August 30, 2003 - Masonic Angel Foundation Update
"Masons Making a Difference"
OUTSTANDING WORK AT PAUL REVERE LODGE
We were pleased to read the September notice of Paul Revere Lodge (Brockton, MA) and the nice section on their MAF that is included in the Master's Message. We quote it below:
"The Paul Revere Masonic Angel Fund was active this summer, we sent nine children from the Angelo School to summer camp at Tanglewood to further their musical talents and evaluations. We also sent a boy from the Plouffe School to Boy Scout Camp in Plymouth. I'd like to share with you a letter we just received:
Dear Mason Members,
My name is Rachael. I am a student at the Louis F. Angelo Elementary School. I would like to thank you for the opportunity that you have given me to further pursue my love of music.
After reading the itinerary, I am very excited. I was chosen to attend the DARTS Program because I am a very talented flute player. I was recommended by my music teacher, Mrs. Holmes. I am extremely happy.
This is a once in a life time opportunity. I am looking forward to attending the DARTS program.
Thank you again!
Brethren, doesn't this make you proud to be a Mason? We are reaching out in the community and we are making a difference. I thank the brethren who made donations to the Paul Revere Masonic Angel Fund this summer."
***end of quoted material ***
This is very pleasing to read, not only because it's another MAF success story but because the Lodge is sharing the story in its monthly notice. It is so important that we "complete the circle" by sharing stories of our work with the members of our Lodge. No only does this make the members feel good about their donations to the Masonic Angel Fund, it makes them feel good about being Masons!
"BACK TO SCHOOL"
REQUESTS ON INCREASE
Reports from the field and requests at the Foundation level indicate a higher-than-average number of requests for assistance with the purchase of school clothes and supplies. Since mid-August we have detected a marked increase in requests for this kind of assistance.
Please contact your schools as soon as you can after school opens. It only takes a few days for the teachers and nurses to note which kids' clothes do not fit well and who does not have necessary supply items.
If your MAF is financially overwhelmed with back-to-school requests, please check in with the Foundation before you say "no". Depending on specific circumstances, there is a modest amount available at the Foundation level from money contributed recently by a private foundation.
BOSTON FIRST FUND RECEIVES DONATION
The Masonic Angel Foundation is pleased to announce that the Boston First Fund received a contribution of $5,000 from The Lodge of St. Andrew. Following on the initial donation of Mount Lebanon Lodge, this gives the BFF an excellent start!
The Boston First Fund is sponsored by Lodges in the First Masonic District (Massachusetts) to serve children in the immediate Boston area. It is administered by the Foundation as a partnership license MAF.
20th MASONIC DISTRICT FUND-RAISER
The Lodges in the upper-Cape 20th Masonic District are sponsoring a Charity Ball and Auction on October 25, 2003 at the Sea Crest Resort in North Falmouth. The event will split its proceeds 50/50 between the Masonic Angel Funds of the 20th District and the Shriners Hospitals of Massachusetts.
More information is available from DDGM R.W. Thomas Hickey via email@example.com
15th MASONIC DISTRICT FUND RAISER
The Masonic Angel Funds of the 15th Masonic District will benefit from a gala event to be held at the Roxy in Boston on September 16th. The benefit was arranged by Electra Events of Milford, MA and will include entertainment, a charity auction and many surprises. Corporate sponsors include a Boston Television station and several New England professional sports teams. Bob Lobel of Channel 4 will be the evening's host.
Further information is available from District Deputy R.W. Truman Hix via firstname.lastname@example.org
CO-FOUNDER TO SPEAK AT STAR-ATHOL LODGE MAF
MAF co-founder Robert Fellows will be speak at Star-Athol Lodge on Thursday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. Invited guests will include local school officials, representatives of Lodges in western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire as well as potential donors. A collation will follow.
If you are interested in attending this program, please contact R.W. Charles Montalbano via email@example.com
UNIVERSAL LODGE TRIES COIN CANISTERS
The Universal Lodge Masonic Angel Fund recently commenced a test of the coin canister program.
Universal Lodge member (and Foundation Board member) Al Perperian placed seven canisters in Eastham a little over four weeks ago. To date, these canisters have yielded over $300 in revenue.
After labor day, Perperian will deploy more canisters in Eastham as well as throughout Orleans and Brewster.
We continue to be very enthusiastic about the coin canister campaign. Please consider it as a regular revenue source for your local Masonic Angel Fund.
BECOME A MEMBER OF THE MASONIC ANGEL FOUNDATION, INC.
As of a recent by-law revision, any member in good standing of a Lodge that holds a Masonic Angel Fund License may apply for membership in the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. Annual dues are $25. Members are entitled to participate in meetings of the corporation and to attend meetings of the Board of Directors.
If you would like to become a member, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - we will email you an application form in MS Word format. Generally, new applications for membership will be acted upon at the next meeting of the membership held after the application is received. New members must pass a unanimous ballot of the Foundation members present.
We thank one and all for your outstanding support of the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
Regards to all,
Managing Director/Board Secretary
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.