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Posted: 28 April 2013 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Greetings,

With all due respect, I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on the often-quoted “millions of dollars a day” that freemasons donate to charity.  I was wondering how such numbers are accounted, given that each lodge acts independently.  And isn’t true that appendant bodies also are organized and operated as individual organizations as well?  Having said all of this, I was wondering how masonry can account for all of these donations to charities and what charities are the beneficiaries of this goodwill.

The question has more practical interest for me.  If I donate money in the lodge, does that money just go to the lodge’s budget, and then it is donated according to the lodge’s goals and interests?  Have you ever felt that your donation is going to a charity that you don’t want to support?

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Posted: 28 April 2013 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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The charities we typically donate to in lodge are accounted for by our treasurer and separated into different baskets or buckets. Some are accounted for locally while others are given over into funds managed by the Grand Lodges. The accounting there is done just like any other charitable organization and well regulated by federal law. The millions donated that you’re referencing probably doesn’t even come close to accounting for the smaller charitable donations made by individual masons to those in need. All of the appending bodies, while managed independently, require their members to be master masons in good standing of a regular lodge. I won’t even try to pretend to know all the charities. Off the top I can think of several including, the Shriners burn hospitals, the children’s homes in each state, the scottish rite hospitals, local scholarships, a local secret Santa program we have in my jurisdiction to feed the hungry. There are many, many more that I can’t think of at the moment. We only use the donations given for charity. Our budgets and operating costs come directly from due paid annually and I think some may do fundraising to help defray costs. The entire administration costs of the Shrine come from the proceeds of the circus every year.

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Posted: 28 April 2013 03:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Here in NY, through the GL there is the Brotherhood Fund which is to aid and assist those Brs in need.
Then there are the earmarked donations such as those specifically directed to the Masonic Medical Research Lab. ET AL.

Then by Lodge, we have scholarships and support for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Demolay and Rainbow Girls.
We also donate a lot of time to operate Masonic ID Program [for children and at risk adults].

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Posted: 28 April 2013 05:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Charities or Masonic Charities is a bit vague.  ... Since Freemasonry is not a ‘charity’ organization, the charities of which a GL may support will vary.  Even Lodge to Lodge the charity supported would be the ones of particular interest to those members.  ... As pointed out, how the money is handled is noted by Lodge minutes and accounted for separately.

So the statement ““millions of dollars a day” is true.  The most recognized public charity is the Shrine Children Hospitals.  5 years ago it cost $1.8 million per day to operate the 22 hospitals (this is public record).  Today, I sure it is more than $2 million per day.    Shriners are Freemasons, but not all Masons are Shriners.    Add this to the donations made by GLs & Lodges to various charities, then ““millions of dollars a day” is easily substantiated.

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Posted: 28 April 2013 06:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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ArchStanton - 28 April 2013 11:44 AM

Greetings,

With all due respect, I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on the often-quoted “millions of dollars a day” that freemasons donate to charity.  I was wondering how such numbers are accounted, given that each lodge acts independently.

==The dollar amount disbursed by the entire “family” of Masonic organizations is an estimate only. The exact amount is difficult to determine, because the data base is so diverse. The Shriner’s hospitals spend a great deal of money, to run the hospital program. The Knights Templars run program for eye surgery and research into diseases of the eye. The Grotto provides dental services for handicapped children. The High-Twelve provides college scholarships for students to attend George Washington University. The Grand Lodge of Kentucky operates an Old Masons home, and a Widow’s home. The list is endless. And that does not include “sweat equity”, when individual masons contribute labor to charitable and humanitarian services. Yuma lodge #17, Yuma Arizona, had adopted a stretch of highway. The labor contributed is difficult to determine.

And isn’t true that appendant bodies also are organized and operated as individual organizations as well?  Having said all of this, I was wondering how masonry can account for all of these donations to charities and what charities are the beneficiaries of this goodwill.

==As I stated, the exact dollar disbursements are difficult to collect and quantify.

The question has more practical interest for me.  If I donate money in the lodge, does that money just go to the lodge’s budget, and then it is donated according to the lodge’s goals and interests?

==Notwithstanding my statements here, Masonry is NOT a charitable organization. The Craft lodge is a fraternity. The vast majority of the charitable programs are conducted by the appendant bodies. If you are a Mason, and you donate money to a specific lodge, you can be reasonably certain that the money will go to lodges’ purposes.


