VOL. LXV, NO. 3
Remembering JEFFREY W. COY
RIGHT WORSHIPFUL GRAND TREASURER
Sept. 6, 1951 â€“ June 4, 2018
THE PENNSYLVANIA FREEMASON® VOL. LXV, AUGUST 2018, NO. 3
©2018 The R.W. Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Pennsylvania EDITORIAL BOARD Chairman S. Eugene Herritt, R.W.G.M. Thomas Gamon, IV, R.W.D.G.M. Jeffrey M. Wonderling, R.W.S.G.W. Larry A, Derr, R.W.J.G.W. Mark A. Haines, R.W.G.S. EDITORIAL STAFF Tina L. Lutter - Production Coordinator Rich Johnson - Graphic Designer Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation Staff Masonic Library & Museum of Pennsylvania Staff (Publication No. USPS 426-140) August 2018 Issue of The Pennsylvania Freemason ® Published quarterly by the Masonic Villages, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Articles and photographs to be considered for publication should be sent with local Masonic authority to the address above, to the attention of The Pennsylvania Freemason ® or emailed to pafreemason@ masonicvillages.org. Except by special arrangement, all articles, photographs and artwork become the property of the Grand Lodge. Published by the Masonic Villages, owned and operated by the Grand Lodge of F. & A. M. of Pennsylvania, as a means of soliciting the physical and financial support of the members, their families and the public in general. Periodical postage is paid at Elizabethtown, PA, and additional mailing offices. We appreciate the many submissions we receive for consideration. We apologize, but due to space constraints we are not able to publish every submission we receive. STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP (Act of Oct. 23, 1962; Section 4369; Title 39, United States Code) August 2018, The Pennsylvania Freemason ®, published quarterly by the Masonic Villages, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Publishers: The Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. Editor: S. Eugene Herritt. Owner: The Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. Known bondholders: none. No advertising handled. Free distribution averages 124,000 each quarter. I certify that the statements made by me are correct and complete. S. Eugene Herritt, Editor Mailing address changes If your address on the back cover of this magazine is not exactly as you have provided it to us, please be aware that addresses are modified through the various mailing process requirements required by the U.S. Postal Service. If you have any questions or would like to inform us of a change in address, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 800-599-6454 or email@example.com. Postmaster: Send address changes to: The Pennsylvania Freemason ®, c/o Masonic Village, One Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2199.
3 Freemasonry Today
Grand Master’s Message • Remembering Jeffrey W. Coy • June Quarterly Communication • Travel with the Grand Master • An Open Art Competition: Embodying Masonic Values
10 Masonic Education
Upcoming Events • Online Mentoring Program • Leadership Development Seminars • Speaking of ... • Honoring Widows
Where Are They Now? • Masonic Villages Names New CFO • Masonic Revival is Needed Now, for the Future
Help for Our Heroes • Going to Great Lengths • Learning to Lead in DeMolay • Autumn Day 2018 • Former Children’s Home Resident Sparks Renovations • Honoring Masonic Children’s Home Youth and Graduates • A Heart and Mind for Charity • Be My Neighbor • Masonic Villages’ 2018 Wish List
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Brethren, One of the first thoughts I had when entering the Grand Line was to offer more growth opportunities to the individual members of the fraternity when I became Grand Master. As with most things we do in life, in searching for ways to achieve that goal, I looked back to those Masonic experiences that gave me the most satisfaction and chance for development as I pursued my own Masonic journey. With that in mind, it was determined that the major focus of Pennsylvania Freemasonry for 2018-2019 would be Masonic education, individual leadership development and mentoring our members. It is important to remember the values taught in our degrees and reinforced in our charges are the very ethics we look for in our elected and appointed leadership in all aspects of our lives. Any institution as large as ours needs to have consistency in the regulations that govern it, as well as in the men who apply and enforce those regulations. The Grand Lodge Education Committee guides local lodge leadership as to what may be expected of them to run their lodges in accordance with accepted principles of good and effective Masonic leadership. Beyond that, they are given ideas for meaningful Masonic programs to enhance their meetings and encouraged to explore for their members what other Masonic fellowship can be promoted through their own initiatives. This year, we developed and conducted a leadership seminar in three venues throughout the jurisdiction aimed at developing leadership skills in all aspects of an individualâ€™s life. We purposely did not focus on Masonic leadership so as to emphasize the importance of developing leadership qualities that can serve all mankind. That seminar was deemed to be so worthwhile, it will be expanded to four locations in 2019. To learn more about how these seminars were developed and received and how they benefit individual Masons, read the article on pp. 12-13. Before a man can truly lead, he needs to have knowledge of the people and the organization he seeks to guide into the future. Toward that end, we have recently started an online mentoring program to help any interested Mason learn more about our craft. This opportunity can be used by either new candidates or more tenured Masons as a way to connect with more experienced and knowledgeable men who are looking to share their knowledge about our fraternity with enthusiastic men seeking to enhance their own knowledge of the craft. Both of the new programs were developed with a minimum of Grand Lodge funds being expended. There were two reasons for that. It was an effort to demonstrate that programs donâ€™t have to be expensive to be effective and also to let members know that their Grand Lodge is attempting to show the same fiscal responsibility we should all expect of our leaders when organizational money is involved. I would encourage any Pennsylvania Mason to take advantage of these two opportunities for personal development. In improving ourselves through learning and experience, we can improve our lodges and, more importantly, continue to see Masons improve the world and our fellow man.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
S. Eugene Herritt, R.W. Grand Master
JEFFREY W. COY RIGHT WORSHIPFUL GRAND TREASURER
Sept. 6, 1951 – June 4, 2018 Husband • Friend • Public Servant Trustee • Musician • Freemason
With a relaxed and friendly demeanor, sharp wit and ability to hook his audience with a compelling story or wry joke, he was a natural emcee at any event. When not at the podium, he could often be found informally entertaining an audience while playing the piano. His pinpoint analysis, combined with excellent people skills, made him an exceptional public servant and a wise counselor at the board table. He was dedicated to the many causes of Freemasonry, served his community and even penned a book honoring veterans. Brother Jeffrey W. Coy was called to the Grand Architect of the Universe on June 4 at age 66. Brother Jeff graduated from Shippensburg Area High School in 1969 and received a bachelor’s degree in government administration from Shippensburg University in 1973. An admirer of John F. Kennedy, Brother Jeff had a talent for politics and once stated that he felt called to lead in government service. He was named “Young Man of the Year” in 1974 by the Shippensburg Jaycees and began his career working for the Pennsylvania Lottery and as an aide in the Pennsylvania Senate. Brother Jeff held several government positions, including Legislative Assistant of the Democratic Caucus for the Pennsylvania State Senate and Deputy Secretary of Personnel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, before being elected to the state House in 1982. He served 22 years as a State Representative for the 89th Legislative District of Franklin and Cumberland counties, winning 11 consecutive two-year terms. He served as House Majority Caucus Chairman in 1993 and as Minority Caucus Secretary in 1995, the fourth-highest leadership position among Democrats in the House. He was a member of the Franklin County Democratic Committee and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984. Shippensburg University’s announcement of his passing
noted that, while in the House, Brother Jeff “led the fight for quality pre-school education, full-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes in the early grades and safer schools.” From 19911992, Brother Jeff served as Vice Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission with representatives from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. He chaired the Commission in 1993 and again served as Vice Chairman in 1994. In 2004, Brother Jeff was appointed as an inaugural Commissioner on the Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board, where he served until 2011, overseeing the newly legalized slot machine gambling at state race tracks and other venues. Active in many local organizations, he served as President of the West End Fire and Rescue Company of Shippensburg, as Fundraising Chairman of Friends of Memorial Park Pool, on the Board of Directors for WITF public radio and television and as Honorary Chairman of the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. He was an adjunct professor of government at Wilson College. Brother Jeff served on the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees from 1975-1982 and was elected Chairman in 2017, having previously served as chair for three years. He is credited with bringing the Luhr’s Performing Arts Center to reality. In 2004, he received an honorary Doctorate in Public Service and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the same year he authored the book, “Shippensburg’s Greatest Generation World War Two Heroes.” He was also appointed to the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors, which oversees Shippensburg University and 13 other state-owned universities, serving from 1985 to 2005. Brother Jeff joined the Board of Directors of the Orrstown Bank and its parent company, Orrstown Financial Services, in 1984, and had served as Vice Chairman of both boards since 1998. He retired in May 2018, at which time he was named Director Emeritus.
