Following is a list of resources and programs that our Grand Lodge and other groups have made available that we believe brothers and fellows might like to be aware of.
- 1 Publications
- 2 GLMaryland ListServ
- 3 MDCHIP: Maryland Masonic Child Identification Program
- 4 Maryland Masonic Homes (“Bonnie Blink”)
- 5 Masonic Charities of Maryland
- 6 Masonic Medical Research Laboratory Cardiac Research Institute
Bro. Secretary has access to a number of publications from Grand Lodge, including the Constitution, Resolutions, Regulations, and Edicts of the Grand Lodge, all of the brochures and forms, Masonic Manuals, lodge meeting minutes, dispensations, etc. Please contact him if you have any needs in this regard and he will be happy to assist.
The GLMaryland ListServ is an email list for Maryland Masonic-related information to be passed to members of the Craft. It is very low-traffic, but can be a good way to get notification out to members of the Craft across the state about events or brothers’ passing to the Grand Lodge Above.
The Maryland Masonic Child ID Program (MD CHIP) has provided Maryland parents with an extra measure of security for years. Our volunteers set up at events across the state on a year-round basis.
When a child participates in the program, all vital statistics are recorded. The child is photographed and digital fingerprints are taken. Additionally, the child is photographed and a video recording of the child speaking is made. All of the above information is then recorded onto a CD. A cheek swab of the child’s DNA is collected painlessly. Everything is then sealed in an envelope and given to the parent for safekeeping. We retain none of the information.
A missing or abducted child is every parent’s worst nightmare. A Maryland CHIP identification kit provides all the information authorities need to find your child. This service is provided free of charge by the Freemasons of Maryland. To find an event near you or to request one in your community, please visit the MD CHIP website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Office of the Grand Lodge at (410) 527-0600.
Situated on the pristine hillside overlooking Hunt Valley, Maryland Masonic Homes has become aptly nicknamed “Bonnie Blink,” which is Scottish for, “beautiful view.” Maryland Masonic Homes is an established Continuing Care Retirement Community for Master Masons and their families. What began as an infirmary and dormitory for aged and poor-health individuals in 1934 is now a well-established community ideally located in the Hunt Valley–Cockeysville area. Maryland Masonic Homes offers safe, affordable and quality living for eligible Master Masons and their families. Our campus features majestic historic stone structures adorned by the 250-acre sculptured grounds.
Our community is exclusively for:
- Master Masons in good standing from any jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Lodge of Maryland.
- Members of the Order of the Eastern Star in good standing from any jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Chapter of the OES of Maryland.
- Wife, husband, widow, widower, children, step-children, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, sibling, half-sibling, remarried widow or widower and their spouse, in-laws (mother, father, brother, sister) of approved Master Masons or members of OES.
- Applicants must be sixty (60) years of age or older.
To find out more, visit the Maryland Masonic Homes website.
Beyond their commitment to individual growth and leadership, Masons are deeply involved in their communities. Through all forms of charitable giving and community service, Masons feel it is their obligation to contribute to the care and well-being of their fellow man. The Masonic fraternity contributes over $1 billion each year to its philanthropic pursuits, and over $750 million of that in the United States alone. Maryland Masons continue this tradition by serving their communities with local scholarship programs, student assistance, volunteerism, educational support and other charitable activities. Masonic Organizations worldwide sponsor a variety of children’s charities. Shrine Masons provide special medical services in their Children’s Hospitals, while the Tall Cedars contribute to Muscular Dystrophy research.
Charity work of the lodges under the Grand Lodge of Maryland is coordinated through Masonic Charities of Maryland (MCM). Currently, MCM is sponsoring three programs: a scholarship program, the Maryland Student Assistance Program Professionals Association, and MD-CHIP, mentioned above.
Maryland Student Assistance Program Professionals Association
The Maryland Student Assistance Program Professionals Association (MSAPPA) and is funded 100% by Masonic charities assists the school system by creating and training resource teams that can provide interventions for students affected by alcohol, drugs, violence, depression, and other factors. More information can be found at http://www.themapp.org.
Masonic Charities Scholarship Grant
MCM selects winners from 400 applicants every year. Each lodge may award $500 to a winner of its choice to be used at a public university, and may enhance that amount if it so desires, or sponsor additional winners.
The Grand Lodge of Maryland is a sponsor of the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL). The MMRL is an internationally recognized biomedical research institute. For its size, there are few institutes worldwide whose cutting-edge research is as productive and influential in the field of experimental cardiology. In recent years, the MMRL has become an international center for genetic screening of cardiac arrhythmia diseases, especially those contributing to sudden death syndromes, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The MMRL is blazing new trails in the development of safe and effective drugs for atrial fibrillation, addressing one of the greatest unmet medical needs facing our society. With its recent inauguration of a Stem Cell Center, the MMRL is making rapid progress in the creation of human models of disease focused on development of innovative therapies and cures.