Brethren, This time of year, it seems natural for us to more often think of the welfare of our fellow man. With all of the disasters of recent, both natural and man-made, perhaps you ask yourself how can you help. The Scottish Rite, a number of years ago, created the Grand Almoner's Fund with the sole purpose of supporting our members in need. The accomplishments over the years have been extraordinary and often times life changing for those they have assisted. The past year alone, the Grand Almoner's Fund has assisted over 120 members and families in need. The need arises from any number of things, such as; illness and injury, loss of income, loss of home and loss of employment, just to name a few. Most recently, the Grand Almoner's Fund is assisting many of the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
In the Valley of Peoria, we also have the Distressed Brother Fund. This fund was created to assist our brethren. Most recently it has been used to help pay the dues of brothers who can no longer afford to maintain their membership in the Fraternity.
To donate to our Distressed Brother Fund, simply check the box on your dues notices, which will be coming out soon and add the amount of the donation to your dues payment. You may also donate directly by mailing a check to our office and noting Distressed Brother Fund on the memo line.
Donations to the Grand Almoner's Fund can be sent to: Grand Almoner's Fund, PO Box 519 Lexington, MA 02420-0519, or online at www.DonateRite.org
"We strive to be a fraternity that fulfills its Masonic obligation to care for our members." May the peace of the Lord be with you and your families this Holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Fraternally, Don Edwards, MSA 33°, Commander-in-Chief
Valley of Peoria Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite To contact us Phone: (309)676-4472