Volume LVIIINovember 2011Number 4

Grand Chapter's "Paw Prints for Patriots"
With Help from Pennsylvania Masons, $125,702.59 Raised!

Since providing service dogs for veterans returning home with combat injuries is the Most Worthy Grand Matron's Special Project for 2009-2012, The Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, Order of the Eastern Star, adopted the initiative during Paula Kauffman's term as Worthy Grand Matron. From June 2010-June 2011, members supported the "Paw Prints for Pennsylvania Patriots Program" through many varied and creative fund raising efforts. Service dogs provide mobility, independence and companionship to those heroes from Pennsylvania who have fought for our freedom and suffered injuries that impact their quality of life.

Pennsylvania Masons were proud to help with this endeavor, as it closely relates to the Grand Master's "Help for Our Heroes" program. The Pennsylvania Grand Chapter thanked R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon for his permission to invite every Masonic lodge in Pennsylvania to purchase an American flag or for a monetary donation, and to fly the flags at the beautiful Masonic Villages. The program was a huge success, with 343 flags purchased and flown with pride in honor of our military - past, present and future.

The program finale, the Paws-A-Tively Tail Waggin' Affair, was held at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. The successful event featured a meal, a Chinese Auction and games, as well as a main celebrity auction.

The highlight of the year was when then-Worthy Grand Matron Paula K. Kauffman and then-Worthy Grand Patron John E. Berger were able to present a check to Susquehanna Service Dogs in the amount of $125,702.59.

Left-right: Shown during the Grand Chapter's first service dog presentation were Patricia Sopp, A.G.C.C.M. General Chairman, PA; Commander Michael Blu, U.S. Navy (retired); Nancy Fierer, Director, Susquehanna Service Dogs; Jo-Anne Karnes, G.G.C.C.M. -U.S. Chairman, Service Dogs; and Service Dog Teddy.

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