Blood and Organ Donor Program

All Pennsylvania Masons are eligible for membership in the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Club. A donation of one unit of blood provides coverage for the immediate family. Please donate as often as you can — blood supply is a precious gift of life that only you can give.

Organ donation is another major issue that we address. If you have not previously signed an organ donor card, please consider doing so. We do NOT procure organs for members in need. Our purpose is to heighten awareness and to provide educational materials on the subject.

While we no longer require dues for membership in the Blood and Organ Donor Club, we still have operating expenses. Donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued support of this vital program.

Membership Information

The Member, his spouse and all children up to 18 years of age. No limitations on number of units of blood. No geographic limitations.
Open to all Pennsylvania Freemasons. Also open to Members of Pennsylvania Women’s groups having Masonic affiliation as a requirement for membership. Requirement of one donated unit of blood by the applicant or by a substitute. There is no monetary obligation for membership. Widows of all Pennsylvania Freemasons are automatically covered, upon application, without the required one unit of blood.
Members are registered under the name of the eligible member, regardless of who makes the actual blood donation. Wives and minor children are covered under that name, unless the wife registers under her membership in an affiliated women’s group. There is no need to give a membership number when you donate blood. You can tell them you are donating for the Masonic Blood Donor Club. Some blood centers keep a record and others do not. It doesn’t affect you either way. Your membership will be renewed automatically, and we trust that you or a substitute donor will give blood when you are physically able. Membership cards generally are produced once a year, in mid-March. You don’t need to show your card to anyone — it is enough to be on the Club roster — we will process your request for blood replacement as described below.
Inform the hospital that the patient is a Member of the Masonic Blood Club of Pennsylvania. This is normally all that is needed. If the hospital bills the patient for the blood, DO NOT PAY FOR THE UNITS. The patient is responsible for the administration of the blood, but not the blood itself. The administrative costs are normally covered by insurance. Contact the Secretary of the Blood Club (his address is on the Membership Card), giving him the date of the procedure, the name of the patient and place where the procedure was done, plus any other pertinent information. The Secretary will arrange to have the required units of blood replaced. If another bill is received showing the same charges, they can be ignored. This is because there may be an overlap in billing cycles. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for the payment of hospital bills to catch up with their billing department. If more bills are received after the passage of 6 weeks, call the Blood Club Secretary for follow-up.
If you know of a Masonic Widow who is not a member of this Club, please print out the membership form included here and encourage her to join, without the requirement of providing one unit of blood. It is a benefit of her husband’s membership in the Masonic Fraternity. Masonic youth group members are also now eligible for membership in the club — see form below.
We are pleased to announce that any Blood Drive sponsored by a PA Lodge or appendant Masonic organization or Masonic youth group, will qualify that organization to designate for each blood unit collected, a gift of $10 to a Masonic Charity (501(c)3 classification) of their choice, if pre-approved by this committee. Use the request form below to sign up for this program.

Organ Donation Information

Almost anyone can be eligible to donate organs and possibly tissues. An age limit is not specified for organ donation, though the age limit for tissues is 60; however, suitability for donation is determined at the time of death. The final decision for using organs or tissues rests with the transplant candidate’s physicians.
Heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver, intestines, and at times, stomach, are the organs that can be donated. Tissues that can be donated include corneas to restore sight, skin to heal burns, and bone and ligaments to repair bone and joints damaged by cancer or trauma. Heart valves and tendons also may be donated.
No. Families who donate are not charged for the donation, nor is the donor’s estate.
No. Donation typically does not delay funeral arrangements nor does it prevent an open casket viewing. Organs and tissues are recovered in an operating room with a surgical procedure that does not disfigure the body.
Leaders of major religions support donation or have made it clear that the decision to donate is a personal one that should be discussed with family members.

Once a family has consented to donation, the donor’s height, weight and blood type are entered into a computer tied into the national database operated by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN). After the information is entered, the OPTN computer generates a list of individuals awaiting transplants who best match the donor’s blood and body size. Medical urgency and the amount of time on a waiting list also play an integral role in determining who receives an organ.

A patient’s race, gender, age, celebrity status, or income are not considered when deciding who receives an organ. Also, most costs associated with transplantation are covered by private insurance or Medicare.

Under Pennsylvania law, drivers now are given the opportunity to place the donor designation directly on the license; however, it also is wise to sign the two-part donor card available below.
  1. Sign and carry the middle portion of the donor card found below, and return the bottom portion to the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia.
  2. Share with your family the information contained on this website and your decision to be a donor.