touchA Woman's Touch

by Deb Phillips

The approach of autumn conjures various memories... the first day of school, wearing a new outfit and carrying a new bookbag filled with notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils; drives in the country to see the changing leaves and to pick apples; Saturdays spent raking leaves, jumping into them, then repeating the process over and over and over again; and gathering with other families at Autumn Day at the Masonic Village, visiting with old friends and starting new friendships.

Autumn Day is a wonderful opportunity to introduce others to the Masonic family. Just as nature is "sowing" and "scattering abroad," we can sow the seeds of interest and scatter our knowledge by Sharing the Light with others. Not able to attend Autumn Day? You still can share your experiences in the Masonic family with others by inviting them to assist at an upcoming charity event or take part in a social gathering that your local organization is hosting.

touchOn October 2, the Grand Lodge will gather to harvest the labors of many by hosting the Man to Mason One-Day Class, with the goal of increasing membership by 10,000! An increase of this magnitude can have a great effect on membership for all of the Masonic family organizations... and it starts with you. Even women can Share the Light by encouraging the men in their lives--husbands, brothers, fathers, friends, co-workers--to contact a Mason they know or to call the petition hotline and join one of the most generous organizations in the world.

After an afternoon of apple picking, or maybe you purchased some apples at Autumn Day, here's a quick and easy dessert idea:

Halve a large apple and remove the core. Place on an oven-safe tray or dish, cut side up, and bake at 350ºF for approximately 20 minutes, or until softened. Remove from oven and place each half on a plate or in a bowl; place a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt on each half, and drizzle warm caramel sauce over all (heat some ready-made caramel dip in the microwave for approximately 15 ­ 30 seconds).

Deb Phillips is the Event Planning/Public Relations Assistant at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. She is a Past Honored Queen, Past Bethel Guardian and Deputy of Bethel No. 15-Elizabethtown, Past Grand Guardian, Job's Daughters International; Past Matron of Elizabethtown Chapter No. 407, Order of the Eastern Star; and Past Royal Matron of Lancaster Court No. 70, Order of the Amaranth.

Deb has been invited to add "a woman's touch" to each issue of the Pennsylvania Freemason. She may be contacted at 717-367-1121.

If you simply tell your story, membership will grow! It's quite simple, really; once people hear about the wonderful things that Freemasonry is and does, they want to be part of it. I have heard of women who have Shared the Light with men in their lives who they wish to have join our Masonic family. I have heard of men who have joined because of services their parents received at one of the Masonic Villages, and fathers who have joined because of the opportunities their son or daughter have received through one of the Masonic Youth groups. Oftentimes we Share the Light without even knowing it, and men become interested because they see us conduct ourselves and our charities with the highest degree of quality and integrity. It may just take one Ask! brochure to give them the encouragement they need to follow through with their membership application. Isn't the little extra effort worth gaining a valuable member, a Brother?
William Slater II,
Grand Master

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