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"Angel Mail" Update - October 12, 2005
 
Royal Arch Matching Grants Close on October 15th
 
A  reminder... the closing date for Massachusetts Royal Arch Matching Grants is Saturday, October 15, 2005.  After that date we will cycle eligibility down to the next group of potential recipients. 
 
Under the Royal Arch Matching Grant, any eligible Massachusetts Masonic Angel Fund in good standing may receive a matching grant of $100 if they have received at least $100 in donations since July 1, 2005.  Applications should be emailed to info@masonicangelfund.org
 
Eligible Lodges are listed below.  Those that have already qualified are noted with a (Q) next to their name.
 
Olive Branch Lodge (Q) Millbury MA
Elm-Belcher Lodge Agawam MA
Oxford Lodge (Q) Oxford MA
Simon W. Robinson Lodge  (Q) Lexington MA
Mount Tabor Lodge Saugus/Revere MA
Eddie Shore Memorial MAF Springfield MA
Moses Michael Hayes Lodge (Q) Needham MA
Pacific Lodge (Q) Amherst MA
Somerville Lodge Somerville MA
Universal Lodge (Q) Orleans MA
Mount Horeb Lodge Dennis MA
Pilgrim Lodge Harwich MA
King Hiram's Lodge (Q) Provincetown MA
Siloam Lodge Westborough MA
Winslow Lewis-Adams Lodge MAF Wellfleet MA
St. Martins Lodge Chatham MA
Nauset Light Lodge (Q) Orleans/Chatham MA
Howard Lodge Yarmouth MA
Marine Lodge (Q) Falmouth MA
DeWitt Clinton Lodge Sandwich MA
William Parkman Lodge Winchester MA
 
Transitioning Between Schools
 
Many of our Lodges have now operated their Masonic Angel Funds for three to five years.  Most of us started out working with elementary schools and many have expanded into our local middle and high schools.
 
Even though we don't know specifically who the recipients are, the school professionals will often mention that we have "helped this child before".  Indeed, here in Orleans there is a little girl whom the Universal Lodge MAF has helped with eye care and items related to her diabetic condition for over six years.
 
What happens when these kids "graduate" into middle school?  Usually their needs do not change - a diabetic child is still diabetic and a family that could not afford shoes in sixth grade probably won't be able to afford them in seventh grade, either. 
 
The next time you visit your elementary school contacts, we suggest that you ask them about any children your MAF might have helped on a continuing basis who are about to graduate to middle school or who might have graduated last spring.  Oftentimes the elementary school staff have "transition conferences" with the middle school staff and bring up issues of continuing concern.  Perhaps your elementary school professionals can pass the word to their middle school counterparts that the MAF has helped certain children several times over the years - and provide your contact information to the middle school staff so they will be able to get in touch should that child need further assistance.
 
Massachusetts Grand Lodge Matching Grants
 
The Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts is again offering matching grants of up to $1,000 for charitable donations by Massachusetts Lodges.  In the past many of the Lodges that sponsor Masonic Angel Funds have applied for and received matches to funds they contributed to their local Masonic Angel Funds.  Applications are available in the downloads section of our web site or may be obtained from the Grand Treasurer's office.
 
Over the past few years Massachusetts Grand Lodge matching grants have contributed well over $50,000 to our affiliate Masonic Angel Funds.
 
Fund Raiser for MAF's in the 15th Masonic District (Massachusetts)
 
Electra Events is again producing a fund raising event to support the Masonic Angel Funds in the Massachusetts 15th Masonic District.  Particulars of this year's event are:
 
"The Marvelettes" Oldies Night

Christina's
Two Washington Street
Route 1
Foxboro MA 
  
 
Saturday October 29, 2005 7:00 PM

Join us for cocktails from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, a Prime Rib Dinner at 8:00 pm, Entertainment, Dancing, and a Silent Auction.

During their reign at the top of the charts, the Marvelettes turned out over a dozen hits, eight of which went Top Ten including: "Please Mr. Postman", "Twistin' Postman", "Playboy" and "Don't Mess with Bill".

Hosted by Rhonda Mann, WCVB Channel 5, Senior Producer of Health Beat and Mike Finegan of Oldies 103.3. Sponsors include WCVB-Channel 5, Community Newspaper Company, Oldies 103.3 WODS FM, Winthrop Printing, Dunkin Donuts, Encore Party Rentals, Holiday Inns and Invensys. Supporters include Mr. Tux, Bridals by Rochelle, RentaBox,JMB Services, and Bailey Design.

Ticket Information: All tickets are General Admission. Tickets may be picked up starting 1/2 hour prior to the event.
Tickets :   only $50.00 per person
Reserved Tickets Only (No Ticket Sales at Door)
For more information or to purchase tickets
Please call 800-757-2658
No ticket sales available at door.
 
General Electric Employees/Retirees
 
Last month we were very pleased to learn that the General Electric Foundation is matching charitable gifts given by GE's employees and retirees.  If you have any GE employees or retirees in your Lodge who would like to support our program, please contact us via info@masonicangelfund.org for particulars on how to arrange a matching gift through the GE Foundation.
 
A Word About Hurricane Relief
 
We're sure you are as deeply distressed as we are by the destruction on the Gulf coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  As with the tragedy on 9/11, many of our Lodges will want to contribute financially to the relief effort. 
 
Please note that Standard #3 and Standard #4 require that 100% of the funds a local Masonic Angel Fund raises must be used for the benefit of children in the communities it designated when it adopted the program.  Some affiliated MAF's have added communities to that list as they have grown.  Therefore, monies from local Masonic Angel Funds should not be used to provide donations to Hurricane Katrina victims in the Gulf area.
 
If Katrina refugees are housed in the communities served by your Masonic Angel Funds it is the option of your local MAF trustees whether or not to provide assistance if requested by your local school.  Many of these children will be enrolled in local schools, so at that point we feel they do become eligible for such assistance as the school professionals request and the trustees deem appropriate.
 
Zip Code Directory
 
Several people in the MAF community have asked for an easier way to find out if a particular community is covered by an extant Masonic Angel Fund.  Our current directory of Masonic Angel Funds lists the city where the sponsoring Lodge is located.  However, there are many of our constituent MAF's that serve children in several towns. 
 
In order to come up with a "zip code search engine", our webmaster needs a list of all zip codes that are served by each Masonic Angel Fund.  Please save us some postage by emailing your MAF name and the zip codes/city names it serves to webmaster@masonicangelfund.org - information should be submitted as it is in the following example:
 
Universal Lodge Masonic Angel Fund
02653, Orleans
02643, East Orleans
02662, South Orleans
02631, Brewster
02642, Eastham
02651, North Eastham
 
Thank you for providing our webmaster with the information necessary to fuel this new search engine.
 
Share Your News!
 
Do you have benevolence stories you would like to share with the rest of the MAF on-line community?  If so, please email them to angelfund@listserver.blackwidowweb.net and we will pass them along to your colleagues.
 
Regards to all,
Bob Fellows, Co-Founder/Board Secretary
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
info@masonicangelfund.org
www.masonicangelfund.org
 

*Affiliate Masonic Angel Funds must be in good standing with the Foundation and have received at least $100 in donations since July 1, 2005.  Those not in good standing will be given ten days to file necessary reports before funds will be cycled for the next block of eligible and qualified Masonic Angel Funds.