ISSUE 20, January 2007
Editorial
Historic: Dr Thomas Barnardo - children's saviour
Travel: South African journey
London Gala Evening: Royal Masonic Variety Show
Centenary Celebrations: Scouting's milestone
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Cttee of General Purposes
Library and Museum: Facets of Fraternity
   Specialist Lodge: Internet Lodge - Masonry on the Web
Special Events: Spamalot and the Alternative Hair Show at Grand Lodge
Freemasons' Hall: ADelphi System - A computer revolution
Mark Master Masons: Duke of Kent at 150th anniversary
Breeches Bible: A Lodge locker's secret
Masonic Arboretum: Planting an idea
Education: Events and The hoodwink
Masonic Charities: RMTGB and Grand Charity and Legacy appeal and RMBI and NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    “Of my own free Will…”
is the slogan of the joint Legacy Appeal being mounted on behalf of the four Central Masonic Charities (CMCs), i.e. the Grand Charity, the New Masonic Samaritan Fund, the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, and the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls & Boys.
    The Appeal was announced at the December 2006 Grand Lodge Quarterly Communication meeting, where it was given the full support of the the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, who has accepted the role of Patron of the Appeal.
    The idea of a specific, joint appeal to promote legacy-giving for the benefit of the CMCs was first considered towards the end of 2004, when the Presidents and Chief Executives of the four Charities decided to seek professional advice and guidance on appeals for legacies.
    Two of the UK’s foremost companies in legacy and fundraising campaigns (Smee & Ford, and Compton International) were commissioned to carry out an initial feasibility study, followed by market research with a cross-section of Freemasons, and finally to produce a proposal as to the best course of action.
    The research showed overwhelmingly that Freemasons, their wives and widows would strongly support an appeal designed to improve their understanding of the intricacies and importance of making a Will, and would look favourably at the possibility of leaving a gift to one of the Masonic charities.
    This strong support was clearly illustrated by the following selection of quotes from those interviewed:
    “It would be great to see the Charities working together to create one conduit for legacies...”
    “I would never have thought about Wills and legacies as a way to proceed…But the way it’s represented here has made me rethink it all.”
    “I can see at least five out of the 50 in my Lodge agreeing to make a legacy – and maybe many more.”
    The study confirmed that current income levels from legacies remain considerably below what might be expected from an organisation with as many members as the United Grand Lodge of England and also gave some pointers as to why this might be:
    “I’ve been raising money for the Masons for 20 years, and have never thought to offer legacies as an option.”
    “Of course legacy income is lower than it should be – people don’t know enough about the importance and benefits of making a gift in a Will.”
    The final report suggested that a joint appeal would offer the most cost-effective way forward, and that a Legacy Manager be recruited to design and deliver the Legacy Appeal. These proposals were accepted, and W Bro Mike Wheal, a West Kent Mason, was appointed in July 2006.
    The four Charities derive their income solely from Freemasons and their families, by way of Festivals, appeals, legacies and donations. To this is added income from investments, most of which originated as gifts from Brethren over the years.
    The CMCs are proud of the day-to-day ‘cradle-to-grave’ help that they are able to provide to the ‘Masonic Family’, as well as giving assistance to non-Masonic good causes and helping when national or international disasters occur.



Charitable support to the entire Masonic Family is a long-term commitment

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