The North Carolina Mason

July/August 2019

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July/August 2019 The North Carolina Mason Page 3 Most applications are approved, but some don't make it through – if lodges want to split proceeds between charity and their own lodge needs, that's an automatic rejection. e money raised must go to charity OR to an approved alternative. ere's no wiggle room, Medlin says. Lodges must be careful to honor donors, who believe their money is going to a charity. Never confuse the donor, he cautions. Transparency counts. "e customer is always right. So you have to make a choice: In a single fundraising event either raise money for charity or raise money for the lodge building. You can't do both." WB Medlin has seen it all in terms of charitable giving. He was named the Grand Lodge director of development in 1994 and has been involved in giving in the Craft ever since. FUNDRAISING, from page 1 Jim Medlin offers some tips to make the journey through the application process easier: Apply early. You have only 120 days to get the fundraiser approved, organized and held. Make your fundraiser unique – if you are having a spaghetti supper, make it different. Make it the best spaghetti recipe ever. Consider holding a fish fry – an old fashioned "Fish Camp" fish fry is rare these days. Watch what the most successful and lasting fundraisers do: the Carolina Pig Jig, the Brunswick Stew sale in Salisbury; Ham Day in Catawba. Get all of your lodge members involved – every last brother. That makes it more fun and keeps everyone involved. Set specific goals for the event, the fundraising goal, and the workload— remember, in goal setting, "SAM": be Specific, Attainable, Measureable. Marketing! Promote the event every- where; use flyers, Facebook advertising, etc. Don't sneak up on your community. Don't be afraid to have a great event. WB Medlin is happy to answer questions – and he's available to speak at your lodge. Jim Medlin Friday, Oct. 11 TIME EVENT LOCATION 9 a.m.-mid-afternoon Chip Shots Golf Tourney South Granville Country Club Noon-5p.m. BBQ Registration/Teams Arrive/Set-Up "The Pit" at MHCO 5 p.m. BBQ Contest - Cooks Meeting Gymnasium at MHCO 5 p.m.- 6:15 p.m. Music- DJ Jay Productions "The Pit" at MHCO 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. Concessions "The Pit" at MHCO 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Museum Open – Reception Cobb Center - Galleries 6:15 p.m.- 8:15 p.m. Music – The Tonez "The Pit" at MHCO 9:30 p.m. Campus Closed – "The Pit" Closed – Parking Closed Saturday, Oct. 12 TIME EVENT LOCATION 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Cottage Sales (Coffee and Doughnuts) MHCO Main Campus 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cottage Sales (Merchandise and Snack Items) 8 a.m. Orphans Lodge Masonic Center - MHCO 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Information Booth/Volunteer Check-In Near Main Stage 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pre-Registration Pick-Up For Alumni Front of Cobb Center 9a.m.- 3 p.m. Alumni Registration Cobb Center at Dunn Cottage 9:30 a.m. Opening and Welcome Main Stage at St. John's 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Selected Games, Activities, and Entertainment MHCO Campus 10 a.m. Begin Pre-Sale of Lunch Tickets Entrance to "The Pit" 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Museum Open Cobb Center 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. BBQ Turn-In/Judging St. John's Building Alcove 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Gaming Unplugged Mobile Game Theater MHCO Campus 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ragland Production Inflatables MHCO Campus 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Ted's Twisted Balloons MHCO Campus 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Scrap Exchange Creative Time MHCO Campus 11 a.m. Shrine and Community Parade Downtown Oxford to MHCO Noon- 1:30 p.m. "The Pit" Opens For Public Service "The Pit" at MHCO Noon Announcement Homecoming Court Main Stage at St. John's TBD Announcement of BBQ Contest Winners "The Pit" at MHCO Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Under The Oaks MHCO Campus Noon - 2 p.m. Open House Tours – Cottage (Shuttle Provided) Noon - 2:30 p.m. Music – The Tams Main Stage at St. John's 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Open House Tours School of Graphic Arts 2:30 p.m. MHCO Alumni Reflections at God's Half Acre Cemetery 3 p.m. Campus Closed 3 p.m. Wilkerson College Lodge 760 Orphan's Lodge 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Alumni Roast MHCO Cafeteria 9 p.m. - midnight Homecoming Alumni Dance Granville County Shrine Club Sunday, Oct. 13 TIME EVENT LOCATION 10 a.m. Worship Service York Rite Chapel 11 a.m. OOAA Annual Business Meeting York Rite Chapel Noon - 1:30 p.m. Sunday Lunch Under The Oaks Picnic Shelter Noon - 2 p.m. Museum Open Cobb Center MHCO Homecoming set for Oct. 11-13 NC Lodge Fundraising By the Numbers 2018 200 Lodges participated in fundraising and reported as required 653 Applications and final reports processed 16 Event cancelations 10 Requests denied 2 Number of Districts not reporting any fundraising activity 522 Fund development designated charitable gifts to MHCO, MESH LLC at WhiteStone, NC Masonic Foundation, other charities $1.4 More than $1.4 million earned by lodges at fundraisers in 2018 MILLION Net proceeds to charity and non-charity $884,303. 07 Went to 82 lodge building funds/projects $147,185. 01 Total value of the charitable gifts to the above designated funds $737,118. 06 SOURCE: Commission on Subordinate Lodge Special Activities, 2018 Annual Repor t to the Grand Master.

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