Volume LVIIIAugust 2011Number 3

HODEGOS Honorees for 2011

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2011 HODEGOS Class: Bro. Douglas R. Harms and Mrs. Jeanine M. Larkin, from Pilgrim Chapter, Order of DeMolay; Mrs. Rhonda J. Pilarcik of Bethel No. 21, Butler, and Mrs. Linda E. Watson of Bethel No. 17, Hershey, of the Order of Job's Daughters; and Mrs. Louise B. Metka, of Lehigh Valley Assembly, Macungie, and Mrs. Mary Ann Wagner, of Butler Assembly, Butler, from the Order of the Rainbow for Girls.

The HODEGOS Award, established in 2005 by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to recognize the outstanding efforts of volunteers for the Masonic youth groups in Pennsylvania, is given to truly outstanding adult leaders of the youth programs who are nominated by adult and youth leaders.

The award consists of a solid gold, hand-crafted oval bearing the word HODEGOS, written in Greek. The emblem may be worn as a lapel pin, or crafted into a necklace drop for the ladies. The award takes its name from the Greek word hodegos, meaning "a leader, a guide and an instructor of the inexperienced," and is administered by the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation.

Bro. Douglas Harms, Perseverance Lodge No. 21, and Mrs. Jeanine Larkin were presented the HODEGOS Award by R.W. Deputy Grand Master Jay W. Smith at the annual DeMolay Convention in July.

DeMolay Helps Make Blood Drive Successful

On April 29, members of the Westmoreland Chapter, Order of DeMolay, assisted the Central Blood Bank in collecting 142 units of whole blood and red cells at the Greensburg Masonic Center to be used for transfusing patients in more than 40 hospitals in the western Pennsylvania region. Great results like these could not have happened without the combined forces of quite a few committed Masonic brethren and DeMolay!

Recruiting for this drive comprised of posters, flyers and e-mails distributed to local stores, churches, businesses, schools, family members and friends. Recruiting packages were mailed to and announcements were made at lodge meetings in the 30th Masonic District, and a series of "Call-to-the-Craft" messages was scheduled to be delivered just prior to the drive. Two weeks out, Central Blood Bank enlisted the aid of radio station FM 105.9 "The X" and more than 100 radio spots were run advertising the blood drive. On the day of the drive, radio personality Abby Krizner made a special appearance and made remote broadcasts from the Greensburg Masonic Center.

The blood drive collected 104 units of whole blood. These units were likely manufactured into three products - red blood cells (RBCs), platelets and plasma. Central Blood Bank also had six Haemonetics machines at the blood drive capable of performing apheresis, or the separation of blood products outside of the body. Through the use of these machines, 38 units of red blood cells were collected from donors. When you consider that each whole blood unit could benefit up to three people, a total of 350 patients were potentially helped by the efforts of this blood drive and the selfless acts of the blood donors.

Those who contributed significant efforts to the blood drive included: Master Councilor Isaac Holtzer; Senior Councilor Adam Neubaurer; Chapter Advisor "Dad" Kirk B. Thomas, P.M.; Bro. Richard L. McAlpine, P.M., W.M.; "Dad" Rodney E. Boyce, District Deputy Grand Master for District 30; and Bro. David Matheny, Region Director, Central Blood Bank, who entered the fraternity during the 2010 One Day Masonic Journey. Bro. Matheny had to close the doors at 7 p.m., as the donors were still coming in!

Help was also freely given by other chapter members, advisors and members of both Philanthropy Lodge No. 225 and Westmoreland Lodge No. 518, both of Greensburg. Numerous family members provided canteen help, volunteered to assist as needed and donated blood.

Bro. Ed Budman, P.M., traveled from his home in eastern Pennsylvania to represent the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge Blood and Organ Donor Club at the blood drive. "This was a most fantastic Masonic Day!" he said.

Blood Drive by the Numbers:
2 or 3 Petitions handed out
50 New members in the Masonic Blood Club
142 Units collected (goal was 100!)
350 Patients potentially helped
1,420 Masonic charity dollars raised - will be given to Westmoreland DeMolay

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