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"Angel Mail" Update - April 3, 2006
Welcome to Our Newest Masonic Angel Funds
We are pleased to report the following new Masonic Angel Funds:
106 St. Aspinquid #198 York ME 02/07/2006
107 Thomas Talbot Lodge Billerica MA 02/14/2006
108 Quaboag Lodge Warren MA 03/07/2006
Since the Universal Lodge Masonic Angel Fund carries the designation of MAF #0, this places us at 109 Masonic Angel Funds in twelve states.
Spring Benevolence Builder Grant Series
We are pleased to announce that a new series of Benevolence Builder Grants has been funded by The Lodge of St. Andrew.
This grant series will run from April 3, 2006 through June 15, 2006 and will conclude early if the funds are exhausted.
Any Massachusetts Masonic Angel Fund in good standing may apply for a 50% replenishment of benevolences conferred during the grant period. Please note that each qualified Masonic Angel Fund may receive up to a cap of $1,000 for this series. This means that we can replenish 50% of your benevolences up to $2,000 during the life of this grant series.
To apply for a Benevolence Builder Grant simply email the particulars of each benevolence to email@example.com - DO NOT save up your benevolences to be submitted at one time - the money might very well be depleted before you submit your request. Please send your requests as you confer the benevolences.
As always, we express our sincerest thanks to our Brethren in The Lodge of St. Andrew for their continued generosity to Massachusetts' Masonic Angel Funds.
Spring Outreach Time is Here!
If you haven't been out to visit your schools lately this is an ideal time to make contact. After a winter of high energy bills, many families will be struggling with spring clothing purchases, afterschool program tuition and fees for summer programs. Over the past few years MAF has built an impressive track record of providing camperships and tuition assistance with structured summer recreation programs for children of working parents. Also, don't forget to mention bicycle helmets - this is the time of year when the kids start riding their bikes again...
Below we have shared a very few benevolence stories. We receive so many bulletins from our affiliated MAF's that it is often difficult to choose which stories to include in a bulletin. Below is a representative sample:
Noblesville Masonic Angel Fund
One of our newer Masonic Angel Funds is in Noblesville, Indiana. MAF #97 was established by Noblesville Lodge #57 on June 7, 2005. Recently, the MAF trustees at Noblesville forwarded an email to us from one of the teachers whose student they helped. We present it below.
I am not sure of you know me but I know who you are!! I just want to thank you so much for helping my little [name deleted] in my classroom. With brand new hearing aids it is a whole new world for [name deleted]. He is one of the neatest kids that you could ever meet. Now that he has the right hearing aids he can use Noblesville equipment that allows me to wear a trainer that magnifies my voice into his new hearing aids. His other hearing aids were so old that we had to use old equipment that did not work successfully for him. All of us here really appreciate your support through the Masonic Lodge! I have no relatives that are affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, but my husband's grandfather was a member in Shelbyville. I am aware of all the wonderful things that are supported through your organization. [name deleted] is the kind of kid I wish I could take home with me!! He has a huge heart and has a lot of struggle along the way. He is so PROUD of his new hearing aids! His smile is still ear to ear. I would like to send you an open invitation [to visit her classroom]. Possibly sometime you could visit and [name deleted] could read you a story. We have some thank you notes for you and the Masonic Lodge. Thank you again!!
Noblesville Lodge is just beginning their journey with the Masonic Angel Fund. This was their first "major" benevolence but the members felt strongly about helping this child in need of proper hearing aids. His teacher's letter shows just how much of a change it is possible for us to make in the life of a youngster like this.
Paul Revere Lodge MAF (Brockton, MA)
Under the tireless work of trustee Bruce Pratt, the Paul Revere Lodge Masonic Angel Fund in Brockton, MA has provided numerous benevolences of clothing, medicine and clothing over the past few weeks.
Needham Masonic Angel Fund (Needham, MA)
This benevolence story is rather touching when one view's the situation in which this eighth-grade boy has found himself. We will let the words of the NMAF trustees speak for themselves:
This studentís mom passed away about a year ago from cancer. His father now has cancer and is not doing well. This student is currently living with family friends. He is having great difficulty adjusting to his new environment. The Guidance Counselor has encouraged this student to get involved in lacrosse to help him deal with this situation. The Guidance Counselor feels this program will help greatly and lift his self esteem. The Guidance Counselor has found a portion of the needed equipment (used) at a cost of $100.00. The father cannot afford to pay for any of this equipment. To obtain the balance of the needed equipment, Bro. Derek Eaton approached The Needham Sportsmen Center, and they have donated a lacrosse stick and balls. Bro. Eaton had asked The Needham Sportsmen Center if they would discount the items, but the Needham Sportsmen Center donated these items at no cost.
Once again we see a great example of MAF trustees using their personal contacts in the community to help a child in need. We have seen time and again cases where a local business will donate merchandise to help out in a tough situation. As we have said many times before, MAF assistance does not always involve writing a check.
King Hiram's Lodge (Provincetown, MA)
Over the past several weeks the Foundation has received numerous updates from King Hiram's Lodge treasurer and MAF trustee Hersey Taylor. These letters tell the story of a Masonic Angel Fund that helps out time and again with basics such as clothing, food, medicine and other necessary items. This consistent record of good works comes as no surprise from a Lodge whose history includes charitable highlights such as providing breakfast for every school-age child in town during the Great Depression.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - information should be submitted as it is in the following example:
Universal Lodge Masonic Angel Fund
02643, East Orleans
02662, South Orleans
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 email@example.com and we will pass them along to your colleagues.
Regards to all,
Bob Fellows, Co-Founder/Board Secretary
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.