Volume LIIIAugust 2006Number 3

CHIP Brings Brethren & Lodges Together in Western PA
by D. Michael Tanner, P.M., W.M. of Dormont Lodge No. 684

Dormont Lodge No. 684 in the 57th Masonic District in Pittsburgh has made the CHIP program its primary focus for community service and awareness of Freemasonry to the public. Worshipful Master D. Michael Tanner, P.M., said, "The CHIP program offers a wonderful opportunity to involve all our brethren, young and old, their wives, children and friends in activities outside the lodge. It serves the community, increases public knowledge of our fraternity and increases our bonds of brotherhood."

On May 6, Pennsylvania State Senator John Pippy's office sponsored a CHIP event at the Upper Saint Clair High School "Family Days" event in Pittsburgh, which was coordinated by District 57 CHIP Coordinator, Bro. David K. Graham Sr., Senior Warden of Dormont Lodge No. 684. Sen. Pippy and U.S. Congressman Timothy Murphy were impressed with the number of volunteers and overall efficiency of the CHIP team and were very enthusiastic about the involvement of the program in community affairs.

Bro. Graham organized 18 volunteers representing Dormont Lodge No. 684, South Hills Lodge No. 761, White Hall Lodge No. 791, Washington Lodge No. 164 (District 29), Templar Chapter DeMolay, White Win Hills Assembly of Rainbow and friends interested in the program. Several of the brethren's wives were in attendance and really enjoyed interacting with the kids. "This is an activity I truly feel can bring lodges together. Getting the wives, families and friends involved gives the brethren more to do than simply going to a meeting. I feel it can be the re-vitalization of lodges that put their efforts into it," says Bro. Graham.

The team identified 90 children. Parents were excited about the program and the idea that they keep all information regarding their children. Many inquired as to how they could arrange a CHIP program for organizations they belong to. And, several fathers asked that wonderful question, "What is this Freemasonry thing all about anyway?" Team members were more than happy to tell them!

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