Lodge News

Lodge 945 July News

July 3, 2019

Pysanky Workshop
A pysanky workshop, sponsored by Lodge 945 was held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church hall in Dunmore. There were 13 aspiring students who attended the workshop anxious to learn and demonstrate their artistic talents creating their pysanky Easter eggs. A light lunch and beverages were provided for the attendees. All participants had a wonderful time and are looking forward to another workshop next year.

Dunmore Nature Trail Spring Cleanup
Mother Nature had her own plans which forced the cancellation of the lodge’s annual spring cleanup at the Dunmore Nature Trail on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Lodge President Paul Dunda plans to reschedule the cleanup in the fall.

Community Matching Funds – Holy Annunciation Monastery
Special thanks to the parishioners of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Dunmore, and St. Mary & St. John Byzantine Catholic Churches in Scranton, PA for purchasing Lenten baked goods made by the Carmelite Nuns. Through the generosity of these parishes, Lodge 945 was able to present a check to Holy Annunciation Monastery in the amount of $938.74 utilizing the GCU Matching Funds Program for their fundraising event.

Parish Expansion Matching Funds
Lodge 945 assisted St. Stephen’s Byzantine Catholic Church in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania using the GCU’s Parish Expansion Matching Funds Program, to enhance the income the parish’s earned with their Lenten Pirohi Fundraising activities. A matching funds check in the amount of $3,000.00 was presented to the parish.
Taking off my Lodge 945 Publicity Director hat and putting on my GCU National Director hat, I implore each and every lodge officer and/or member aware of a sister Byzantine Catholic Church planning a fund raising event for the benefit of that Church to take advantage of the GCU Parish Expansion Matching Funds program. Byzantine Catholic churches that don’t have a GCU Lodge domiciled in the church are still eligible to receive up to $3,000.00 annually in Matching Funds from the GCU. GCU lodge officers aware of this should contact the pastor or event chairman to assist them in requesting for and securing funds available through the GCU Parish Expansion Matching Funds Program. For more information about this program, contact Basil Wahal at the Home Office at 724-683-3924 or by email at bwahal@GCUusa.com.

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Matching Funds
During the month of June and through July 20, Lodge 945 will conduct a Matching Funds event to benefit the animals sheltered at Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. Monetary donations and/or wish list items will be solicited. Monetary donations are to be made payable to GCU Lodge 945 and either mailed to the attention of George Kofel, 411 Reeves Street, Dunmore, PA 18512 or dropped off at St. Michael Byzantine Church hall in Dunmore, PA.
Wish list items include: Dry or wet cat and dog food, cat litter, Kong brand dog toys, cat toys, paper towels, plastic garbage bags (all sizes), bleach, brooms, buckets, disposable latex gloves and scrub brushes which can be dropped off at St. Michael Church hall either on Saturday evening between 4:30 and 6 PM, or Sunday morning between 8:30 and 11 AM. Please contact George Kofel at 570-241-2256 with any questions.