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Vol. 29, No. 1 The Masonic Villages include locations in Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster. Submissions for the spring issue of the Village Voice are due March 13. Public Relations Department Masonic Village, One Masonic Drive Elizabethtown, PA 17022 For more information, call Masonic Village’s Public Relations Office at 717-367-1121, ext. 33383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Masonic Villages is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Admissions to the Masonic Villages are approved or disapproved primarily on the basis of need. Decisions concerning admission, the provision of services and referrals of residents are not based upon the applicant’s race, color, religion, disability, ancestry, national origin, familial status, age, sex, limited English proficiency or any other protected status.
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Inside this Issue 3 Masonic Villages CEO Announces Retirement 4 Music Therapy Makes a Difference 6 Three Paths Woven Together by Music 8 Life, Love and a Dulcimer
24 Masonic Villages’ Wish List 25 Memorial Gifts 27 Honorarium Gifts
COVER STORIES 12 Enrichment Through the Ages
10 Unleashing the Possibilities Worldwide
16 Young at Heart
21 A New Lease on Life
20 A Special Bond
22 The Best Move
On the cover: Masonic Village at Sewickley resident Linda Kable
18 A Good Balance
Long-term Masonic Villages CEO Announces His Retirement JOSEPH E. MURPHY, CEO OF THE MASONIC VILLAGES AND ASHLAR CREATIVE SOLUTIONS, HAS ANNOUNCED HIS PLANS TO RETIRE ON DEC. 1, 2019. S. Eugene Herritt, R.W. Grand Master and Chair of the Masonic Villages’ Board, shared that since Masonic Villages has been working on succession planning for the past eight years, the board has a plan to select a qualified leader to be Joseph’s successor. Joseph has been employed by the Masonic Villages since 1974. He served as Executive Director from 1983 to 1997, as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer from 1997 to 2000, and as Chief Executive Officer since 2000 of the Masonic Villages’ operations at Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster, Pennsylvania. He also became CEO of Ashlar Creative Solutions, a consulting and management group, in 2013. Through Ashlar Creative Solutions, Joseph became part of the Masonic Village at Burlington, New Jersey, team. “It’s been a blessing to be part of an organization that cares for so many people who otherwise would have no place else to go to receive the quality care and services they need and deserve,” Joseph said. Joseph is a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge No. 682, Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Harrisburg Consistory, York Rite Chapter and Council and Zembo Shrine. He is a past president of the Elizabethtown High Twelve Club and served
on the Advisory Council of the Elizabethtown Chapter of DeMolay. He received the 33° in Freemasonry in August 1996; the Pennsylvania Franklin Medal in December 2005; and the Chapel of Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award in 1988. Joseph also received the 2007 LeadingAge PA (formerly PANPHA) Paul P. Hass Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, he was awarded the Daniel Coxe Medal from Brother Roger Quintana, Grand Master of New Jersey. Joseph was appointed by the Governor and served on the Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care from 1998 to 2005 and on the Pennsylvania Senior Care and Services Study Commission from May 2008 to November 2010. Joseph is a past president of the Masonic Communities & Services Association; he served as a member of the House of Delegates for LeadingAge; and is a past president of the Board of Directors for the LeadingAge PA. Joseph and his wife, Barbara, are members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Elizabethtown. They have two children and four grandchildren. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for providing visionary leadership, efficient administration and long-term viability of all Masonic Villages’ facilities and services, and for maintaining expectations of excellence in the attainment of the organization’s mission and goals. This position provides leadership support and assistance to all Grand Lodge charities. MasonicVillages.org
Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s Music Therapy program celebrates “20” years of existence.
MAKES A DIFFERENCE
MUSIC THERAPISTS ARE TRAINED TO PROVIDE THE RIGHT MUSIC AT THE RIGHT TIME in the right way – honoring an individual’s cultural considerations, familiarity and personal preferences. Backed by research, they use a variety of techniques, instruments and technology to do this. “There is constant, unending work that goes into music therapy. These are not ‘just’ musicians playing music. They are trained therapists, and their programs are well-thought-out to massage the aging brain into reaching back to older memories to create new memories,” Masonic Village music 4
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therapy volunteer Craig Dayton said. For the past year, Craig has volunteered with a “Music and Memories” program that Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s music therapy supervisor Ann Dinsmore leads on Fridays, but he was introduced to music therapy – the Masonic Village way – when his mother, Phyllis “Shorty” Dayton, was a resident. Even though her Alzheimer’s disease changed the way she related to and engaged with music, it was still able to be a big part of her life. “People with varying levels of cognitive function can participate in music therapy at whatever level is possible for them. Residents who experience
times of confusion can often be redirected with the use of music,” Kathy Keener Shantz, one of Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s five boardcertified music therapists, said. While at Masonic Village, Phyllis played in the bell choir, had individual sessions with music therapist Angela Ortiz and enjoyed numerous other activities facilitated by the music therapy department. When it came time for hospice care, Masonic Village Hospice staff helped ensure her final days were filled with music by placing a piano in her room for Craig to play as he stayed with her.
Craig Dayton with his mother, Phyllis
Music Therapy at Masonic Village at Sewickley
“I played for her until she let go of her time here on Earth, and I knew she was happy,” he said.
provides additional intergenerational programming with the children at the Bright Horizons Child Care Center on campus.
Today, Craig honors his mother’s memory by helping residents experience the music therapy programs that brought her such joy. Along with his work with “Music and Memories,” he regularly transports residents to concerts and music therapy events.
Impressed by the work accomplished that year, the Hansen Foundation again provided funding for an additional three years starting in 2018. Together, music therapists Nina Federico (shown above) and Megan Zivic work together to deliver more to the campus; for example, they’re now able to offer six intergenerational music therapy opportunities per month as compared to only two – all because of the grant.
