A Sunday at Belmont for the Charitable 7th by RW Robert Silver

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Brothers Gather at the Races to Promote MSID (New York Masonic Safety Identification Program)

If you came to Belmont on this soggy Sunday morning to bet on the seventh race, you would have arrived too early to see the horses. Instead, you would have met up with the kids at St. Mary’s, the dedicated staff who run their program and the 500 volunteers, including five of St. Mary’s courageous patients, sponsored by their families and friends to participate in the 9th Annual Walk for St. Mary’s Kids. On this Sunday, May 19, The ½ or 2 ½ mile walk was organized to raise funds and awareness for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Its mission is to improve the health and quality of life for children with special healthcare needs and their families.

You would have also seen the brothers of Seventh Manhattan District promoting the New York Masonic Safety Identification Program or, in common parlance, Child ID.  Coordinated ably by RW Jon Pufahl and supported by his band of brothers – W. Robert Gore, W Michael Adler, W Ernest Hudson and W Steve Rosen from the Ninth Manhattan District. Child ID has been revolutionary in recording vital data – including photographs and fingerprints in the event a child goes missing or an amber alert becomes necessary. Thousands of children have been found or rescued owing to this important development.

The Seventh District Foundation has also had a long relationship with St. Mary’s Hospital for Kids. Over the past 15 years, the Charitable 7th has donated upwards of $500,000 toward their pediatric feeding program. This program has become the gold standard for teaching parents and caregivers feed babies who were born without the innate ability to swallow and potentially saving many lives.

The Seventh District Foundation also pledged $100,000 toward St. Mary’s magnificent new facility in Bayside, Queens by sponsoring their family lounge adjacent to their recreation center. The Foundation is now halfway through their four year commitment.

On hand from St. Mary’s was their Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Freirichs: Jan Mittan,, Senior Vice President for Development and External Relations and Dr. Dawn Cuglietto, Director of the Feeding Program and Clinical Psychologist at St. Mary’s.

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GALA AT WOODLANDS UPDATE

Brethren and friends,

The gala will go on as scheduled next Thursday. The Woodlands has power and transportation should be at normal levels by Monday. the club has given us till Monday for final counts so please R.S.V.P. by Monday if you haven’t already done so.

Let’s go out and have a great time!

We really need it after a really tough week.

Fraternally,
Robert E. Silver

Masonic Safety ID Boy Scouts Oct. 13th THUNDERBIRD GAMES CROTON POINT NY.

To: All Masons, Seventh District
Subject: Masonic Safety ID for Boy Scouts Thunderbird Games
Location: Croton Point Park (booth location available at information desk)
Date: Oct 13 th 2012
Time: 10 am to 4pm
(Directions included)  http://www.wpcbsa.org/Events/

We have set up a Masonic safety ID for the Boy Scouts on Saturday Oct 13th 2012 10 am to 4 pm. This is a huge event for the Scouts and 5000 kids are expected to turn out. The Scouts love our MSID program because it offers value for parents purchasing tickets. The cost goes to support Westchester / Putnam Council Boy Scout activities. In the past we have provided 200 ID kits in a day. It all depends on manpower. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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JAMES R. BECKER, JOSHUA LODGE BROTHER FOR 55 YEARS, DIES AT 90

For over 55 years, Jim Becker devoted his energy and life’s blood to developing and licensing products in the Toy Industry.  He helped create global licensing as we know it today.  He was a legend to the Toy Industry he loved. By creating Gumby and Pokey merchandise from a TV Show, he helped spawn an $80 billion Licensing Industry. He was one of the true genius’ in the Toy Industry and a pioneer in the Licensing Industry. He recognized and created many trends, like Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, Othello, Nerf Ping Pong, Battle Dome and The Betsy McCall Fashion Designer Set. Before Jim, no one adapted items made for the US to appeal and sell in foreign markets, including the most difficult of all to penetrate, Japan.  He also innovated the concept of developing Japanese and European toys and games for the American market.  In those days, the 1940s-1970s, global marketing didn’t exist; global companies didn’t exist and neither Hasbro nor Mattel had worldwide distribution or subsidiaries in most foreign markets.  

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