Secretary Training Workshop Scheduled for January 12, 2019

The Grand Secretary and Masonic Charity Foundation Executive Director will be conducting one Grand Lodge / Masonic Charity Foundation Secretary Workshop for 2019. Attendance by any lodge officer is highly encouraged. District Deputy Grand Masters are also welcome. Topics will include forms and materials of the Grand Lodge, reports, Secretaries Interface System, and other issues pertinent to the daily operation of your lodge.

The training is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the India Shrine Center, 3601 NW 36th Street, Oklahoma City.

  • 10 am – noon: Masonic Charity Foundation session (no registration required)
  • 12:00: Lunch available at the Shrine Center for a nominal fee of $7
  • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Grand Lodge of the State of Oklahoma (registration required, contact Grand Lodge for details)

Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop, tablet or smartphone.

 

Awards, Curriculum, and Cash Prizes Available for Oklahoma Public Schools

Senior Essay Contest Statewide winner accepts $2,000 individual cash prize and a $5,000 cash grant for Central High School.

Are you an Oklahoma public school teacher or administrator interested in student and teacher awards, curriculum, and CASH PRIZES? The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma can help!

Awards for teachers and students:

  • Student of Today / Teacher of Today: All nominated students and teachers are recognized with certificates. Some local lodges provide cash prizes in addition to the recognition certificates. This program accepts nominations from March 1 through May 31.
  • Oklahoma Teacher of the Year: The Masonic Fraternity is a long-time sponsor of the State Superintendent’s Teacher of the Year program. Each year, eleven teachers are selected as finalists and receive a $1,000 grant from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, in addition to prizes from other event sponsors. The Fraternity also provides one winning finalist with a $5,000 cash award, plus an additional $5,000 grant made to their school district. For more information, visit the Oklahoma State Superintendent’s website here: http://sde.ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-teacher-year

Curriculum, Contests, and Cash Prizes:

  • Senior Essay Contest: High School Seniors submit a 1,000-1,250 word essay on a pre-chosen topic. Local winners receive certificates. Statewide winners and their school districts win cash prizes from $100 to $5,000! Entries must be postmarked by October 31.
  • High School Ethics Bowl: Any Oklahoma High School can create team(s) to participate in this statewide, friendly debate styled competition which discusses pertinent topics in ethics. Winners compete for cash prizes with the potential for advancement to competition at the national level. Any student may participate! Preparation for this competition makes an ideal curriculum enhancement for talented and gifted programs, english programs, debate and speech teams, civic and volunteerism clubs, or just students looking to interact with other students and professionals across the state! Register by November 1. Financial assistance for the $75 registration fee may be available. Program of the SEED Foundation.
  • Photo Contest: Cash prizes of $25 for each winning photo, with winning photos published in our annual report calendar. Students of any grade level may compete. Ideal for journalism and photography clubs. Entries accepted all year long, but deadline for current year publication is July 15. Entries received after the deadline will be included in the following year’s contest.

Scholarship Opportunities:

 

For more information, check out our Programs for Public Schools webpage and sign up for Public School e-blasts for reminders and current events!

 

$1 Million FFA Foundation Masonic Endowment Underway

Did you know that Future Farmers of America (FFA) was created nearly a century ago by four Masons? FFA has been an Oklahoma staple for leadership and education across many generations, with thousands of Oklahoma students actively participating in FFA classwork and functions each year. In order to appropriately support this foundation of leadership and education in Oklahoma, the FFA Foundation Masonic Endowment was created in 2016.

Oklahoma lodges are asked to contribute $1,000 each year to the FFA Endowment Campaign, with the goal of raising $1 million dollars for the endowment by 2022. Contributions to the endowment may be viewed here: FFA Endowment Campaign Contributions

All lodge contributions to the FFA Endowment Campaign will be automatically matched by the Masonic Charity Foundation unless the lodge requests otherwise. No Matching Funds Application is required, simply write “FFA Campaign” on the lodge’s check memo line and forward the contribution to our office.

Please note, lodge contributions to local FFA Chapters are not part of the FFA Endowment Campaign. We praise lodges for their continued, robust support of local FFA chapters and encourage each lodge’s support of both this FFA Endowment initiative and their local FFA chapters. In this way, we can proudly support continued programming and scholarships which benefit Oklahoma FFA students in every area of the state.

How to contribute to the FFA Foundation Masonic Endowment Campaign:

  • Use the “Make A Donation” page on our website and note it “FFA Campaign” http://www.mcfok.org/donation/
  • Use our Facebook “Donate” button https://www.facebook.com/masoniccharityok/
  • Call our office at 1-877-562-7667 to make a credit card donation by phone! Remember to say you want to support the FFA Campaign!
  • Mail your check to Masonic Charity Foundation, PO Box 2406, Edmond, OK 73083 and write “FFA Campaign” in the memo line

For more information about the FFA Foundation’s Masonic Endowment, please contact our office. THANK YOU for your support!

** The FFA Endowment campaign is now closed! Check back soon for a BIG announcement! **

Oklahoma Mason’s Multimillion-Dollar Legacy Supports Aging In Place

The Oklahoma Association of Area Agencies on Aging (O4A) gratefully accepted a gift of $736,671 on December 5th to support programs which help aging Oklahomans remain in their homes.

The agency has received nearly $8 million in support from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma over the last ten years, thanks to a generous bequest from Oklahoma Freemason Edgar M. Woody. Woody believed in the obligation to care for aged members of the community and bequeathed a $12 million endowed gift to the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma to support the aged.