“Sometimes if a resident who I know is tired in the evening and there is a concert, I encourage that resident to let me take him or her to the concert nevertheless. They are always glad in the end that they decided to go,” he said. “I enjoy the opportunity to bring joy and happiness to the residents and just help to provide a change of scene and routine to these wonderful residents whom I call my ‘superstar seniors.’ I am receiving such a blessing by helping the music therapists help our residents.” With five board-certified music therapists (shown in left photo, second from l-r: Ann Dinsmore, music therapy supervisor; Angela; Kim Glass; Elizabeth Eargle; and Kathy) – joined throughout the year by undergraduate and graduate interns, like Kelsey Tucker (shown in left photo, far left), from local colleges and universities – Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s music therapy program is the largest of the five campuses. It is not, however, the only campus with a thriving music therapy program. In 2016, Masonic Village at Sewickley was generously awarded a grant from the Hansen Foundation that allowed them to temporarily hire an additional board-certified music therapist. Within one year, the music therapy department was able to significantly expand upon its reach by providing personalized music on portable devices, as well as increase the number of large music therapy groups and one-on-one therapy sessions for those unable to leave their rooms. It also
One of Megan’s favorite groups brings together preschool-age kids and the residents living in memory care neighborhoods. She notices a visible change; upon entering the neighborhood, residents are sometimes lethargic and withdrawn. However, once the children enter the room and the music begins, smiles spread throughout the room, residents sit up straight and the older adults are singing and laughing with the kids. “It’s so beneficial for the kids and the residents,” Megan said. Since research from the American Music Therapy Association has determined that music therapy programs can decrease pain, falls and agitation in participants, investing in music therapy means investing in an increased quality of life for residents. “At another facility I visited, they did not even have a music therapist,” Craig said. “Admittedly, it was a very small facility, but all they seemed to have for entertainment was a single television and a box or two of table games. I still, to this day, often think back on that little facility – how sad it seemed to me then and seems to me now – and how grateful I am that my mom was fortunate enough to have lived at Masonic Village, which has such a strong and vibrant music therapy department.” MasonicVillages.org
LIFE HAS A TENDENCY OF COMING FULL CIRCLE, whether it be reuniting with an old friend, moving back to the place where you grew up or receiving support from someone whom you once supported. It is in these moments, when past and present collide, you realize the lasting effect of the bridges you have crossed and the people you have met. For Darrell Douglas and Carl Shull (shown left, l-r, with Ann Dinsmore, music therapy supervisor), residents at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, music has served as a guiding light throughout their lives. Darrell studied trumpet, while Carl streamed his talents into the organ, but their coinciding interests steered them down similar paths. With a grandfather and father who were both musical and a mother who “tolerated the racket,” Darrell’s pursuit of a career in music came of little surprise. His interest was piqued while pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota. “I tried to major in other things, but they didn’t work out,” Darrell said. “I decided to take a music theory class, and I did quite well. It was then I realized I shouldn’t study chemistry anymore, because I wasn’t really interested in it. I was interested in music.”
Three Paths Woven Together by Music
Darrell has demonstrated his brass-focused talents by performing with various groups, including the Eighth Army Band. He also served as the director of the college-community orchestra and brass ensemble at Elizabethtown College for several years, while doubling as a professor of music. A colleague of Darrell’s, Carl was a professor of music at Elizabethtown College for nearly three decades, and also served as the chairman of the music department. During Carl’s time as chairman, the department saw growth and development when faculty and college administration approved two new majors: music education in 1962 and music therapy 11 years later. “I knew from my doctorate at Florida State University, that a music therapy major was offered there and at other institutions of higher education. The need was evident for another major to enlarge the music department, and so I began investigating music therapy, communicating with the American Music Therapy Association and the National Association of Schools of Music in the early 1970s,” Carl said. “Subsequently, the department received tentative approval to initiate a music therapy major in 1973, and it has developed to become an integral part of the music curriculum.” Ann Dinsmore was enrolled in the music therapy program at Elizabethtown College. Graduating in the
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“When we got back on the bus after visiting, Carl said, ‘Now if you can see yourself working here, then you belong in music therapy. If you can’t, it’s probably best you consider other options,’” Ann said. After being exposed to the realities of music therapy at the hospital, Ann said she did not have any doubts she was doing what she was destined to do. The trip confirmed her intuitions. After graduating, Ann worked as a music therapist at another nursing care center before coming to Masonic Village in 1999, where she began the music therapy program. “I often tease Darrell and Carl that you never want to burn your bridges because you don’t know when you’ll end up back in the life of someone you once knew,” Ann said. In crossing paths with Ann again, Darrell and Carl have been able to see the success of one of their former students, as well as their own legacy at Masonic Village.
“I’m thrilled to see what she’s done. She knew exactly what she wanted to do, and I think she has accomplished those goals,” Carl said. “She is making sure the students at Elizabethtown College are receiving the practice they need and that the music therapy program is continuing to grow.” A Music Therapy program at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown
When the three bump into each other at Masonic Village, they are brought back to the hallways of Elizabethtown College, and enjoy reminiscing on bygone days.
major’s second class in 1978, she remembers it being “touch-and-go” for a while as the logistics were being finalized, but the support that Carl, Darrell and other professors provided the students was never lacking.
“Many of the music therapists move on and we never see them again,” Darrell said. “The job creates a busy schedule, and I can understand that, but I’m happy that Ann has stuck around.”
“They were supportive of a new field and a new major they had no idea would have job demand or not,” Ann said. “Regardless of the uncertainties, they were advocates for the program, and I was thankful for that.”
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Hoping to expose students to the diversity of patients they would work with as music therapists, Carl took his students on a trip to Norristown State Hospital, which is a longterm psychiatric facility. Ann remembers this trip vividly.
Life, Love and a Dulcimer
EVERYONE HAS A LIFE PURSUIT. Some spend their lives pursuing work, wealth or prestige, while others desire simpler things, such as a sense of meaning or happiness. If you ask resident Bill Stephens what his life pursuit is, he will tell you “helping others.” Prior to moving to Masonic Village at Elizabethtown in 2009, Bill and his wife of 71 and a half years, Pat, spent most of their free time volunteering together at United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) in Richmond, Virginia, a foster care facility for high-risk children and families. Many of the children at UMFS lugged around the aftereffects of being raised in broken homes and poor living conditions, which could be seen in their closed-off demeanor. “When we first got there, they had the hangdog look. They wouldn’t look at you and walked with their heads down,” Bill said. “Pat and I decided they needed something more in their lives — more than what they had.” While volunteering with UMFS, Bill and Pat introduced the children to joy-evoking activities like growing strawberries, hitting golf balls and woodworking. Most importantly, they gave them the attention they yearned for, but rarely received.
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“All of the kids began to get used to us. They started walking with their heads up, and they were jovial,” Bill said. “By the time we left there, every kid gave us a big hug. We didn’t want to leave, but we decided we were in need of more security as we aged.” Masonic Village gave the couple the continuum of care they needed, but also new opportunities to volunteer. Equipped with his handmade dulcimer (a fretted string instrument), a pick constructed from a royal blue Planters peanut lid for strumming, half of a wooden clothespin for pressing the frets and plastic baggies stuffed with his wife’s homemade snickerdoodle cookies, the duo started visiting Masonic Health Care Center residents. Originally, they were assigned to visit only a handful of residents, but it was one of Bill’s goals to reach a larger group. He now has a list of approximately 80 residents to visit, volunteering his time twice a week. The sweet ping of the dulcimer has given Bill an outlet to connect with people who are overcome with illness, loneliness or loss, or who may feel like they no longer have anything to live for. He helps them find hope again. Bill recalls one particular resident whom a nurse asked him and his wife to begin visiting. The new resident laid in his bed all day, often covering himself to his neck with a bedsheet, almost as if to create a barrier between him and the world. He refused to speak to staff — relying on pen and paper as his sole form of communication. When Bill and Pat visited the man, Bill would play his dulcimer and Pat would offer her snickerdoodles, but despite their presence, he would continue laying with his eyes closed — still and silent. Each visit saw similar results, until they reached a sudden breakthrough.