Brother Jeff served as a founding member of the Educational Endowment Fund Committee of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation from 1989-2010. He began his direct service to the Grand Lodge as the Grand Organist for the Central Pennsylvania area from 2002-2003. Brother Jeff served as R.W. Grand Treasurer since his installation on Dec. 27, 2003. He also served as Trustee of the Masonic Charities Fund, Administrator of the Pension Fund, Trustee of the Consolidated Fund, member of the board of directors of the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Masonic Villages. Brother Jeff served as Worshipful Master and Trustee of Cumberland Valley Lodge No. 315, where he was raised in 1975. He enjoyed his service as the Choir Director for the Valley of Harrisburg A.A.S.R. He was Coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Honorary 33° Member of the Supreme Council, A.A.S.R., N.M.J., on Sept. 25, 2001, and was elected an Active Member of the Supreme Council on Aug. 27, 2007. In July 2016, Brother Jeff was awarded the Daniel Tompkins Medal of the Scottish Rite, N.M.J., for having “rendered outstanding distinguished and exemplary service to his country, or the Masonic fraternity at large, not often witnessed among the general membership.” He was also a member of Valley Forest No. 145, Shippensburg; Tall Cedars of Lebanon; Zembo Shrine; George Washington Royal Arch Chapter No. 176; George Washington Royal and Select Master Masons Council No. 66; Continental Commandery No. 56, Knights Templar; the Royal Order of Scotland and the Red Cross of Constantine. Brother Jeff received the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor at York on July 19, 2003. During the 2009 Annual Communication, he was awarded the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s highest honor, the Pennsylvania Franklin Medal for outstanding service to Freemasonry, by
then R.W. Grand Master Thomas K. Sturgeon. An accomplished organist, Brother Jeff served Memorial Lutheran Church of Shippensburg as the Director of Music for more than 40 years. In addition to his mother, Dorothy, he is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jo Anne Rasmussen Coy; a brother, Larry Coy and his wife, Janet; three nephews; a number of cousins and countless friends. At the June Quarterly Communication, R. W. Grand Master S. Eugene Herritt said, “There has been a great deal of positive history in the state of Pennsylvania and in the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, of which our brother has been an influential part. Because of that, his passing does not suggest finality. Rather, it suggests that his influence will be felt long after we have laid him to rest.” I am grateful for this opportunity to thank Jeff’s fellow Masons who have shown his family and me overwhelming love and support, both during his illness and since his passing. From the patience and understanding shown him during his three-year illness, to the countless sympathy cards and beautiful flowers, to the offerings of support should I just need to talk, to the awe-inspiring Masonic service the day before his funeral, his Brothers, often along with their wives, have made it clear to me that I am not the only one who will miss him. I have learned that his impact on the lives of others was much more far-reaching than I ever realized. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for letting me know how much Jeff meant to you; it is a great comfort during a very difficult time. ~Jo Anne Coy
JUNE QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION Report provided by Mark A. Haines, R.W. Grand Secretary Photographs by Brother Kenneth Brooks, Grand Lodge Photographer
On June 9, 331 members, representing 143 lodges, attended the Quarterly Communication in State College, Pa. Reports were received from the Grand Lodge Committee on By-Laws and the Committee on Fraternal Recognition. Effective July 1, White Rose Lodge No. 706 merged into Zeredatha Lodge No. 451 to be known as Zeredatha-White Rose Lodge No. 451, York. Grand Master S. Eugene Herritt presented Grand Master’s Outstanding Service Awards to: Brothers Seth C. Anthony, Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Elizabethtown; William R. Rininger, Old Fort Lodge No. 537, Centre Hall; and Michael S. Essis, George Washington Lodge No. 143, Chambersburg (pictured second row, left). The Grand Master also presented Master Builders/Craftsman’s Awards (top photo) and Master Pillar Awards (pictured second row, right). R.W. Grand Secretary Mark A. Haines reported the membership total as of Dec. 27, 2017 was 96,436. He also reported the deaths, and Grand Master Herritt presented the eulogy for Brother Jeffrey W. Coy, R.W. Grand Treasurer. Grand Master Herritt was pleased to accept contributions totaling $15,150 for the Masonic Charities.
Amendments to the Ahiman Rezon, amending articles 5.01 and 8.01, were presented. In accordance with Article 25.01 of the Ahiman Rezon, consideration of these Resolutions will take place at the December Quarterly Communication. The Grand Lodge will vote on proposed amendments to the Ahiman Rezon that will allow Grand Lodge to combine the December Quarterly Communication and the Annual Grand Communication. By having a single Annual Grand Communication in “installation years,” Grand Lodge will achieve cost savings and operational efficiencies, while reducing the burden on its members. Specifically, Grand Lodge will vote on the following: 1. Amend Article 5.01 to provide for the election of Grand Officers and Masonic Villages’ directors at the June Quarterly Communication preceding their installation or effective date of service. 2. Amend Article 8 to provide for the combination of the December Quarterly Communication and the Annual Grand Communication in those years in which Grand Officers will be elected and installed to office. The Grand Master announced that the December Quarterly Communication will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Lancaster Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Lancaster, Pa.
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You Became a Master Mason. The Next Step … Become a Shrine
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had its beginning as a fraternal organization that stressed fun and fellowship in Manhattan in 1872. Dr. Walter Fleming and actor Billy Florence conceived the idea of using a Near East theme. It was determined they would use the red fez with a black tassel as the headgear. Mecca Shriners was established as the first temple in 1872 in New York City and remains in existence today. Today, Shriners International has centers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Germany, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
Shriners Hospitals for Children 3551 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19140 215-430-4000
chartered followed by Lu Lu on June 4, 1884. Zem Zem was chartered on August 16, 1892 with Rajah on June 14, 1893. Irem received its charter on September 2, 1895, Jaffa on July 9, 1903 and Zembo on July 14, 1904. All Shriners are Master Masons who participate in numerous clubs and units located in the Shrine centers across the Commonwealth presenting public concerts, marching in parades and competing for trophies. Contact one of our seven Shrine Centers for membership information.
The Shriners’ presence in Pennsylvania spans 140 years. On February 6, 1878, Syria Shriners became the first Pennsylvania center to be Our logo is a registered trademark. Plese DO NOT make any changes.
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CALL FOR ENTRIES An Open Art Competition: Embodying Masonic Values
Sponsored by The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania
All artwork entries must display a visual interpretation of some aspect of Freemasonry in Pennsylvania, whether it be philosophical, historical, scientific, social, fraternal, charitable, architectural, etc. Selected artwork will be exhibited in the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia.
$25 for first entry, $10 each for second and third entries. No more than three entries, regardless of media type, will be accepted from each artist.
Jurors Brother Alvin E. Just, D.D.G.M.-41 William Scott Noel, Painter Moe A. Brooker, Painter
Eligibility Any amateur or professional artist or college art student may enter, but all will be judged as equals for competition purposes. Artists must be at least 18 years of age. All submissions must be original; they may have been created within the past two years and may have been previously exhibited. No work previously produced on a commission will be accepted. All submissions must be available for purchase.
