Volume LIIIAugust 2006Number 3

CHIP Program off to a GREAT
Start in the 36th District
by Robert J. Bateman, D.D.G.M. for Masonic District 36

Last October, four seniors at Interboro High School in Prospect Park, Delaware County, wanted to make a difference with their Senior Class Project. Jackie Maffei, Allison Maffei, Tyler MacCrone and Kelli Buchanan saw an episode of "Extreme Home Makeover" in which a mother told about how her daughter became lost and was never returned. The students began searching for a way to provide local parents "peace of mind" through fingerprinting their children and heard about the CHIP program that was being run by Pennsylvania Freemasons.

They approached their local police chief and told him of their idea. The police chief had not heard of our program, so he approached a friend whom he knew was a Mason and asked him about it. That brother called Bro. Rich Caruth, CHIP Chairman for District 36, and arranged a meeting with the chief and the group of seniors in November.

After a lot of hard work and promotion, the group hosted the event in March 2006 at the high school. The event featured a clown who made balloon animals for the children, a raffle of items donated from local businesses and breakfast and lunch for the volunteers. The students' entire team was present, along with student from another high school, Andrew Bannon. The program was a joy to run because of their efforts, and when it was over, all the money raised by their team, after expenses, was donated to the CHIP Program for use in Masonic District 36.

The CHIP volunteers were Bro. Richard M. Caruth, P.M., and his Lady Linda, Bro. Dean A. Spangler and his Lady Vera, Brothers James Cope, David R. Lewis, P.M., William Wigmore, John Pickering, Jim Rouke, Jack Schultz, Ron Clark, William Shaw, P.M., Orlando P. Salvatto Jr., P.M., Dick Yarnell, Gerry Stempin, Lynwood J. Dixon, Jr., William Young, P.M., Ken Svitek, Robert George, Walt Myers, Hugh McAnany and the Richard's family: Bro. Jerry Sr., P.M., and his lady Jean, and sons Jerry Jr., and Andrew, members of Chester Pike Chapter Order of DeMolay.

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