“Pat noticed his eyes were flicking just a little bit. And after playing for about 25 minutes and telling him it was time for me to go, as I always did, he threw his sheet back, put his feet on the floor, began to clap his hands and started talking. After that, I couldn’t keep him quiet,” Bill said. Repayment or glory has never been a motive for the good deeds Bill has done in his life, and if offered, he refuses to accept it. For Bill, knowing he shed a ray of hope on someone’s life and reminded them of the good in the world will always be payment enough. Since Bill’s wife passed away in 2016, he admits feeling lonesome without her company, but he still feels a piece of Pat with him when he volunteers. “I’m carrying on what we did together,” he says.
At Pat’s celebration of life, the chaplain asked Bill if he wanted to say any words in remembrance of his wife. He nodded in agreement. “I said, ‘Her name is Patricia Josephine Stephens, but it should have been Patricia Volunteer Stephens,’” Bill recalls with a chuckle. While Bill may not be able to help everyone, he strives to help those he can with the time he has, in fulfillment of his life motto: “reach your hand out to help those in need.”
“I’m going to keep volunteering for as long as I’m physically able to do it,” Bill said, “and when the time comes when I can’t do it anymore, I want to be gone, enjoying my wife, Pat, again.” Written by Molly Foster, public relations associate/intern
Unleashing the Possibilities Worldwide
DURING HER TENURE AS WORTHY GRAND MATRON of the Pennsylvania Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES) in 2003, Jo-Anne Karnes started a “pet” project, Tabs for Tots, to raise money to provide service dogs for children with disabilities. She had no idea how much the project would resonate with members, raising $95,000 in one year. She also didn’t realize how much it would mean to her, or that 15 years later, she’d be taking the project to an international level. “I just saw a real need,” she said. “I’m proud that 100 percent of the money raised goes to the program. None of it goes to administrative costs. “It’s also an important way to educate the world about OES and our mission to help mankind as much as possible.” As of Nov. 1, 2018, the program, now called the OES Service Dogs program, became OES’s international flagship charity. Members in Peru, Brazil, Italy, the Philippines and beyond are raising money for service dogs.
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It costs approximately $25,000 to raise, train and place each service dog. The money raised in Pennsylvania is given to Susquehanna Service Dogs, which provides dogs for clients who have a range of disabilities: spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia and severe arthritis, seizure disorders, uncontrolled diabetes, post-traumatic stress disorder, hearing loss, autism and others. The first year of the project, Susquehanna Service Dogs asked Jo-Anne if OES could provide part of their donation early in order to meet an urgent need. A mother was trying to raise money for her son, who had several health issues, and they wanted to give her a dog as soon as possible. Typically, recipients are anonymous, so Jo-Anne was shocked when the little boy, his service dog, his mother and a TV camera from a local news station walked into an OES banquet she was attending. The family wanted to thank Jo-Anne and the OES members in person.
“I found out they named the dog Ruthie, which was my mother’s name. At that moment, it had a real tie-in for me,” she said. “Ironically, one of our five OES heroines is named Ruth.” From 2009 to 2012, the program, which expanded beyond Pennsylvania across the United States and Canada, raised $1.2 million to provide service dogs to children, adults and veterans. Since she retired and moved to Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, Jo-Anne has spent the last two years as chairman of a committee working to assemble a training book, brainstorming fundraising suggestions, developing a website and designing brochures for the re-launch of the program. Part of Jo-Anne’s efforts also include ensuring OES funds only support organizations which are accredited by the Assistance Dogs International or the International Guide Dog Federation to guarantee each dog is trained and treated humanely by experienced handlers. Jo-Anne has heard many stories about the service dogs OES funds have supported. One dog was able to get assistance for a young girl trying to commit suicide, another came to the aid of a man having a heart attack and countless others have provided peace of mind, companionship and medical assistance.
“I never thought it would go this far,” Jo-Anne said. “It’s touched so many hearts, including mine. It’s a labor of love, and I’m motivated by its impact to keep doing it. It’s one of the best things I ever had the opportunity to do. “Our members deserve all the credit. They’ve donated millions of dollars, and they’re excited about it. It’s not hard to ask for money when people can see how these dogs have changed lives. Hopefully, people also realize what OES is really about – charity, truth and loving kindness.” Visit OESservicedogs.com for more information about the program or to contribute.
A 2018 HARRIS POLL commissioned by Generations United and Eisner Foundation revealed that 85 percent of those surveyed said that they or a loved one would prefer a care setting with opportunities for intergenerational contact, rather than one with a single age group. The Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania have valued the relationships among individuals of all ages for 106 years. Masonic Villages has long embraced the benefits of multiple generations sharing the same environment. Since 1913, children have resided at its Elizabethtown campus as part of the Masonic Children’s Home. This tradition has continued and expanded in creative ways at all five Masonic Village locations, enriching countless lives of all ages and stages.
ENGAGING YOUNG CHILDREN Masonic Children’s Home Funded through generous contributions, the Masonic Children’s Home in Elizabethtown does not charge individuals, organizations, or the state or federal government for its services. It provides a home for up to 40 youth who are being raised by aging grandparents or who come from various social or economic environments which do not provide necessary security and support. Since 1913, the children’s home has served more than 3,500 youth. 12
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Enrichment THROUGH THE AGES Residents of the children’s home are encouraged to participate in community service on campus, as well as attend campus-wide concerts and other events. Residents have volunteered to help youth and staff at the children’s home start their own gardens to grow produce for meals.
practice gardening, enjoy homemade treats using herbs they’ve grown and work on interactive projects in the sensory garden. Resident volunteers also read to kids in one of the campus libraries each week. Relationships with “grand-friends” form during events in the Masonic Health Care Center, too.
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Masonic Village at Elizabethtown resident Bonnie Motsay (pictured above) worked as an executive secretary for a school district superintendent for 18 years, and she thrives around children. A participant of the sensory garden, she was hooked after one meeting. She loves the kids’ company and observing how they see life compared to when she was growing up.
