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December 22, 2000

BENEVOLENCES ABOUND!

We are very pleased to see the increasing frequency with which our local Masonic Angel Funds are called upon to provide assistance to children in need. This is a testimonial to our Lodges' outreach efforts in the schools. A very important ingredient to the success of a local MAF is that the Lodge maintain regular contact with the schools to remind them we are available to help them.

Within the last two weeks, we have seen St. Martin's Lodge (Chatham, MA) respond to its first call for assistance and Pilgrim Lodge (Harwich, MA) issue their first three benevolences (in one week!). Universal Lodge (Orleans, MA) has fulfilled two requests for assistance from a school in Brewster.

It is very important that we work with our schools on a continuing basis to keep them apprised of what we are doing in various communities. It is certainly appropriate to share clips from these bulletins with your schools whenever you wish. The most common remark we hear from school staff is "Oh, we didn't realize you could help us with that." Please - maintain regular contact with your school staff contacts. The funds we raise do not help the kids by sitting in our bank accounts.

 
HOLIDAY FUND RAISERS CONTINUE
Nauset Light Lodge received a donation of $1,000 from Cape Cod Bank and Trust. Nauset also held a holiday fund raiser for MAF on December 16th. We have not heard the results of that event as of broadcast time.

The Cape Cod Shrine Club donated $200 to the Foundation for inclusion in matching grants from the December 15th York Rite fund raiser. We thank the Shriners for their generous support of local Blue Lodge charitable work.

Pilgrim Lodge secretary Bro. Duncan Berry reports that Pilgrim has received at least $400 in MAF donations over the past few weeks. This is partly the result of a holiday observance at Pilgrim's December meeting and partly from individual benefactors.

Universal Lodge received a $200 donation this week from a local "civilian" - a widow who has contact with one of Universal's members and learned about the MAF from him.
 
NEW MATCHING GRANTS ANNOUNCED
Based upon continued income from the Commandery Christmas Observance/York Rite Fund Raiser on December 15th, the Masonic Angel Foundation is pleased to announce matching grants of $250 each to the ten Masonic Angel Funds on Cape Cod as of 12/15/2000. These grants will be presented at Blue Lodge meetings over the next few weeks as representatives of the York Rite attend the various Lodge's regular communications.
 
CITIZENS BANK "ANGELS FOR CHRISTMAS" PROGRAM
The Citizens Bank "Angels for Christmas" program continues through December 31, 2000. "Angels" are deployed in all Citizens Banks in Southeastern Massachusetts. If you live in that area, please be sure to stop into your local Citizens Bank branch and thank the staff for helping to support the Masonic Angel Foundation in this creative way.
 
****COMING EVENTS****
Cribbage Tournament - Excellent High Priest Don Haden of Sylvester Baxter Royal Arch Chapter reports that he is planning a winter cribbage tournament to fund more matching grants for Lodges in the Provincetown 32nd Masonic District. Please call Don at 945-1398 to offer your assistance.
 
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT COMING IN JANUARY!
Stay tuned to these email broadcasts for a major announcement from our "development" staff in early January! Managing Director Bob Fellows and Board member Truman Henson, Jr. are in the final stages of receiving a donation that will change the face of MAF and provide us with a continuing source of revenue. 
 
"AWARD WINNING" WEB SITE
It is with great pleasure that we received word from our Webmaster (Mario Mere) that the www.masonicangelfund.org web site received an award from www.thefreemason.com - a British web-zine site. In addition to permitting us to display the award logo on our own site, www.thefreemason.com has listed our site in its links page. The result is that our web traffic has increased and we are now receiving inquiries from Lodges throughout Europe.