's farm, on which he was born and raised, and later operated. His oldest son now runs the farm, and he and Alice live in a smaller house down the street. He also spent several years with the Highway Department. Alice worked as the bookkeeper for the farm, which was not always easy, especially during times of war when money was tight. "We wouldn't have had a business without her," Bro. Urban said.

The couple has been married for 63 years. His friend was dating one of her friends, so they ran in the same social circle. Soon after their friends were married, the Ginthers were united.

"I could have done much worse," Bro. Urban quipped. "She, however, doesn't have it too easy."

They have two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. "Our family has done real well," Bro. Urban said. "They've never caused us any worries."

When he was younger, having a strong German heritage, Bro. Urban found himself joining local drinking clubs. A friend of his advised him he should join a worthwhile organization instead, such as the Masons.

"I thought I'd need to go out and buy a suit, but I was told you don't buy your way into the Order. I knew from the start what great meaning it was to be a part of this fraternity."

He served as Master of his lodge in 1961. "One of the greatest things I did was join the Masonic fraternity 53 years ago," he said.

Beyond working and his dedication to the brotherhood, Bro. Urban and Alice have spent a lot of time traveling, fishing and hunting. Alice is the expert fisher, and she taught Bro. Urban how to drop a line. Their daily enjoyment comes from driving through the woods on back roads, which are plentiful in their part of the state. Alice also knits and crochets.

The two play a heated game of Scrabble on a regular basis, although Bro. Urban won't share who wins. "Let's just say her vocabulary and spelling are better," he said.

Bro. Urban and Alice Ginther, despite their roots in Pennsylvania, are big Atlanta Braves fans. For the love of their team, when the Braves played the Pirates in Pittsburgh, they boldly wore their Braves gear on a bus full of Pirates fans and took all the grief they were handed. After the Braves' victory, they enjoyed a quiet ride home. One highlight of Bro. Urban's life was the opportunity to meet Phil Niekro, the Braves' renowned knuckleball pitcher.

In baseball, a win-win situation would be trading a high-salaried, seasoned player to make room for a younger one with similar talents, but a lower salary cap. Just ask the Braves about the trade they made last October, sending Edgar Renteria to the Detroit Tigers, giving Yunel Escobar the green light as the team's new shortstop.

While their baseball team makes good moves with their roster, the Ginthers found a win-win situation for themselves with the Masonic Charities' charitable gift annuity. They receive a good return on their money and they know it will go toward a good cause once they pass on. For more details on charitable gift annuities, please see the back cover.

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