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New Mobile Command Center for the Department of Veterans Affairs

GM Chambers w General Rita AragonThis Veterans Day, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs was presented with a new Mobile Command Center from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma. The mobile center will enable the “VA” to travel across the State and reach veterans who may otherwise have difficulty applying for services, particularly after disasters like the May 2013 tornadoes.

The gift was presented and dedicated by Grand Master Ron Chambers and General Rita Aragon, Oklahoma Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs, on November 11, 2013 in a joint ceremony at the Oklahoma War Memorial near the State Capitol.

 

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Would you like to see your lodge, community, or favorite photo featured in the next Masonic Charity Foundation Annual Report Calendar? Submit your original photos now! Winning entries will also be featured on www.mcfok.org and social media sites. See flyer for details. Entry deadline is July 15, 2014! Photo Contest Flyer 2014 copy

 

 

Alzheimer’s Association Opens Lawton Office

Alz Association Lawton ribbon cutting w Bob Davis

On January 24, 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma-Arkansas Chapter welcomed donors and guests to an open house at a new Lawton facility. The new facility is located at 6425 Cache Road, Suite 102, in the IBC Bank building in Lawton. The office will office services and support for Oklahoma residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease, including support services for families and caretakers.

The Masonic Charity Foundation is proud to have contributed to the success of this growth with a $500,000 progressive 3-year grant. In 2013, the Foundation contributed $150,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association chapter to assist with outreach services in the State. In 2014 and 2015, the Foundation will contribute an additional $175,000, respectively. The Lawton Herald featured details of the Open House in their pages, or view the 2013 story featured by KSWO News 7 in Lawton here:  http://www.kswo.com/story/21769995/alzheimers-association-receives-donation

 

 

Permanent Endowments for Scottish Rite Temple Improvements Established

The Scottish Rite Temples in Guthrie and McAlester represent monumental pieces of Oklahoma’s Masonic heritage and culture. Preserving these Oklahoma treasures require extensive annual maintenance and restoration. In 2013, the Masonic Charity Foundation established two permanent endowments to assist with funding these ongoing preservation and restoration efforts. The endowments are part of two $1 million, 3-year progressive grants to be funded in 2013, 2014, and 2015. To date, $1,333,332 has been placed in the endowments, with the remaining $666,668 to be funded in 2015.

For more information about the temples or to view a virtual tour, visit:

http://www.guthriescottishrite.org/

http://www.mcalesterscottishrite.org/

http://newspin360.com/tour/ok/guthrie/scottishritetemple/

 

 

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