The Board of Directors are appointed by the Right Worshipful Grand Master and are proud to serve our fraternity under his direction.
Dave Matheny, P.M.Co-Chairman West
Bill SolowayCo-Chairman East
Heart Transplant Recipient 2015.
Larry DerrRight Worshipful Senior Grand Warden and Liaison to the Grand Master
Bill Bittinger, P.M.Trustee
Tim Radtke, P.M.Trustee
John Shoop, P.M.Trustee
Larry Biloto D.D.G.M.Treasurer/Interim Secretary
Organ Donor Ambassadors
The Organ Donor Ambassador’s each have a personal connection to life saving organ transplantation.
If you would like to communicate with them about their journey. Just click on the link below their name.
Bob BaurGift of Life
I am a proud donor dad. My daughter Kellie passed away on January 6th 2014. Because of her selflessness as an organ donor, three lives were saved. Our family honors her memory by participating in the Donor Dash every year and also by providing dinners at the Family House through the Home Cook Heroes. I also drive the shuttle taking recipients and their families to and from the hospitals.
Bruce EdwardsGift of Life
Cornea Recipient, Donor Father, Son Living Donor
Doug Fink Gift of Life
Living Donor Kidney
Double Lung Recipient
In 2016, our Pastor told the congregation that a family member in our church was in desperate need of a living kidney donor. My wife just looked over at me at that moment and said she felt a calling telling her to help them. They had already lost 3 of their children and she wanted to do what she could so it didn’t happen again. We had become close to the family over the years.
So, she went through the testing process only to find out that she wasn’t a match. Fortunately, John’s Hopkins has a paired donation program and they asked her if she’d be willing to donate to a complete stranger in the program which in turn would give her original recipient a chance at getting a kidney. We talked about it and decided that she should do it.
Fast forward through all of the testing to February of 2018, nearly 2 years later and they not only found her match, but her original recipient a match too. So, on March 1, 2018, she donated her kidney and a few hours later in the same hospital, our friend received his.
A few months later, we found out that 4 people received a kidney from her donation. She is doing well and our friend has a second chance. He is doing very well and loving life.
John RigioneGift of Life
In February of 2015 my Stepson passed away of a Brain Aneurysm. He managed to save 6 people with his generous gift. At 24 years old he still had a whole life to live but with his beliefs in giving to others, his tragedy became a story of triumph. As a Mason we strive to make a good man better and we are bound to give of ourselves without putting ourselves into a bind. I can think of no better way to fore fill this obligation then through Organ Donation. I belong to Portland Lodge 311 in the 50th Masonic district. Please feel free to reach out to me for ways in which we can spread the information about donation. My home program is Gift of Life due to the area I serve. I welcome the opportunity to come and speak about my experiences as a Donor family as well as all the good this program can do.
Bill SolowayGift of Life
I became involved in organ donation when my wife, Carol, received a living kidney donation from her brother Mike in 1993. Carol survived for 26 years until she succumbed to a heart attack in February of 2019. The quality of Carol’s life was excellent with support from her transplant team, initially at the University of Minnesota Hospital where the transplant was performed, right up to her passing when she had been supported by the excellent staff at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA.
Since Carrol’s transplant her older brother and our niece have also had kidney transplants both from living donors who are life-long friends. We have witnessed the miracle of organ transplantation three times and consider ourselves blessed. There is no greater gift than the gift of life from a friend/living donor. I believe in this miracle and desire to share with the world what a wonderful experience we have had with organ donation, “The Gift of Life.”
District Blood Chairmen are appointed by the District Deputy Grand Master of the district to oversee Masonic Blood Drives and assist the lodges in their respective districts as required.