In 1989, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown opened a child care center, adding even more intergenerational programs and a kids’ summer camp. Now managed by UGRO Learning Centres, it serves 153 children. Children, residents and staff from the greenhouse department meet each Wednesday during the spring, summer and fall to learn about and
“Children are so receptive to learning,” Bonnie said. “It’s exciting to watch
them grow and blossom, and see the younger ones learn from the older ones. They encourage me to work with them in the garden, and it’s a learning experience for me, too. It’s so healthy for everyone to experience this interaction. They’re as loving to us as we are to them. Plus, they’re so cute.” Opened in 2001, the Masonic Village at Sewickley Child Care Center, managed by Bright Horizons Learning Center, provides child care services for 100 children. Residents volunteer in the center (learn more about one volunteer on p. 16), and a board-certified music therapist leads the Young at Heart singing group with the kids and residents from the Sturgeon Health Care Center (learn more about this group on p. 5).
During the school year, students from Mount Calvary Christian School visit Masonic Village at Elizabethtown monthly as part of the New Friends group. A different age group comes each Monday morning, and the activities include puzzles, crafts or performing music. Each session includes one-on-one time between the students and residents. After several years of visiting, the children and residents form close relationships. “I love the interaction that the children have with our residents here at Masonic Village,” Rhonda Conaway, recreation coordinator, said. “The time with seniors enables youth to develop social and communication skills, positive attitudes and longtime friendships. This bond keeps our youngest and oldest generations connected.” At the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill, students from the Prodigy Learning Center visit weekly and hold their kindergarten graduation at Masonic Village (learn more about the visits on p. 20). Ridge Park Elementary and Miquon Schools also visit for intergenerational
programs, which include singing, making crafts, bowling and other activities.
Just for Fun Masonic Village at Elizabethtown opens up its facilities to groups, including dance companies and music teachers, who host recitals featuring young talent. Residents are invited to attend the shows. The Elizabethtown Area and Donegal High Schools hold their proms on the campus (Masonic Village offers its facilities free of charge). The residents love to watch the students in the Formal Gardens having their photos taken before the dance.
INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Youth Volunteers Over the last 21 years, Masonic Village has awarded $305,000 in scholarships to graduating Elizabethtown Area High School seniors who volunteered at least 100 hours with the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. Over the last 12 years, graduating Quaker Valley High School MasonicVillages.org
â€œThere are five important things for living a successful and fulfilling life: never stop dreaming, never stop believing, never give up, never stop trying and never stop learning.â€? - AUTHOR ROY T. BENNETT
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seniors who volunteered at least 100 hours with the Masonic Village at Sewickley have received $175,000 in scholarships. The teens learn about health care career opportunities, meet new friends, broaden their interpersonal skills and gain a sense of responsibility. In 2017, youth volunteer Arabella Albino was so moved by her interaction with residents that for her 15th birthday, rather than gifts, she asked people to give her stuffed animals and dolls, which she in turn gave to residents in the Masonic Health Care Center in Elizabethtown. Her donation provided comfort to residents who may miss being a parent and find great comfort in holding a doll, or who may have had to leave a pet behind.
Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill residents enjoy the company of children from Prodigy Learning Center during an intergenerational activity
“I wanted to volunteer at Masonic Village because I realized that I love helping others,” Arabella said. “One of the things I enjoy most is getting to hear stories from different residents and getting to talk one-on-one with them. I learn so much about them this way.”
Higher Education Partnerships Thanks to Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s proximity and close ties to Elizabethtown College, residents enjoy opportunities to learn, teach and interact with students through internships and class projects. In a new partnership with the college, biology students have the opportunity to earn a 40-hour CNA certification, a process which includes classwork, direct interaction with residents and a competency test. “The partnership is a perfect blend of two institutions’ missions: education for service combined with the personalized health care of Masonic Village,” said Jane F. Cavender, Ph.D., professor of biology at Elizabethtown College. “As Elizabethtown College educates the future health care professionals
in the classroom and laboratory, this partnership allows the students to obtain the clinical experience of caring for the health and welfare of individuals. The most beneficial outcome is the interpersonal relationship skills and bonds that are developed. Not all students have extended family to interact with and learn from. These CNAs learn about humility, compassion and service at a level that can never be replicated in a classroom.” Masonic Village’s Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster communities host nursing students from Lincoln Tech, Drexel University, Temple University and Beaver County Career and Technology Center for clinicals. In addition to learning about patient care, the students organize health fairs and educational presentations for residents. Masonic Village at Dallas benefits from a close relationship with Misericordia University, located next to its campus. For four years, residents have worked one-on-one with graduate students from the university’s physical therapy department for a balance and fall prevention program (learn more about this partnership on pp. 18-19). Residents may also take advantage of Misericordia’s swimming pool, fitness center and classes, library, art gallery, theater, cultural events and continuing education programs.
Masonic Villages continuously looks for new relationships in the greater community. Regardless of age, people want a safe place to learn, grow and enjoy life. Everyone benefits when it is done together.
Young at heart The center is centrally located on campus outside the Star Points Building, the personal care residence. A bench located in the playground is inscribed with the words, “Mr. George’s Bench.” It’s a tribute to resident George Seth. When the child care center opened in 2001, he stopped in the first day and continued to visit every day after to read stories, perform puppet shows and sing. He passed away in 2005, but his dedication and memory live on at the center.
LINDA KABLE IS A BUSY WOMAN with many volunteer responsibilities. She’s willing to take on anything if asked and provide a helping hand when needed. Just don’t call her on Friday mornings. This time is reserved for cuddling. As a volunteer in the infant room of the Bright Horizons Child Care Center, Linda considers this “me time.” For some, “me time” may consist of reading a book or taking a warm bath, but Linda takes great pleasure in watching the chaos of a room full of crying babies transform into a happy place of laughter and hugs. She feels personal satisfaction from comforting a crying baby and watching his or her mood improve thanks to her efforts. Her presence also diverts attention from staff, who may need a short break of their own. “I play with the kids. We snuggle and have a good time,” Linda said. “I’ve always enjoyed being around kids. I don’t have any of my own, so I think I appreciate it more.” Located on the Masonic Village at Sewickley campus, the child care center serves staff and the local community, while providing intergenerational opportunities for residents. Residents may volunteer to work with the kids in the center, participate in music therapy sessions together or just enjoy watching the kids play outside. 16
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When Linda moved to Masonic Village four years ago, after retiring as a physician’s assistant, she jumped into everything. In her first week, she was working in the country store. She’s also president of the woodshop, volunteers with World Vision and helps to coordinate the annual resident talent show, in between taking advantage of the many trips, events and programs offered at Masonic Village. She had seen in the marketing brochure the campus included a child care center and knew she wanted to be involved. “I just think they’re fascinating little people,” she said. “They all have their own personalities and likes and dislikes. I like watching all the stages they go through. They start out not being able to do much of anything, and in a year’s time, they’re walking out the door. I can’t believe the ones when I started volunteering were just learning to roll over and now they’re preschoolers.” When the infants move onto the toddler room, Linda is still able to see them through a big window and glass door. Sometimes they’ll stand at the door and look in at her. It’s tough to watch them move on, but Linda feels pride in being a part of their lives. She encourages other residents to volunteer to benefit the kids and themselves.
