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MASONIC ANGEL FOUNDATION UPDATE - June 27, 2001

In this issue: King Hiram's Lodge Fund Raiser Rocks! * DeWitt Clinton Lodge Summer School Scholarship * Prayer Book Published * Universal Lodge Funds Summer Program * MAF Visits Third Capitular District * Two new MAF Lodges

 

KING HIRAM'S LODGE FUND RAISER ROCKS!
First, let's hear what Worshipful Master Matthew Monroe has to say in his own words and then follow with our comments...

King Hiram's Lodge held it's first annual Community Pool Party benefit for the KHL Masonic Angel Fund. This year's event was entitled "Sunshine through the Rain" and was sponsored by Rain Vodka. Rain Vodka donated product with 100% of the sales going to the fund and furnished a staff member who went around giving out shirts and letting people know that all the proceeds were going to the fund and what the fund was all about. Rain Vodka also paid for the advertisements in the local paper announcing the event. Local entertainers volunteered to do a benefit show and passed the sand bucket during their performances and brought in $290.00 for the fund.
Attendance at the event was somewhere around 200 people. Locals donated beach balls so the pool was filled with 100 beach balls. We brought in an Ice Carving of an Angel for the donation table and the local Dignity Chapter donated $100.00. The total receipts for the fund were way beyond my hopes and we raised in total $1014.00. At next year's event we are hoping for 2000.00. I already have 2 other Liquor companies who would like to sponsor next years event. Sincerely, Matthew Monroe


What an excellent fund-raiser and Masonic Awareness event! The Community Pool Party is attended by local families, businesspeople and tourists alike. We understand it is one of the many high-profile "summer kickoff" events in P-Town. This is an example of building community support for a Masonic charity program while minimizing the financial risk and manpower drain for the Lodge. The Provincetown Inn (where Wor. Monroe is Food Services Manager), local performers and a commercial sponsor all came together to hold a fun event for the townspeople and to raise much needed funds for the local Masonic Angel Fund. This is the spirit of the "circle of Masonic charity" we've been talking about lately.

Pictures of this event (including an elegant ice carving of an angel) may be viewed here

Good work, King Hiram's!

 
DeWITT CLINTON LODGE SUMMER SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
Again, we will use DeWitt Clinton Lodge's Treasurer Wor. Tom Hickey's own words to describe this benevolence...

It didn't take long for the Sandwich Schools to need some assistance from the MAF. We were contacted by the Assistant Principal of the high school who had a  student (freshman) who would flunk the year unless they took summer school classes. The family did not have money to enroll the student in summer school ($238). One phone call and we took care of the cost.  
This is good work and another prime example of why a community needs a Masonic Angel Fund. We comment DeWitt Clinton Lodge for responding so quickly. You may recall that our last broadcast featured a piece on DeWitt Clinton partnering with Marine Lodge (Falmouth, MA) on several camperships.

 

PRAYER BOOK PUBLISHED - PROCEEDS BENEFIT MAF!
We are pleased to announce that A New Collection of Masonic Prayers was released on June 23, 2001 by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts.

Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Masonic Angel Foundation by the Grand Royal Arch Chapter.

Compiled by David A. Schofield of the GRAC education and awareness committee, the book includes approximately 300 prayers taken from books of proceedings, collections from individual chaplains and other historical sources. The collection includes prayers of openings/closings, holidays, special events and challenges, invocations, memorials and more.
This book is available from the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts for only $10 plus $4.00 shipping/handling. All profits from sales of the prayer book will be donated to the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. 
To order your book, please send your payment to: Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts Attn: Prayer Book order 186 Tremont Street, Suite 703 Boston, MA 02111
 
UNIVERSAL LODGE FUNDS SUMMER PROGRAM
The MAF at Universal Lodge (Orleans, MA) last week funded program tuition
for seven children. These four boys and three girls are all from
single-parent homes and are between kindergarten and fifth grade. Two of
the children's mothers are full-time students and three others' mothers
work full time during the day. The other two children are in what the
school characterizes as "unsafe" situations - this usually means they are
not properly supervised during the day or their is a parent who is
considered a threat to a youngster's safety.

Each of these students will attend a summer "day-camp" style program that
is run under the auspices of the school's "after school program". The
program is both academic and recreational, but stresses that the
participants are in a safe, supervised setting.
 
VISIT TO THE THIRD CAPITULAR DISTRICT
On June 26th Foundation Managing Director Robert Fellows and Treasurer
Lorrimer Armstrong, Jr. traveled to Taunton, MA to speak at a district
meeting for the Third Capitular District (Grand Royal Arch Chapter of
Mass.). In addition to the hosting District Deputy Grand High Priest,
R.E. Bill Epp, two presiding District Deputy Grand Masters were present
along with the key officers from the Third Capitular District. 

This was a productive session for all. We anticipate four or five new
Masonic Angel Funds taking root in that region over the next few months.
 
GET THE WORD OUT!
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
 
Social Harmony Lodge, Wareham & Nehoiden Lodge, Needham adopt Masonic Angel Funds
For a current list of licensed Masonic Angel Funds, go here 
We thank one and all for your outstanding support of the Masonic Angel
Foundation, Inc.