Volume LIIINovember 2006Number 4

Masonic Organ Donor Program
Masonic Blood Donor Club

Masonic Organ Donor Program

The Pennsylvania Masonic Organ Donor Program is an example of Grand Master Ronald A. Aungst, Sr.'s program in which Masons help their fellow man. This program is an extension of the Masons' history of helping others. The Masonic Organ Donor program is designed for a two-fold purpose:
  1. To provide educational materials about the need for organ donation
  2. To enlist Masons and their families to become organ donors

Over 80,000 Americans are currently waiting for an organ transplant. The need far surpasses the available supply of organs. Many people will die this year simply because an organ was not available for them.

How do we help? We, as Masons, should consider the opportunity to help our fellow man. Each donor can save the lives of several individuals. Think of the possibilities if each of us would sign an organ donor card!

How do we accomplish this? The procedure is very simple: sign an organ donor card! In addition, it is imperative that your next of kin knows your wishes. When we pass from this earth, our next of kin must give permission for us to donate our organs. By becoming an organ donor, even in our death, we are able to give life to others.

Organ donor cards should be available at each lodge meeting, banquet, etc. Invite a guest speaker to talk about organ donation. Encourage all members to sign an organ donor card.

Please consider this worthy program. If you need additional information or materials, please contact:

Rick Knepper
1461 Hospitality Drive
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Phone: (717) 263-1189
Masonic Blood
Donor Club

The Masonic Blood Donor Club is part of the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Committee of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Though not a blood bank, we do protect our members by replacing blood when needed. Our main focus is to encourage blood donations by Masons and their friends and families for the good of the community in which they reside.

Any Pennsylvania Mason may join by donating a unit of blood to the American Red Cross or any of the blood collection centers in Pennsylvania or out-of-state. There is no cost to join - yearly dues have been waived for the past 16 years because of the generosity of our members and their lodges.

Many of our members donate blood regularly at church or work. Their donations qualify them to be a member of the Masonic Blood Donor Club. Anyone, whether or not they donate on a regular basis, Mason or not, may be a substitute donor for someone who is eligible for membership, who cannot give.

If a brother dies, his wife retains his membership. Membership protects a brother, his wife and dependent children (IRS rules). Membership is open to Pennsylvania Masons, our ladies' organization members and our youth organizations. Widows of Pennsylvania Masons are encouraged to join without the usual blood donation.

No proof of donation is necessary. A brother's word will suffice. After a donation, fill in a NEW MEMBER FORM (available on the Grand Lodge Web site, http://www.pagrandlodge.org/programs/donor/formnewm.pdf). A membership card will be mailed.

If your lodge, valley or shrine wants to set up a Bloodmobile or participate in a Bloodmobile with your local church, school or business, please contact Bro. Norman A. Fox at normfox@aol.com for information on whom to contact.

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