Have you ever felt that your donation is going to a charity that you don’t want to support?

==Myself, no. With the large diversity of appendant and concordant bodies, a man can choose which organization(s) he chooses to belong to, and by his choices have control over which charitable endeavors he supports.

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Posted: 28 April 2013 07:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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(This is a PARTIAL listing of what Freemasonry (and the appendant/concordant bodies) are doing.

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What Freemasonry does…
Simply, Freemasonry builds and advances the character of men to make them better.
Building on principals of moral integrity, Freemasons hold brotherly love as paramount to the benefit of mankind. Whether through charitable acts, or by direct involvement, Freemasonry has dedicated itself to the prosperity of mankind.
On the individual level, Freemasonry builds on moral philosophy, through allegorical symbols to impart rich and complex meanings about the divine. What that means is through Masonic education, individuals are given their own personal building blocks to contribute to the build of their own personal moral character, and then charged with applying that purpose in their day-to-day life.
It does not act to impart religion to its membership, instead it builds on the tenants and virtues taught by all religions, including a faith in the divine, the application of the Golden Rule, and the value of leading a moral virtuous life, all with the drive to put these ideas into personal practice. It promotes the active participation in the member’s individual faith tradition, charging them to build their spiritual character.
Throughout the mason’s life, the lessons of morality and ethics are revisited through the extensions of the various bodies of Freemasonry, building on the principals of Freemasonry. Seldom can a mason say they have learned all of the meanings taught to them through the degrees.
By serving to promote brotherly love masons are now involved in extended levels of charity and benevolence to meet the needs of those least able in society.
To serves as an example, Freemasons are involved in all of these charitable organizations, giving to the needs of others.
•Childhood language disorders
•Treatment for birth defects
•Scholarship and direct grants to children and grandchildren of Scottish Rite Masons as well as to members of DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, Rainbow for Girls, and other
•Masonic youth groups
•Research on diabetes
•A summer camp for underprivileged children
•Arteriosclerosis research
•Christmas Day Dinner for the Des Moines community
•Cancer research
•Training awards for religious leadership and those making religious work their career
•A museum and monument to George Washington
•Grants to students at in Schools of Government and Business
•Administration and International Affairs
•Dental care for handicapped children
•Scholarship assistance to nursing students
•Geriatric research
•Child development for good citizenship and sound character for boys and girls
•Outpatient services for cancer treatment
•Low cost education loans
•Eye surgery and prescription glasses
•Treatment for cancer patients and cancer research support
•Masonic Hospital Visitation Program for V.A. Hospital volunteers
•Research in heart disease, cancer, aging, hypertension, and blood substitutes
•Meeting and performance facilities at the International Peace Garden
•A clearinghouse on Masonic information
•Education of youth about drugs and alcohol
•Ohio Special Olympics
•A non-denominational chapel for mediation and religious services at the International Peace Garden
•Research into the causes and treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders
•Research into auditory perception disorders in children
•A Georgia children’s medical Center
•A museum and library focusing on our American heritage as well as Freemasonry’s role in the history of our country
•The first public library in the District of Columbia
•Scholarships and fellowships for Ph.D. candidates in Public School Administration
•Support for students seeking degrees in fields associated with service to country and humanity Orthopedic services to children through a network of 22 hospitals and treatment for burns victims at four burns centers
•Support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
•A provider of new shoes for needy Tennessee and Alabama children
•An orthopedic, neuralgic, and child development hospital in Texas
•Operates a clinic for dyslexic and aphasia disorders in children
•Provides needy homeless children in the school district with clothing and toiletries

The following is a brief listing of these American Masonic Charities mentioned above:
Abbott Scottish Rite Scholarship Program
Provides direct grants to children and grandchildren of Scottish Rite masons, as well as members of DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, Rainbow Girls, and other Masonic youth groups.
Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, N.M.J.
P.O. Box 519
33 Marrett Road
Lexington, Massachusetts 02173
(617) 862-4410
Amaranth Diabetes Foundation
(Supports research on diabetes)
The Supreme Council, Order of the Amaranth
Mrs. Ethel B. Fry, Supreme Secretary
2303 Murdoch Avenue
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101
(304) 485-0423 or (304) 428-1565
Camp Chicota
A summer camp for underprivileged children
Grand Lodge of Louisiana, Prince Hall Affiliation
1335-37 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821
(504) 387-0996
Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation
Supports arteriosclerosis research
Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation
Marion K. Crum, Executive Secretary
Route 4, Box 301
Nashville, Indiana 47448
(812) 988-8655
Des Moines Masonic Christmas Day Dinner
Provides Christmas Day Dinner for the community
Masonic Christmas Day Dinner
Masonic Temple
1011 Locus Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 244-6011
Eastern Star Cancer Research Project
Supports cancer research
General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star
1618 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009-2578
(202) 667-4737

