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Emessay Notes July 2004

Military Outreach Program

In his St. John's Day Address, June 2004, G.M. Edward Trosin of New York made the following announcement:

"Today, I am announcing a significant new addition to our Military Outreach Program. In order to provide some meaningful sign of support for our Brothers in Military Service, I am directing our Veterans Service Committee to pay the 2005 dues for each member of a New York State Masonic Lodge who is on Active Military Duty on January 1, 2005. Lodge Secretaries with qualifying servicemen on their rolls are encouraged to obtain and forward to the Veterans Service Committee certification and/or documentation identifying those members who are on Active Military Duty.

These brothers are making a great sacrifice to protect us and this land we call home. This small expression on our part will let them know that we appreciate the sacrifices they are making, and support their efforts wholeheartedly."

(This announcement is reprinted with permission of the Grand Lodge of New York)

The Grand Master's Motorcycle Run

To honor Grand Master Robert (Bud) Erickson and to benefit Camp Courageous of Iowa, Olin Ancient Landmark Lodge #200 and Bellevue Lodge #51 are sponsoring the Cruisin' for Camp Courageous motorcycle run on July 25, 2004.

If you are interested in more information please contact Rich Bowersox: phone 319-364-8437 - e-mail [email protected]


In the May 2004 issue MSA printed a story about Capt. Daniel Cederman's work in Iraq. Inadvertently we listed his home as Akron, Ohio. The correct hometown is Akron, New York. We apologize for this error.



Shriner's Doctor Returns from Iraq

Prayers for his safe return have been answered; the yellow ribbons marking his absence have been untied; and, after four months of serving his country in Iraq, Craig Ono, M.D., is back at work at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Honolulu.

The pediatric orthopaedic surgeon returned home to a Shriners-style hero's welcome. On May 10, hospital staff and patients presented Ono with their own version of a "Medal of Honor" in recognition of his selfless efforts on behalf of our country.

"The Honolulu hospital ohana (family) is very proud of Dr. Ono," said Tom Schneider, hospital administrator." He is our hero and we are very grateful for his safe return from active duty in Iraq."

Ono was sent to Iraq in December, 2003 to replace the team orthopaedic surgeon of the 945th Forward Surgical Team, an Army Reserve unit based at Fort Snelling, MN.

Dr. Ono said: "Strong families endure these separations. Fortunately we also have strong outside support from our parents, other relatives, and from the Honolulu Shriners Hospital."

(Source: Shrine News Release)

Detroit Masonic Temple Foundation

Masonry in Michigan goes back to April 1764. The various Masonic bodies met in several quarters form 1764 to 1895, when the Masonic Temple Association of Detroit was formed and opened their first temple on Lafayette. The Association opened the present building at 500 Temple Avenue in November 1926. The Detroit Masonic Temple was placed on the State Register of Historic Places on January 24, 1964 and on the National Register on November 28, 1980. It is the largest Masonic Temple in the world with 550,000 square feet of floor space and 11,260,393 cubic feet of space. When it was built it was the only building in the world with three theatres under one roof. It has over 1000 rooms in total. The Masonic Temple is in classical Gothic architecture with facing of Indiana limestone which gives one the impression of the massive medieval castles of old. The seven lodge rooms are of different orders of architecture.

Now, for the first time in the 240 years that Masonry has been in Michigan, a foundation is being formed to preserve our Masonic Temple. Great progress has been made in a short period of time. It is very heart warming to see how many private citizens, who are not members of the craft, are excited that we are setting up a foundation. Wayne State University is going to send us graduate students to write grants to find money from other foundations. Lawrence Technical University is going to send us graduate architect students to study our building and offer suggestions. Preservation Wayne, the primary preservation foundation in Detroit, is more than willing and eager to help us. A "fund raiser" will be interviewed soon so we may start the greater task of funding the foundation. A web page is being planned and will be up and running soon.

We are announcing the forming of a foundation as a public charity, whose stated purposes are to preserve the architecturally significant portions of the Detroit Masonic Temple. Incorporation papers are being filed and applications are being made for a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax status.

Anyone interested in more information may contact:

Detroit Masonic Temple Foundation, 500 Temple Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-2693


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