Volume LVIOctober 2009Number 3

Third Annual MSG Sean M. Thomas Memorial Ride

On June 6, the Masonic Motorcycle Club, Chapter 38, revved their engines and hit the open road to help provide educational scholarships for the children of soldiers killed in the Global War on Terror since Sept. 11, 2001, including Bro. and MSG Sean Thomas's daughter, Alexa. The motorcycle ride, hosted by the Muncy American Legion post, took participants on a 70-mile route through Lycoming and Sullivan counties and returned to the Muncy Legion for food, raffles, prizes and DJ entertainment donated by RMB Sound.

Bro. Thomas, La Fayette Lodge No. 199, Lock Haven, was a native of Hughesville, Pa., and was serving with the Pennsylvania National Guard in Iraq when he was killed in a rocket attack on Feb. 27, 2007. His wife, Carrie, and Alexa were present at this year's event, as they have been since the ride's inception in June 2007. The ride was started to help provide educational money for Alexa and to keep Bro. Thomas' memory and sacrifice to his country alive.

His brothers, Dave and Dan Thomas, have been very supportive of the event and wanted to help other children as well. As a result, 50 percent of all proceeds were given to this year's American Legion Legacy Run, a motorcycle ride from Indianapolis to Louisville which raises money for a scholarship trust fund to help provide educational benefits for children of fallen soldiers all over the United States.

Left-right: Martin Russell, Watsontown Lodge No. 401; Robert Trutt; Craig Kratzer; Jamie Phillips, Lodge No. 401; Andrew Kline, Mifflinburg Lodge No. 370 and Lodge No. 401; Todd Whitmyer, Charity Lodge No. 144; and Combat Vets Brian Sosonskie and James Hotchkiss.

On Aug. 19, members of Chapter 38 rode to the Flight 93 National Memorial crash site in Shanksville, Pa., to present the American Legion National Commander with a check for $2,000 for the Legacy Run. Members of Chapter 38 have raised well over $25,000 in the last three years and have given it all to various local and some national charitable causes and organizations, including Wounded Warriors, Scotland School for Veterans Children, Andrew's Special Kids Foundation, Masonic Children's Home, Toys for Tots- Marine Corps League, Wilkes-Barre VA Hospital patients, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Masonic Child Identification Program (CHIP) and many other local organizations.

Chapter 38 would like to thank everyone who attended the Third Annual MSG Sean Thomas Memorial Ride and look forward to seeing everyone again next year for the fourth ride. Special thanks to the following for their help and support: Combat Vets, Muncy American Legion, Legion Riders 251, Knight Crew Motorcycle Club, Masonic Motorcycle Club Chapters 25 and 32, RMB Sound, Sullivan County Roadhouse, Laporte State Police Troopers and all the firemen and women from Pennsdale and Muncy who helped ensure a safe ride for all participants.

Chapter 38 members also regularly attend Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous local motorcycle, Masonic and veteran-related events. Members belong to various Masonic lodges, Scottish Rite, Zafar Grotto, American Legion, VFW, 40/8 and other related organizations. For more information, please visit www.chapter38.net/default.aspx.

Lodge No. 19 Celebrates 230th Anniversary with Table Lodge

Hackenburg Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 19, Philadelphia, celebrated its 230th Anniversary of the Military Warrant issued to the lodge on May 18, 1779. During the Table Lodge, speeches were given about Brothers Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Nearly 90 brethren attended the event, with numerous visitors from both Palestine-Roxborough Lodge No. 135, Philadelphia, and Prudence Lodge No. 11, of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. The Table Lodge was officiated by Hackenburg Mt. Moriah's Worshipful Master Michael Feldsher, P.M., Senior Warden Scott Kattleman and Junior Warden Jerome Springer. The speeches were given by Brothers Leonard Rosenfeld, P.M., Richard A. Heath, P.M., Worshipful Master of Palestine-Roxborough Lodge No. 135, and William Ciminera, a high school history teacher at Upper Darby High School and tour guide at Independence Hall. Bro. William L. Kingsbury, P.M., District Deputy Grand Master for District C, conferred 50- and 60-year service awards on the appropriate lodge members. The lodge honored its Steward, Bro. Leonard Kornit, with an engraved plate for his years of service.

The Franklin Institute loaned the lodge two pieces from the Franklin Collection, a fish trowel and a first edition published treatise on Franklin's Experiments on Electricity, and provided a glass case and insurance for the event. Numerous citations marking the lodge's anniversary were also displayed from the State of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, the office of Pennsylvania U. S. Senator, Arlen Specter, as well as other Pennsylvania congressional and state representatives. A historical representation of the lodge's minutes and meeting notices were put on display by the Masonic Library and Museum of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania for the affair.

In keeping with the lodge's history of charitable giving, a silent auction was held, raising $500 to benefit the Spinal Cord Unit of Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia. The lodge received the following generous donations for the auction: a Masonic watch from Robbins Diamonds in Philadelphia, a hockey puck used in a Flyers game and signed by Mike Knuble and a signed photograph of Samuel Dalembert of the 76ers.

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