“Kids make you feel young,” she said. “If not in your body, at least in your mind. They love stories; you can tell them anything. Anyone who will give them attention, they love. It makes you feel good, too.”
A Good Balance
MASONIC VILLAGE AT DALLAS HAS LONG ENJOYED A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY, located adjacent to its campus. Amenities it offers residents include a fitness center, sporting events and arts, educational and cultural programs.
Another benefit for the students is they have the opportunity to talk to people who aren’t from their generation. They also learn how to explain things in terms a typical person can understand since their education includes technical language that would be foreign to most patients.
It’s a healthy relationship in more ways than one. For four years, residents have worked one-on-one with graduate students from the university’s physical therapy department for a balance and fall prevention program. Students gain real world experience, and residents have seen the health benefits in balance and strength.
“They also get a nice mentorship from the residents here,” Nicole said. “It’s a very warm community. The residents enjoy teaching the students by being a participant in the exercise program.”
Nicole Evanosky is a professor with the physical therapy department, director of clinical education and oversees the integrated clinical experience program. “The students get an opportunity to practice what they’re learning, when they’re learning it, which is really a big benefit because sometimes they have to wait to practice those skills until they get out to their full-time clinical internships,” Nicole said. “By then, quite a bit of time has passed for them to practice those things they’re learning.”
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The residents gain a cheerleader who is guiding them through an exercise program that is unique to them and their needs. Louise Menapace has lived at Masonic Village for four years and started participating in the program early in its inception. She has been working on her balance and endurance for leg discomfort, as well as breathing. “I think it’s a great opportunity for the students because they’re teaching us, but we’re also teaching them,” Louise said. “Having Misericordia right in our backyard, it doesn’t get any better than that. Every student I have encountered has been absolutely wonderful. They’re in the right field,
NEW Items Await Inside the 2019 Giving Catalogs! Order catalogs: 1-800-599-6454 | Visit: MCHGivingCatalog.org & MVGivingCatalog.org and I just love working with them.” Staff have found residents are more likely to continue with their exercise program if they have a student to guide them. It also helps with adherence to the program because they don’t want to let the student down in their training. Students come spring, summer and fall semesters, so it affords the residents the ability to exercise nearly year-round. “I find that I’m more apt to exercise at home when I’m in this program,” Louise said. “In lag times, when we’re not in the physical therapy program, I’m a little lazy. This inspires me to keep doing those exercises even when I’m not here.” “The residents are involved, the students are involved and the program administrators from both Masonic
and Misericordia are involved in communication back and forth. It’s nice to have all those pieces of information to help the program evolve and be successful,” Nicole said. “The sky’s the limit. It could be whatever we wanted it to be. The residents have really good ideas and so do the students, so we’ll continue to evaluate and let it evolve as it needs to.”
“I’m just happy that we can continue this program,” Louise said. “Each session I’ve been in has been a little bit better and a little more intense. I think we’re learning as we go along. The instructors see what we’re doing, and the students are also doing more with us. It’s a great program.”
The partnership will have a lasting impact on the students as they embark on careers after college, and on residents who are receiving invaluable knowledge and assistance. “Our focus is to help residents remain independent in their apartment or villa as long as possible and feel both safe and comfortable,” Noah Davis, executive director at Masonic Village, said. “Often it may take one fall to change that independence. If you can do anything to prevent this, you can’t put a price on that.”
A Special Bond EACH WEEK, LAUGHTER AND SQUEALS can be heard echoing from the Whitemarsh Country Kitchen at the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill. The sounds aren’t just coming from the young visitors from Prodigy Learning Center. Residents are having as much fun channeling their inner youth. Intergenerational programs can remind residents of their childhood or of raising their children, as well as provide an opportunity to build meaningful relationships. The visits introduce the children to a generation they may not be familiar with and teach them the importance and value of respecting people of all ages. “Our center deals with high-risk children who may not have grandparents or a father figure in their lives,” said Chris Viteo, director of Prodigy Learning Center, who also works as an RN part-time at Masonic Village. “The visits are really beneficial to the students and residents. Some of the students cry when they can’t come.” “It is an essential program for our residents,” Valerie Morrison, recreation coordinator, said. “It brings them alive. They share stories of their lives – how they grew up, things they did as a family and what family values mean to them. They tell the children how special they are, to get a good education and that they can become anyone they want.”
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When Andrew Anderson moved to Masonic Village four years ago, he was pleasantly surprised to find intergenerational programs on the monthly activities calendar. He had previously helped with a Boy Scout troop through his church and knows how rewarding it is to work with children.
“As soon as they walk in the building, they’re greeting you and telling you their names,” he said. “When I saw this, I knew I wanted to take part.” Valerie plans activities for the group which the kids and residents can do together and, afterwards, feel accomplished. A recent activity had the children and residents making posters depicting what joy and love is to them. Responses included learning new things, friends and family and hugs. “The responses were phenomenal,” Valerie, said. “To think that these words are coming from third graders is impressive. The residents were telling them to keep a positive attitude and kind spirit with them always.”
Andrew enjoys the activities, but also strives to provide growth and encouragement for the children. He asks them questions about what they learned last week and if they’re having any problems. He also appreciates hearing their perspective on important topics, like how politicians should stop fighting and “get things back in shape.” “I have to be honest, it makes me feel glad to be this age and that I can help the children as they grow,” he said. “It makes you feel better all the way around. When they say, ‘bye,’ and use your name, you realize they understand the meaning of cooperation.” “I see the children working together, laughing, asking questions and having fun,” Valerie said. “Some children may be unfamiliar with older adults, but on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., they feel welcomed and glad they came. That puts the biggest smile on the residents’ faces and warmth in their hearts.” For the residents of Masonic Village and the students of Prodigy Learning Center, the definition of joy and love also includes their weekly time together.
from all her years using a wheelchair; however, she was approved. Since her surgeon was also an amputee, he had a personal understanding of Pat’s situation. She has had 27 previous surgeries, but this one was the most monumental.
A New Lease on Life AFTER PAT CASELLA MOVED TO THE MASONIC VILLAGE AT SEWICKLEY in 2016, she gained two things that improved her quality of life: new friends and a prosthetic leg. Geographically, the move wasn’t far for Pat. Originally from the Boston area, she raised her daughter and son and built a successful real estate career in Sewickley, so the proximity to her friends – and everything she’d known for the previous 43 years – was “an ideal part of living here.” However, she says it was a hard move, both physically and emotionally. Moving in as a younger resident, she thought she might struggle to find companionship and community. However, that ended up not being a
problem at all. Pat’s next-door neighbor moved in on the same day as her and the two became good friends.
“It was a little weird waking up and not having a leg, but still feeling like I had one,” she said.
