American Canadian Grand Lodge
ACGL
Within the United Grand Lodges of Germany (VGLvD)

The Grand Master's Charity

The three principal moral virtues of Freemasonry are faith, hope, and charity— The last virtue Charity does not require much elaboration to a Freemason, because Charity is known to be the essential characteristic of a Freemason’s heart. The universal charity of a mason is the charity of his heart and of his love. Within the compass of his mind, he measures and draws the Square of his conduct, and within that square, having honestly provided for his own household, he forms his little angles of benevolence and charity to the distressed of all communities. Contributions made to the Grand Masters charity fund for the ensuing year will be divided and donated equally to The National Masonic Foundation for Children, and the Frauenhaus Ev.in Germany.

The National Masonic Foundation for Children (NMFC) is a non-profit, charitable organization established in 1986 by the North American Conference of Grand Masters. This organization was founded in response to the threat of what substance abuse and addiction pose to our children, and the NMFC seeks to confront these problems by fostering prevention, and assistance. I am proud to report, that this past year the ACGL was able to donate $5000.00 to this cause. From the bottom of my heart - Thank you very, very much, for your contributions.

The Association of Women's Shelters (Frauenhaus e.V.)is a non-profit organization working under the auspices of the major German welfare organizations and sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth. The Frauenhaus e.V. devotes itself to reducing violence against women and children, by establishing effective support for abused women and children. Each year approximately 40,000 women and at least the same number of children turn to them for protection. Apart from temporary safe accommodations, the service of women's shelters comprises counseling and support with regard to psycho-social, legal and financial problems. This includes assistance in dealing with the authorities, long term living quarters, job securing subsistence and continued offering of support on their way to an independent and self-determined life -- without violence.

A Freemason’s charity is made as his circumstances in life may fairly warrant,and we should be practical in our approach to Charity and practice it without detriment to our connections or ourselves. Not only in Freemasonry, but also generally speaking, when we talk of Charity, we do not talk in terms of monetary help, which of course is important, but also think of Charity in thought word and deed, which is what makes a person, a perfect Freemason and truly an ornament to the society of which he is a member.

Fraternally,

James E. Barrett, “Proudly Serving Masonry”
Grand Master- 2013-2015
American Canadian Grand Lodge AF & AM

National Masonic Foundation for Children

The National Masonic Foundation for Children (NMFC) is a non-profit, charitable organization established in 1986 by the North American Conference of Grand Masters. This organization was founded in response to the threat of what substance abuse and addiction pose to our children, and the NMFC seeks to confront these problems by fostering prevention, and assistance. I am proud to report, that this past year the ACGL was able to donate $5000.00 to this cause. From the bottom of my heart - Thank you very, very much, for your contributions.

NMF for Children

The Grand Master, M.W. James Barrett, presented $5000,00 to the National Masonic Foundation for Children at the Grand Master's Conference in Baltimore 2014.

Frauenhaus

The Association of Women's Shelters (Frauenhaus e.V.) is a non-profit organization working under the auspices of the major German welfare organizations and sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth. The Frauenhaus e.V. devotes itself to reducing violence against women and children, by establishing effective support for abused women and children. Each year approximately 40,000 women and at least the same number of children turn to them for protection. Apart from temporary safe accommodations, the service of women's shelters comprises counseling and support with regard to psycho-social, legal and financial problems. This includes assistance in dealing with the authorities, long term living quarters, job securing subsistence and continued offering of support on their way to an independent and self-determined life -- without violence.

Frauenhaus Barrett

Our Grand Master MW Bother James Barrett presented a check for € 2000, - to the Frauenhaus Region Main-Rhön on behalf of the ACGL.

The Manageress of the Frauenhaus, Frau Gertrud Schatzlein recieved the check on behalf of the charity.

The Frauenhaus is a nonprofit organization that assists spouses and children who are assaulted or sexually abused.

More information is available from the URL: http://www.frauenhaus-schweinfurt.de/index.html

Nepal Charity

ACGL donated 7,299.09 Euros to Earthquake victims of Nepal

Most Worshipful Brother Eddie M. Guevara personally extends the deepest appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to the eighteen Lodges
(810a, 819, 821, 822, 828, 838, 860, 882, 897, 916, 935,963, 1026, 1049, 1059, 1064, 1063, and 1069)
for the outpouring of overwhelming support extended to the ACGL appeal for support of the tragic victims of the Nepalese Earthquake.

