Volume LVNovember 2008Number 4

Tree of Life Grows a Grove of Support

Left-right: Bros. Joseph E. Murphy, CEO for the Masonic Villages; Arthur J. Kurtz, R.W. Past Grand Master; Stephen Gardner, R.W. Grand Master; John E. Adams, Jr., and Kenneth E. Beard, Jr., D.D.G.M., District 2.

On March 27, Robert Burns Lodge No. 464, Harrisburg, representative, Bro. John E. Adams, Jr., presented a check to Bro. Stephen Gardner, R.W. Grand Master, to cover the costs to expand the Masonic Tree of Life. The Tree of Life, located in the lobby of the Retirement Living clubhouse at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, was created and presented by the lodge in 1990 in honor of R.W. Past Grand Master Arthur J. Kurtz.

The current tree of 500 leaves, which is nearly full, will be expanded by the end of 2008 to add a small grove with two new trees each holding an additional 200 leaves. Funds received for the Masonic Tree of Life program are invested to cover the monthly resident service fee for those residents of Retirement Living whose funds have been depleted. Contribution opportunities are as follows: Base Stones are available in three sizes for gifts of $10,000, $25,000 or $50,000; an Acorn is $5,000 and a Leaf is $1,000. If you are interested in making a contribution for a leaf, acorn or stone, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at (800) 599-6454.

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