Categories Oil, Three-dimensional, Drawing and Print-making, Water-Based Medium, Digital Imagery
Awards $200 Prize per winner, per category $500 Grand Masterâ€™s Prize $1,000 Best in Show Prize
Auction If the artists in the Grand Exhibition choose to participate, their entered works may be auctioned off at the Exhibition Gala, with 80 percent of the auction value going to them and 20 percent to The Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania. The artist may set a reserve price, as well as a direct purchase price for the original work to be revealed AFTER the auction.
Calendar Entry deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 15, by midnight, E.S.T. Submit online at www.callforentry.org Jury selection announced: Wednesday, Sept. 19. Opening Reception: The Grand Exhibition Gala will be held at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 5, featuring a cocktail and hors dâ€™oeuvres reception, live music, announcement of winners and a live auction of selected artwork. Exhibition: The Grand Exhibition will remain open to the public to view on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Masonic Temple, One N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107-2598 For more information, visit www.pagrandlodge.org
UPCOMING EVENTS PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF MASONIC KNOWLEDGE The 2018 Fall Symposium of the Academy of Masonic Knowledge will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Deike Auditorium of the Freemasons Cultural Center at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. A lunch (for a requested contribution of $10) will be served at noon, and the program will be completed by 3 p.m. All Masons are welcome to attend. Dress is coat and tie. The program for the day will include: Brother Josef Wages, a member of Plano Lodge No. 768 and Fate Lodge No. 802, Texas, is the editor of The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati, and On Materialism and Idealism. He will present on Ă‰tienne Morin and the Baylot Manuscript. Brother John Michael Greer, a member of Doric Lodge No. 92, Washington; Queen City Lodge No. 131, Maryland; and St. Johns Lodge No. 1, Rhode Island; is a professional writer with more than 50 books to his name, including The Secret
of the Temple: Earth Energies, Sacred Geometry, and the Lost Secrets of Freemasonry. He will present on Freemasonry and the Secret Societies. Pre-registration is required. Please register at Eventbrite using this link: http://bit.ly/Oct18PAAMK. If you do not have access to the internet or email, please register through your Lodge Secretary. Please recognize that a cost is incurred to the program for your registration. If you pre-register and subsequently determine that you will be unable to attend, please have the Masonic courtesy to cancel your reservation through Eventbrite or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET READY! 2018 GRAND LODGE RITUALISTIC WORK COMPETITION Form Your Competition Team The regional instructor team recommends each district use the most qualified brethren from their district to form teams. Teams may be formed from any group of brethren, including Past Masters. Each team must provide all officers in lodge (the only exceptions to this are the Treasurer and Tyler) and a candidate. Contact your regional instructor to arrange times to help you rehearse.
Guidelines The regional level of team judging will occur between May 12 - Sept. 1. Arrangements for judging of teams must be made in advance with your regional instructor; the judging will be done by at least two regional instructors. Regional level judging may take place at a central location with multiple
teams/districts being scheduled at different times. If possible, teams will be given time to rehearse at the judging location prior to being judged. No team will be allowed to see another team being judged. The teams will have one hour to take the floor and exemplify all the work required. Teams may change officers around at any stop/start point. Only the team being judged and judging staff will be allowed in the lodge room at the time of judging. There will be no corrections done during the judging process. At the conclusion of regional level judging, the regional instructor team will pick teams based on scores from the regional competitions to be invited to the finals in Elizabethtown on Sept. 15. The team with the best score from that day will be expected to attend the December Quarterly Communication.
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR THE ONLINE MENTORING PROGRAM? What Is It? One of the most critical and valued benefits of membership is the relationship that new brothers develop with seasoned members. In addition to the mentoring work done by local lodges, including instructing new members in the work of the fraternity, brethren have various opportunities to continue their Masonic education. One new way to increase the breadth of opportunities for our brothers across the Commonwealth is through the new online mentoring system, which connects brothers with a thirst for knowledge with those who are willing to share their expertise and deep understanding of various Masonic topics.
How Can I Get Started? Entered Apprentice Masons who are members of Pennsylvania lodges, and who have been entered into the Grand Lodge database by their Lodge Secretary, can sign on to the Grand Lodge education system and register for the mentoring program. Additionally, more tenured Masons can sign up if they wish to further their Masonic knowledge through this program. The system will connect individuals looking for mentoring in specific areas with a Masonic mentor. Brethren who would like to volunteer to serve as mentors can also do so through the same system. Each volunteer will be screened before being confirmed as a mentor. Once confirmed, brothers seeking mentorship will be able to reach out to a registered mentor to begin a dialogue and establish a relationship.
To begin, log on to the Grand Lodge education portal at www.education.pagrandlodge.org and create an account if you don’t have one already. You’ll need to know your member ID number to create an account; if you don’t, reach out to your Lodge Secretary. Take the time to complete your profile and review the educational materials that are present on the portal. Then, utilize the mentoring system to connect with a mentor or sign up to act as a mentor for others!
What Topics Can I Learn More About? Some topics include symbolism, philosophy or Masonic history; however, the direction and information shared during the mentoring relationship is up to the brothers involved. Mentoring can occur in person, over the telephone or through digital means.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS OFFER VALUABLE LESSONS When Grand Master S. Eugene Herritt charged Brother Darrin D. Catts, D.D.G.M.-42, a career Fire Lieutenant for the Baltimore City Fire Department, with developing a leadership program for the fraternity, he saw the value of the initiative and set out to develop a successful curriculum. Brother Darrin teamed up with Brothers Dave Beaulieu, P.D.D.G.M.-6 and member of the Committee on Masonic Education, and Randy Wilson, Retired USAF CMSgt and Certified Coach/ Trainer for Business Professionals. The team agreed that leadership training is essential to the success of Masonic leaders. “An incredibly diverse group of people join and advance through leadership in our lodges, and many have never had supervisory or leadership experience in their lives,” Brother Darrin said. “We expect them to do a good job running their lodges, but we’ve never given them the tools needed to become strong leaders and accomplish that. Through this program, regardless of their experience, they can learn how to be effective and successful. “Grand Master Herritt’s good friend, a former Grand Master of Wisconsin, began a similar program years ago,” Brother Darrin continued. “The Grand Lodge of Wisconsin provided us some of their format and curriculum, which we reviewed, and we developed our own program together.” To test the seminar curriculum, in September 2017, the team rolled out the training to 50 people whom they knew already had extensive leadership experience and had taken similar training in the past. “We wanted to get feedback before rolling out the final version to the craft to ensure it is a truly useful, beneficial, worthwhile program,” Brother Darrin explained. The feedback was extremely complimentary, so the team knew they were ready to launch the seminars. The seminars were held last spring at three locations: Reading, Elizabethtown and Pittsburgh. They focused on
five lecture modules: leadership qualities and principles, the importance of effective communication, the art of motivation and persuasion, conflict management and evaluating generational differences. According to Brother Darrin, the last module has received the greatest amount of personal feedback on evaluation forms. After the lecture portion of the seminar, the facilitators divided the participants into three breakout sessions with interactive topic discussions. Again, feedback was overwhelmingly positive. In 2019, the seminars will be offered in four locations across the state and will be open to any member of the fraternity, whether or not brethren currently hold a leadership position. “The Grand Master was adamant that this not be purely a Masonic leadership program, but that we teach principles, traits and skills that are applicable in all parts of life, not just to interaction with lodges,” Brother Darrin explained. “In fact, when conducting the sessions, we specifically avoid speaking about ways to make your lodge better; we focus on different leadership styles that apply to different aspects of life.” Brother Barry Theal, P.M., Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 226, Lebanon, attended the seminar in Elizabethtown, and Edward P. Simcox II, W.M., Lansdowne Lodge No. 711, attended the seminar in Reading. Both brethren found great value in evaluating what type of leaders they are, and what type of leaders they need to be. “As an entrepreneur, I always felt I was a great leader in business, but understanding what type of leader you are is essential to leading,” Brother Barry said. “This program really made me rethink a lot of how I lead in my daily life. It’s allowed me to understand areas that I need to improve upon and how to deal with them.” Both brethren described the seminar curriculum as
2019 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS March 2, 2019: M asonic Conference Center, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown April 6, 2019: Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill April 20, 2019: S cranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple May 4, 2019: Valley of New Castle easy to follow and comprehend. The presenters were clear and concise in their message, while keeping the audience’s attention focused on the useful information provided. Brother Barry appreciated that the program was geared towards leadership in general, making it applicable in many facets of his life. “Being an entrepreneur, it’s not always easy; it’s a lot of demanding work and dedication,” he said. “I was always excellent at the trade side of my business, but over the years, I had to learn to manage. Understanding employees and how to interact with them was difficult. This course taught me numerous ways to deal with different situations.” Brother Barry said he often references the Leadership for Life workbook he received at the seminar on ways to improve as a leader, father and mentor. “This course is something that has become an asset to my life. I look forward to attending more of them,” he said.
