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The brethren in Western Star Lodge No. 304, Meadville, put their own labor into two projects costing nearly $3,400 that qualified for "Project Sponsorship" funds in the Masonic Matching Charity Grants Program for 2000. Led by William Guyer, W.M., the Lodge conducted a Kids' Fishing Derby and constructed a bullpen and put roofs on several dugouts for the local athletic association.

When a former sponsor dropped out, Western Star Lodge became involved in the fishing derby, providing food, fishing, and fun for more than 400 persons. Twenty-two of the Lodge's 147 members attended and helped out at the derby. In constructing the bullpen and roofing dugouts for the Northwestern Baseball/Softball Association, the Lodge was reimbursed for their expenses. Sixteen members participated actively in the work.

Lodge Secretary, Kim W. Jeffreys, said that the program of active involvement has re-energized the Lodge and brought the members closer together. He also noted that members are approached in the community and thanked by parents and civic leaders who sincerely appreciate the "hands on" approach to community service.

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