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Freemasonry is a fraternal organization dedicated to the service of the community, widows and orphans. Thomas Lodge has an active Service Committee to be sure our activities are well organized. We meet on the Sunday following the second Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

As we learn from the Bee-Hive we come into the world rational and intelligent beings, so we should ever be industrious ones; never sitting down contented while our fellow creatures around us are in want, especially when it is in our power to relieve them without inconvenience to ourselves.

The Service Committee is the backbone of the Lodge. This group has the responsibility for coordinating the plans and running all activities of the Lodge. The Committee is lead by a General Chairman, but it is guided by the Master.

It is important that every lodge member (particularly if there is an interest of potentially becoming an officer), understands and is familiar with the operation of the Service Committee.

All Lodge Officers are encouraged to attend the meetings of the Service Committee.

2015 Committees

Service

Chairman Status
Angel Fund Bro. Thomas Berry  
Red Cross Blood Drive Bro. Keith Montgrain

Next Blood Drive is scheduled for Sunday, April 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Thomas Talbot Lodge (11 concord Road, Billerica)

Distressed Brethren Wor. Bill Rawnsley  
Widows Program Bro. Tom Foster  

The Relief Committee

An independent part of the Service Committee. Its purpose is to provide a line of communication between the Lodge and the membership. Also, its task is to determine ways in which the Lodge may be of assistance to the members, their families, and the widows of the Lodge. In effect, this Committee gets to the heart of the fraternity.

The Committee meets quarterly and the officers who are required to attend its meetings are the Worshipful Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden. However, all officers are invited to attend the meetings and some, in fact, may be appointed to the Committee.

Visiting the Sick and Distressed Program

One of the most important functions of our service work is attention to our sick and shut-ins. No matter how diligent and efficient a Master and his officers may be, these few men cannot accomplish what a well organized Visitation Committee might be able to do.

 

Widows Program

This area of service relates directly to out Masonic obligation - "to help, aid and assist . . ." It would also ensure that a member's wife's future (as a possible widow) will not be one of loneliness and neglect. This program is to provide friendship and guidance to let the widow know that she has been remembered and not forgotten

 

Blood Donor Program

Partnering with the American Red Cross, the Masonic Blood Donor Program has grown over the years to help hospitals across the region to treat patients. To Donate Blood, The Lodge Master, Secretary, Blood or Service Chairman should contact the American Red Cross Donor Services. For the Massachusetts region, the phone number is 800.GIVE.LIFE

Angel Fund

http://www.masonicangelfund.org/goal.htm

The Masonic Angel Fund™ is the fastest-growing Masonic charity anywhere. Founded in 1998 by the members of Universal Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Orleans, Massachusetts, the "MAF" has spread to 145 Lodges in 12 states since it first offered sponsorship of affiliate Masonic Angel Funds in the summer of 2000. The Masonic Angel Fund™ is changing kids' lives - one community at a time, one child at a time.

One of the fundamental principles of the Masonic Angel Fund™ program is that 100% of the money raised by a local Lodge's Masonic Angel Fund™ stays in that community and goes to the kids. All overhead of the local MAF is covered by the sponsoring Lodge from its operating budget. There are few charity programs anywhere that can make such a claim.

The Fund provides modest assistance to children in need who do not fit the criteria for the usual social-service programs. Such assistance might be to provide a pair of glasses, a coat, shoes, field trip fees or minor health services. MAF benevolences can cover almost any need that will enhance a child's learning experience - some Masonic Angel Funds even provide scholarships for music and fine arts instruction. Applications for assistance will be fulfilled via confidential requests from local school principals, counselors and school nurses.

For example, if the nurse discovers a child who needs a winter coat she simply makes a request to the Trustees of the Angel Fund who will issue a check to the principal or nurse in an appropriate amount.

In cases where professional services are required (i.e. medical, dental, optical…etc.) the local MAF works with the school to make available our numerous sources for services of this nature. Some of our Masonic Brothers are health care professionals, so there is an excellent chance we may be able to arrange the donation of products or services.

A cornerstone of the Masonic Angel Fund™ program is the close relationship that develops between the Billerica school system and Thomas Talbot Lodge. Because MAF standards require that all screening of requests be performed by the school's professional staff, the Masons are cast in a purely supportive role rather than in one that requires them to screen and qualify every application. This means that those who operate the local Fund can respond very quickly once they are contacted by the school. This quick response contrasts strongly with many "institutional" relief services where days or weeks can elapse between the time of a request and an answer being received. Our ability to serve the school professionals in a rapid, efficient manner underscores the image of Masons as the "can do" people in the community.

 

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Ancient Free and Accepted Masons

Massachusetts Grand Lodge  - 12th District

Thomas Talbot Lodge

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