Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Masons for Diabetic Youth

Sharon Lodge No. 104, Willmar, had its 31st annual chow mein dinner on Sunday, May 3 at the Willmar Junior High School. the photo shows me, ready to chow down on chow mein, with, from left to right, Sr Warden Tom Gilbertson, yours truly, Master Bill Bannon and Jr Warden Ron Rosenboom.

31 years ago, Brother Walt Gislason was approaced by a Willmar School teacher about assisting with the purchase of equipment and supplies for a student who had juvenile diabetes. Brother Walt reported back the next day that the lodge had turned down the request to provide one-half the cost of the equipment - they wanted to fund the entire cost! Thus was born Masons for Diabetic Youth.

Sharon Lodge has been so successful, and the technology for the testing equipment has become more reasonably priced, that they are not considering using part of the proceeds from the fundraiser for scholarships to Camp Needlepoint, a summer camp for diabetic youth.

A tip of the hat to Worshipful Master Bill Bannon, and the officers and brothers of Sharon Lodge for continuing this terrific project!