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Our Vision

•• To be the charity of choice because of the difference we make.

The old adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” can be particularly apt when you see just a few of the many images of generosity, compassion and relief that Masons of Minnesota provide through community outreach and with the support of Minnesota Masonic Charities Matching Grants. So hats off to the good people and good works shown here and also to all of those not pictured but deserving a shout-out.

P.S. Just a reminder to send Deb Cutsinger, MMC Grants Administrator, those “action shots” so we can feature your Lodge’s success story...

Cataract Lodge No. 2 made school field trips at Bancroft Elementary possible with a $5000 grant matched by MMC. Average number of field trips per student was 3-4 at an average cost of $6—providing students learning adventures at multiple locations including museums, zoos, theate , historical sites and musical venues.

Nashwauk Lodge No. 331 – a fish fry and a matching grant helped the Nashwauk Fire Department get a Polaris Ranger for rescue work. Check presentation to Asst. Fire Chief John Ketola by Bros.Chet Moellering; Brian Ekholm, Lodge Master; and Daryl Lawrence.

Bancroft Principal Paul Marietta and five Bancroft students sharing field trip experiences and memories at a Cataract Lodge dinner. Bancroft teachers and PTO members also attended.

Oriental Lodge No. 34 provides a $2000 gift including a match from MMC to the Cannon Falls Veterans Memorial project. In the last few years, Lodge members have supported community projects with nine MMC matching grants.

So, Bro. Kerry Roen, when is Eveleth Lodge No. 239 going to open their pasty store?

Eveleth Lodge No. 239 continues to sponsor the local high school band, the boy scouts, girl scouts and other community groups with their famous pasty sales. One of the first Lodges to participate in MMC Matching Grants, Eveleth members have made over a dozen gifts of sup- port with matching funds.

Left to right: With Kari Hermanson, Bros. Raymond Rapp, Craig Allen, Duane Hermanson, Bob Rapp, Steve Nelson, Richard Karlson, Bill Callister.

North Star Lodge No. 23 presented a matching grant gift of $400 to the St. Cloud Fire Dept. for the Fire Safety Education Program which presents fire safety procedures. to St. Cloud area elementary schools.

Left to right: Keith Kenned , PM & reasurer of North Star Lodge, Fire Chief Bill Mund, and Mike ankpvec,

Master of North Star Lodge.

Front row: Harbor Room Director Bonnie Guetzko-Bowman & Fund Raising Coordinator Sue Slatte , Knight Art Rogain, Bro. Bob Boone, Knight Bob Theis, and Bro. Lance Bursch. Back row: CMC Director Julie Gotham, Bro. Scott Fredell, Worshipful Master Ralph Powell and Bro. Ken West.

Harbor Room, the cancer resource center located at the Cambridge Medical Center, received a gift of $5,100 from Helios Masonic Lodge No. 273 including a match from MMC. Members partnered with the local Knights of Columbus #12813 in hosting their third annual fundraising spaghetti dinner. Both organizations have found combining their efforts to be a wonderful way to make new friendships a support a very worthy local organization.


Main: (952) 948-6004 Web: mnmasoniccharities.org

Eric Neetenbeek, President/CEO (952) 948-6213 Eric.Neetenbeek@mnmasonic.org

Left to right: WB John Ede, Major rudi Windham (Salvation Army), WB Forrest Sexson, and Bro. Michael Perreault.

Check Presentation of $2400 to Salvation Army by Forest Lake Lodge No. 344 Lodge members rang bells for the Red Kettle Campaign, had a free will offering dinner at the Lodge,and with other contributions raised $1,200, which was matched by Minnesota Masonic Charities.

Our Lodge greatly appreciates the matching grants we have received for our community projects. We now have a member’s extended family relative who is needing support for a serious health issue. Is that something we could get a matching grant for?

T.T. – Duluth

ANSWER: We can certainly appreciate the desire to help out in situa- tions such as these. However, the MMC Matching Grants program is specifically designed for charitable community projects and services, and it must adhere to formal governance policy which cannot provide relief grants for individuals.

Sara Beddow, Director of Communications (952) 948-6202 Sara.Beddow@mnmasonic.org

John Schwietz, Director of Fund Development

(952) 948-6209 John.Schwietz@mnmasonic.org

Deb Cutsinger, Executive Assistant (952) 948-6206 Deb.Cutsinger@mnmasonic.org

Sandy Knoke, Fund Raising Administrative Assistant

(952) 948-6208 Sandy.Knoke@mnmasonic.org


July–August 2011

The Minnesota MASON


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