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Alexandria, VA Scottish Rite Bodies, A.A.S.R. (Southern Jurisdiction, USA)

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Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership
Supports those who are making religious work their career
General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star
1618 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009-2578
(202) 667-4737
General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star
Supports the Peace Chapel at the International Peace Garden which
provides a non-denominational chapel for meditation and religious
services
General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star
1618 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009-2578
(202) 667-4737
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
A museum and monument to our first President (and a Mason)
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Calahan Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22301
(703) 683-2007
George Washington University Grants
Provides grants to students in the Schools of Government and
Business Administration and International Affairs and matching
grants for graduate students
Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern Jurisdiction
1733 Sixteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009-3199
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Grotto Dentistry for the Handicapped Program
Provides dental care to handicapped children
Supreme Council, M.O.V.P.E.R.
34 N. Fourth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 463-9193
Illinois Scottish Rite Nursing Scholarships
Provides scholarship assistance to nursing students throughout
the State of Illinois
Illinois Scottish Rite Fund
Illinois Council of Deliberation
915 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(312) 787-7605
Indiana Masonic Home Foundation
An endowment which supports the Indiana Masonic Home, a retirement
and convalescence center. Located on 360 acres, is home for over
400 residents.
P. O. Box 44210
525 North Illinois Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46224-0210
(800) 277-4643
Indianapolis Scottish Rite Foundation
Supports geriatric research at the University of Indiana Medical School
Indianapolis Scottish Rite Bodies
650 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1294
(317) 635-2301
International Order of Job’s Daughters
A organization for girls between the ages of eleven and twenty who are relatives of Master Masons
Supreme Guardian Council, International Order of Job’s Daughters
233 West 6th Street
Papillion, Nebraska 68046
(402) 592-7987
International Order of Rainbow for Girls
A organization for girls between the ages of eleven and eighteen who are daughters of Masonic or Eastern Star families or friends of such girls
International Order of Rainbow for Girls
P.O. Box 788
McAlester, Oklahoma 74502
(918) 423-1328
Kansas Masonic Oncology Center
Provides out-patient services for cancer treatment
Kansas Masonic Foundation
320 West 8th Street
P.O. Box 1217
Topeka, Kansas 66601-1217
(913) 357-7646
Knights Templar Educational Foundation
Provides students with low-cost education loans
5097 Elston Ave, Suite 101
Chicago, Illinois 60630-2460
(312) 427-5670
Knights Templar Eye Foundation
Supports eye surgery and prescription glasses
P.O. Box 579
Springfield, Illinois 62705-0579
(217) 523-3838
Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center
Provides treatment for cancer patients and supports research
Masonic Cancer Center Fund, Inc.
1700 West Highway 36, Suite 120
Roseville, Minnesota 55113
(612)639-8433
Masonic Hospital Visitation Program
Provides Masonic volunteers to work with patients at Veterans
Administration and military hospitals
Masonic Services Association of the United States
8120 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
(301) 588-4010
Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, Utica, New York
Supports research in heart disease, cancer, aging, hypertension,
and blood substitutes
2150 Bleeker Street
Utica, New York 13501-1787
(315) 735-2217
Masonic Memorial Auditorium, International Peace Garden
Provides meeting and performance facilities for visitors
Grand Lodge of North Dakota
201 14th Avenue North
Fargo, North Dakota 58102
(701) 235-8321
Masonic Services Association of the United States
Serves as a clearing house for Masonic information
National Masonic Foundation for the Prevention of
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Children
Supports education for youth about drugs and alcohol
1629 K Street N.W., Suite 606
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 331-1933
Ohio Special Olympics
The Masonic Grand Lodge of Ohio sponsors every Ohio Special Olympian at these games
Grand Lodge of Ohio
P.O. Box 629
Worthington, Ohio 43085-0629
(614) 885-5318
Order of DeMolay
A fraternal organization for boys between the ages of thirteen and
twenty-one; its purpose is the encouragement and development of good
citizenship and sound character
International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay
10200 N. Executive Hills Boulevard
P.O. Box 901342
Kansas City, Missouri 64190-1342
(816) 891-8333
Research In Schizophrenia
Supports research into the causes and treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders
Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, N.M.J.
P.O. Box 519
33 Marrett Road
Lexington, Massachusetts 02173
(617) 862-4410
Royal Arch Research Assistance Program
Supports research into auditory perception disorders in children
General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons International
111 South 4th Street
Danville, Kentucky 40423-0489
(606) 236-0757
Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center in Georgia
Provides generalized and specialized services to children
Scottish Rites Children’s Medical Center
1001 Johnson Ferry Road, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30363
(404) 256-5252
Scottish Rite Museum of Our National Heritage
A museum and library focusing on our American heritage as well as
Freemasonry’s role in the history of our country
Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, N.M.J.
P.O. Box 519
33 Marrett Road
Lexington, Massachusetts 02173
(617) 862-4410

