Volume LIVAugust 2007Number 3

Serve Those Who Have Served Our Country

The Masonic Service Association (MSA) and Bro. Ronald A. Aungst, Sr., R.W. Grand Master, have appointed Bro. Edward O. Weisser, R.W.P.G.M., as the Pennsylvania state coordinator for volunteers at the Pennsylvania Veterans' Hospitals. The Grand Master is also hoping to enlist a few good Masons as volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for everyday tasks including transportation of veterans, Masons and non-Masons, to appointments and supplying comfort items, such as toothpaste or playing cards.

"Their biggest job is to be a friend," Bro. Weisser said, "and have a good ear to listen. A lot of the veterans don't have family in the area, especially the new ones, returning from war."

Bro. Weisser has appointed nine chairmen in charge of finding volunteers for each hospital, and is looking for four additional ones. Pennsylvania has 13 veterans hospitals located throughout the state, including facilities in Coatesville, Erie, Lebanon, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Wilkes-Barre.

If anyone is interested in sharing their time with men and women who have given distinguished service for their country, please contact Bro. Weisser at (215) 355-4805.

The MSA of North America, in existence since 1919, enables its member Grand Lodges to work together and offer services they wouldn't otherwise be able to provide. Services include collecting and forwarding funds for Disaster Relief; Education/Information Publications; the Masonic Information Center, which imparts information on Freemasonry to Masons and non-Masons alike and responds to critics of Freemasonry; and the Hospital Visitation Program, which provides assistance and service to sick or wounded veterans.

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