There are many ways to measure success......

There are many ways of measuring success – and to end your year as Master of your Lodge with a series of donations to charities is definitely one of them.

James Ross stepped down as Master of the Saint Lawrence Lodge No.3350 in Ramsgate, Kent on the 25th April 2019, taking on the role of Charity Steward.  Four weeks later, at a meeting at the Ramsgate Masonic Centre on the 25th May, the Lodge donated a total of £2,500 to four charities.

The money had been raised during James’s year by means of collections, donations and various fund-raising events.  Highlights included garden parties and Sunday lunches, where friends and families were invited to come along and join in the fun.

At the meeting in the main Lodge Room, Eve Willis from the 170-strong 4th Broadstairs Scout Group received £500 towards the repair of the Group’s scout hut.

Jan Fletcher of the Stroke Association also received £500.  The Association’s cause was very close to James’s heart, as his young son-in-law had been badly affected by a stroke.

Demi Beavis-Roadnight, representing Dementia UK, the charity helping those affected by that awful disease, received £1000.

Jane Brook from East Kent Mencap, a charity doing great work bringing out the full potential of those with mental disorders, received £500.

As well as expressing their thanks for the donations, the recipients wanted to learn a little more about Freemasonry.  Les Wills, Lodge Secretary, gave a short talk, and he and James answered questions and helped dispel some of the myths surrounding the fraternity.

Freemasons nationally were the biggest givers to charity apart from the National Lottery.  They donated to both national and local causes.  Currently the Lodge was focussing on the East Kent Province’s 2025 Festival, a campaign that was hoping to raise at least £3.5 million for charity over the next six years.

And the reaction of the audience?  They repeated their thanks.  Freemasons, they said, should spread the word more vigorously about all the good work they were doing!

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