Volume LIIINovember 2006Number 4

Masonic Villages Become Smoke-Free Communities

The Committee on Masonic Homes, at their meeting on July 14, 2006, approved a continuation of the Masonic Villages' wellness program by establishing the vision for the Masonic Villages to be smoke-free communities. "We monitor trends and best practices and focus on input from our important constituents - our residents, families, employees, volunteers and visitors - and this decision was based on input from these groups, changing thought in society and our desire to provide leadership from a health and welfare perspective," Chief Executive Officer Bro. Joseph E. Murphy said.

The policy became effective August 7, 2006, for all families, volunteers, visitors and those doing business on the Masonic Village properties. Residents who who do smoke and were already part of a Masonic Village campus or had contracted with a Masonic Village by that date, may be grandfathered under the former smoking policy, which provides limited areas on campus where smoking has been allowed. All new residents will be covered by the new smoke-free policy. For employees, the policy will be fully implemented by July 1, 2007, providing them time to prepare for the change.

To assist all members of our Family of Freemasonry who smoke, the Masonic Villages will offer substantial information, education and support through smoking cessation classes and support groups.

Would you like to...
  • End your addiction to smoking?
  • Learn about proven techniques and coping skills to once and for all end your addiction to smoking?
Have you...
  • Tried quitting and felt unsuccessful?
  • Felt trapped by the relentless cycle of wanting to quit, but not sure what support mechanisms are in place to help?
The American Lung Association's "Freedom from Smoking"® classes are being offered free of charge, courtesy of the Masonic Villages, to all interested members and their families who want to be free from the addiction of tobacco. Each session is eight weeks long, consisting of 1 1/2-hour classes at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Classes also will be offered at the Masonic Villages in Lafayette Hill and Sewickley in the near future. Anyone interested in reserving a spot in one of the sessions below should send the coupon to the right to Mrs. Carolyn Bair, Masonic Village, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. You will receive a letter confirming your reservation.

Session I: Meets Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Session II: Meets Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7
Session III: Meets March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23

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