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Emessay Notes May 2001

North American Conference of Daylight Lodges

This Conference will be meeting in Seattle, WA, June 22-25, 2001. It marks the first meeting of the Conference of Daylight Lodges on the West Coast since its informal start in 1986, in Vancouver, BC. For more information please contact Coe Tug Morgan: phone 206-632-2970, Fax 206-632-5064, e-mail [email protected]

DeMolay to Exhibit Original Painting

DeMolay International now has on exhibit an extraordinary original painting by French artist, Francois-Marius Granet. The painting titled Initiation of Jacques DeMolay depicts his initiation into the Knights Templar in 1265.

DeMolay International, a values based leadership organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21, has gained the exclusive rights to exhibit this painting for the next ten years.

French Artist, Francois-Marius Granet, is world renowned for his religious and ceremonial depictions. During his lifetime, he was a well-known artist having studied painting at the Louvre in Paris. Later in life, he became the curator of the Louvre and worked at Versailles.

The painting's owner, the Baroness Beatrice Laurence de la Peine, had the painting in her family for years. Her ancestors were very active during the Crusades and the lifetime of Jacque DeMolay, the thirteenth century knight and martyred hero.

Kansas City offers many attractions to travelers. DeMolay International would like to extend an invitation to visitors who are planning to visit the area to come see this magnificent exhibit, as well as the many other DeMolay historical items on display at the Service and Leadership Center. Arrangements can be made by contacting:

Robert Baker Director of Development At 1-800-DEMOLAY or e-mail [email protected]

(Source: DeMolay Press Release)

Theodore Roosevelt Remembered

One evening 100 years ago, Oyster Bay was all astir. More than 500 members of the Free and Accepted Masons from around the country were trying to crowd into the organization's local lodge while hundreds of journalists and residents watched from the street. The source of the excitement in the hamlet, as it often was during this era, was Oyster Bay's most famous resident: Theodore Roosevelt. The occasion on April 24, 1901, was the "raising" or induction of TR as a Master Mason, or full member, of the fraternal and service organization. Since Roosevelt was the nation's vice president, the event made headlines around the world. The Oyster Bay Masons of Matinecock Lodge No. 806 chose to mark the centennial of TR's induction last night with a ceremony that included the raising of James Foote of Sea Cliff, who is best known for portraying the 26th president at schools and special events for the past quarter-century. TR had many long-time family friends in the Oyster Bay lodge. These included William Youngs, Roosevelt's personal secretary, who proposed him for membership when he was a 42-year old governor and vice president-elect. John A. Gable, executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, said TR valued his Masonic membership because "he thought it was a good way to keep in contact with the ordinary citizens of Oyster Bay. They were baymen and farmers and he had known most of them all of his life. The estate people were not members."

(Source: Long Island Newsday, 4/19/01)

"Every Child Deserves a Medical Home"

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Shriners Hospitals for Children are offering an educational program entitled Every Child Deserves a Medical Home, focusing on how to ensure that children with special needs have a medical home in managed care arrangements. A collaborative initiative of the AAP, Shriners Hospitals, Family Voices, the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, the program aims to support pediatric healthcare professionals, children with special healthcare needs and their families, and communities interested in the well-being of these children in a changing healthcare environment. In 1998 and 1999, the medical home training program was pilot-tested and revised for national dissemination. The curriculum was written at a national level so that communities can customize and add local information. The four components of the program---care coordination; practices, policies and procedures; understanding transition-related issues and strategies for advancing children and adolescents into adulthood; and working with community-based resources---may be implemented all at once in a one-day session or at various times. The flexible design of the curriculum enables organizations to customize the program length and information for a target audience, including pediatric health professionals and their staff, other professionals, child advocates, families of children with special needs, managed care professionals, policy makers and community members. In 2001, the medical home program will be held at Shriners Hospitals in Cincinnati, Boston, Shreveport and Erie. For a current schedule of dates and host locations and to register on-line, visit the AAP's website at To receive a brochure by mail or fax, call 800-433-9016, ext. 4902,or e-mail to [email protected]. The AAP is an organization of 55,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

(Source: Shrine News Release)

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