“This seminar gave me the necessary tools that I could immediately apply to my role as a leader,” Brother Edward said. “I have started to better communicate objectives to the members, listening more closely and openly, engaging the membership to reach a common goal and encouraging them to become leaders themselves.” Brother Robert J. Slater Jr., P.M., W.M., Centennial-Lafayette Lodge No. 544, Carnegie, attended the Pittsburgh seminar. He has applied what he’s learned in his Masonic leadership role, in his job as a plumbing supervisor and with other individuals in his life. He enjoyed the break-out sessions most, where the group openly discussed how to handle situations that were presented and shared their thoughts, ideas and personal experiences in their respective lodges and careers. If you’re interested in developing your leadership skills, mark your calendar for next year’s seminars.
SPEAKING OF ... Do you feel like you have a good Masonic message to deliver in lodge? Have you put some Masonic musings together, but arenâ€™t sure what to do with them? Would you like to share the story of your Masonic journey with others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there may be an opportunity for you. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is proud to announce that we will be holding auditions for inclusion in the Speakers Bureau. If you have a talk of up to 20 minutes that is interesting, fun, entertaining and Masonic in nature, please consider registering for a spot at the audition location that is right for you (see right for details). If you arenâ€™t quite ready to make a presentation, you are welcome to attend. All Master Masons are invited, but Wardens and prospective Masters are encouraged to come out and identify speakers who might be good for their lodge programs. The morning will begin with coffee and donuts at 8:30 a.m. Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served following the final presentation. Pre-registration is required for speakers and encouraged for attendees so we can get an accurate lunch count. Each location is limited to five speakers and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers will be given no more than 20 minutes to make their presentation, and 10 minutes will be allotted for questions and answers. Speakers will be evaluated by the attendees to determine whether they will be added to the Speakers Bureau.
Please contact the representative for your area to register:
Saturday, Oct. 6
Bluestone Lodge No. 338 81 Church St, Hallstead, PA 18822 Coordinator: Brother Bob DiPalma, email@example.com
Saturday, Oct. 20
Milton Lodge No. 256 117 N. Front St., Milton, PA 17847 Coordinator: Brother Bud Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Nov. 3
Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, 3579 Masonic Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Coordinator: Brother PJ Roup, email@example.com
CARRYING ON A CENTURY-OLD TRADITION OF HONORING WIDOWS Above: New members of the Widows Guild with Brothers V. Josh Fremberg, P.M., Secretary; S. Tony Bixby, Worshipful Master; and J. McNutt, P.M., Senior Warden of Ivy Lodge No. 397, Williamsport
A 1900s Blue Slipper pin and today’s Blue Slipper pin Providing care and support to the widows and family of the fraternity is a well known Masonic obligation that Masons take pride in delivering. It is one that was taken to heart by Brother V. Josh Fremberg, P.M., Secretary of Ivy Lodge No. 397, Williamsport. In the fall, Brother Josh’s mother gave him “The Blue Slipper” newsletter that she had found on the counter of his grandmother’s house. His grandfather had been a Pennsylvania Mason for many years, and Brother Josh has been following in his footsteps. He knew that his grandmother, and women like her, would feel honored to receive a Widows’ Guild pin and
membership. With his mother, he began to form a plan to host a widows’ luncheon at Ivy Lodge. Soon thereafter, the two worked with Tiffany BrandtThomas, Relations Administrator for the Masonic Charities, who provided presentation suggestions, membership materials and Masonic Outreach literature for the guests. Membership information was mailed to those unable to attend, and those who did were thrilled to have time together reminiscing and making new friends. One special lady brought along a cherished Blue Slipper pin from the early 1900s that belonged to her grandmother, solidifying the true bond of family and fraternity. Like Brother Josh, there are other lodges throughout Pennsylvania who are excited to further develop the Widows’ Guild. We are working hard to support both Masons and widows who are interested in strengthening this important program. If you would like to host an event or have questions about the Widows’ Guild, please reach out to Tiffany Brandt-Thomas, Relations Administrator: 1-800-599-6454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attending Autumn Day at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown? Stop by the Widows Guild Booth to learn more about the Widows’ Guild and to meet Tiffany Brandt-Thomas, Relations Administrator.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
R.W. Past Grand Master Stephen Gardner’s life is “all about family,” he says with a smile. “It’s glorious,” he says of his retirement from his information technology career with Mack Trucks, which was effective Jan. 1, 2014. He immediately took on a new role as full-time grandpop for a year while his daughterin-law, Bethany, returned to school for her master’s degree in guidance counseling. She and his son, Brother John, a project manager for Volvo, have four children: Alexis, 10; Heath, 8; and twins Annika and Natalie, 7. Brother Steve got the older ones on and off the bus and cared for the younger ones during the day. “It’s as good as it gets,” he said of the chance to spend so much quality time with his grandchildren. Now, they’re busy
with sports, dance and instruments, and Bethany’s part-time, flexible work schedule allows her to get them to/from school. Since Brother Steve’s wife, Pat, retired from her teaching position over a year ago, the couple has more time to do things together. “I miss teaching and the kids, but not the paperwork,” she muses. When she finds some spare time between family visits, she enjoys reading and crocheting items for the grandchildren. The Gardners’ younger son, Brother Pete, is now a Major in the Air Force, currently stationed in Florida. He has flown over 200 combat missions in Afghanistan, over 100 in Iraq and many others during tours in other locations. His wife, Kat, stays home with their daughters, Stella, age 4, and Margaret (Maggie) Elizabeth, who was born April 2. Brother Steve and Pat spent a month in the Sunshine State preparing for and witnessing the miracle of Maggie’s arrival. “It’s hard to describe the feeling of being blessed with each grandchild,” Brother Steve said. “It’s just awesome.” Reflecting on his time in the Grand Lodge line, Brother Steve and Pat appreciate all the people they met as they traveled across the state. They recall how welcoming brethren and their families have always been, opening their homes for them to rest, change clothes or enjoy a quick meal. Some of the highlights Brother Steve recalls are attending the consecration of the Grand Lodge of Cyprus in 2006, and returning a couple years later to visit; being named an Honorary Member of Prince Hall, which Brother Steve considers a deep compliment; and the success the Change for the Troops program experienced almost
immediately after he announced it at his inauguration. What started out as a call for brethren to donate their pocket change toward purchasing calling cards for troops serving overseas grew well beyond the Gardners’ expectations. “It began as a way to let our military know we haven’t forgotten them; we’re glad people embraced it and were shocked when we found out how much had been raised in that first year!” Brother Steve said. The program has been expanded over the years and renamed Help for Our Heroes, but it remains a source of pride for Brother Steve, a Navy veteran. “It’s tremendous that subsequent Grand Masters have continued with the program; it’s become a major talking point in our lodges. The military baby showers are incredible,” he said. During his first year as Past Grand Master, the Gardners took a cruise to Hawaii. They also built an addition onto their home, adding approximately 50 percent more living space so their growing family would be comfortable when they visit. So while most of their friends were downsizing since their children had flown the coop, the Gardners were busy painting and staining the new area they’d built for when theirs returned home with grandchildren to fill the new space with love and laughter. As the Immediate Past Commander in Chief of the Valley of Allentown, Brother Steve has closed another chapter in his
Masonic career. While he still gives some talks at lodges as requested and nurtures relationships they’ve built over the years, he balances his time between Freemasonry and family. The Gardners enjoy going to the shore, have taken the whole family to Disney World and are looking forward to a European river cruise. “We’re now at the point where we can relax and enjoy and have the time not to be rushed,” Pat said.
