2023 Spring Issue



8100 Roosevelt Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19152



Officers and Directors 2023

M.E. Master Artisan

Carla Werner

Philadelphia #1

M.E. Superintendent

Helen Szafran

Philadelphia #1

M.E. Inspector

Kathy Schnauffer

Philadelphia #1

M.E. Conductor

Elizabeth DiLauro

Haddon #12

M.E. Sr. Master of Ceremonies

Agnes Flanagan

Philadelphia #1

M.E. Jr. Master of Ceremonies

Geri Davies

Philadelphia #1

M.E. Warder

Raeann Simmons

Philadelphia #1

M.E. Chaplain

Rev. Otto L. M. Lolk

Northwestern #54


Robert L. Adshead

Northwestern #54

Medical Director

Kimberly Kurtz

Philadelphia #1


Tod Davies, Jr.

St. John’s #28

Thomas A. DiLauro, PMEMA

Haddon #12

Patrick Ennis, PMEMA

St. John’s #28

Harry Flanagan, PMEMA

St. John’s #28

R. Eugene Geary, PMEMA

Northwestern #54

Dave Szafran, PMEMA

Northweastern #54

Bryan C. Werner, PMEMA

St. John’s #28

Website: www.artsansaomp.org

E-mail: Grafa2@aol.com

8100 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19115

Editor - Bryan Werner



Hello Brother and Sister Artisans;

  I can not believe that my term as your M.E.M.A. is already half way over, the time has just flown by this past year. We have so many fun things to do this spring and summer with the Artisans. The 150th Anniversary dinner will be an event to remember. With two great shows and a fantastic dinner I am sure our members will have a fantastic time at this event. Our 76th annual Ocean City outing is almost here. Saturday will be a fun filled day that will start out with the St. John's pool party. After the pool party you will be able to go next door next door to the Castaway Cove Amusement pier and enjoy 2 hours of rides and fun. Finally we end the day with our annual Miss Artisan pageant at the music pier.

Please make sure to read your Artisan and check our Facebook page and the Artisan website to keep up with all the upcoming activities and events.


Carla Werner - M.E.M.A.


Do you have an event planned, some news to report, or any other interesting bit of information that the membership might find interesting? Submit your articles and photographs to The Artisan!

All articles for publication in The Artisan must be submitted in Microsoft Word or in Word Perfect electronic format.

All articles may be edited. Articles should briefly explain the “Who, What, When and Where.”

Write your articles for the general membership who may not be familiar with your assembly, association or members. Readers will be most interested in major events, unusual events, ideas or other interesting information.

Material being sent for consideration for THE ARTISAN should be packaged (to protect photographs) and mailed to:

Artisans Order of Mutual Protection

8100 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19152

Attention: THE ARTISAN.

The copy deadlines are December 15 for the Winter Issue, March 15 for the Spring Issue, June 15 for the Summer Issue and September 15 for the Fall Issue.

The Artisans cannot assume any liability for the safe receipt of any materials submitted.


See attached flyers

The Golden Artisans had a great time at their meeting in March. The Goldens were celebrating St. Patricks Day with a lot of food and fun. If you are interested in joining the Golden Artisans or attending one of their trips please look at the attached flyers.

The Game nights at the Artisan Hall have been a big hit with members of all ages, 35 people attended the last one in March. The next game night will be held in September. Great Job Helen and Dave on setting up this fun filled activity.


Hello Juniors!


We have had a very exciting start to the New Year. We had a Valentine's craft day activity in which all of the Junior Artisans that attended made various Valentine crafts, had snacks and then were treated to fun time in the Artisans arcade. Recently we had the annual St. Johns Easter Egg Hunt. All of the Junior Artisans were given an Easter Egg bag to help collect the prize eggs they found hidden throughout the Hall. All of the eggs were filled with many kinds of candy. Some of the eggs even had surprise notes inside that entitled the Junior to a special surprise gift. After the hunt all of he Juniors were then treated to pizza and fun time in the arcade. To top the morning off we even had a special visit from the Easter Bunny, Peter Rabbit. All of the children and adults who attended this annual event had a great time.

We have the upcoming Ocean City weekend on June 9th thru the 11th. On Saturday you can enjoy the pool party, have fun on the rides next door at the Castaway Cove and finally, go to the music pier to watch the Miss Artisan pageant and show. I hope you can join us for this fun filled weekend. Tickets for the pier and mini golf will be available for sale at the office starting April 24th. Due to the problems with the post office all tickets must be picked up at the office.

We will be having our annual St. Johns Halloween event on Saturday October 28th, more details will be available online at a later date. Please check our website and Facebook page for details on all of our upcoming events. I hope to see everyone at our upcoming events.


                                                Fraternally yours,

                                                Helen Szafran, M.E.S.

St. Johns Easter Egg Hunt

A little bit of rain did not stop the annual St. Johns Easter Egg hunt from going on at the hall. Over 60 members attended this fun filled event. After the egg hunt, and a visit by the Easter Bunny, everybody was treated to a fun time in the game room where lunch was provided along with two hours of fun on the arcade games. A big shout out to Tod and Geri Davies for putting this fun filled event together.

Text Link

We have many talented Artisans among our ranks. Chase Matthews starred in the Delran high school production of Chicago. Chase will be attending College at the University of Central Florida this upcoming Fall.

Emma and Oliva Crosson, along with their dog Kirby, starred in their schools production of the Wizard of Oz.

Congratulations to Daniel Werner on making the Deans list, for the 4th year in a row, at Holy Family University.

Happy 96th Birthday

Congratulations go out to Samuel J. Price on reaching his milestone 96th birthday. Samuel has been a member of the Artisans for 75 years.

Text Link

Dutch Apple bus trip

A busload of Artisans went out to the Dutch Apple dinner theater in Lancaster to enjoy lunch and the musical Sister Act. It was a fun time and everyone enjoyed the show.

Text Link

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  YouTube


St. Johns Cruisers

There are several upcoming trips that the cruisers will be going on in the future. A cruise to Greenland in 2023 and another one to the Southern Caribbean in 2024 are two trips already booked. Keep an eye on your Artisan so you can reserve your spot.

Text Link