June 12th, 2003 - Masonic Angel
"The Masons That Make A Difference"
In this issue - New MAF's, Benevolences, Recognition of Volunteers
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MAFS
We are pleased to welcome the following new Masonic Angel Fund's:
#63 St. John's Lodge, Newburyport, MA 5/19/2003
#64 "St. Andrew Fund", Boston, MA 10/15/2001 (Partnership License/Lodge of St. Andrew)
#65 "Boston First Fund", Boston, MA 6/9/2003 (Partnership License/First Masonic District)
Even with school winding down, our Masonic Angel Funds are busy as ever. Below is a sampling of recent benevolences:
Universal Lodge Makes a Difference
A family in Brewster, MA recently received assistance from the Universal Lodge MAF to help them with travel expenses for their son. The sixth-grader was recently diagnosed with a form of juvenile bone cancer. ULMAF is providing funds to assist with fuel and parking for the many trips these folks must make to Boston for the next year.
We have included below a copy of a very moving thank-you note ULMAF received from the family. This kind of note really underscores the importance of the work we do!
A Report from Hammatt-Ocean Lodge MAF
We received the following note from Jeffrey Arnold of the Hammatt-Ocean Lodge Masonic Angel Fund in Saugus, MA.
...this child's case worker at Tri County [Children's Services]. She explained that they had a student from Saugus who was in need of summer camp this year and they have spent months looking for funding. For some reason, the school (which we are going to contact now for future assistance) never contacted us.
This case worker explained that the Mass Dept of Social Service would pay for camp for 2 weeks and that the Tri County Office was going to pay for 2 weeks. She said camp was $100.00 per week and if we could give them $100.00 for help. I told her I would call her right back. I contacted the other 2 trustees of our fund and within 5 minutes, called Tri County back and told them we would pay for the remaining 4 weeks of camp.
The check has already been cut and will be in the mail this afternoon.
I just wanted to let our members know about what your money does, and please keep the donations coming in.
Jeffrey Arnold, Alan Gilgulin, Michael Williams, Trustees
St. Andrew Fund Helps a Disabled Child
The St. Andrew Fund recently provided $500 towards the cost of a $4,500 wheelchair ramp for a child in Malden. While a Masonic Angel Fund does not yet (emphasize "yet") exist in Malden, the local Masons are working hard to partner with other organizations to provide the funds for this necessary item.
Star-Athol Lodge Provides Physical Therapy Equipment
Rural Athol, Massachusetts is one of the Foundation's "Communities of Critical Concern". Served by the Star-Athol Masonic Angel Fund, Athol is a former mill-town where great needs exist but where it is very difficult to extract charitable dollars from an already depressed local economy. We received the message below last week from Charles Montalbano of the S-AMAF:
I received a letter from a physical therapist at the Athol Learning Center [of the Athol-Royalston Regional School District]. They have a 4 year old boy would benefit greatly from a specialized physical therapy set with rings and monkey bars. A set that will fill all the requirements is $840.00. Unfortunately Star-Athol Lodge is not in a position to fund the entire project. I was told by the therapist that every organization in the area was contacted with no results.
Thanks once again to the generosity of The Lodge of St. Andrew, the Foundation was able to provide a matching grant to Star-Athol in the amount of $420 to cover one-half of the item's cost. Star-Athol MAF has funded the other $420.
St. John's Lodge MAF Gets Started
Having adopted their Masonic Angel Fund on May 19, 2003, the St. John's Lodge Masonic Angel Fund has already awarded its first benevolence. Yesterday Robert Roy of the SJLMAF was contacted by a school nurse with a request for a summer campership of approximately $350. As Bro. Roy told us yesterday "I had a check in my wallet and it will be delivered to the school momentarily." Congratulations on your first of many benevolences! Welcome to the MAF family.
"BOSTON FIRST FUND" ESTABLISHED
On Monday, June 9, 2003 Mount Lebanon Lodge voted the first donation to the new "Boston First Fund", a partnership license established by Lodges in the First Masonic District which covers the Boston area. The "BFF" joins the St. Andrew Fund as our second Masonic Angel Fund partnership license. As many recall, the St. Andrew Fund was established in 2001 to provide assistance to children in communities where there is not yet a Masonic Angel Fund or to assist in situations where a local MAF is financially overwhelmed.
The Boston First Fund was established under the following parameters: Established by the Lodges of Massachusetts' First Masonic District, the "Boston First Fund" serves children in the immediate Boston area. In 2003, the BFF's emphasis is providing necessities to families of military service personnel. The BFF also provides support to non-military families within the same geographical area. Requests for Boston First Fund benevolences are made through the volunteer staff of the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. In addition to receiving MAF benevolence requests through schools, BFF benevolences may be requested by USO staff, military chaplains, military family service staff and certain community service groups (i.e. Boys/Girls Club staff) as set forth by the Foundation.
Because of the great needs that exist in a city like Boston, any form of MAF service to the children of Boston is truly an intimidating project. We are proud to see that the Lodges in the First Masonic District have risen to the challenge. All of us look forward to sharing information about the activities of the Boston First Fund.
MAF VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED
R.W. Southard Lippincott of Newton Centre recently received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts for his outstanding work with the Masonic Angel Fund over the past four years. Southard is one of our principal "evangelists" and is responsible for opening at least fourteen Masonic Angel Funds. The award was presented on June 9th by R.W. Paul Rolston, past Grand Secretary and a long-time friend of Southard's.
Wor. Jim St. Pierre and Wor. Mario Mere received Certificates of Appreciation from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Jimmie St. Pierre is the Mason who established the Foundation's partnership with LenseCrafters - resulting in countless children receiving eyeglasses absolutely free of charge.
Mario Mere is the Foundation's webmaster and one-man media production department - his excellent work has given the Masonic Angel Fund one of the finest and most useful web sites in Freemasonry.
Words cannot begin to describe the contributions that these two men have made to the lives of children in need. The awards were presented at Mount Horeb Lodge (Dennis, MA) on June 4, 2003 by Foundation board members Wor. Lorrimer Armstrong, Jr. and R.W. Robert W. Fellows.
SHARE YOUR GOOD NEWS!
Please use our list server (email@example.com) to share your benevolences and news with others in Masonic Angel Fund family. You also may email your questions and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Better still, if you hold a fund raiser or do some special project in your community send us photographs and a "press release" for the web site.
Remember, the web site and these email broadcasts are everyone's forum to share and learn about how we all operate our Masonic Angel Funds.
We thank one and all for your outstanding support of the Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.
Regards to all,
Managing Director/Board Secretary
Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.