MASONIC VILLAGES NAMES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Pamela S. Formica, of Lititz, Pa., has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer for the Masonic Villages, effective June 1, according to an announcement by Joseph E. Murphy, Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Formica replaces William J. Prazenica, who retired the same day after 39 years of service. Ms. Formica is responsible for providing financial, technical and administrative leadership to the Masonic Villages and other Masonic entities in the performance of their missions. Her office will remain at the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown location. Ms. Formica joined Ashlar Creative Solutions, a division of the Masonic Villages, in 2015 as the Vice President of
Mission Development. She has been responsible for providing strategic, financial and operational support to Ashlar Creative Solution’s clients and to Masonic Villages by identifying, evaluating and assisting with the implementation of strategic business solutions. Ms. Formica was previously employed by Masonic Village at Elizabethtown as Assistant Controller from 1992 until 2002. From 2002 until 2015, she was employed with Brethren Village, Lititz, as Vice President of Finance. Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 1991, Ms. Formica is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College and has spoken at local, state and national senior living conferences. She has served as Treasurer of Set Free Ministry, a non-profit faith-based organization, since 2006.
MASONIC RENEWAL IS NEEDED NOW, FOR THE FUTURE By Brother Salman S. Sheikh, St. Alban Lodge No. 529, Philadelphia
Pictured above, l-r: Brother Salman S. Sheikh, Grand Master S. Eugene Herritt and Brother Mohammed AlJumaili This essay is an original work of my own experience as a young Freemason in today’s society. As the first person in my family to become a Freemason, along with being a Millennial and a minority at the same time, I offer a unique perspective on how we can bring this brotherhood back to life. The only way there will be that interest again is if there is honest love for one another in an ever-changing world and society.
The concept of the Masonic brotherhood has different meanings for all those great men who have walked this path in the past and present. To me, it means the idea of bringing myself closer to the Most High and spreading the light in this world that is desperately needed by being kind and virtuous to others without any motive. I started researching Freemasonry while I was in high school, along with the occult, secret societies and how the world really worked, which I knew would lead me down to the path I was meant to walk in life. As a Muslim growing up in America, this brotherhood was my acceptance into American society. Boundaries of race, religion, socioeconomic status and other factors were
eliminated, as those same men I never knew became my brothers, and unbeknownst to me, were watching over me my whole life. I just never had that awareness until the Most High blessed me with the eyes to see and the heart to feel the power of this brotherhood on an international level. Fate brought me to the doors of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania at the age of 23, when I became the first person in my family to become a Freemason. I am proud of the decision I made, because through my efforts as a Mason and Muslim in this country, I was able to plant those seeds of positivity and make a difference in the minds of others who had not seen that before. I believe many brothers don’t realize the gift of this brotherhood, where we can all come together as a family of man. I was raised by a Jewish Past Master with camaraderie of brothers of all faiths standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to show the world that if we can love one another without any ill motive, why can’t you? The night I became an Entered Apprentice, I was amazed when I saw men of all different backgrounds sitting together. That’s when an older Past Master told me, “People will still be people.” I disregarded his comment at first, just like any
other young person who gets advised by an elder. However, as time went on, I was able to see things that made me realize that even our own brotherhood is not perfect and could always use improvement. The one thing which amazed me was seeing men who would call me “brother” in lodge just for the sake of being there, but would later post anti-Islamic rhetoric on their Facebook pages, or my spirit would be able to pick up on their vibrations on how they really felt about me. I tried to change them by showing them how a real Freemason makes a difference in the world. I made the effort to get involved in every appendant body and visited different lodges, went up to brothers who were sitting alone, and gave hugs to as many as I could to let them know that there was still some good left in the world, including in the world of Freemasonry. The only way there will be a renewal in this brotherhood is when brothers like myself and others make the effort through actions to show them how we can be a shining example of light to the world. Moving on to the attendance issues, I believe after a good man gets raised, he should be given the opportunities to explore different levels of Masonic knowledge. I spent my whole life going down the rabbit hole, and I believe there is so much invaluable knowledge not being taught to brothers who make the effort to be there. Those who do come eventually fade away and just become card-carrying members when they see the same thing one stated meeting after another and do not learn anything. As a man in today’s world, leaving your busy schedule and family to spend an evening somewhere should always be a fruitful endeavor. As a Millennial, I always had an interest in Esoteric Freemasonry and how I could connect myself to the Most High creator. What would the world become if we teach each other how to become ascended masters, awaken third eye and kundalini and have the eyes to remove all illusions that are walking among us? The real change will come for this Masonic renewal when men look past that illusion of division and use the power and privilege of being brothers to make a real difference in the world. My concept was always wearing my Islamic prayer cap, wearing my Masonic ring and working odd jobs in different scenarios to show people that Muslims and Freemasons are good people who are trying to get by just like them and help eliminate the online conspiracy mindset once they got to know me. By sowing that seed, I was able to clear misconceptions of many different groups by myself, as a single man who adopted those identities, including at my current work place, where I was able to change the spiritual paradigm in their thinking. Some of them might join or not, but the inevitable fact is the impression I make in their minds and hearts of
what a Freemason really is will always remain, even after I disappear from their lives. That is the true spiritual victory of the Masonic renewal in this age of deception, where everyone is fearful of one another and not willing to open their minds to the true potential of the human spirit. Many young people today are spiritually drained and are not experiencing the same level of jobs, relationships and other things which were more moral at the time of our parents and grandparents. The Masonic brotherhood has to show them that path toward spirituality and becoming one with their family of man and the Most High who loves us all dearly. This past winter, I visited a lodge where the brothers were arguing about donation money to the local Shriners, and one Past Master screamed, “They have the money, we don’t need to give to them!” That was not true, and as a Shriner myself, I stood up and told them because of the Shriners, my friend and Brother Mohammed AlJumaili, Concordia Lodge No. 67, Jenkintown, was able to come to America to find a new life with his mother and get a new (artificial) leg to replace the one he lost while serving in the U.S. Army in the battlefield in Iraq. The Past Master then shook my hand and told the Worshipful Master to approve the request. The Most High put me there for a reason, so that money could reach those kids, instead of listening to those who have held power for too long over their lodges without giving the new blood a chance to make a difference. To conclude my thoughts on the Masonic renewal, I want to say that I love my brothers all very dearly, but the only way we can revive this brotherhood here in America is when we all come together and be that shining example when our nation is at a time of great divide. The great revolutions in history took place when all good men came together without worrying about petty things like who is taking the chair next year or how can I make myself stand out from the next brother. Our wealth, degrees, titles and other worldly illusions will be left behind after we pass. However, we will take our good hearts and good actions with us, and when I face the Most High, I will tell him with pride that I did not do anybody wrong and loved all my brothers dearly. That is true Freemasonry. Peace be upon you all.
