From the old century into the new millennium, "growth" has been the key word through 2000 for the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation programs that forged ahead in support of young people who share a Masonic heritage.
The Foundation is particularly interested indeed excited about the success of our Masonically related youth groups: the Order of DeMolay, the Order of Job's Daughters, and the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Everywhere that interested and dedicated leaders are found, there are active programs of social, athletic, and character-building service projects. We can secure our future by providing our young people with the only programs that emulate Masonic principles.
Life Skills Conference
More than 4,500 copies of the printed edition of the Masonic Scholarship Resource Guide for the 2001 scholarship season were distributed during the Fall. The Resource Guide, including the application, are always available on-line at «pagrandlodge.org», or on request from the P.Y.F. office. This year, applicants for scholarships may use the on-line form to type their submissions and mail them to us with the necessary attachments.
Youth on the Web
During 2000, the P.Y.F. was the recipient of a bequest of property from the estate of Bro. David A. Bondzio, late a member of Landmark Lodge No. 442, Wilkes- Barre. All contributions to the P.Y.F. programs are greatly appreciated. They help us reach out with a Masonic hand of assistance and caring to the youth of the entire Commonwealth.
Finally, the P.Y.F. continues to share its activities and programs of the youth groups through the bimonthly publication, Masonic Youth Minutes, mailed to all youth group leaders, lodge youth chairmen, lodge secretaries, and worshipful masters. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for that publication, contact the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation, 1244 Bainbridge Rd., Elizabethtown, PA 17022; call 1 (800) 266-8424 (in PA only); or send an e-mail to «firstname.lastname@example.org».
The Mission: Pennsylvania Youth Foundation
The Pennsylvania Youth Foundation will:
Teach Masonic principles to youth emphasizing service to God, family and community.
Develop good moral character, virtue and reverence in young people.
Provide safe, wholesome and exciting activities for teenagers.
Create opportunities for the growth and practice of leadership and public speaking skills.
Foster academic achievement among those with financial need.
Promote the Masonic youth groups, fostering interaction with the Masonic lodges.
To achieve this mission, the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation will lead the Masonic Fraternity in the creation and support of youth programs and services, in particular, through the operation of the Masonic Conference CenterPatton Campus at Elizabethtown.
Members of the 2000 Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Youth Foundation
Samuel C. Williamson, R.W. P.G.M., Chairman
Thomas R. Labagh,