|Volume LIX||January 2012||Number 1|
"...And, Departing, Leave Behind..."
Longfellow's famous poem of 1838, "A Psalm of Life," contains these beautiful words:
Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time...
Not many of us consider ourselves "great men," but all of us leave footprints behind. And all of us, at least in moments, have made our lives sublime.
We've done this when we've shown courage, forgiven someone or behaved with grace in a difficult situation. These are victories of the spirit that indeed make a life sublime.
The most sublime accomplishment, which these things really boil down to, is to love our fellow human beings. This is the crowning achievement of the spirit - and something that all of us have done many times in life.
Most often it has been toward family and close friends. In Freemasonry though, this circle of love often extends much wider, to the many people of all ages who benefit from the Masonic Charities through charitable contributions.
Thousands of Masons in Pennsylvania, along with their spouses, distinguish themselves by supporting their fellow human beings in this way. Their charitable giving is a demonstration of compassion that elevates their lives.
In Freemasonry, the ultimate expression of this compassion is to dedicate a portion of one's life's work to the Masonic Charities. This can be done by including a charitable gift in one's estate plans.
Masonic Charities always recognizes that family comes first in estate planning. That being said, Masonic Charities asks everyone, if possible, to include a gift for its charitable work in his or her Will.
Such a gift is easy to include when drafting a Will. If you have already completed your Will, it is still easy. You can simply add a "codicil" - a plain statement of what you want done - often just a single paragraph. Masonic Charities always recommends consulting with professional counsel in estate planning matters.
Masonic Charities staff stands ready to assist in this process or to offer additional estate planning assistance in cases of an intended bequest. Please call (800) 599-6454 with questions, or return the attached "Sands of Time" Reply Form.
Masonic Charities bring enormous pride to Masons. Nothing says so much about Masonic values. These beautiful Masonic institutions have been built by bequests from people who share your values. Such charitable bequests leave a sublime footprint on the sands of time, one that does not wash away.
Financial information about Masonic Charities can be obtained by contacting us at 1-800-599-6454. In addition, Masonic Charities is required to file financial information with several states.
Colorado: Colorado residents may obtain copies of registration and financial documents from the office of the Secretary of State, (303) 894-2680, http://www.sos.state.co.us/. Florida: SC No. 00774, A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-HELP-FLA. Georgia: full and fair description of the programs and activities of Masonic Charities and its financial statement are available upon request at the address indicated above. Illinois: Contracts and reports regarding Masonic Charities are on file with the Illinois Attorney General. Maryland: For the cost of postage and copying, documents and information filed under the Maryland charitable organizations laws can be obtained from the Secretary of State, Charitable Division, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, (800) 825-4510. Michigan: MICS No. 11796 Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of Masonic Charities may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office by calling 1-888-236-6167. New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp.htm#charity. REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT. New York: A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from the organization or from the Office of the Attorney General by writing the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271. North Carolina: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989. Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of Masonic Charities may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Virginia: Financial statements are available from the State Office of Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218. Washington: The notice of solicitation required by the Charitable Solicitation Act is on file with the Washington Secretary of State, and information relating to financial affairs of Masonic Charities is available from the Secretary of State, and the toll-free number for Washington residents: 1-800-332-4483. West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305. REGISTRATION IN THE ABOVE STATES DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION OF MASONIC CHARITIES BY THE STATE.
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