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Masonic lodge makes local charity contribution

Sep 08, 2020
Photo by: Carolyn Garratt-Reed From left, Jim Barstow, Doug Rackliff and Bob Munchbach hold the St. George Community Cupboard sign as Alane Kennedy poses with Tony Garratt-Reed in commemoration with this donation.

St. George — Eureka Lodge #84 of St. George recently presented a check for $2,000 to the St. George Community Development Corp. as a contribution towards the Community Cupboard.

The money was raised by this year's summer series of curbside crab meat roll luncheons, which the Lodge has been offering in Tenants Harbor, supplemented by a matching grant of $1,000 from the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, under its Community Betterment Grants program.

The luncheons, although run by the Masons, are a community effort — the crabs were caught by several local fishermen like Michael and Dennis Cushman, and were cooked and picked at Port Clyde Fresh Catch by arrangement with Glen Libby.

The dessert squares were baked and donated by members of Naomi Chapter #25, Order of the Eastern Star, and other Masonic wives. All contributions are welcome and needed. The Lodge would like to extend gratitude to community members for their support by purchasing crab meat rolls during these events, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summer crab meat luncheons, which started as a way to retire the debt after the re-roofing of the Lodge Hall several years ago, recently allowed the Lodge to make multiple donations to local causes, the most notable being the "Bikes for Books" program at the St. George School in 2019, which is planned to be repeated in 2021.

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