New Mobile Command Center for the Department of Veterans Affairs
This 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.
Alzheimer’s Association Opens Lawton Office
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.
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- New Mobile Command Center for the Department of Veterans Affairs This 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 ...
- $50,000 Endowment Established at Redlands Community College On September 23, 2013, Brad Rickelman, Grand Master 2013, presented a $50,000 check to the Redlands Community College Foundation representing establishment of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Endowment. Income distributions from the endowment are purposed for quality educational and cultural programming, events, and activities for the campus and its community in order to enhance and ...
- 2013 Masonry In Action Award Winners The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma announced that Altus Lodge No. 62, and Drumright Lodge No. 468 will be honored with the 2013 Masonry in Action Award. The Masonry in Action Award was created in 2013 to recognize Oklahoma lodges who make outstanding effort to care for their members, impact their communities, and bring positive recognition ...
- Permanent Endowments Established for Preservation of Oklahoma Scottish Rite Temples In April 2013, the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma had the distinct pleasure of entering into endowment agreements with the Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple and the McAlester Scottish Rite Temple to establish permanent funds for preservation of these historic Masonic landmarks. The endowments were approved by the Masonic Charity Foundation’s Board of Directors in January 2013, and ...
- Masonic Charity Foundation Endowment Assists University of Central Oklahoma Central Pantry in 2013 In July 2010, the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma established an endowed fund with the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation. In 2013, the UCO Foundation has designated the recipient of the endowment fund income as the Central Pantry located on the UCO campus. The pantry was opened in November 2012, and made possible through a partnership with the Regional ...
- Washington Lodge Assists Washington Volunteer Fire Department The Washington Lodge partnered with the Washington Volunteer Fire Department contributing their time and energy to host the annual fish fry fundraiser. A total of $5,362 was presented to the Washington Fire Fighters which will be used to maintain, repair and purchase firefighting equipment.
- Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma Receives the Achievement in Aging, 2012 Business Partner of the Year Award Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma Executive Director, John Logan, accepted an award which was presented by the OKDHS Aging Services Director, Lance Robertson at the 37th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging in Norman, Oklahoma.
- Altus Lodge Partners with Southwest Technology Center in “Relay for Life” for American Cancer Society Altus Masonic Lodge along with the Southwest Technology Center presented a $6,311.10 check to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jackson County to support research efforts in finding a cure for cancer. This year’s donation was made in honor of SWTC Counselor, Jill Chaney, a cancer survivor.
- Blanchard Masons Recognize First Place Winner in State Essay Contest Joseph Lyon, Senior at Blanchard High School, was awarded 1st place in the state-wide essay contest and the Blanchard Lodge presented the student with a check. The essay topic was, “What specific sacrifice or sacrifices would you endure as a partial solution to our country’s economic problem?” Grand Master Randy Rogers noted, “We’re working to ...
- Washington Lodge Celebrates Outstanding Washington High School Seniors Washington Masons recognize the outstanding Seniors of Washington High School. Noted in photos are Senior Essay Contest Winners, Student of Today Winners, and $500 Masonic Scholarship Winners.