Volume LVIIIAugust 2011Number 3

Rainbow is Thriving in Central PA

The International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Altoona Assembly #188, has been busy since receiving its charter in 2010. Under the supervision of Mother Advisor Kelly Hoover and sponsored by Freemasons of Masonic District 20, the young women have accomplished much in the line of service work. The 22 members have made and donated blankets for the Grand Worthy Advisor's project, Project Linus. The donations were made on March 16 to organizations such as the Bair Foundation and Blair Family Services. The members also visited shut-ins with the local chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star. They made and donated bracelets to another local charity, as well as planted flowers for a community project. They also volunteer regularly with the Miracle League Network. These are just a few of the many projects the young women have participated in, all while having some fun.

The organization, which consists of young women ages 11-20, primarily focuses on community service, and the Altoona Assembly has certainly accomplished that this spring. If you are interested in joining or know of someone who might be, please call (814) 381-4978.

Ladies Honored with Flower Talk

On May 17, Bellefonte Lodge No. 268 honored the women of the lodge with a program conducted by Bro. W. Thomas Moyer, State Master Counselor of the Pennsylvania DeMolay and a member of Steelton-Swatara Lodge No. 775, Swatara. Bro. Moyer presented the "Flower Talk" which spoke of the importance of mothers and honoring and having true respect for womanhood.

Each lady in attendance was given either a white or red carnation. It was Senior Warden's Night at Bellefonte Lodge, and Bro. Joseph E. Leiter, S.W., contacted Bro. David W. Berry, Executive Secretary of Pennsylvania DeMolay, to arrange the program. The program was held prior to the stated meeting. Before the program, the ladies were honored with a meal in the lodge's social hall.

The ladies in attendance, along with Bro. W. Thomas Moyer on the left and Bros. David W. Berry and Joseph E. Leiter, Bellefonte Lodge No. 268.
Educational Endowment Fund Scholarships Awarded

The Educational Endowment Fund Committee of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation recently selected 41 students to receive $81,750 in scholarship awards. The annual program runs from October to March 15, when applications may be submitted. There were 181 applications submitted this year, representing students from 48 counties in the Commonwealth. Recipients were:

Grand Lodge Higher Education Fund Recurring Scholarships
$2,500 Three Year Jennifer Bush
$2,000 Four Year Lauren Genova,Leanne Kile, Katherine Graham
$2,000 Two Year Brittany Schafer
$1,500 Two Year Krystalynn Anderson
$2,000 Grand Lodge Higher Education Fund Scholarships
Megan Runser, Alexandra Chir, Brittany Moldover, Kenzi Stemp
$1,000 Grand Lodge Higher Education Fund Scholarships
Kyle Wagonseller, John Salter, Candace Shirk
$500 Grand Lodge Higher Education Fund Scholarship
Joseph Chubb
$2,000 Grand Master's Scholarships
Christopher Hartman, Griffin Harbach
$1,000 Lawrence Dietrich Smith Memorial Scholarships
Casey Dubrawka, Amber Moody, Erin Kantner
$1,000 Harry M. Ormston Scholarships
Kirsten Kraker, Nicole Dietrich, James McMahon, Justin Greiss, Chad Reichard, Allison Topper
$500 Harry M. Ormston Scholarships
Stephen Weaver, Ashley Palmieri, Sydney Decker
$2,000 Raymond A. Krome Scholarships
Allison Fye, Alexandra Geise, Lauren Daub, Diana Jolly, Kirstin Knopp
$1,000 Raymond A. Krome Scholarships
Carole Emery, Jessica Mills, Thomas Moyer, Leigh Schaefer, Allen Engleson
$2,000 PA Masonic Youth Foundation Scholarship
MaryAnne Emery
$1,000 Charles & Phyllis Schaeffer Scholarship
Matthew Blaisdell
$250 Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682 Scholarship
Carrie Spicer
$500 Barbara Carson O.E.S. Scholarship
Jennifer Bush
$500 Stillman Leadership Scholarship
Kirsten Kraker
In addition, the committee awarded three Pennsylvania Masonic Acacia Fraternity Scholarships totaling $3,000 on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania:
$2,000 Acacia Fraternity Scholarship
Robert Zazac, III
$500 Acacia Fraternity Scholarships
Jeffrey Bluedom, Michael O'Reilly

There were many deserving students who applied, but these competitive awards are limited to the income from the Grand Lodge Higher Education Fund and the PMYF Educational Endowment Fund, which only grows through YOUR contributions. The Masonic Scholarship Resource Guide for the 2012 program and the 2012 application will be available Oct. 1. The application and scholarship summaries are always current and available on the Internet at http://www.pmyf.org.

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