ANGEL FOUNDATION UPDATE - January 21, 2001
A TERRIFIC FUND-RAISING
Recently, we communicated with our friends and members about the abundance
of benevolences given out over the days leading up to Christmas. The
busiest of our Masonic Angel Funds during that time was Pilgrim Lodge AF
& AM in Harwich, MA. Pilgrim awarded ten grants which totaled over
$900 in just a very few days. Most of these funds were to assist with the
purchase of winter clothing, eye exams/glasses or Christmas gifts.
This created a challenging situation for Pilgrim Lodge. The schools in
Harwich appear not to have the wide number of community resources to draw
upon that other towns enjoy. Consequently, more of the burden of helping
children in need is likely to fall upon the Pilgrim Lodge Masonic Angel
After considering his options carefully, Bro. Duncan Berry (Lodge
secretary and one of the MAF trustees for Pilgrim) worked up an appeal
letter in concern with Worshipful Master Paul Lavoie. This letter was
mailed to approximately 200 individuals that included Pilgrim's members,
Bro. Berry's personal friends and about thirdy local businesses. This
letter went out the last week of December. As of Friday January 19th, Bro.
Berry reports that over $1,500 in donations were received from that
Needless to say, Pilgrim Lodge is planning another appeal campaign very
This is an example of Masons at their best. They perceived a need,
expended their funds to fulfill that need and then went out and got more
money! This attitude is a cornerstone of any successful Masonic Angel
Fund. We raise money to help the children in our communities. We expend
our funds to fulfill the needs brought to us by the schools. Then we go
get more money so we can keep helping children in our community. A very
simple concept but still a quantum leap for so many in our too-often
We tip our hats to the Masonic Angels at Pilgrim Lodge! Well done,
MOUNT HOREB HELPS
Wor. Jim St. Pierre of Mount Horeb Lodge in Dennis informed us two weeks
ago about some fine work in assisting a diabetic child. A school nurse
contact Bro. Jim about obtaining a blood glucose monitoring kit for a
child who was having difficulty managing her diabetes. The Mount Horeb
Lodge Masonic Angel Fund provided a grant of about $80 to purchase a blood
glucose testing device for the child.
We suggest that you share this type of experience with your school nurses
the next time you make an outreach visit to the schools you serve.
Every Masonic Angel Fund on Cape Cod should now have received a mailing on
the Lucille Hawley Music Fund. The packets were mailed out on January
The Hawley Fund was established by Bro. Hughson F.C. Hawley, III in memory
of his late wife Lucille. The purpose of the Hawley Fund is to provide
assistance in the study of music for students in financial needs. Further
information is available in the packet or via email. This grant is
available only for Lodges on Cape Cod, per terms of the donation.
The following matching grants were presented during the month of January:
Marine Lodge (Falmouth, MA) - $500 (Citizens Bank and York Rite grants)
Howard Lodge (Yarmouth, MA) - $500 (Citizens Bank and York Rite grants)
Universal Lodge (Orleans, MA) - $250 (York Rite grant)
Nauset Light Lodge (Orleans, MA) - $250 (York Rite grant)
Other grants will be presented in the near future to: DeWitt Clinton
Lodge, King Hiram's Lodge, Adams Lodge and Pilgrim Lodge.
This series of grants is being presented to the Blue Lodges by
representatives of the York Rite Bodies of Cape Cod on behalf of the
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
ARCH GRANT PROGRAM
In a recent letter to Royal Arch officers, it was announced that part of
the proceeds from this year's Massachusetts Grand Royal Arch charity event
will be set aside for "Royal Arch Matching Grants" to Blue
Lodges across Massachusetts that sponsor Masonic Angel Funds. Further
details will be made available as they come to us.
We recognize the outstanding support the York Rite has shown to the
Masonic Angel Fund and to the Foundation. The Grand Royal Arch Chapter's
support is a prime example of the visionary leadership that has turned the
Massachusetts York Rite into one of the best Masonic success stories over
the past three years.