Saturday 21st January 2017!
Was an important day for the Province of Worcestershire as we embarked on our journey as one of the first Provinces entering Festival for the new Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). Every year many Freemasons in Worcestershire (and beyond) receive fantastic support from the MCF by meeting their financial, healthcare and family needs, whilst the lives of countless others are improved by grants awarded to non-masonic charities.
It is hard to believe that eleven years have passed since launching our 2011 appeal and raising an impressive £1,680,000, but I must now announce our new Festival Appeal target of £2,022,000.
A challenging target no doubt it is but impossible it is not. To achieve this, your help and enthusiasm become the most important factors in our Festival’s success, so I strongly urge every Lodge and Brother to join us and become part of something very special.
It is a wonderful opportunity for us to give something back and assist the MCF in providing support to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Brethren, we can only do this if we act NOW, by committing to regular giving and for Lodges to plan carefully for what lies ahead. With an early and widespread commitment our success should be all but assured, so to assist you there is plenty of information in our launch booklet and here on our newly launched website.
Your ongoing fantastic and unstinting support together with that of our other orders is of course humbling, welcome and a true demonstration of Freemasonry at its best.
Please shout loud about how proud we are of our special fraternity and what we will be doing as freemasons in the coming years.
As we set off on this journey I offer you my best wishes and many thanks for the part you’ll play in making this
“ONE OF OUR BEST FESTIVALS EVER”.
Enjoy the Festival, put the “fun” back into “fundraising” and wear the new Festival jewel and tie with pride.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
R W. Bro. Robert Vaughan
Provincial Grand Master.
what we hope to achieve...
We have set both ourselves and the Province of Worcestershire the challenge of raising a significant target over the next 5yrs 8 months.
Whilst a target of £2,022,000 will certainly be a challenging one, you can rest assured it will be achievable with your help and commitment in fulfilling our primary objective.
Our primary objective is a simple one and that is, to support the Provincial Grand Master and the Province of Worcestershire in delivering:
“ONE OF THE BEST FESTIVALS EVER”.
To ensure that at launch all lodges are fully aware, briefed and can hit the ground running.
In the next 12 months (and beyond) to sign up as many members as possible to regular giving. This will allow the PGM to announce a significant sum already pledged and at the same time to maximise the chance of individuals and lodges achieving their targets. An indication of the levels of regular giving will be identified in order to achieve a festival jewel.
To give advice, support and encouragement to lodges and their charity stewards to prepare for, and to deliver a successful festival.
Set realistic Provincial, Lodge and individual targets that are not beyond reasonable reach. Explaining the significance of regular giving and how important this is to achieving these targets.