“The community here is very active and alive,” she said.
Post-surgery, Pat was hospitalized for two weeks with 10 hours of therapy a day.
Pat hoped to make friends, but she did not expect a change in her mobility. Pat used a wheelchair because of an infection in her right knee that happened after a massive fracture and cancer diagnosis in 2007. She underwent chemotherapy, which failed, and was too sick to qualify for a stem cell transplant. However, she received an experimental drug with a 50-50 chance of working. Two months later, she was in remission and has been cancer-free ever since. While the cancer was no longer a problem in her life, her leg still was. She had cement spacers implanted in her leg for almost 10 years to deal with the infection and spent nine years on the highest-strength antibiotic. “I never thought I’d walk again – ever,” she said. Pat wasn’t sure she would be a good candidate for a prosthetic due to concerns about atrophied muscles
“The hardest part was learning to put the leg on,” she said. Now, she can do the three-step process – first, a silicone sleeve, then a stocking, then the leg itself – in five minutes or fewer. Pat goes to physical therapy on campus three times a week, working with Masonic Village physical therapists on balance, mobility and other skills.
“It makes such a difference. When I first went into therapy, I could only walk 30 feet – about the distance from the bedroom to the kitchen,” she said. “To have that resource here is phenomenal.” Pat’s prosthetic leg has not just impacted her physically. It has given her an entirely different outlook. “It’s like a whole new life all over again,” she said. MasonicVillages.org
Jim (far left) with friends and fellow residents in downtown Philadelphia.
The Best Move LITTLE DID A YOUNG JIM HEIDLER KNOW when he was visiting his grandfather at the Masonic Home, then located at 3333 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, how much the fraternity would influence his future.
Jim spent his youth actively involved with the Boy Scouts, and he saw many fellow scouters join the Masonic fraternity. He became a Mason 63 years ago and continues to enjoy attending lodge and the friends he’s kept, including some dating back to his scouting days. After retiring as a telephone company employee, Jim looked around his two-story house, located beside a golf course, and decided it was time to move somewhere better suited to his future needs, while giving him more time to be active and serve his community. Seven years ago, he toured Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill and an apartment on the ground floor with a view of a putting green.
The Masonic Home relocated in 1976 to its current site in Montgomery County and was re-named Masonic Village in 2004. Now a resident of the Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill, Jim thinks back to those visits with his grandfather. Even then, he knew there was something special about the care Masons provided.
“It worked out perfectly,” he said. “I’ve even started a golf group, and we putt every Monday night. You come here and meet people. You never eat by yourself, and the activities – there is as little or as much as you want. I go to the fitness center and bike, and I still like to walk. There are a lot of trails around here. I broke my ankle and was able to get physical therapy here. They did a good job.”
“My grandfather was treated well,” Jim said. “Now I see every day how nice residents are treated and how they enjoy being here.”
Masonic Village fits his active lifestyle and his generous spirit. He has plenty of time to focus on the backpack project he has helped coordinate for the last seven years
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as a volunteer with the Telephone Pioneers of America. He and other volunteers use money awarded through a grant to buy backpacks and collect donations of school supplies for kids living in the inner city who may otherwise go without such items. “We get a nice response from the kids,” he said. “They send thank you notes and you know they appreciate it.” Jim’s generous spirit carries over to his support of the Masonic Villages. In addition to his grandfather receiving care at the Masonic Home, several of his friends attended the Patton Masonic School for Boys, a former trade school near the campus of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown. He also witnesses Masonic Villages’ Mission of Love every day. “One nice thing, once you’re in here, you know you’re going to be here for life. People run out of money, but they’re still taken care of,” he said.
“It makes me want to give to an organization that I know is worthwhile and is taking care of people. I realize it can be a big expense to take care of all the residents and all the buildings. The Masonic Villages are well run. Being associated with Masons, you know where the money is going. Other groups, you don’t know.”
Leave a Legacy of Love A will or living trust that includes one or more of the Masonic Charities as a charitable beneficiary can be structured in a variety of ways. You can elect to leave one or more of the Masonic Charities a specific dollar amount. Or, you can set a percentage of the total value of your estate, or the remainder of your estate, to go to one or more Masonic Charities after you have provided for family and friends. You also may choose to make an unrestricted gift, which gives the Masonic Charities maximum flexibility to use your gift where it will have the most impact. We recommend you or your legal advisor contact the Office of Gift Planning to obtain the appropriate legal language you plan to use in your will or trust document. Out of appreciation to donors considering a bequest to Masonic Charities, our licensed staff attorney may offer complimentary assistance in providing a general overview of your plans and advise you on how to prepare for a meeting with your own attorney.
Jim chose to give through his will, knowing his money is going where he wants and where it can do the most good.
Your will is a written document that directs your assets to the people and causes you care about, executed in accordance with the formalities required by state law.
“For me, I know Masonic Village is going to take care of me, so why shouldn’t I leave them money?” he said. “I live here, and I see where it goes and what it’s being used for. You see it every day. People here, the staff and management, are very nice to you. I want to make sure they can keep doing it.”
A revocable living trust can hold a majority of your assets during your lifetime, and it directs where the trust assets go later. This document can become the instrument by which your assets are distributed at your death, in essence acting like a will. Plus, assets in a living trust bypass the probate process. For more information about including one or more of the Masonic Charities in your will or living trust, please fill out the enclosed business reply envelope or contact the Office of Gift Planning at 1-800-599-6454 or giving@MasonicCharitiesPa.org. MasonicVillages.org
QTY ITEM Bleiler Caring Cottage 10 Folding chairs 1 Sharp sweeper Camping trip Masonic Children’s Home 1 Indoor flag stand 1 Electronic equipment 1 Sports equipment 1 Day trip Masonic Village at Dallas 1 Gazebo Masonic Village at Elizabethtown Tickets to local baseball game for hospice patients 50 Special meal service events for residents Mobility shuttle rides Fluoride treatments Local restaurant gift certificates Hair care service gift certificates Smart DVD player 1 Clothing gift certificates Massages or Healing Touch for pain 20 Wheelchair ponchos 12 Portable CD players Hospitality cart supplies for hospice Transportation for hospice patients Wellness center memberships Special events trip 10 Jigsaw puzzle spinner and stand WiFi (semi-annual service fee) 3 Wheelchairs 8 iPads 23 Specialty wheelchairs Week at the shore 4 Blanket warmers 1 Health Services Response team vehicle Masonic Village at Lafayette Hill Winter Gala event Drama lessons/activities for residents Masonic Village at Sewickley 8 Trash/linen carts 3 Vital Sign Towers/Personal Care 10
Beds and mattresses
UNIT COST $30 $225 $5,000 $300 $500 $500 $1,000 $5,000 $13 $15 $15 $20 $20 $25 $50 $50 $65 $75 $85 $100 $100 $120 $150 $200 $225 $240 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,800 $15,000 $1,250 $3,000 $350 $2,000 $2,500
1 It’s Never 2 Late (computer system) Masonic Village at Warminster
Wheelchair scale Stand-up/Hoyer lift with scale
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2019 WISH LIST
You can make a difference in the lives of our residents! Thanks to those who have provided for the following items: Bleiler Caring Cottage Elaine K. Bleiler: Activities and vacations Masonic Village Piecemakers Quilting Club: Activities Masonic Village Rooster Woodshop: Activities Walter C. and Susan Service, III: Sharp Sweeper Masonic Children’s Home Ronald A. and Judy A. McKnight: Various items Dorothyann M. Rowland: Sports equipment Masonic Village at Elizabethtown Ted J. and Alice S. Ackroyd: Gift cards Stuart L. Brown: Quilt barn project Maureen Cornell: Hair care gift certificate H. Lawrence and Wendy H. Culp, Jr.: Blanket warmer and electric lift recliner Timothy M. Desalis, III: Hair care service gift certificate Rosemary M. Merwin: Golf cart for hospice and mechanical therapy pets Masonic Village at Sewickley Dorothyann M. Rowland: Shower chairs There is an all-inclusive wish list posted on MasonicCharitiesPA.org, or feel free to contact the Office of Gift Planning at 1-800-599-6454. Please note that if funds donated for any item listed are over-subscribed, the funds will be used for additional wish list items or needs in the same service area.
