The Member, his spouse and all children up to 18 years of age. There are 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 and Organ Donor Program. 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 Program roster — we will process your request for blood replacement as described below.
Wait until you are out of the hospital and have received your bill and EOB. Send your (1) hospital bill, (2) insurance explanation of benefits (EOB) and (3) proof of payment to the program secretary. His address is on the membership card. The program, at the discretion of the board, will assist the member with reimbursement for remaining out of pocket expenses incurred for blood and/or blood product transfusions after insurance. We do not cover processing or administration fees.
If you know of a Masonic Widow who is not a member of this Program, 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 program — see form below.
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.