What is Important about the Scottish Rite Foundation
and the Speech and Learning Clinics we sponsor?
First, I would like to bring to your attention a book by Professor Stephen Camarata of Vanderbilt University Medical Center entitled “Late-Talking Children”. His book provides a valuable insight into why the Scottish Rite Foundation is such an important organization. Professor Camarata tells us…”A child can be years behind schedule in beginning to speak and yet go on to have a perfectly normal life. Some children with delayed speech may even be noticeably brighter than other children their age. But, for other late-talking children, the delay in beginning to speak can be a symptom of much deeper and long-lasting problems, including mental retardation or autism.” He urges parents to get the most reliable diagnosis they can, and, an independent second opinion. Here is one of the great values of the Foundation’s clinics. A child is evaluated by his primary care physician, or even a specialist, and then referred to our clinics. They are then given that most important independent, second opinion by highly skilled clinicians to determine the exact nature of the child’s problem, so they can be placed in the proper level of treatment and help. I am sure that for all of you, as it is for me, a great pleasure to know that your generosity goes to help these unfortunate children and their families. Think of the parents of children years behind schedule in learning to speak, and the darkness they live in, worrying about their child’s development and their future – and then they discover (the lucky ones) The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida and the hope provided for them all. You do that.
Second, what are we, as individuals or couples, to do with our estate when the time comes to leave this earth? Some of us are “only children” and have no siblings, thus no nieces or nephews or, perhaps, any other blood relatives. Are we content to leave our lifelong earnings and properties to the state? Think about that. If you have no blood relatives in the “line of succession”, what happens to your estate? Will it go to the State for it to distribute it as they see fit, depending on who is in charge of the state at the time? Nothing I want to happen to what little we have saved over the years. For you, the Scottish Rite Mason of the Orient of Florida, you have an unknown family to consider – the special needs children supported by our organization in the speech and learning clinics. These children will never know your name. They will never, in all probability, know you personally, but they will forever know of your generosity, caring, and the benefits those attributes have provided both for them and their family. If you have no relative to leave your estate to, consider, after proper consultation with your tax attorney, leaving a legacy gift to the foundation. Long after we are gone, special needs children and their families will continue to need our help, and will receive the benefits of a legacy gift. If you have grown tired of receiving zero interest on your savings, a legacy gift could provide you and your spouse with nearly 5% interest for as long as you both live. This could be an ideal opportunity for you to provide additional monies for yourself and spouse – far above the rates provided in banks or credit unions – and with no risk. Complete details of the Scottish Rite Foundation Legacy Program are available in our Legacy Program handout. Stop by the Ocala Scottish Rite Masonic Center and pick some up and see if it is something you should consider, or call the Development Office of the Supreme Council at 866 448 3773, or call the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida at 1-407-657-4550. When speaking with your friends and this topic comes up, suggest the Foundation as a possible beneficiary and their participation in the Legacy Program, Mason and non-Mason alike. Have extra handouts at home and available to show others what we do and how they can help.
Remember always, Past Grand Commander Pike and his thoughts:
“WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR OURSELVES ALONE DIES WITH US.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR OTHERS AND THE WORLD REMAINS, AND IS IMMORTAL.”
Reverend Brother Gary Moore, 32nd Degree: Trustee for The Valley of Ocala, Orient of Florida, to the Scottish Rite
The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, U.S.A., Inc., has as it's statewide mission the support of our childhood language disorder clinics.
This program is clear evidence of Florida Scottish Rite Masonic "Caring and Sharing" in helping to build America's future by investing in the youth of today.
Description of Clinic Services
In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of Scottish Rite Clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.
Today there are fourteen clinics in Florida and many more throughout the United States. In these clinics, there are special programs for children. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists who must hold a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology. Through the support of Scottish Rite Masons and friends of the Foundation, these clinics and programs continue to increase.
The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Thousands of youngsters have received significant help in our Florida clinics, while tens of thousands more across the United States have been helped. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved success that could only be imagined a few year back. Children who might have remained educationally handicapped for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead useful lives.
Statement of Purpose
Brothers all, a go-fund-me website has been created to benefit the Scottish Rite Foundation. You can visit it by going towww.gofundme.com/hk8cedkc. This has been created not just to request funding from our members, the Valley does that individually, but to spread the word to as many as possible outside the Valley of the good work the Foundation does and the need for funding, and a way to generate that funding.
We all know that there are no less than hundreds of people who would like to support The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida – once they know what we do, family and friends in particular, and this is a way to do it. The goal of the Foundation is to fund the 14 clinics statewide and provide help to Florida’s children who have speech, language and learning disorders. “Helping Children Communicate” is our motto and what we do. The Valley of Ocala hopes to reach, and introduce, many new people to the service Scottish Rite Masons provide to Florida’s Children through the go-fund-me site.
This site has attached to it the video “The Precious Gift of Speech” and the Valley is asking your help in sending this to as many people as you can. If you have a twitter account, add it. If you are just on facebook, share it. Go towww.ScottishRiteFoundationofFlorida,USA,Inc.-Ocala and share the video and article, or post it to your own page and ask all your friends to view and share. If you don’t see it as you scroll through the various posts, go to the left side of those posts and click on “posts”. Do whatever you think is best, but help the Valley and Foundation get this information out to as many in the social media as possible. You can also add the official web page for the Foundation, www.scottishritefoundationofflorida.org. If you able to use social media, refer them to the Valley’s web page also and click under the Foundation Button for additional information, and if they need more, they can contact the Foundation Trustee, through the General Secretary, using the “contact us” button provided, and the Valley will send whatever additional information they request.
Report Card to Donors
We put a high priority on ensuring that donations are used wisely, and we are proud of the fact that $0.97 cents of every dollar you give goes directly to our mission: "Helping Children Communicate." We pride ourselves on being faithful stewards of the funds that have been graciously donated by individuals, corporations and organizations nationwide. In all, the Scottish rite Foundation of Florida has generated more than nine million dollars in support of our clinics since its inception in 1989.
Contributions can be made by sending your check, payable to The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, to:
The Ocala Scottish Rite Masonic Center
3632 NE 7th Street
Ocala, Florida 34470-1046.
ALL NET PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT THE SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA, USA, INC. Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, USA, INC. is duly registered with the State of Florida as required by its Solicitation of Contributions Act. Their registration number is CH8443. A copy of the official Registration and Financial Information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling, toll free, 1-800-HELP-fla (435-7352) with the State, or 850-410-3800 outside the State.