Volume LVIOctober 2009Number 3

36th Masonic District still VERY involved in CHIP

On July 25, members of the 36th Masonic District teamed up with members from the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to provide a Masonic CHIP event at Prince Hall's annual Children and Youth Festival held at their facility at 4301 N. Broad St. in Philadelphia. The event was extremely well attended by families from all over the area and was a rousing success.

A member of the planning committee, Bro. Donald Jones, P.M., assembled a host of volunteers to assist with all phases of the program. The Knights of Pythagoras Youth Organization, as well as the ladies from the Eastern Star, also provided volunteers. Thanks to the dedication of all, a total of 194 children were CHIP'd. The goal for next year is to see that number grow to more than 200.

On June 6 and 7, members again organized a CHIP event at the Delco Fair, held this year on the grounds of the old Franklin Mint in Wawa, Pa. A total of 160 children were CHIP'd during this event, thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time to assist, District 6 for allowing us to use their CHIP trailer and the Upper Darby Square Club, who provided us with their Emergency Response Vehicle in which we set up two camera rooms. Late in the day Saturday, Bro. Richard M. Caruth, P.M., Pennsylvania CHIP Coordinator, learned that a mother who had brought her child to the fair came out specially to have her 15-month-old baby identified through CHIP. A short time ago, her older daughter had been abducted by her daughter's father, sexually assaulted and killed. She told us that this program would help give her the peace of mind knowing that she had a DNA kit and a video of her child, along with the fingerprint card. It really gave each one of us there a sense of pride and a chance to pause and reflect on just how valuable a service this program really is.

New Rainbow Assembly Shines in Altoona

Altoona Rainbow Assembly got off to a great start with an Institution and Initiation ceremony on Aug. 8, at the Altoona Masonic Temple. The Assembly is sponsored by the 20th Masonic District, under the leadership of District Deputy Grand Master David Smith. Thirteen new members were initiated and installed as officers by a team of new Grand Officers for Pennsylvania, led by Grand Worthy Advisor Danielle Dunmire. The Mother Advisor for the Assembly is Mrs. Kelly Hoover and the Advisory Board Chair is Mrs. Sue Jarrett. This is one of many new Assemblies that are starting up as Pennsylvania Rainbow begins to enjoy a revitalized program and more interest from the Masonic family.

Bro. Dave Smith is accompanied by Mrs. Helen Snedden, Supreme Deputy, Mrs. Kelly Hoover, Mother Advisor, the Grand Officers and the new members of Altoona Assembly.

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