|MASONIC ANGEL FOUNDATION UPDATE – March 29, 2002|
In this issue - Welcome to Three New MAFS, Color Brochures, MLI Team Success, MAF and the Military, “Letters from the Field”
WELCOME TO THREE NEW MAF'S
We are pleased to welcome the following new Masonic Angel Fund's:
#38 Damascus-Mount Carmel Masonic Angel Fund, Lynn, MA 02/16/2002
#39 Paul Revere Lodge, Brockton, MA 03/05/2002
#40 Pioneer Lodge, Somerset, MA 03/04/2002
COLOR BROCHURES AVAILABLE SOON!
The time has come! The Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. has prepared a four-color brochure for use by the the MAF family in fund raising, community outreach and Masonic awareness programs. The brochure was first distributed at the March quarterly communication of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.
You can preview this attractive publication at http://www.masonicangelfund.org/2002brochure.htm As you will see, this is a simple and straightforward means of conveying both the Masonic Angel Fund and the overall Masonic message as we move through our communities.
Thus far we have produced very small quantities of the piece on coated brochure stock in our inkjet printers. We are concluding negotiations with a corporate donor for a grant to cover the initial cost of printing 10,000 brochures. The brochure was designed by a two Foundation volunteers in a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon. Other than ink and paper, we have incurred no design costs whatsoever – once again proving that the Masonic Angel Fund provides the best “bang for your buck” in Freemasonry!
We will issue a special broadcast as further developments arise.
MASONIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE GROUP SHINES!
A big MAF "tip of the hat" to the Masonic Leadership Institute's "MLI 128 Flying Tigers" group!
This dedicated group of Masonic Leadership Institute participants recently devised and tested the first “packaged” fund-raising program for the Masonic Angel Fund. The campaign they devised is a “coin canister” program where specially-marked donation canisters are placed at the point of sale in various retail locations.
First of all, we want to thank the MLI team members for their work in developing this new program for our constituent Masonic Angel Funds! "128 Flying Tigers" team members were Brothers Deke Eaton, Tom Fotis, Charlie Gore, Bill McPhee and Jimmy Wong. Their advisor was Bro. Bob Duris.
Phase One of the project was completed by the MLI team in January through February. Their limited test yielded about $1,000, which was donated to the Foundation (more on this donation below!)
Phase Two is to test the campaign with two Masonic Angel Funds that serve relatively small communities. If you would like your Lodge considered for the Phase Two field test, please contact email@example.com with your expression of interest. If your Lodge is not selected for the test, we will keep your application on file for the time when the campaign is fully deployed.
Matching Grants!!! Thanks to the generosity of the MLI team, we have established a small matching grant program for select Lodges. This particular block of grants is administered by Southard Lippincott, chairman of the Foundation’s advisory board. If your Lodge is eligible for one of these grants, Bro. Lippincott will be in contact with you shortly.
To all involved with the Masonic Leadership Institute - thank you! We hope that future MLI classes will chose to work in support of the MAF.
MAF AND THE MILITARY
On March 9th, Foundation Directors Lorrimer Armstrong and Robert Fellows attended a conference at Wellesley, MA with representatives of the several armed services. This meeting was arranged and chaired by Bro. Bob Shaughnessey who has been doing extensive work for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts with the armed services and the USO. Foundation representatives were invited to discuss how Masonic Angel Funds might assist the families of servicemen (especially activated reservists and deployed National Guardsmen) who have suffered financial distress because of income lost during deployment.
The need here is considerable - and we are told that the Masonic Fraternity is the only organization in Massachusetts that has come forward to offer organized, substantive assistance to our servicemen and their families.
For the time being, the Foundation will serve as a conduit for requests originating at the military family services office in Milford. If we learn of a child in need within the service are of an existing Masonic Angel Fund we will bring that need to the local MAF and invite you to take it from there.
“LETTERS FROM THE
March was a very active month for our constituent Masonic Angel Funds. Below are some communications we received in recent weeks.
Broad Ripple Lodge #643 (Indianapolis, IN)
(See Broad Ripple's MAF brochure here - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Wellesley Lodge Masonic Angel Fund (Wellesley, MA)
St. Martin's Lodge MAF (Chatham, MA)
Mariner's Lodge Masonic Angel Fund (Cotuit, MA)
Mount Horeb Lodge MAF (Dennis, MA)
Universal Lodge MAF (Orleans, MA)
FRATERNITY AND FULLER LODGE MAF (Newton, MA)
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