HELP FOR OUR HEROES
Pregnancy is such a blessing, but it can be a stressful time full of hormonal changes and worries ... about the baby’s health, the family’s finances, and for some of these mothers, whether or not the father will be stationed abroad when the baby arrives. But for one day, these mothers-to-be are treated like royalty. Many of their stressors are alleviated. They make new friends and realize they not only are not alone, but they are cared for and appreciated, thanks to you and Help for Our Heroes. On May 12, Help for Our Heroes and the March of Dimes teamed up to honor 51 military mothers-and-fathers-to-be at Joint Base McGuire-Fort Dix-Lakehurst. Attendees included mothers residing at the joint base, as well as from Central and Western Pennsylvania and the Horsham area, representing the Air Force, Army and Navy. The moms-to-be were personally greeted, escorted to their seats and thanked for their sacrifices by Pennsylvania
Masons, the March of Dimes and senior military members. In addition to lunch, the ladies played a traditional baby shower game, which gives the moms-to-be an opportunity to interact and get to know one another. The March of Dimes offered information about various ways to access educational sites prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy, as well as newborn health. The military provided a speaker who addressed stress and other topics that impact pregnant women and their partners. When the shower gifts were announced and distributed, the ladies’ smiles turned to tears of joy. The expecting parents received a baby stroller, infant and toddler car seats, a Buy Buy Baby gift card, toys, diapers, books and other baby needs. Philips, a national sponsor, provided an electronic breast pump and a baby monitor. The guests’ thank you notes say it all: “…I feel like the words “thank you” seem so trivial compared with the graciousness the Masons … bestowed upon our growing family. Today was a jaw-dropping experience. Thank you so much for your generosity…” “…what a wonderful shower – eventful, elegant and amazing. Surprises at all times – never a dull moment! The food was delicious, great atmosphere to meet new friends …” “… thank you for such an amazing day! This was an excellent program to be a part of while my husband is deployed … It is truly a blessing to be invited and thought of so dearly – God bless you and thank you for your support …”
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GOING TO GREAT LENGTHS A lack of desire to visit the barber took Brother Rafael Acosta-Miranda, Union Lodge No. 291, Scranton, on a two-year journey that resulted in more than just the growth of his hair. It led to important lessons for his children and grandchildren, a reminder how generous his fellow brothers are, and help for kids with cancer. In April 2016, when Brother Rafael decided to grow his hair long, his original intentions weren’t to benefit a charity. Two years later, when he was ready to trim his 10-inch locks, he hated to just cut it off after all the effort it had taken to grow and maintain it. He decided to see how much money per inch he could collect for charity and looked into organizations to which he could donate it. He saw a flyer for Clips for Cancer at nearby King’s College, which was raising money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. After reading that St. Baldrick’s funds more childhood cancer research grants than any other organization except for the U.S. Government, Brother Rafael knew this was his calling. “You see a lot of people in need,” he said. “I’ve been blessed with three healthy sons and five granddaughters, with one due in October. I feel so blessed. I just had the opportunity fall in my hands and decided to go with it.” His goal was to raise $100 for the event, and he donated $50. He went to a visitation at Aurora Lodge No. 523, Jermyn, where Brother James Henkelman, D.D.G.M.-13, encouraged him to share his endeavor with his fellow brethren. He left the lodge with more than $200. The Clips for Cancer event’s website tracked the funds participants were raising. Brother Rafael saw he was in fourth place. “I decided, I can win this,” he said, “for the kids.” He went to his home lodge, Union Lodge No. 291, and left August 2018
with $435 in cash. Members of Peter Williamson Lodge No. 323 and Schiller Lodge No. 345, both in Scranton, also contributed. Brother Rafael works for UGI, and he talked with the company’s volunteer representative, who made a flyer for him. With support from his co-workers and online donations, eight days later, he had raised more than $3,100. “It was fun and exciting,” he said. “Another girl and I were neck and neck on the website. Not only did my brother Masons and my co-workers pitch in, but also family and friends gave and helped.” In the end, Brother Rafael pulled ahead and was the top fundraiser. On the day of his big haircut, April 11, a hairdresser cut off 10 inches, and then his granddaughters helped buzz his head. “It felt strange to lose the hair,” he said, “but the feeling of satisfaction of doing something for others was immense.” Brother Rafael is now inspired to find more creative ways to help others. For several years, he has volunteered as part of the motorcycle escort during the annual Steamtown Marathon, which benefits St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. He’s also found himself in good company in the Masonic fraternity. His lodge regularly visits a local nursing home to host activities. Freemasonry is a family tradition. Both his grandfathers were Masons in Puerto Rico, and his father was Most Worshipful Grand Master and Grand Potentate of Shriners in Puerto Rico. His step-brother, brother-in-law, father-in-law and sons are also members. “I hope to find something else to do,” he said. “My work doesn’t stop here. I’m proud to be a Mason, and the teachings and moral standards it gives culminate into a desire to serve your community.”
LEARNING TO LEAD IN DEMOLAY by Jacob A. K. Beers, State Master Councilor 2017-2018
The growth and development of its members is an integral part of Freemasonry in all its forms. Regardless of the organization, age of the member or anything else, the goal is the same: to create better individuals who will go on to create a better society for future generations. However, that goal cannot be achieved by the lessons of our organizations alone, as great as they may be. It takes the constant support from his peers - his Brothers - to create a truly better man who understands and lives the purposes our organizations teach. Perhaps in Freemasonry, there is no better place to see this than in the Masonic youth organizations, specifically, for me, in DeMolay. It is an inspiration to me (pictured above, left) to find both advisors helping youth and older DeMolays
helping younger members. Having that adult guidance, and then being counted upon to share what I learned with my younger peers, helped me in my growth and maturation from teenager to adult. Until I joined DeMolay, I had never experienced this true continuum of hands-on mentorship and leadership. During my time in DeMolay, I’ve seen there are two schools of thought when it comes to mentoring: a proactive approach and a reactive approach. The proactive approach mostly consists of guiding a brother through every step of the process and working with him to garner success. Some people like to call this hand-holding, and it has a reputation for being almost too childish, but think of it this way: if you’re driving through a city you’ve never once set foot in, but your friend in the passenger seat has spent all his life in the town, would it be “childish” to have him navigate you through the city? Of course not. In the end, you drove the car and you got the two of you to your destination. While it takes a lot of effort to explain every detail of what’s needed to a person you’re mentoring, he will still have the experience and, better yet, he will know every detail the next time around, so you can sit back and try the second approach. The reactive approach is less intensive on your part as a mentor. It relies on you being able to provide your mentee a foundation upon which to base his work, as well as be able to answer any and all questions he may have (or at least be able to direct him toward someone who can). I have discovered that there are a few keys, however, to ensure that the work is not only successful, but that your mentee’s experience is beneficial
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though: quality production and priceless learning opportunities. When I joined DeMolay, I told myself I wanted to be State Master Councilor someday. I wasn’t sure why at the time, but over the next few years, I rose through the ranks and finally achieved that goal. Before I was installed, I did some reflecting. My leadership success in DeMolay – and in life – is thanks, in no small part, to so many of my brothers, Past State Officers, Past State Master Councilors, advisors, friends and family members. I could not be where I am without these people. However, I cannot be a mentor for them in the same way that they were for me; I can’t lead a 30-year-old man through the teenage years of his life. However, I can be that mentor, that guide, for someone else. This has been my goal as a State Officer and through the duration of my term as State Master Councilor: to lead by helping others as I was helped. Eventually, one of these younger members will be that person for another, and the cycle continues. It’s this reciprocity that keeps a fraternity alive and well. We’ve all had a mentor in our lives to whom we owe a lot. However, can we say that we’ve been that mentor for someone else? Regardless of your aspirations in Freemasonry, however far in the future they may be, find a way to establish that incredible brotherly relationship, and mentor someone else. As great as the teachings of all Masonic bodies are, they are worthless without the brotherhood they foster. Leaders use brotherhood and mentorship to make the teachings come alive.