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Scottish Rite Supreme Council Library
The first public library in the District of Columbia which today
serves the general public as well as international Masonic scholars
Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Southern Jurisdiction
1733 Sixteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009-3199
http://www.srmason-sj.org
Shepherd Scholarship
Supports students seeking degrees in fields associated with service
to country and humanity
Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners Burn Institutes
Provides orthopedic services to children through a network of 22
hospitals and treatment for burns victims at three burns centers,
also provides specialized medical services for spinal cord injuries,
and cleft palates.
Direct phone to Shriners Hospitals for Children (USA)  800-237-5055
Shriner Headquarters
2900 Rocky Point Drive
Tampa, Florida 33607
[USA -  (800) 282-9161 ] [Canada -  (800) 361-7256 ] [All other areas
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Tall Cedar Foundation
Supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Supreme Forest, Tall Cedars of Lebanon
2609 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110
(717) 232-5991
Tennessee and Alabama Scottish Rite Shoe Program
Provides new shoes for need Tennessee and Alabama children
Chattanooga Scottish Rite Bodies
510 Uptain Building
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411-4031
(615) 855-0175
Birmingham Scottish Rite Bodies
400 Valley Avenue
Birmingham, Alabama 35209-3899
(205) 942-2687
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Provides orthopedic, neuralgic, and child development services to children in Texas
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, Texas 75219-9982
(214) 521-3168
Masons Assisting Children (MAC)
Provides needy homeless children in the school district with clothing and toiletries
Masons Assisting Children
2200 West Mesquite
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
Scottish Rite Foundation
Operates a clinic for dyslexic and aphasia disorders in children
Scottish Rite Foundation
2200 West Mesquite
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

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Thank you all for your comments.  I know the list of charities that benefit from Masonic giving is quite extensive—thanks for the info.  At every question or concern that I might have, there always seems to be the same sort of acceptable and honorable response.

I will be open and honest: one would be hard-pressed to find any objection to such a noble and pragmatic list of charities.  Things like dyslexia, or child-related burn injuries, education, muscular dystrophy are all non-controversial.  However, I do have a problem with donating to the Boy Scouts.  While it is frequently stated as a de facto limited liability that the Scouts are not a Masonic organization, honoring scouts alongside Demolay and Rainbow seems to imply that they are “part of the family.”  Donating money to the Scouts is not the same as donating money to children with auditory disorders or kids who need shoes just to walk to school.

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ArchStanton - 30 April 2013 12:08 AM

Thank you all for your comments.  I know the list of charities that benefit from Masonic giving is quite extensive—thanks for the info.  At every question or concern that I might have, there always seems to be the same sort of acceptable and honorable response.

I will be open and honest: one would be hard-pressed to find any objection to such a noble and pragmatic list of charities.  Things like dyslexia, or child-related burn injuries, education, muscular dystrophy are all non-controversial.  However, I do have a problem with donating to the Boy Scouts.  While it is frequently stated as a de facto limited liability that the Scouts are not a Masonic organization, honoring scouts alongside Demolay and Rainbow seems to imply that they are “part of the family.”  Donating money to the Scouts is not the same as donating money to children with auditory disorders or kids who need shoes just to walk to school.