Woody’s gift continues to generate support for O4A programs which provide a range of services including wheelchair ramps, meal delivery, small home repairs, and necessary dental, hearing, and eye care not provided by other government programs. Eleven O4A agencies provide services in multi-county regions throughout Oklahoma.

Thanks to partnerships with groups like O4A and the network of over 200 Masonic lodges in communities throughout the state, Masonic charity is able to impact Oklahomans from every walk of life at a rate of over $12,000 per day.

More information about O4A programs may be found at www.o4aoklahoma.org

Upcoming Secretary Training Dates Announced

A Secretary Training Workshop will be held at the Grand Lodge office in Guthrie on January 13, 2018 at 9:00 am. Training includes topics relevant to the administrative responsibilities of every lodge secretary with regard to the Grand Lodge requirements as well as the Masonic Charity Foundation programs. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Registration with the Grand Lodge office is required to ensure adequate materials are available for all attendees. Please contact the Grand Lodge office at 405-282-3212 for registration details.

Masonic Match Opportunity – Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

 

The Food Bank’s goal to raise $600,000 for their 2017 holiday campaign will be generously matched byAPMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Lodges have a special opportunity to DOUBLE their support of their local community food banks with matching funds dollars provided by the Masonic Charity Foundation.

To participate in the holiday match campaign:

  1. Lodges submit an application for Matching Funds in support of the Regional Food Bank 2017 Holiday Match campaign to the Masonic Charity Foundation. 
  2. When the application is approved, the Masonic Charity Foundation will send a check for matching funds directly to the lodge.
  3. The lodge will forward their contribution plus the Masonic matching funds to the Regional Food Bank. The lodge may designate any local food pantry as the recipient of the funds, however In order for the lodge’s contribution to be matched by the Regional Food Bank’s sponsors, the check must be sent to the Regional Food Bank directly (not the local food pantry). To find your local pantries, enter your zip code on the Regional Food Bank’s website at https://www.regionalfoodbank.org/get-help
  4. The Regional Food Bank will designate the donated and matched funds to the local pantry selected by the lodge.

Thank you for your continued support in feeding Oklahoma!

 

 

Awards, Curriculum, and Cash Prizes Available for Oklahoma Public Schools

Senior Essay Contest Statewide winner accepts $2,000 individual cash prize and a $5,000 cash grant for Central High School.

Are you an Oklahoma public school teacher or administrator interested in student and teacher awards, curriculum, and CASH PRIZES? The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma can help!

Awards for teachers and students:

  • Student of Today / Teacher of Today: All nominated students and teachers are recognized with certificates. Some local lodges provide cash prizes in addition to the recognition certificates. This program accepts nominations from March 1 through May 31.
  • Oklahoma Teacher of the Year: The Masonic Fraternity is a long-time sponsor of the State Superintendent’s Teacher of the Year program. Each year, eleven teachers are selected as finalists and receive a $1,000 grant from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, in addition to prizes from other event sponsors. The Fraternity also provides one winning finalist with a $5,000 cash award, plus an additional $5,000 grant made to their school district. For more information, visit the Oklahoma State Superintendent’s website here: http://sde.ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-teacher-year

Curriculum, Contests, and Cash Prizes:

  • Senior Essay Contest: High School Seniors submit a 1,000-1,250 word essay on a pre-chosen topic. Local winners receive certificates. Statewide winners and their school districts win cash prizes from $100 to $5,000! Entries must be postmarked by October 31.
  • High School Ethics Bowl: Any Oklahoma High School can create team(s) to participate in this statewide, friendly debate styled competition which discusses pertinent topics in ethics. Winners compete for cash prizes with the potential for advancement to competition at the national level. Any student may participate! Preparation for this competition makes an ideal curriculum enhancement for talented and gifted programs, english programs, debate and speech teams, civic and volunteerism clubs, or just students looking to interact with other students and professionals across the state! Register by November 1. Financial assistance for the $75 registration fee may be available. Program of the SEED Foundation.
  • Photo Contest: Cash prizes of $25 for each winning photo, with winning photos published in our annual report calendar. Students of any grade level may compete. Ideal for journalism and photography clubs. Entries accepted all year long, but deadline for current year publication is July 15. Entries received after the deadline will be included in the following year’s contest.

Scholarship Opportunities:

 

For more information, check out our Programs for Public Schools webpage and sign up for Public School e-blasts for reminders and current events!

 

$50,000 Masonic Endowment Established at Carl Albert State College

Grand Master Allison proudly presented a check for $50,000 on behalf of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma to Carl Albert State College Staff for establishment of a new endowed fund at the state funded school.

The endowment will fund the Leadership Empowerment and Development (LEAD) program, which is designed to provide leadership training and workshops accessible to the community’s students.

See Carl Albert’s article about the program and funding here: https://www.carlalbert.edu/casc-development-foundation-receives-50000-endowment-from-masonic-charity-foundation-of-oklahoma/

Student and Teacher of Today

The Student and Teacher of Today program is now open!
Enter your award winners here.

 

Food Bank Campaign

Grand Master Dixon has requested lodge contributions of $2 per member, with a total fundraising goal of $36,138. To date, a total of $736 has been raised by 2 lodges. Click here to view lodge contributions.

FFA Campaign

Our FFA Endowment Fundraising Campaign is complete! The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Endowment in the amount of $1 million has now been fully funded with the Oklahoma FFA Foundation! Stay tuned for more details!
Click here for more information, or to view FFA campaign contributions to date.Olimometer 2.52

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