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to his future progress. First, set measurable goals and deadlines. This enables you to track progress, as well as push when needed. Second, be available. Just because you’re not the one physically executing the task, doesn’t mean you can leave him to his own devices and see what happens. You should be available as often as possible to give advice when needed. Third, know when to step in as well as when to step back. Sometimes you will need to grab the wheel while mentoring – just as maybe your parents did when you first learned how to drive – but more often, you need to let your mentee either run with an idea or figure things out for himself. Fourth, know your mentee. Originally, I was going to say, “focus on the positives,” here, but different people need different forms of motivation. Some are intrinsically motivated and don’t need coddling and rewards, only success, and it’s your job to help make that happen. Others need to feel rewarded when they’ve done a good job, and rightly so. Some want the positives so they know what to do again, while others want the negatives so they know what to improve. I feel the most important piece of advice is to know your mentee. In my seven years in DeMolay, especially my last four as a State Officer, I’ve found this to be incredibly true. Just as many times as I have been able to sit back and let a fellow State Officer plan an event alone and only need me to chime in when asked, there have been times where I’ve had to endure phone calls discussing every aspect of the planning process to the smallest possible detail. The result has always been the same,
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FORMER CHILDREN’S HOME RESIDENT SPARKS RENOVATIONS
Almost a century ago, one small boy arrived at the Masonic Children’s Home soon after its construction. At 10 years old, the late Brother Stanley Longdon, former member of Hailman-Monroeville Lodge No. 786 for 65 years, traveled from Pittsburgh after he, his widowed mother and sister had lost their home and were forced to live in a single, rented room. For the remainder of his childhood, the children’s home would meet Brother Stanley’s every physical, emotional and educational need. However, during his time there, Brother Stanley experienced an accident which resulted in a badly infected leg. He required treatment at the Masonic Health Care Center on the Elizabethtown campus for more than a year. Since this was prior to modern medicine and the use of antibiotics, there was talk of amputation. Fortunately, his physician, Dr. Williamee Koser, decided to try a new treatment on Brother Stanley called Dakin’s Solution, named after Henry Drysdale Dakin, the British chemist who
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created it. The solution was used to kill bacteria growth in Brother Stanley’s wound and allowed him to grow up to be a healthy and successful businessman. In 1982, Brother Stanley met the love of his life, a nurse anesthetist by the name of Evelyn Hunter. He always told her the good care he received at the children’s home saved his life and greatly influenced him to become the man he was. In fact, one of the first things Brother Stanley said to Evelyn after they met was, “I want to take you there.” After Brother Stanley passed away in 1996, Evelyn HunterLongdon remembered those special words and began making significant contributions to the children’s home in 2003 in honor of her husband. Today, Evelyn supports the daily needs of the children as well as multiple scholarships. Evelyn was one of the first donors to play an integral part in giving the kids an updated place to live, learn and just be kids. The children’s home began renovations last summer, the first large-scale update to the cottages since they were built nearly 25 years ago. The first round of renovations focused on the two girls’ cottages, which can house up to 20 girls, and the resource center, which gives the children a quiet place to read, study, use the computer and meet with tutors for individual sessions. The modernized resource center now features redesigned tutor rooms and a new staff conference room. In addition, a new media room can host all the kids for movie nights and get-togethers. Changes to each girls’ cottage include additional bedrooms, a new modern white kitchen including
a farmhouse table big enough to fit everyone for meal times, artwork, furniture, a redesigned finished basement, window seats and newly designed bathrooms. Each girl now has her own bedroom painted with a chalkboard accent wall so she can show off her individuality (without putting holes in the walls). The personal touches that are evident in the girls’ cottages will be adapted for the boys, too. The three boys’ cottages, that can hold up to 20 boys total, are being renovated currently and will be complete by the end of the year. Although Brother Stanley Longdon didn’t have the chance to watch his legacy change the futures of many children, his spirit and kindness is still tangible in the children’s home’s cottages and resource center, which has been named the “Hunter-Longdon Resource Center,” so future generations will know his story.
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HONORING MASONIC CHILDREN’S HOME For children in need, the Masonic Children’s Home is more than just a place to live. It is a place to find the joy that is childhood and friends who become family. The children’s home is also a place for children to learn, grow and reach their fullest potential. At the 95th annual Youth Appreciation Day, youth were honored for their hard work and accomplishments. The stars of the day were the children’s home’s five graduates: Aba, Daniel, Eric, Nestor and Samuel. These young adults are occasionally still referred to as “the babies” by staff, as they each came to the children’s home at a young age and grew up together. “As we are ready to watch our seniors pursue their life goals with the character and values we hope to have instilled in them, we will miss each of their smiling faces,” Virginia Migrala, director of children’s services, said. “We send our hopes and dreams with each of our graduates and wish them the best of luck as they make their mark on the world.” In addition to speaking words of thanks to children’s home staff, friends and supporters, the five graduates planted a tree on the grounds of the children’s home, which will serve as a lasting symbol of their time spent there. “What many of us don’t see is all the effort behind the scenes, as staff and educators provide our children the care, support, engagement, experiences and tools they need to become the quality men and women we see today,” R.W. Grand Master Eugene Herritt said. “It’s the laughter, the tears, the frustrations and the victories that come with raising a child.” When Aba moved to the children’s home at age 9, she had a better educational foundation than most, but she still needed the stability the children’s home offered. Upon her arrival,
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Aba worked with house parents and tutors to reach academic expectations and began enrolling in advanced courses and sports including field hockey and lacrosse. She balanced this with volunteer work, online college courses and a part-time job at a local restaurant during her senior year. Aba will be attending Penn State University in the fall to study psychology in hopes of one day becoming a forensic psychologist. “You are never alone at the children’s home. Everyone has helped me grow into the young woman I am today,” Aba says. “Most importantly, my cottage, more like my sisters, have been the very best part of living here. I am forever grateful for the love and memories.” By the age of 7, Daniel had moved seven times. He appreciated the stability he finally found at the children’s home. Daniel has always had a natural talent for learning, and he applied that talent to a variety of advanced math classes in high school. He also joined the high school’s rifle team, worked a part-time job at a local car lot and purchased his very first car during his senior year. “At the children’s home, I learned to open up more. My house parents and teachers taught me how to take a step back and relax. I think that’s what helped me overcome the challenges I had,” Daniel said. “To me, this has been more than just a place to live. It has been a home when I couldn’t find one. It has given me structure when I didn’t have it. I found a family that I never thought I’d have.” Daniel will attend Pennsylvania College of Technology to study automotive technology management. Eric, who has been at the children’s home since 2009, says
YOUTH AND GRADUATES the staff and donors gave him a second chance at life. Eric will be entering the workforce with plans for future education. Throughout his years at the children’s home, Eric enjoyed playing football, taking trips with his house mates and cottage meal times. Eric also appreciated the “not-so-fun” times at the children’s home, including time spent at the resource center perfecting his writing and mathematics. “The children’s home has done so much for me, and I thank them for the opportunity to let me be part of this family. I have appreciated making new friends, my amazing house parents who took care of me and always having a safe place to stay,” Eric said. “I will take all this with me during my next chapter.” Having come to the children’s home at age 7, Nestor has spent a majority of his life surrounded by the house parents and friends he now calls part of his family. Nestor doesn’t remember much from his childhood before the children’s home, but he does know enough to say his life would be extremely different without the place that’s given him nearly everything he values most. “I have so many memories from the children’s home. I’m going to take these memories with me for the rest of my life, and I have everyone to thank for that. I know I can always come back, relive the memories and make new ones,” Nestor said. “All I can say is that I’m grateful.” Nestor spent his senior year on the swim team, lifeguarding at a local pool, volunteering in the community and working on his studies. This fall, he will attend the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Philadelphia to study aviation mechanics. As a child, Sam moved around frequently and was grateful to have some order in his life when he moved to the children’s
home six years ago. Since then, Sam developed a drive for academics, which, coupled with his creativity, made him a well-rounded adult. During his time at the children’s home, Sam volunteered at a camp for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities and at a local soup kitchen while balancing a part-time job. Sam will be leaving the children’s home to attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to earn an associate’s degree in welding. “The children’s home offered me structure and the help I needed. I have to thank everyone who didn’t give up on me. I want to thank my house parents, because without them, I would not have learned how to change myself into who I really wanted to be. I wouldn’t have learned to not let my past control who I am,” Sam says. “My thanks also goes out to the donors, who without their help, this place would not be possible and my future would not be so bright.” These five seniors have spent the past year researching, visiting and applying to post-secondary programs of their choice and have also been taking lessons from children’s home staff who are preparing them to live life on their own. Luckily, thanks to generous donors, the graduates will never be forgotten and continue to receive academic and financial support from the children’s home during their post-secondary education. For each graduate, leaving the children’s home is not a “goodbye,” but a “see you soon.” Dreams are taking flight at the Masonic Children’s Home! Watch highlights from Youth Appreciation Day at Facebook.com/ MasonicChildrensHome.
