ISSUE 15, October 2005
Editorial
Historic: Nelson and Freemasonry
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's Speech
Grand Lodge: Quarterly Communication
Hurricane Katrina: Grand Charity Relief Chest
Royal Arch: John Knight
Masonic Embroidery: A stitch in time...
Travel: Walzing along the Danube
Specialist Lodges: Martial arts
Library & Museum: The two Freemasons' Halls
    Anniversary: Jersey's Liberation
Anniversary: Dorset's 225 years
Obituaries: Lord Swansea OSM
Pro Grand Master: Whither directing our course?
Charmian Hussey: A Mason's wife on Masonry
International: The Grand Lodge of Israel
Education: Sheffield's big plans
Education: Forthcoming events
Education: The Second Degree
Masonic Charities
Letters, Book Reviews, Gardening

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    Following the devastation caused to parts of the US Gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina, and in consultation with the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana, the Grand Charity has decided to open a relief chest to receive donations for victims of the disaster.
     The hurricane and ensuing flooding caused widespread damage. An area equivalent in size to the United Kingdom has been affected.
     The US government declared a public health emergency along the entire Gulf Coast, as one of the biggest relief operations in the history of the US got underway. The worst affected areas were without clean water, food or sanitation in the early stages and thousands of survivors had awaited evacuation.
     The President of the Grand Charity, Raymond Lye, has approved emergency grants of $50,000 of which $35,000 has gone to the American Red Cross and $15,000 to the Masonic Service Association of North America, which is co-ordinating disaster relief on behalf of Grand Lodges in the region.
     Any Freemason wishing to make a donation to the victims of Hurricane Katrina via The Grand Charity can do so by sending a cheque payable to The Grand Charity to 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ and noting that it is to be paid into the Special Relief Chest established by the Grand Charity under the name: The Hurricane Katrina 2005 Disaster Fund Relief Chest No. E0098.
     Eligible taxpayers wishing The Grand Charity to claim tax relief on their donation, must complete a Gift Aid Donation Form available from the Relief Chest Department on 020 7395 9246/9361. The Gift Aid Donation form should be completed, including a note of the Relief Chest number, and returned with your donation.
     Gift Aid increases the value of a donation by 28p for every 1.


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