Sincerely,

Arch Stanton

I’m sorry you feel that way. Are you suggesting that because a local lodge might give the local scouts some money that Freemasons are anti-gay? I can assure you that is not the case.

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It’s not really the place to talk about the merits or lack of merits donating to the scouts, but I can’t help myself. I was a Boy Scout. I was also from an extremely poor family raised by a single mother. If it weren’t for the donations given to the Boy Scouts by others I never would have made it to camp or had a uniform to wear like the other kids. I never would have learned to camp, canoe, start a fire with sticks, or the proper use of a pocket knife. I also wouldn’t be the man I am today. A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. I’ve taken that motto with me for almost 30 years and it has served me well. Kids need more than shoes to get by in this crazy world we live in.

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ArchStanton - 30 April 2013 12:08 AM

Thank you all for your comments.  I know the list of charities that benefit from Masonic giving is quite extensive—thanks for the info.  At every question or concern that I might have, there always seems to be the same sort of acceptable and honorable response.

I will be open and honest: one would be hard-pressed to find any objection to such a noble and pragmatic list of charities.  Things like dyslexia, or child-related burn injuries, education, muscular dystrophy are all non-controversial.  However, I do have a problem with donating to the Boy Scouts.  While it is frequently stated as a de facto limited liability that the Scouts are not a Masonic organization, honoring scouts alongside Demolay and Rainbow seems to imply that they are “part of the family.”  Donating money to the Scouts is not the same as donating money to children with auditory disorders or kids who need shoes just to walk to school.

Sincerely,

Arch Stanton

You are correct, the Boy Scouts are not part of the Masonic Family.  Not really sure what your objection to making donations to them is.  Having been a scout myself, I know first hand the value of the organization and fully support donations made to them.

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I was a boy scout. One merit badge and a project away from Eagle. My only regret was not finishing my Eagle. However, scouting kept me away from the drugs and drinking that so many of my friends got caught up in. It gave me the foundations of teamwork and self confidence. In a sense, it was my first exposure to the true spirit of fraternal-ism, a personal devotion to one ideals that grows through association with group of close friends. That desire for meaningful camaraderie extended out from scouting into my college fraternity and into Freemasonry. Now I, like many other Masons, want to give back to something that has helped them as children when they needed it.

Try not to look at scouting as a bunch of rich suburban kids going camping on the weekends. In MANY cases, Scouting (like other youth organizations) provides the opportunity for kids to be kids, to get away from undesirable home situations, to have the chance to do things their mom’s and dad’s cannot or will not do with them.

If your problem with scouting is that of their insistence on turning away members and leaders who are homosexual, all I can say is that you should remember that this is about the kids, and that they do not deserve to be punished for the decisions of their leaders, any more than you should be held accountable for the policies set forth by those under whose jurisdiction you fall. People on both sides of the homosexuality and scouting issue should be able to see that regardless of policy, there are children with needs, wants, dreams and passions, and those are deserving of our time, compassion, and charity as men, if not Masons.

Having said all that, I’d like to remind everyone that it is not the purpose of this forum to argue the appropriateness of Masonic charitable spending. We don’t have the time or resources to continue to moderate such discussions, and are really tasked with keeping this site on track with regard to a discussion on becoming a Freemason. I’d ask that we do not delve further into picking apart such a broad topic.

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Let me relate a story given at my Shrine Club supper this past Monday night. 

There is a disease called ‘dissolving bone’ disease where the bones of newborn babies dissolve from the outside in.  These newborns live less than 3 months until their body & organs collapses.  ... A few years ago, the Shrine Hospitals received their first case, a newborn with less than 18 days to live.  ... Our shrine labs went to work and found a CURE.  That newborn is now running, playing 3 year old. 

The Shrine Hospitals have a patent on the cure and receives full credit for its development.  It is available FREE of charge to any newborn of need at Shrine Hospitals.


So, IMHO, these cases of dissolving bone in newborns were so rare and few that Big Pharmaceuticals & Labs were uninterested in developing the cure.  There was no profit for them.  The Shrine labs had a cure in less than 18 days.

Shrine Hospitals makes a difference in children’s’ lives.  There are no cash registers; all patients receive free care.

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Posted: 01 May 2013 10:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]  
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Again, thank you for the answers and feedback.  The initial question has been answered to my satisfaction with regard to charitable giving, how it functions within the fraternity and the expectations of lodge members.

Respectfully,

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