The Masonic Service Association of North America was presented as the topic for Masonic Education at the February stated meeting.
The Masonic Service Association of North America was formed in 1919 to provide services to its member Grand Lodges that they would find difficult to provide for themselves.
There are (5) primary functions of the MSANA
1. Disaster Relief – When a natural disaster occurs, the Grand Jurisdiction(s) affected may request the MSANA to make an appeal for assistance. When an appeal is made, all of the monies received are sent, in their entirety to the Grand Jurisdiction involved.
2. Education / Information Publications – The MSA publishes the Short Talk Bulletins, audiovisuals, and other printed material. The proceeds from these materials go directly into the fund.
3. Masonic Information Center – The Masonic Information Center was founded in 1993 by John J. Robinson. John J. Robinson is the author of such books as Born in Blood and A Pilgrim’s Path. Its purpose is to provide information on Freemasonry to Masons and non-Masons.
4. Hospital Visitation Program – It is the rendering of personal services to all our sons and brothers, Masons and non-Masons alike, who now need someone to turn to for encouragement and to make life a little more pleasant.
5. Service – All administrative costs are absorbed by the Association. All relief funds are collected and forwarded to the Grand Lodge in the affected area for distribution to those in need.
There are two current ongoing appeals that are being made by the MSANA.
- Disaster Relief for the Philippines – On November 8, 2013 a Category 5 Super Typhoon hit the Philippines. The association is still not able to determine at this time the final extent of the loss of life and destruction of buildings, but they do know that there are several Lodges that were operating within the path of the Typhoon.
- The Green Envelope Appeal – The Green Envelope Appeal raises funds for the Hospital Visitation Program.
The Masonic Service Association of North America has been helping our brothers in need not only in the United States, but also all around the world for nearly 100 years. Many of the books and brochures that we all have read come directly from the MSANA whether you realize it or not. So next time you pick up one of these pamphlets or books, please understand that while you are increasing your masonic knowledge, you are also helping your brothers in need throughout the world. For any additional information, or if you wish to order publications to help this fund, please visit the MSANA website at www.msana.com or call them at 1-855-476-4010.