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MASONIC ANGEL FOUNDATION UPDATE - April 1, 2001

 

TWO NEW MASONIC ANGEL FUND ADOPTIONS

Charles C. Dame Lodge (Georgetown, MA) adopted its MAF resolution on March 20, 2001. Bro. John Fennessey reports that the Brethren are already at work on a number of programs to raise funds for their fledgling Masonic Angel Fund.

Mariner's Lodge (Cotuit, MA) voted in its MAF resolution on March 21, 2001 and opened the Fund with $2,000. This MAF serves the town of Barnstable and anticipates many calls from the schools in this largest school district on Cape Cod.

 
MASONIC ANGEL FOUNDATION'S 501(c)(3) STATUS

After completing the lengthy process required by the IRS, we are pleased to report that the Foundation has received it's final letter granting 501(c)(3) status. If you have a patron who wishes to make a charitable donation for tax purposes, please contact the Foundation for information on how we can make this happen to the benefit of your local Masonic Angel Fund.
 
MEETING OF MASONIC ANGEL FUND TRUSTEES

Jim St. Pierre (jimmie.stpierre@verizon.net) of the Mount Horeb Lodge Masonic Angel Fund is trying to put together a meeting of all Masonic Angel Fund trustees in the near future. He hopes to get everyone together so that we all can share our experiences, goals and needs. Foundation representatives will be present to answer your questions at this session. Please contact Jim to let him know of your interest in the session.
 
"BRAND IDENTIFICATION" AND THE MASONIC ANGEL FUND

It should come as no shock to anyone that there are a number of organizations that have "Angel" or "Angel Fund" in their names. Our "brand" is "Masonic Angel Fund". To avoid your being confused with other organizations, we encourage you to use the whole name "Masonic Angel Fund" or the abbreviation MAF and to banish the stand-alone term "Angel Fund" from our collective vocabulary. "Masonic" is just as important a part of our "product identification" as is "Angel Fund".

Another "vocabulary" term we hope to banish is the word "needy". Children served by MAF's do not always (and usually do not) meet the traditional view of "needy". They are "children in need" who have fallen through the cracks all-too-often intended to catch the "needy" but not the working families that suffer from their paycheck to paycheck existence when things start to go wrong in their household. We encourage you to revise your literature as you re-print it to substitute the term "children in need" for "needy children" wherever appropriate.

 

TABLE LODGES TO BENEFIT MASONIC ANGEL FUNDS

We were informed by Russell Carter (ricarter@capecod.net), 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 (benpaul@gis.net) 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. Email either of the Masters for ticket information.

Howard Lodge (South Yarmouth, MA) will hold a Table Lodge on May 26th to benefit their MAF. Contact Worshipful Master David Blake (dablake@mediaone.net) for ticket information.
 
BENEVOLENCES ABOUND

Pilgrim Lodge - MAF Trustees Bernard Russell and Duncan Berry report several eyeglass/exam grants as well as that they provided financial assistance to a high school boy who wished to continue an extracurricular activity but his parents could not afford the user fee.

Universal Lodge - Trustee John Sherman reports yet another prescription for head lice medication as well as a summer day camp program for two young children who are now being raised by their elderly grandparents. Universal also provided a nebulizer for a seven year old boy who has a severe allergy/asthma problem - his insurance will not pay for the $75 machine, just the medication that goes into the unit.

What has your MAF been doing? With all the benevolences that our constituent Masonic Angel Funds are doing, we do not always get word of this activity. If you have given one or more grants from your MAF and would like to share the details with other Lodges, please email them to info@masonicangelfund.org
 
DEWITT CLINTON LODGE MAF RECEIVES $5,000

Secretary David Catten of DeWitt Clinton Lodge informed the Foundation that his MAF received $5,000 of a $10,000 bequest that was made to his Lodge recently. This adds to the very good start that DeWitt Clinton had when they launched the MAF. We look forward to hearing great things from this Lodge!
 
CREATIVITY IN LOCAL MASONIC ANGEL FUNDS - REQUEST FOR LITERATURE

We continue to be impressed by the creativity shown by workers in the constituent Masonic Angel Funds, most particularly in the area of fundraising literature.

A number of new MAF licensees have asked for samples of fundraising literature used by other Lodges. We are trying to accumulate a library of these on the web site for everyone to download.

If you have developed a fundraising letter or packet, would you please email a copy to info@masonicangelfund.org so that we might share it with everyone?
 
LYCOS 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 (jimmie.stpierre@verizon.net). 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.