Charity is a primary reason why people join Freemasonry. The guiding Principles by which we stand are Integrity, Friendship, Relief, and Charity. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Masonic charity is exercised at every level: members and individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities, every Province gives large sums of money to regional causes and the Masonic Charitable Foundations makes large contributions to non-masonic organisations, as well as to humanitarian efforts worldwide.
CHARITY STEWARD’S ROLE:
Given that Charity is a primary reason why people join Freemasonry, our Charity Steward’s role within Taunton Deane Lodge is a very important one. Our Charity Steward is particularly adept at utilising his energy and expertise to make the role a success for our Lodge and for Freemasonry in general.
His duties cover a broad range of activities and these include:
- Raising and collecting funds.
- Administering funds and keeping them safe.
- Disbursing authorised funds.
- Encouraging brethren to give time and effort in the cause of Charity.
The above list is not exhaustive and one of most important duties is to build positive relationships with all members of our Lodge in a caring and sensitive way, that encourages all forms of fundraising and charitable giving to support both Masonic and non-Masonic causes.
Our Almoner’s duties include the following:
Visiting or contacting sick and infirm members and enquiring if they need any assistance from the lodge. This may include transport to doctors or hospital appointments or help with shopping or other domestic arrangements. Hospital visits to sick brethren and their dependants.
Caring for Widows of former members, ensuring they are invited to lodge social functions, sent Birthday/Christmas cards and flowers when they are unwell
Our Almoner will also endeavour to keep in touch with brethren who for a number of reasons are unable to attend Lodge on a regular basis and keep them informed as to what is happening in the lodge and of course enquire about their welfare
He will also, where a brother needs financial assistance, report directly to the Worshipful Master and Lodge Committee in order that each individual’s needs can be assessed and where possible supported.