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 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
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.
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:
- Lodges submit an application for Matching Funds in support of the Regional Food Bank 2017 Holiday Match campaign to the Masonic Charity Foundation.
- When the application is approved, the Masonic Charity Foundation will send a check for matching funds directly to the lodge.
- 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
- 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!
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.
- Members of DeMolay, Rainbow, and Jobs Daughters: Members of Masonic Youth Orders are eligible to apply for scholarship annually. Application deadline is May 1.
For more information, check out our Programs for Public Schools webpage and sign up for Public School e-blasts for reminders and current events!
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/
On March 6, 2017, Connors State College graciously hosted representatives of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma to commemorate the establishment of a $50,000 permanent endowment at the state-funded school.
The grant represents an ongoing effort by the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma to place endowed funds at every publicly funded university and college in Oklahoma.
Income from the endowment will be used for a new program in which students apply for grant funds to accomplish community projects for which they see a need. The application process requires students to put together a project plan, and committee of administrators and local community representatives choose which grants will be funded each year.
For more information, see Connors State’s website article about the endowment: http://connorsstate.edu/news/the-masonic-fraternity-of-oklahoma-donates-50000-to-connors-development-foundation/
Twelve outstanding photos have been selected to be featured in the 2018 Annual Report Calendar. Winners will each receive $25 per selected photo, and will be featured on our website and in the annual report calendar.
THANK YOU to everyone who submitted fantastic photos! If your photo was not selected this year, please re-enter next year. We simply had too many great photos to choose from! Photo contest submissions are accepted all year via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no limit to the number of photos an individual may submit, but to preserve the quality of the photo we request that only one photo is included in each email submission.
Some preference is given to certain photo themes: freemasonry, patriotism, holiday, and Oklahoma themes, however all beautiful photos are considered and appreciated! Landscape orientation is preferred, with minimum resolution of 300 dpi required for publishing. For complete contest rules, see our program webpage at http://www.mcfok.org/programs/on-behalf-of-the-fraternity/annual-photo-contest/
Special thanks to Edward Zweiacher of El Reno Lodge for a beautiful shot of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma offices.
2017 Photo Contest winning photos:
Owasso Lodge 545 and Pilot Lodge 367 were honored with the 2017 Masonry In Action Award. Both lodges received $5,000 in grant funds for the charitable or educational cause of their choosing.
Owasso Lodge 545 used their $5,000 prize funds to support an upcoming Eagle Scout project which will host a community outdoor education day with the local boy scout troop: http://www.tulsaworld.com/communities/owasso/news/communitynews/owasso-masonic-lodge-earns-prestigious-masonry-in-action-award-for/article_1c464535-7998-544c-b532-d8f2092c626b.html
Pilot Lodge 367 designated Lawton Food Bank, Fletcher Volunteer Fire Department, Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, and the Great Plains Chapter of the American Red Cross as recipients of their $5,000 in grant funds. http://www.gloklahoma.com/subscriptions/album/
All Oklahoma Masonic lodges are eligible to apply for the Masonry In Action Award. Lodges are scored based on the prior year’s participation in Foundation programs, with greatest weight given to participation in Promises Matter programs and the Grand Master’s charitable appeals. The prescribed scoring matrix considers the lodge’s charitable involvement (time, donated labor, community presence) as well as fundraising, with a focus on caring for the Masonic family and creating a favorable reputation for freemasonry in the community.
For more information about the Masonry In Action Award, or to apply, see our program webpage: http://www.mcfok.org/programs/direct-lodge-involvement/masonry-in-action-award/
The Grand Master’s charitable plea for the benefit of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is underway! Is your lodge participating? The Grand Master has asked lodges to contribute $1.50 per member to this campaign.
Matching Funds are available and will be automatically applied to your contribution unless the lodge specifically requests that the donation not be matched. To be included in the campaign, simply mail your lodge’s contribution check to our office and write “Food Bank Campaign” in the memo line. No Matching Funds application is required. We will automatically match the contribution and transmit the contributions to the food banks with acknowledgement of each lodge’s participation.
To track campaign giving, visit our Food Bank Campaign page here.
Thank you for making Oklahoma strong!