Thanks to Our Donors The following memorial gifts were made Aug. 1 - Oct. 31, 2018. Below is a list of individuals (names shown in blue) whose loved ones have made a gift in their memory to one of the five Masonic Villages. We have taken great care to ensure the accuracy and thoroughness of the names listed below. If an error has been made, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at 1-800-599-6454; 717-367-1121, ext. 33430; or by emailing email@example.com. Thank you.
Memorial Gifts John and Audell Adams Sam and Frances Cole John T. Adkinson Cheryl Adkinson Marjorie Anderson Karen Borland Ronald C. Anderson Carol Anderson Jim Andrews Ginny Andrews Samuel J. Astorino Doric Lodge No. 630 Beverly A. Baker George Baker William Baker Jane Baker William Barrett Ken and Elaine Bleiler William H. Bartle Howard and Larene Castor Patricia Anne Baxter Jane Johnston Terry Lance Beckley Cal Knee Erla M. Beddow Hugh Beddow Stanley W. Beller Hackenburg Mount Moriah Lodge No. 19 Mark C. Benedict Doric Lodge No. 630 Joyce M. Benfield Andrew and Doris Zelez Anne R. Berlin Ken and Elaine Bleiler Bryan and Eileen Hill Scottie Kalnins Margaret “ Peggy” Bertrand Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc. Don Bosserman Bryan and Eileen Hill Donald L. Brainerd Doric Lodge No. 630 Donald and Mary Lou Keller Evelyn L. Briel Irene Van Tassel James and Helen Brookhart Don and Pat March Frederick G. “Fred” Carlson Dave and Toni Collick Bryan and Eileen Hill Anne Ketchum Barbara Zell Richard and Margaret Case Sylvia and Dennis Ulion Gaylon Cathcart Michael and Barbara Cathcart Philip H. Chamberlin Alice Chamberlin Andrew G. Charles, Jr. Willaline Charles Charles Chew Raymond and Nancy Betz Ken and Elaine Bleiler Doris Ecklund Robert and Marilyn Forney Paul and Lynn Gawel Grace Hepford Bryan and Eileen Hill
Charles Chew Jerry and Pat Kemmerer Joseph and Jeanne McIntyre Michael and Carmen McKee Linda Miller Susan Ostermueller Mary Jane and Frederick Sample Julia Siipple Audrey Stroup Jim and Mary Ellen Tarman Whitey and Arlene Von Nieda Carl and Neda Mae Wert Ann Wildasin Vance J. Cole Sam and Frances Cole Carolyn A. Connor Vincent Connor Edward L. Corkwell Franklin-St. John’s Trinity Lodge No. 221 Frederick Cornell Maureen Cornell F. Peggy Correnti Charles Correnti Chester T. Cyzio Joan Schwiker Edwin F. Davies, Sr. Edwin and Bernice Davies Chester A. and Marian E. Derk, Sr. Chester and Barbara Derk Jim Donnon John and Joan Groves Charles D. Drace Bryan and Eileen Hill Doris Elanjian Paul Elanjian Albert B. Elway, Jr. Franklin-St. John’s Trinity Lodge No. 221 James T. English Margery English Jimmie G. Erwin Jimmie and Barbara Erwin, Jr. Yvonne Fafata Robert Fafata Thelma M. and Arthur Fagan Arthur and Patricia Fagan Doris Fagan Volpe Friendship Chapter No. 551, O.E.S. John W. Ferguson Franklin-St. John’s Trinity Lodge No. 221 Glen David Fisher John and Barbara Kolchin Barbara L. Frantz Robert Frantz Rodney Gartner Sherwood Lennartson Mary E. and Russell B. Gehris Marilyn Sheldon Donald Geyer Bruce and Joan Howarth Walter O. Goehring Robert and Norma Goehring Leon A. Gray Jane Johnston Henry W. Graybill, Jr. Marianne Bacon Raymond and Nancy Betz Shirley Kurtz Ruth M. “Rusty” Miller Terry Moore and Denise Caffrey Leland Green Palestine-Roxborough Lodge No. 135 MasonicVillages.org
Glen K. Griffith Bertram and Patsy Griffith Despina Grimes Carl and Neda Mae Wert Martin J. Grochowski Marion Grochowski Evelyn O. Guffey Robert Guffey Barbara Hadley William Gilmore Mahlon E. Hariu Raymond and Nancy Betz Felix I. Harper Richard and Gail Scott-Harper Conrad J. Hart, Jr. Doric Lodge No. 630 Ruth H. Hasenauer Steve and Olive Breece Conrad Weiser Chapter No. 449, O.E.S. Karl and Mary Ellen Geschwindt Hamburg-Schuylkill Valley Association of School Retirees Brenda Hartman Mary Jane Keim Chris and Deb Lidle Tracy and Bill Pond Richard and Marie Schaeffer Barry Lee Hassinger Joan Hassinger William O. Henney Janet Henney Francis and Dolores Herman Martin Herman Arthur J. Hicks, Jr. Joy and Ron Hoffman Charles and Loretta Hill James and Mary Hill Virgie Hoffer Glenn and Ruth Hoffer Daniel Hoover Dallas Hoover Delmer L. Hoover Dallas Hoover E. Dale Hornberger Whitey and Arlene Von Nieda William B. Hornberger John and Cindy Hornberger John F. and Violet J. Hull Glenn Hull David and Alicia Hunsberger Timothy and Fay Pletcher Paul J. Ickert McKinley-Stuckrath Lodge No. 318 Helen M. Jaymes Carl Jaymes George Jerome Dennis and Kathleen Jerome Irene L. Jochen Albert Jochen Gerald E. Johns Irmgard Johns George B. Jones Franklin-St. John’s Trinity Lodge No. 221 Raymond Keener Dale and Gail Stump Paul H. Keiser Dorothy Keiser Barbara Kennedy David and Eileen Patrick Claire Longenecker Kestler Beverly Schweitzer Gladys Kitchen Richard Kitchen Albert and Mary Kling Albert and Glee Kling Stanley P. Koehler David and Helen Hughes, III Louis P. Kuppless Houseman Lodge No. 211 Claude R. Leh Whitfield Lodge No. 622 Patricia Lehman Paul Lehman Donald E. Levine Marcia Levine Harris Levine Marcia Levine Charles P. Ley and Lillian M. Ley Charles Ley Dominick Lizzi David and Alda Lizzi Norman Lock Joan Lock
