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Emessay Notes February 2002

Silent Hero Tim McMullin

"I work fourteen hours a day. I get one day off every 20 days. There's no pay," said Tim McMullin as he made yet another trip down the long aisles at Pier 94 in midtown Manhattan, "but it's the best job I ever had!" McMullin's trips down the aisles of curtained booths of the Family Assistance Center are to answer questions and give information to the many American Red Cross caseworkers who are talking with hundreds of people who were devastated when terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. McMullin, a retired teacher and administrator in the Vestal Central School System in Vestal, New York, is Master of St. Mark's/Philetus Lodge #1001 which meets in Johnson City, NY. He is also Oriental Guide of Kalurah Shrine Center, located in Endicott, New York. Additionally, he is 32° Most Wise Master, Chapter of Rose Croix, Valley of Binghamton. As the administrator in charge of a corps of dedicated Red Cross Family Service workers, McMullin writes "approved" on files that caseworkers present to him so that victims whose lives were thrown into an uproar when the World Trade Center towers toppled can get help. People who lost loved ones, homes, and jobs can get help with rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, food, clothes, funeral expenses, and other essential things. "On September 11, I drove a Red Cross emergency vehicle from Binghamton down to New York City, straight to the warehouse at the Greater New York Chapter," McMullin recalls. "All of us just started loading all the vehicles with carton after carton of water, food, work gloves, and masks. We hauled supplies to Ground Zero as fast as we could." 

(Source: American Red Cross Feature Story)

Scottish Rite, S.J., Video Now Available

A VHS videotape of the 2001 Bicentennial Session events of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., held in Charleston, S.C., in October 2001, is now available. A great Lodge program or souvenir of the Session, the 20-minute tape costs only $10.00. Domestic s/h is included; foreign shipping (payment in U.S. dollars only) requires a $15.00 additional charge per shipment. Send checks payable to the Supreme Council to: 

The Supreme Council, 
1733 Sixteenth Street, NW, 
Washington, DC 20009-3103. 

You may also order by telephone (202-232-3579, Ext. 136) or fax (202-387-1843), or via the Scottish Rite online store at

Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington

Freemasonry, one of the world's oldest fraternal societies, counts many of our nation's forefathers among its members. President George Washington is one of its most prominent. In the documentary, Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington aired on The History Channel, November 26, 2001, viewers were treated to a behind-the scenes tour of Washington, DC with brief introductions into Freemasonry's influence that has impacted the city. This show has been aired several times since the original date of Nov. 26, 2001. Please watch your TV Channel Guide for future re-runs of this excellent show.

Shriners Hospitals 2002 Budget Largest Ever

In 2002, Shriners Hospitals for Children will spend an all-time high of about $1.64 million every 24 hours to provide medical care for children. This expert orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord care is given at absolutely no charge. The 22 Shriners Hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have a total budget of $597 million for the entire year, $526 million of which makes up the research and operating budget that funds patient care, teaching, administrative expenses, depreciation, and the daily expenses of the Shriners Hospitals network. An important part of the Shriners Hospitals operating budget is dedicated to research. In 2002, about $24 million has been set aside to fund the Medical Research Program, which includes 104 investigative research projects. Since Shriners Hospitals' structured research endeavors began in the mid-1960's, over $400 million has been invested in research projects that have changed the way burn, orthopaedic and spinal cord injury care is given throughout the world, Another $71 million of the 2002 budget has been earmarked for buildings and equipment. 

(Source: Shrine News Release)

Canadian Mounties to Help Shriners

In a cooperative venture, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are teaming up with Shriners Hospitals to find kids who need expert orthopaedic and burn care. Through a program called Operation Red Coat/Red Fez, more than 3,000 Mounties, support troops and volunteers of the RCMP in the Province of Alberta will carry a new Canadian version of the Shriners Hospitals toll-free number business cards. When members of the RCMP find a child they think can use the services of Shriners Hospitals, they will provide the child's parent or guardian with the toll-free number business card, along with selected Shriners Hospitals brochures. 

(Source: Shrine News Release)

Nowlin Quits, Hoods Happy

A $16,333 bequest was received to benefit the Michigan Masonic Home in August 2001 to honor the memory of Clayton W. Nowlin, a loyal member of City of the Straits-Trinity Lodge No. 502. Mr. Nowlin, a former Detroit Police Inspector, was raised a Master Mason on January 20, 1925. A Detroit News article by Mike Wowk, that appeared in the paper on May 9, 2001, recounted Mr. Nowlin's very successful career. In fact, the Detroit News headline on January 7, 1958 said it all: "Nowlin Quits, Hoods Happy." Wowk further reports that "for 18 years beginning in 1940, Detroit Police Inspector Clayton W. Nowlin was the bane of numbers of racketeers and gamblers in Detroit. He and his squad of hand-picked cops were known as Detroit's own Untouchables because the powerful gambling bosses could not bluff, bribe, scare or stop them in court." 

(Source: From Point to Pointe, Dec. 2001)

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