The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma and Altus Lodge No. 62 presented the Altus Armed Services YMCA with a $5,000 donation on Thursday, Aug. 1, during the ASYMCA monthly luncheon held for service members at Altus Air Force Base.
“The Masonry in Action Award is a contribution from a local lodge to a charitable organization in their community,” said Oklahoma Grand Master Brad Rickelman before AAFB servicemembers at the luncheon. “Your local lodge in Altus was awarded among all the large lodges in the State the ability to be able to provide to your local YMCA here on base because of the hard work they do. We’re delighted to be here to help you with that.”
“This donation is the answer to a prayer,” ASYMCA Executive Director Joan Wilcoxen said. “This will allow the Armed Services YMCA to continue our programs of outreach to junior enlisted military families of Altus Air Force Base through the end of the year. So we are so thankful and grateful.”
Wilcoxen introduced honored guests including Altus ASYMCA Board Chairman John Horschler, Vice Chairman Connie McQuinn, Secretary Cathy Stone, Treasurer Paul Wood, Mason Charity Foundation of Oklahoma Board President Charles Stuckey and Executive Director John Logan, and Lodge 62 Woshipful Master Don Wolford.
Wilcoxen also recognized Lodge Secretary Bobby Laws and ASYMCA Board Advisor Matt Litsch for their efforts in arranging the donation.
“These two men were instrumental in helping the Masons honor and award our armed services today,” Wilcoxen said.
Lodge No. 62 won the 2013 Masonry in Action Award for their outstanding effort to care for their members, impact their communities, and bring positive recognition to the Fraternity. Applications were received from 21 Lodges, and were scored based on participation in the Promises Matter, Matching Funds, and Public Education programs of the Foundation. Lodges competed in one of two divisions based on the number of lodge members.
The ASYMCA provides many services for Altus enlisted families including a washers and dryers program, Operation Warrior Care, Bowling for Airmen, Lunch Brunch, Airmen Against Drunk Driving, Spouses’ Coffee break, “Letters from the Heart,” Community Capacity Enhancement, special classes conducted, Deployed Warriors for Freedom Quilt, “Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On,” Woman’s Day Holiday Gift Baskets, and other programs and services.