In The Spirit Of Giving
by Right Worshipful Brother Kenneth Clay, Senior Grand Warden
We all know that Freemasonry is not a charity, but our great Fraternity is very much charitable. As the year 2016 comes to a close, now is a good time to reflect on the many ways in which Blue Lodges throughout the State of New Hampshire worked hand-in-hand with Grand Lodge and the New Hampshire Grand Lodge Matching Funds Program.
We are very pleased to report that in 2016, nearly forty percent of the Lodges throughout the state took part in the New Hampshire Grand Lodge Matching Funds Program. These Blue Lodges contributed nearly $17,000 to charitable causes while New Hampshire Grand Lodge contributed over $6,000 in matching funds. Here are some examples of charities receiving our assistance:
- Food pantries
- D.A.R.E. Program
- Youth scholarships
- Boy and Girl Scouts
- Senior Center
With many thanks to our brethren and the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, our local communities have gratefully received your needed assistance. Thank you brethren for your spirit of giving.