Wayne Lodge #112 Beacon
have a long history of supporting learning, education and the public schools. In several states, Masons established
the first public schools. Many do not know, that in 1817 Masons in Michigan provided the much needed support for the newly-created
University of Michigan. Of the total amount subscribed to start the University, two-thirds came from the Masons in Michigan.
In Michigan, Masons have been instrumental in the Juvenile Diabetes Program and the very successful
Student Model Assistance Program designed to help teachers identify students who may be suffering from substance abuse. As such, it is fair to say that Masons have been involved with the school but not necessarily
in the schools. When Masons announced the Beacon Project, all of that changed.
In January 2001, a statewide team of Mason volunteers in
over 400 communities began working with local elementary schools. In capacities large and small, from mentoring to grounds
keeping, Michigan Masons work to improve the experience and educational opportunities of children in their communities.
The Michigan State Department of Education
calls it wonderful. The Governor calls it outstanding. We call it the right move at the right time.
The genesis for the Beacon Project
came from Bob Conley, the Grand Master of Michigan Masons in 2000/2001. "This pledge gives Masons the opportunity to
make a difference and make themselves known. Too long in the background, and often shrouded in mystery, our Fraternity is
eager to demonstrate its important role in society. Masons need to revitalize, to make real, the values and commitments they
stand for and it's my job as Grand Master to support that goal. Beacon is the perfect vehicle for that."
Over the years more than
200,000 volunteer hours will have been donated, the largest gift ever of its kind in Michigan. Join us. Affiliated Masonic
organizations, families, and friends have all been encouraged to participate in this ambitious program.
This fall when the new school term
begins, there is a great need for your services 1 evening a week. You pick the day, then just commit to showing up and
helping out for the next 6 to 8 weeks; that's it! Just 1 day a week for about 1-1/2 hours a day.
Please contact the Lodge if you'd
like to help out.
luck and happy volunteering!
Q & A about the Beacon program
Why do this? The beacon Project is poised to contribute a great
deal to our community's children and also to our Fraternity. By participating in and promoting this program masonry receives
positive press,dispelling some of the secrecy and mystery that deters new members.
What counts for hours for the Program? If you
work with kids in any capacity, contact your Beacon Coordinator to see if we can get them counted as beacon hours.
Hours since January
of 2001 -34,635 Hours this year - 467 hours Thank you to all that support this program!
If you need more Information Please click this Message and E-Mail Don Quarles
To Report Beacon
Hours, just fill in the form below and hit submit, your information will be sent to the Beacon Manager to be recorded with
the Grand Lodge.