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IMOS Disaster Relief Assistance
Created: 9/28/2017

Dear Brethren:
In lieu of the recent severe weather that many are experiencing, this director wanted to post a reminder of the Illinois Masonic Outreach Services (IMOS) Disaster Relief Plan. Financial assistance can be offered through the IMOS program in emergency situations for Illinois Master Masons, their Spouses, and Widows. The amount given is to be determined on a "case by case" basis, dependent on the type of disaster and individual needs. Types of emergency financial assistance available (but not limited to) include:

  • Assistance with the cost of repairs to a primary residence
  • Assistance with paying insurance deductibles
  • Paying for the cost of a hotel stay (should a member have a loss of home/shelter)
  • Assistance with paying for food/other basic needs (for those who are without) 

Should you be in need of our assistance – or you know of someone who is - please contact the IMOS Program at: (217)529-8900 ext. 212 or by email at: outreach@ilmason.org. The Grand Lodge Officers and the IMOS Board of Managers wish you the best and sincerely hope you and your love ones are safe and secure. 

Sincerely,

Talia J. Dean
Director, Illinois Masonic Outreach Services

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Concerned about you in this time of need
Created: 9/8/2017


Tony R. Cracco
Grand Master 
  2866 Via Verde
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone:  217-529-8900 ext. 216
Email: grandmaster@ilmason.org 

To our Illinois Masonic Brethren and Widows:
 
I am writing on behalf of the Masons of Illinois to let you know we are concerned about you in this time of need.  We understand you may live in an area that could be potentially impacted by the impending hurricane and would like to help if we can. 
 
Illinois Masons through our Illinois Masonic Outreach Services program (e.g. IMOS) have programs to help with financial assistance in times when disaster strikes. Financial assistance is available through the IMOS program in certain emergency situations. The amount given is determined on a "case by case" basis, dependent on the type of disaster and individual needs. Types of emergency financial assistance available (but not limited to) include:

  • Assistance with paying for food/other basic needs (for those who are without)
  • Paying for the cost of a hotel stay (should a member have a loss of home/shelter)
  • Assistance with paying insurance deductibles
  • Assistance with the cost of repairs to a primary residence 

Talia J. Dean is our IMOS Director and can be reached at: (217)529-8900 ext. 212 or by email at: outreach@ilmason.org.   Please feel free to contact her for assistance and we will do all we can to help.  
I know the Grand Lodge Officers along with all Masons in Illinois wish you the best and sincerely hope you and your loved ones stay safe and secure.  
 
We look forward to helping wherever and however we can.  Please call to inquire into the help available to you.
 
Fraternally and sincerely,

Anthony R. Cracco
Grand Master 

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Kaskaskia Lodge presents $12,000 in scholarships
Created: 7/3/2017

Red Bud, IL, 23 May 2017:  Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86, Red Bud, IL, presents $12,000 in scholarships to high school students in various high school graduation ceremonies in Randolph County, IL.  The scholarships were made possible by the Schaffner Masonic Scholarship Foundation.

The Schaffner Masonic Scholarship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which operates under the authority of a board of directors consisting of the five elected officers of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.  Funding of the Foundation is made possible through a gift from a member of the Lodge, Herbert "Herb" Hails Schaffner and his wife Glenda.

Herb says he dedicated the Foundation to the memory of his Grandfather William Henry Schaffner. Mr. Schaffner came to America in 1869 from Alsace, France, and became a member of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86 in 1872.  William Henry Schaffner had a son, Herbert John Schaffner who became a member of the lodge in 1929 and he also had two grandsons, James Herbert Schaffner, who became a member in 1958 and Herbert Hails Schaffner who became a member in 1964.  On 30 May 2017, William Henry Schaffner's great grandson Herbert James Schaffner and his great-great grandson Tyler James Schaffner, both descendents of Herbert Hails Schaffner, were raised to Master Mason in Kaskaskia Lodge completing five generations of Schaffners who belong to the Lodge.

At the end of the 2017 school year, the Schaffner Masonic Scholarship Foundation presented twelve $1,000 scholarships to worthy students in the Randolph County, IL, area.  On 23 May, 2017, eight of the scholarship recipients and their parents attended a dinner party at Kaskaskia Lodge and received their $1,000 scholarship checks.

 
Portrayed from left to right are:
Front row:

Logan Colvis, Chester High School 
Megan Thompson, Red Bud High School 
Josh Diercks, Coulterville High School 
Emily Tudor, Chester High School 
Skylar Valleroy, Christ our Savior High School
Bailey McMurtry, Sparta High School 
Not present for picture Megan Ernst, Red Bud High School; Kandice Williams, Sparta High School; Drew Byington, Sparta High School; Deshantae Martin, Chester High School; Hannah Wetzel, Red Bud High School.

Back row:
*Herbert Hails Schaffner, Senior Deacon of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86 (the benefactor of the scholarship funds.)
Tyler James Schaffner (grandson of benefactor)
Herbert James Schaffner (son of benefactor)
*Auston E. "Gene" Smith, Worshipful Master of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86
*Matthew James Osborn, Junior Warden of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86
*Richard Earl Heuman, Treasurer of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86
*Kenneth Ross Slavens, Secretary of Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86
Lance Anthony Osborn, Junior Deacon, Kaskaskia Lodge No. 86

*NOTE:  Those names preceded by an asterisk are the Board Members of the Schaffner Masonic Scholarship Foundation.

 

 


Illinois Masonic Children's Assistance Program
Created: 3/15/2017

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Created: 1/24/2017

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