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A HEART AND MIND FOR CHARITY While Brother C. DeForrest “Chuck” Trexler considers himself analytical-minded, he has a heart for charity and for improving the lives of Masonic Village residents through his time and financial contributions. Brother Chuck was raised in a modest home surrounded by farm fields in the then-rural Harrisburg, Pa. His parents taught him and his sister the value of hard work, which is a trait Brother Chuck, member of Greenleaf Lodge No. 561, Allentown, proudly carried with him through his education, law career and Masonic journey. During his senior year at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Brother Chuck reached one of his biggest life goals, of which he is still proud today. He was accepted to Yale Law School, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1963. After two years of private law practice, Brother Chuck took a position on the corporate legal staff of Mack Trucks, Inc., then located in Allentown. During his career, he traveled the world, appeared in Washington, D.C., to testify in favor of the Trademark Law Revision Act and was a member of the Joint Industry Task Force that negotiated with the Environmental Protection Agency on the heavy duty diesel engine emission standards.
Brother Chuck is a third generation Mason, who was inspired by his father’s and grandfather’s Masonic journeys. “It was my family history,” Brother Chuck said. “I grew up hearing about Freemasonry.” As a teen, he participated in DeMolay and has since served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. Throughout his Masonic career, he has found friendships and learned more about himself and the history of the largest fraternity in the world. “Time-wise, and socially, Masonry has been most of my life, aside from my career,” Brother Chuck said. “Freemasonry ignited charity in me.” Toward the end of his law career, Brother Chuck became a member of the Masonic Villages Board of Directors. Upon retiring in 2001 after 36 years of service from Mack Trucks as Deputy General Counsel, he was able to dedicate his undivided attention to serving the Masonic Villages and improving the quality of life for its seniors. “Throughout my experience with the committee, I got to see the impact donations to the Villages make,” Brother Chuck said. “What separates Masonic Villages from organizations like it are the employees. To employees, it’s not simply just a job.
The Mission of Love is implemented in everything Masonic Villages does.” Brother Chuck served on the board until 2008 and witnessed how Masonic Villages handled the beginning of the Great Recession. “Their first priority has always been the residents, and that didn’t change,” Brother Chuck said. “They continued to provide a great quality of life for them, regardless of the situation.” Brother Chuck also served on one of the board’s subcommittees for planned giving, where he helped create the Franklin Legacy Society for donors who provide for one or more of the Masonic Charities through their estate plans. Brother Chuck was one of the first members to join the society and has since given other financial contributions. In 2017, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown renovated Grand Lodge Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus, to offer residents new spots to gather and dine. Two of these new spots included the Goose and Gridiron Tavern and Trexler Terrace. Both venues were dedicated and named in honor of Brother Chuck’s generosity to Masonic Village. “Masonic Village was once a place that was the end of the road for people who didn’t have anywhere else to go,” Brother Chuck said. “I got to witness the expansion of retirement living and couldn’t be more impressed. I hope the tavern and terrace are used and enjoyed by the residents.” Both the tavern and terrace are open daily for residents to dine, drink and enjoy
each other’s company. An avid world traveler, Brother Chuck visited more than 70 countries for business and leisure. He waited out a hurricane on the Pacific’s Easter Island, traced the 1066 Norman Conquest of England, traveled through the fabled Khyber Pass to Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and visited Africa many times on wildlife safaris. Today, he is proud to call one of his favorite destinations home – Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Inside his cottage, Brother Chuck’s favorite pastime, the study of military history, is reflected in his personal library of more than 2,500 books and 10,000 miniature lead soldiers, of which most he has hand-painted to reflect the authentic uniforms of various historical periods. Brother Chuck has also authored many published articles on historical and Masonic subjects. He enjoys having the time and freedom to once again pick up hobbies he’s loved since he was a child. “It’s the peace of mind that’s special about the Village,” Brother Chuck said. “I grew up surrounded by rural farmland. My friends lived on working farms, and I never outgrew that. Moving to Masonic Village was a move back to my roots.” If Brother Chuck were to leave one legacy on this earth with his contributions, he would like it to reflect a lesson he learned from his faith, “Go, and Do Thou Likewise.” It is the last line in a parable from the Bible about a lawyer who was taught to do right by loving his family and neighbors, specifically those less fortunate.
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OFFICE OF GIFT PLANNING
Thank you to those who have provided for the following items: Adult Daily Living Center Harrisburg Assembly No. 50, Order of the Golden Circle: DVD player Bleiler Caring Cottage Elaine K. Bleiler: Activities and trips Masonic Children’s Home Boyd Watterson Asset Management: Summer activities Christenson Investment Partners: Summer activities National Investment Services, Inc.: Summer activities Wayne M. and Nancylee A. Garafola: Various items Ronald A. and Judy A. McKnight: Various items Mill Creek Capital Advisors, LLC: Summer activities Frederick P. and Mary Jane Sample: College books Roger L. and Susan J. Wheeler: Picnic Masonic Village at Elizabethtown Ted J. and Alice S. Ackroyd: Baird Wellness Center gift cards Anonymous: Barn quilt art painting project Rebecca S. Bell: Hospice "Special Moments" Craig W. Dayton: iPads for Music Therapy and Hospice "Special Moments" Larry J. and Carol S. Wolford: Allmand night light Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill Anonymous: Spirit of Philadelphia trip Kensington-Kadosh Commandery No. 54: Spirit of Philadelphia trip Masonic Village at Warminster Lodge No. 9: Electronic heat valve system There is an all-inclusive wish list posted on MasonicCharitiesPA. org, or feel free to contact the Office of Gift Planning at 1-800-5996454. Please note that if funds donated for any item listed are oversubscribed, the funds will be used for additional wish list items or needs in the same service area.
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