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Harry K. Longenecker Vicki Gillmore Doris Longenecker Joan Lyons Robert Lyons Kenneth and Pauline March Don and Pat March Lawrence A. Marks Geraldine Marks Ned A. Masenheimer Phyllis Masenheimer Marie Massa Michael and Rebecca Maxwell Byron McCollum Craig and Barbara McCollum Mr. and Mrs. Roland Messick John and Marguerite Ziegler Dorothy Meszaros Kenneth and Rebecca Reigle Paul E. Meyers Donald Meyers William H. Miller Donald and Shirley Miller Harry S. Mills Skip and Elizabeth Mills E. Joy Moore Lisa Rohde Wilbur J. Morrison Whitfield Lodge No. 622 R. M. Mullis James Thompson Gertrude Myers Charles Myers William E. Myers Houseman Lodge No. 211 Eldon Nelson Harold and Ann Hegarty Nate Newcomer Wally and Sandi Young James C. Nickle Thomas and Terry Kamerzel John A. Novak McKinley-Stuckrath Lodge No. 318 James N. Orwig Audrey Orwig George Ovington, III Edwin and Bernice Davies Our Parents Nick and Ellen Kiefer Donald Patent Palestine-Roxborough Lodge No. 135 A. K. Patterson Kenneth and Jane Patterson Florence G. “Winkie” Peet Carol L. Aeberli Amy and Jim Crist Gary and Bonnie Devlin Doone, Evan, Lehman, McCarthy, Moon and O’Connell Families Roy and Audrey Gordon Bob Hamburg Carol and Dave Hart Scott Hess Dorothy Johnson Kenneth and Carol Neifert Robert and Judith Shust Lauren and Russ Weber David and Diane Zinsner Harold Pennick William and Jean Hill H. Stanley Redline Duane and Doris Redline Ronald Reibie Jerry and June Cronenweth Berneice Reigle Kenneth and Rebecca Reigle Rena Renshaw Ron and Coleen Renshaw Harold W. Rice Suzanne Rice Clarence B. Richwine David and Carol Richwine David L. Riggle Brenda Riggle Quentin J. River Paul and Jane Kinsey
Betty Jane Rodisch Stephen and Christine O’Kane James Rodisch and Betsy DeAngelo Lynda Rodisch and The Knudson Family Ross Rogers, Jr. Doric Lodge No. 630 William C. Rowland Dorothyann Rowland Howard Rugh Barry and Joan Rugh Virginia “Jeannie” R. Satterthwaite Margery English Jane Johnston Allen and Dawn Needham Sheryle Tayloe David M. Schirm, Sr. David Schirm John P. Schneider Ronald and Angela Schneider Herman H. Schoch Houseman Lodge No. 211 Mary Lou Scholl June and David Nimick Jabez A. and Jennie C. Seamens Howard and Donna Seamens John J. Serdy, Sr. Jack and Jerrie Serdy John M. Shaud, Jr. Mary Shaud George B. Sheasley Anna Sheasley Dolores Sheehan Patricia Platz Lillian Shera William and Jean Hill Albert E. Shipley Barbara Shipley Dolores F. Shott Thomas Shott Millie Sinopoli Henry and Jocelyn Sinopoli Pauline Spangler Delbert and Fern Skinner Myrl and Earl Speicher George and Sandra Martin Arthur and Dorothy Spickler Paul and Christiana Fauser Bill Stackhouse Walter and Susan Service
William (Bill) Starrett Anna Lewis James H. Staver, Jr. Nellie Staver Carol Stephenson Sherwood Lennartson Charles E. Stiles Beatrice Stiles Barbara Brandt Stoner Walter Stoner Frank J. Storar Doric Lodge No. 630 Stormy Walter and Jill Kudas Ivan Sucic Thomas and Shirley Ann Sucic Charles Thomas William and Jamie Spero Michael Thomas The Sturgeon Family Allen S. VanSant Houseman Lodge No. 211 Mary Emily (Patton) Vint Beatrice Barrett Connie and David Girard-diCarlo John Girard-diCarlo Mary and Joe Leshay Kathleen Miller Karen Patton Bruce Schermerhorn Lee Steuber Miriam S. Waller Lynette Waller Herman and Blanche Walters David and Alice Bechtel E. Nelson Weir Bruce Weir Alan B. Weiser Alvin and Iris Goodman Walter Wright Raymond and Nancy Betz Michael F. Zagger Franklin-St. John’s Trinity Lodge No. 221 Charles I. Zentner Hackenburg Mount Moriah Lodge No. 19
Honorarium Gifts The following honorarium gifts were made Aug. 1 - Oct. 31, 2018. Below is a list of individuals (names shown in blue) whose loved ones have made a gift in their honor to one of the five Masonic Villages. Robert A. Betz David Bowen Mallory L. Brinser Joanne DiBattista Clark Hayes Kenneth C. March Helen Mathias Harry R. McCarty Tracy H. Miller
Richard Temple Forrest and Dorothy Shadle James Rodisch and Betsy DeAngelo Anthony DiBattista Theodore Hervol Don and Pat March Paul Lehman Ken and Elaine Bleiler Sherwood Lennartson
Betty L. Nickle Jonathan Noel Nursing Staff, Roosevelt 2 Esther Scheuermann Stephanye Smith Jeanne Marie Ulmer A. Preston Van Deursen Dorothy L. Webster
Thomas and Terry Kamerzel James Rodisch and Betsy DeAngelo James Rodisch and Betsy DeAngelo Martin and Gabriele Bayer Heath Mackley Anne Lauer Stuart and Barbara Brown James Rodisch and Betsy DeAngelo George and Loretta Boettger
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