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Endowment Established at Northern Oklahoma College

NOC group photo w check presentation

On May 13, 2014, Grand Master Ron Chambers and Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma President Charles Stuckey participated in a cornerstone ceremony rededicating Wilkin Hall on the Tonkawa campus of Northern Oklahoma College. The ceremony included placement of a time capsule and presentation of $50,000 for the establishment of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Endowment in Professional Development and Cultural Enrichment. The endowment is intended to fund professional development programs for students across all of NOC’s campus locations.

The NOC article (including photo credits) is available in part here: 

 

Second Chance Endowment at TCC Reduces Rate of Repeat Criminal Offenders

In July 2014, a new $50,000 endowment was placed at Tulsa Community College Foundation on behalf of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma. The endowment will help provide continued funding for the TCC Second Chance Scholarship Program.

Second Chance scholarships provide support for the TCC Corrections Education Program. Corrections Education enables faculty to teach classes to both male and female incarcerated offenders. To date, the program has partnered with Dick Conner Correctional Facility, Turley Correctional Center, and Women In Recovery.  Rates of recurrent criminal behavior in Oklahoma average around 20%; however, among participants in the Corrections Education Program repeat offender rates average 5%. 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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