|MASONIC ANGEL FOUNDATION UPDATE - March 10, 2001|
"DINNER WITH THE
AUTHORS" FUNDRAISER ON MARCH 28TH
WELLESLEY LODGE ADOPTS
MASONIC ANGEL FUND
TABLE LODGE TO BENEFIT TWO MASONIC ANGEL FUNDS
We were informed yesterday by Russell Carter, Worshipful Master of St. Martin's Lodge (Chatham, MA) that his Lodge will hold a joint Table Lodge with Pilgrim Lodge (Harwich, MA) with any profits generated going to the two Lodge's Masonic Angel Funds. The Table Lodge will be held on May 12, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. in St. Martin's Lodge. We commend Brothers Russ Carter and Paul Lavoie (Master of Pilgrim Lodge) for their creativity in funding their MAF's. A Table Lodge is an enjoyable Masonic experience by any measure, but so much nicer when it is being conducted to benefit a cause close to the Brethren's hearts.
LODGE RAISES FUNDS AND MOUNT HOREB RECEIVES CHALLENGE
The March notice of Howard Lodge (Yarmouth, MA) reports that some $250 was raised for their Masonic Angel Fund.
We are told by the Secretary of Mount Horeb Lodge (Dennis, MA) reports that two members of that Lodge have challenged the Lodge to raise additional funds for their MAF. Each Brother has pledged $250 to match funds raised by the Lodge.
LODGE RECEIVES MEMORIAL DONATIONS
Eric MacMinn Reed, Master of Universal Lodge in 1996, died at age 65 on February 14, 2001. At the time of his passing the family requested that donations be made in his memory to the Universal Lodge Masonic Angel Fund. The Lodge was very touched by the outpouring of memorials to Eric.
Over the past two years, Universal Lodge's MAF has received well over $2,000 in donations in memory of three departed Brothers. What better tribute than for these men to be remembered in the smiling faces of children?
Don't laugh! Nurses served by the Universal Lodge MAF inform us that there is running through our schools a certain strain of head lice that is highly resistant to tradition over-the-counter remedies. Last year, the UL/MAF served three or four children by funding the $25-per-child cost of the lice treatment kit. The kit is available by prescription only and is not covered by most health insurance.
Already this year, UL/MAF has helped four children and "lice season" is just getting under way. If your local Masonic Angel Fund is able to help please be sure to contact your school nurses and advise them of your willingness to fund lice treatment kits.
FOUNDER TO SPEAK AT MAF BREAKFAST
The Masons at Mount Horeb Lodge are at it again! Through some excellent networking, they have arranged for Mr. Bob Davis, founder of Lycos, to speak at a special fund-raising breakfast on Monday, June 4th. The event will be held at Christine's Restaurant in West Dennis at a cost of $20 per person. Advance ticket sales may be arranged by contacting Jim St. Pierre (firstname.lastname@example.org). Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Mount Horeb Masonic Angel fund. Donations for the Foundation will be accepted, as well.
This excellent work on the part of Mount Horeb will bring national technology press coverage to the Masonic Angel Fund program. We are working with Walter Brooks of ecape.com to maximize attendance by the local technology and ecommerce community. This is a terrific Masonic Awareness opportunity!
We will keep you posted as this event progresses.
LODGE TO HOLD FUND-RAISER
"Pilgrim Lodge [Harwich, MA] planning a "Ham 'n Bean Supper" on March 31st to be held at the East Harwich United Methodist Church commencing at 5:00 p.m. and a second sitting at 6:00 p.m. The proceeds will benefit the Masonic Angel Fund and Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available from the officers for $6.50 and $3.50 for children age 12 and under. Reservations may be made by calling the Lodge at 432-0017 and email to email@example.com. Also available at the door."
This is another example of Pilgrim Lodge working diligently to build up their Masonic Angel Fund's cash balance. Pilgrim gained the appellation "busiest Masonic Angel Fund" in December when they were nearly overwhelmed with requests during the Christmas season. We note that the Trustees of the Pilgrim Lodge MAF have built an ongoing fundraising program in response to the profound need in their community.
FORMS IN THE MAIL
Each licensed Masonic Angel Fund has received a survey from the Foundation. The survey is an interim request for information about your MAF's activities.
The reason we are asking for this information now is so that we can learn more about what our constituent Masonic Angel Funds are doing in their communities. We have already learned a tremendous amount from the routine email correspondence with our more active MAF's.
We will be sharing the data from these surveys in future email broadcasts. Your response will help all of us to better focus our fund-raising efforts and to better promote community awareness of the good works our Masonic Angel Funds are doing in each city, town and village they serve.