Thank you again for your tremendous support and generous combined donations totaling 7,299.09 Euros.

The Masonic Nepal Charity Project

by Jan E. Savarino,
Junior Grand Warden

It is a catastrophe of an enormous dimension: multiple heavy earthquakes starting on April 25, 2015, claimed around ten thousand lives, even more casualties, and unbelievable destruction as far as the eye could see. Many months after the earthquakes buildings were still collapsing, people getting hurt and starvation was widespread. The first epicenter was 50 miles west of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, further shakings were felt until June in regions close to the Chinese border in a town named 'Namche Bazar'. The temblors are described as the most terrible catastrophe in Nepal's history. The region of Namche Bazar is a poor rural area where a small non-government organization (NGO) from Marktoberdorf in southern Germany, called 'Nepalhilfe Allgäu', has been collecting donations over the last couple of years, providing development help, humanitarian help, school building projects, and godparenthood in order to support children of sherpa mountaineers who died in accidents. Having had heavy quakes in that very region, this very organization founded by Tshering Guggemos, a Nepalese deriving from Namche Bazar and married to a German, received an entirely new significance. Helping those, who have been poor and lacking good education, now became a new paramount relevance. A school that Guggemos built before the catastrophe now needs repairs and new teachers have to be acquired and paid. Another Bavarian NGO that came to help within days after the first earthquake with doctors, nurses, food, shelter, and equipment was 'Humedica' from Kaufbeuren, Germany.

A few days after the first tremors, the United Grand Lodges of Germany (VGLvD) appealed for a charity collection for those in need in Nepal. Thus, the Grand Master of the American Canadian Grand Lodge, Most Worshipful Brother Eddie M. Guevara, called all of our Lodges for contributions. Meanwhile, I took part in the decision-making process within the VGLvD charity foundation (Freimaurerisches Hilfswerk) where we discussed all the details like how and where to distribute the donations. Being familiar with and active in charity organizations, I suggested splitting up the collection and donating it to smaller definite programs in order to provide more impact. We decided to divide the money into the respective Grand Lodges and let them decide which charity to donate to. For instance, the Grand Lodge of British Freemasons in Germany, donated their share to a Gurkha foundation having charity projects for the needy Nepalese.

Our Grand Treasurer, Most Worshipful Brother Paul M. Curran, received a total of a little over 7000 Euros from 19 Lodges. Since our Grand Lodge is rather small within the Brotherly chain of the VGLvD, the charity foundation decided to double up the sum for our designated charity, so in the end, I was able to hand over a donation in the name of the ACGL at the sum of 14,000 Euros. Knowing that the two above mentioned organizations have been involved in local aid programs in Nepal and being confident in their integrity, I chose to donate our share to Humedica and Nepalhilfe Allgäu.

Nepal1Picture: Ms. Heinke Rauscher taking delivery of the check (Foto: humedica)

The first check of 7000 Euros was handed over to Humedica Foundation on January 14th, 2016. Steffen Richter, head of the communication department and spokesman of the organization, greeted me upon my arrival and gave me a brief tour through the administration building, depots, history of that institution, and their current activities. Humedica is currently highly involved in the reconstruction of Nepal and supplying medical services in the affected regions.

Nepal2Picture: Ms. Tschering Guggemos receiving the second check (Foto: Guggemos)

On January 16th, 2016 I turned over the other 7000 Euro check to Ms. Tshering Guggemos, CEO of the Nepalhilfe Allgäu. Our donation will help this small NGO to reconstruct and extend the school of Namche Bazar, acquire educational material, and provide teachers.

If you are interested in further information on their current activities, see some impressing
photographs or feel the urge to continue your support, here are the two organizations' web
addresses:
http://www.nepalhilfe-allgaeu.de/
https://www.humedica.org/

Fulfilling my tasks on this agenda, I represented all Brothers from our Grand Lodge and so those organization's gratitude goes back to all of you who donated. This contribution to the desperate victims in Nepal shows once again the willingness to help those in need from all of you Brothers and I am proud to be a part of ACGL and the worldwide Fraternity. Thank you again for your generous donations! I will try to stay in touch with the Nepal Project Coordinators of these two organizations and keep you posted on any updates.