Volume LVIIMay 2010Number 2

Funds for the Masonic Villages

In celebration of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown's 100th anniversary of service to Masons and their families, Grand Master Sturgeon asked each lodge to provide financial support to the Masonic Villages in 2010.

On Feb. 23, Washington Lodge No. 265, Bloomsburg, along with the local Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, hosted a blood drive in memory of Bro. Ralph Dillon, Washington Lodge No. 265. The blood drive is an annual affair for the organizations, but this year, it was a Masonic Blood Donor Club fund raiser, and the proceeds went to the Masonic Villages. Lodge members helped throughout the day, and the drive collected 57 pints of usable blood. Because the Masonic Blood Donor Club gives $10 for each pint collected, Washington Lodge donated $570 to the Masonic Villages through this initiative.

"So far, the Masonic Blood Donor Club has been fantastic and very good to work with. I'm very impressed with the work that they do, and ... they made our fund raiser for the Grand Master's initiative so easy. Everyone should use them," Bro. Dennis Laubach, Washington Lodge No. 265, said.

The blood drive benefited more than the Masonic Villages - it also strengthened the fraternity. "Public service gets more people out and interested in the community. Once you get the reaction from the public, it makes you proud of your lodge and proud that you're a member of that lodge," Bro. Laubach said. If you would like to find out how your lodge can partner with the Masonic Blood Donor Club, visit www.pagrandlodge.org and click on Blood/Organ Donors.

The combined Chapters of the PA Widows Sons Masonic Riders Associations are taking a different "route" to raise funds for the Masonic Villages - an organization that "exemplifies the charity and benevolence of the Masonic fraternity," according to Bro. Bill Huston, District Deputy Grand Master for District 41 and member of Greater Johnstown Lodge No. 538. On Saturday, July 31, he and his fellow riders will host the RWGM Ride for the Masonic Villages in Gettysburg, Pa., where they will use one of their greatest passions to serve the Masonic Villages and engage the community. Grand Master Sturgeon will attend as a guest participant. Anyone, Mason or not, is invited to join them at 10 a.m. at the Battlefield Harley Davidson motorcycle dealership at 21 Cavalry Field Road, Gettysburg. Registration is $30 for riders and $15 for passengers but is limited to the first 100 bikes.

"[The ride] gives participants a good chance to demonstrate that we are the charitable organization we say we are," Bro. Huston said. "I'm hoping this event goes toward promoting a good public image for the fraternity and hopefully the non-Masons who participate will see the bonds of brotherhood we share and possibly decide to join us." If you want more information or to pre-register, contact Bro. Huston at (814) 244-6179 or via e-mail.

As you and your lodge are serving the community, visit the Random Acts of Kindness Registry at www.pagrandlodge.org/rak. This registry provides a place to share the good deeds being accomplished in Pennsylvania and is a source of inspiration as you continue humbly to observe and fulfill needs around you using your own unique passions, skills and resources.

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