Masons, Eastern Star Provide Help To Children

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The project closest to Mason Richard Skoglund's heart is Clothe-a-Child.

"To see those little kids' smiling faces when they get new clothes and jackets is so neat. Those kids are great and they appreciate the things," Skoglund said.

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Nancy Bradley and Dee Glaser prepare dessert at a joint meeting of the Masons and the Eastern Star.

He has been a Mason for going on 23 years in Sedona and Payson.

"I think we helped 36 children last year and spent more than $100 per child," he said. "Wal-Mart contributes to the fund, but we spent a lot of our own money."

Mason and Eastern Star members took children to Wal-Mart on their shopping spree.

Books for Bikes is a program where the Masons give shiny new bikes to elementary students as a reward for reading.

On some projects, the Masons work with the Eastern Star, on some the groups work individually.

The Eastern Star supplies hygiene baskets to women in the Time Out Shelter.

They donated 50 teddy bears in Spring 2007 at auxiliary fire departments in Rim Country so when firemen went out on calls with children they could give away the comfort bears.

"We have also made donations to the hospital for sick children," Worthy Matron Marjorie Winemiller said.

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Children are the recipients of new bicycles as a reward for reading in the Masons' Books for Bikes program.

Payson Masons F. & A.M. #70 and Order of the Eastern Star, chapter 64

Founded: Blue Lodge of Masons founded 1973

Eastern Star: 1975

Officers: Richard Skoglund is Lodge Master

Marjorie Winemiller is the Worthy Matron of Eastern Star

Purpose: Masons study Masonic traditions and acknowledge their obligation and commitment to God and the community.

Contact info: (928) 474-1305

How to join: New members must have a familial relationship with a Mason. Contact a Mason for membership details.

Meeting day, time and place: The Masons meet 7 p.m., Tuesdays and the Eastern Star meets the first and third Mondays except July and Aug.

The Masonic Lodge located at 200 E. Rancho Road in Payson.

Contributions to community over the past three decades:

Books for Bikes, Clothe-a-Child, Shriner's Hospitals, holiday parades for fun and to commemorate veterans and local essay contests for scholarships for graduating seniors.

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