St. Lawrence Masonic Charities Annual Citrus Sale


By Scott Atkinson

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

February 4, 2013

Location: St. Lawrence County


Event Description

News Release / Public Service Announcement / Community Event

CONTACT PERSON: John Schneider,
Secretary, St. Lawrence Masonic Charities
(315) 250-1765

Orders by February 15

The Masons are known for their supposed secrets, but did you know that they have a long tradition of charitable works? Masonic Lodges in St. Lawrence County have been in existence for almost two hundred years. They were begun by Masons settling here from other areas; a diverse group of men who are bound together with the common goal of improving themselves and the world around them. They moved west from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and other areas to settle the frontier woods and rivers of our region; good people working together to begin building new communities. They individually and collectively built, through funding and hard work, community projects including homes, churches and schools, and provided means for recreation, gathering, and organization in the young towns and villages.

Throughout their existence, Masons of New York have continued to work toward building and supporting our communities in many ways. St. Lawrence Masonic Charities was formed over 30 years ago to assist local organizations and individuals in need. The group is comprised of all eleven active Masonic Lodges in St. Lawrence County, and their support comes from the various fundraising activities, donations, and hard work of their members.

St. Lawrence Masonic Charities philanthropy includes funding for some Masonic endeavors as well. Equipment and supplies are purchased for the popular New York Masonic Safety ID Program and Masonic Blood Drives, held free of charge in local schools and at public events throughout the county, which are manned by many of the same Masons who help with fundraising. Other charities include storm relief centers, libraries, historical associations, and many more. The organization holds two major fundraisers per year, the Apple Sale in the fall and the Citrus Sale in February.

This year’s Masonic Citrus Sale is now in progress. Lodges in each community are taking orders for boxes of Naval Oranges, Florida Temples, and Red Grapefruit for delivery in early March. An annual favorite is the Citrus Sampler, which holds 24 Navel Oranges and 12 Red Grapefruit for only $29.00. A new, smaller box of California Naval oranges is being sold this year, ¼ bushel for $15.00. The other citrus is sold by the 2/5 bushel carton, and includes California Navels for $19.00, Florida Temples for $17.00, and Florida Grapefruit for $18.00.

Orders will be taken until February 15th. Once the orders are tallied and sent to the distributor, a delivery date is set, and the Masons organize to unload and distribute the fruit. Delivery is expected on March 2nd. All this is organized by the dozens of dedicated volunteer Masons throughout the area.

Your purchase of citrus will go a long way to assist the Masons in building and strengthening our community. To order your fruit, contact any Mason or Lodge in St. Lawrence County, or any of the following members:

Massena: John Schneider 250-1765
Everett Hampton 769-3282
Norwood/Norfolk/ Brasher: Howard Busch 328-4933
Parishville: Glenn Collins 265-9196
Colton: David Heidenreich 265-3271
Waddington: Phil Spadaccini 388-7805
Odgensburgh: Robert Barkley 393-7511
Edwards: Eli Tracy 347-2283
Gouverneur: Stephen Tharaldsen 287-4603
Canton: Dave Paradis 265-6979
Hammond: Tim Pitcher 324-5825

For more information about the various activities of the Masons and St. Lawrence Masonic Charities, ask any Mason or visit their website at

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