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Emessay Notes April  2001

Tall Cedars Anniversary

This year, 2001, the Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America will be celebrating 50 years of association with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Tall Cedars are a Masonic affiliated organization with over 18,000 members in 103 chapters called Forests. Since 1951, the Tall Cedars have provided continuous financial support to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, contributing over $14 million dollars. Our various money making projects include the sale of pink roses at various times and locations throughout the year, bake sales, pancake jamborees, etc., all of which enlist the aid of entire families.

We make the presentation of our donations at the annual Labor Day Telethon presided over by Jerry Lewis, and have the distinction of being the first organization to provide financial support to the association. (Source: Tall Cedars Press Release)

MSA would like to offer its congratulations to the Tall Cedars. Keep up your great work!

Wisconsin Survey

The Grand Lodge of Wisconsin commissioned a survey of Wisconsin Masons, using a Focus Group format, by a professional market research organization.

One of the research groups recommendations is most interesting and follows:

A special program dedicated to recruiting older adults may be in the best interest of Masonry. The national demographic picture points to an ever-increasing number of citizens in the older age categories. For example, by 2040, according to the best available data, the percentage of Americans over 65 will rise from 13% to almost 21%. Combine this with earlier and earlier retirement and you may have a particularly attractive pool of recruitment targets.

(Source: Grand Lodge of Wisconsin Survey, Oct. 2000)

Editors Note: This is the first time MSA has been made aware of the "older adult" group as a potential for membership. While Freemasonry is always interested in all age groups this recommendation does make a lot of sense.

Project A.D.A.M.

Project ADAM (Automatic Defibrillators in Adam's Memory)

Project ADAM was born out of tragedy. It is named for Adam Lemel, one of three high school athletes who collapsed and died playing competitive sports in Wisconsin in 1999. Following Adam's death, David Ellis, a longtime friend, initiated an effort he named Project ADAM to start public access defibrillation (PAD) programs at high schools throughout Wisconsin. At the same time, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin began planning an effort to bring PAD programs to schools. The shared vision of David and Children's Hospital is to have PAD programs in every Wisconsin high school. With the assistance of a number of organizations, that vision is becoming a reality.

What Has Been Accomplished To Date:

Three marketing mailings were sent in the year 2000 to public and private high schools in the state of Wisconsin introducing Project ADAM and encouraging the development of public access defibrillation (PAD) programs in high schools. These mailings generated 175-200 requests from schools for additional information, which has included the Project ADAM manual.

We can confirm that 30 high schools in the state have established PAD programs, meaning they have an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and various staff/students have been trained to use the device. Another segment of the schools that responded to our marketing efforts is somewhere in the process of establishing their PAD programs.

Interest & response to Project ADAM has come from schools throughout the state.

Children's Hospital Foundation has awarded grants of $600.00 each to 32 high schools for Project ADAM.

The Wisconsin Masonic Medical Foundation has awarded or is in the final stage of awarding grants to 38 high schools in the state of Wisconsin for Project ADAM.

(Source: Children's Health System News Update)

"The Masonic Medical Foundation is pleased to announce that after 15 months of giving its support to Project A.D.A.M. we have been able to place 40 defibrillator units in Wisconsin High Schools," said Foundation President, John J. Luy.

Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Masonic Medical Foundation has agreed to renew their commitment to Project A.D.A.M., by committing to making 50 additional matching grants to place defibrillators in high schools across Wisconsin.

The Grand Lodge of Wisconsin, through one of its charitable foundations, the Masonic Medical Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc., has pledged its support for the Project ADAM program. For more information please contact Gary R. Beier, Wisconsin Masonic Charities, 36275 Sunset Drive, Dousman, WI 53118. Phone 262-965-2000, E-mail [email protected]

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