OLD FRIENDS, SPECIAL MEMORIES
WEST VIRGINIA MASONIC HOME
A big piece of history was moored on the Ohio River at nearby Marietta, Ohio, in September. And when we say big, we mean 50 feet by 328 feet, with a capacity of about 2900 tons.
It was a visit by the last intact, operational World War II LST in the United States. Kenny Winans made it the opportunity to give his buddy Jimmy Hines an early pre-sent for his 84th birthday November 19. Both men are members of Mount Olivet Lodge 3, and Jimmy is now a resident of the WV Masonic Home.
Jimmy served his Navy time on one of the amphibious crafts designated LST (Landing Ship, Tank). Kenny, Jim-my’s friend of more than 70 years, made arrangements with the crew of the visiting USS LST-325 to make sure he could take Jimmy on Board in his wheelchair.
Both men went to WWII straight from high school. While Jimmy went to the Navy, Kenny found himself in a group of Navy recruits who “volunteered” to switch and make up the shortfall on the Marine recruiter’s roster.
Most LST’s were used to land tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores, but Jimmy’s LST-963, known as “The Sphinx,” was a repair ship. When the giant pas-sageway to its hold was open, as many as 20 tanks at a time could be taken in for repairs. Jimmy was a Store-keeper, which means he maintained the inventory and issued the repair parts needed.
Kenny said that when the two of them went to Marietta, he couldn’t get Jimmy onto the top deck. “But I got him down to the tank deck, which was where he worked. I got him right down to the door of the storeroom.”
The USS LST-325’s home port is Evansville, Ind., at the USSLST Memorial Museum. The ship cruised from Evansville to Pittsburgh, PA, for the Amphibious Reunion in Pittsburgh in September. It stopped on the way back from Pittsburgh to take part in the annual Sternwheel Festival at Marietta.
Kenny says of his lifelong friendship with Jimmy: “We were in school and Boy Scouts together, and then it turned out that the women we married knew each other. Plus, we were both postal carriers. We did have a few years when we didn’t see each other quite so much, but the big reconnection later, after the kids were grown? That’s been the Masons.”
It Takes A Long Time to Grow An Old Friend!
“The big re-connection later, after the kids were grown? That‟s been the Masons.”
Kenny Winans (Standing) with long time friend Jimmy Hines
The Class Act Clogging Team has made its debut at The West Virginia Masonic Home and will be returning for at least two encores.
Their first appearance—in Septem-ber—featured six of the team‟s mem-bers, ranging in age from 10 year-old Carli Eakle to their oldest member, Roy Martin. He told the audience, “I was born in 1922. You can do the math.”
The group provides clogging perfor-mances, lessons and workshops throughout the area, and creates rou-
tines that are done to a variety of tra-ditional and contemporary music tapes. At The Home, they danced on temporary masonite flooring to allow the rhythms of their tap shoes to re-sound.
“That‟s amazing,” Teresa Holbert said as she glanced out a window of The Home during their performance. She was seeing half a dozen wild turkeys strutting through the yard. “I was just getting ready to announce that „Turkey in the Straw‟ is our next num-ber. And there they are!”
Class Act also is scheduled to per-form in October and for a special Christmas program on Monday, December 13. Staff and residents‟ families and friends are invited to the performances.
Kickin’ It Up
Heart Association Heart saver CPR cards earned by the staff.
Two sessions of training were led by R.D. “Randy” Flinn (Vienna Lodge 172), a para-medic, EMT and CPR instruc-tor certified by Region 5 RE-SA, the Regional Education Services Agency. Randy is
assistant manager of Station 24 of Life Ambulance Ser-vice. He was accompanied by Life Ambulance Station 24‟s manager, Don Durochia, who is also a RE-SA-certified CPR instructor.
Aides, LPN‟s and Certified Medical Assistants at the West Virginia Masonic Home re-ceived training in adult CPR and choking in September.
The training was provided free of charge by Life Ambulance Service. The Masonic Home paid the fees for the American
DUMMIES HAVE THE SPOT LIGHT IN THIS CLASS
The Home has received a $1,300 check from the Grand Master’s 2010 Golf Outing, with the proceeds going to The Home’s Sunshine Fund.
The Sunshine Fund is a special account at The West Virginia Masonic Home. It is set aside from day-to-day expenses and is used to bring a smile, provide a treat, sponsor a day trip, or buy the necessary ingredients for a good party.
The possibilities are endless, really, but the goal Is always the same: to give the residents a break from routine and to remind them that there’s still a little spark of fun that can come into their day. In so many ways, this is just as important as nutritious food, clean clothes and a safe, warm bed.
When you donate to The Home as an individual or as a Lodge, your money goes to this fund, unless you specify another purpose.
In addition, your suggestions for activities are welcome. The staff is always looking for new ways to make the time fly.
The Grand Master’s Golf “Sunshine” check will help the time fly.
The Miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it…. Mother Teresa
Don’t forget your Penny a Day
Harold E “Phil” Phillips, Jr, PM
Aurora 43, Newburg