As the Chairman for the Idaho Masonic Child Identification Program, I'm happy to see my home Lodge organizing such an event.
On September 29th, 2012, at the Boise Ranch Golf Course Oriental Lodge #60 will be hosting a variety of events to raise money to support the Child Identification Program.
For individuals it costs $75 for Pre-Registration and $85 on the day of the event. For teams it costs $300. For sponsored teams, it costs $500 - ($50 off Hole Sponsorship if you send a team). Corporate Sponsored Teams receive various signage, displays at a hole, logos on printed materials, and digital screen space. The entry fee includes for the players the following:
- Scramble Style Tournament
- Pulled Pork Lunch Included
- 2 Free Drink Tickets Included
- Bucket of Balls Included
- Cash, Gift Certificates, and other prizes for winners!
The activities include: Closest to the Pin, Putting challenge, On Course Games, and more. Please bring your children as we will have the Child Identification Program system on site and there will also be activities for the children
You may Pre-Register at the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Idaho Masonic Charitable Fund website: idmasoncf.org/c4c
The Masonic Child Identification Program is a charitable initiative started to aid in the identification and recovery of missing children. This program gives parents a kit with identification material for their child FREE OF CHARGE. The Idaho program provides a kit that contains an ID card with photo, biographical data, physical description, a video, and a CD with an electronic copy. Nothing but the consent form is kept by the Masons, all other information pertaining the child is given to the parent/guardian.
As Chairman I am trying to spread this program throughout Idaho and assist the community in the recovery of missing children. According to the Missing Person Clearinghouse of the Idaho State Police, there are on average 220 reported incidents of children going missing a month; that is 7.3 children a day or 1 child going missing every 3.2-hours. Of those 220 reported incidents, roughly 180 are found which leaves on average 140 children missing per month which equates to 1680 missing children a year in Idaho alone. That is unacceptable.
Here is an expert from my report that I have submitted to Grand Lodge that is coming up here in a few weeks:
The importance of this program cannot be stressed as it contributes to society in the form of safety identification packets generated at no cost to the parents/guardians of the children who participate. Through this program we should encourage to raise public awareness concerning the risk of abduction or exploitation of children. Through this program we can also unite the Masonic family in charity as the Lodge does not need to stand alone in operating this program. We have the ability to cooperate with the youth groups who in turn have the ability to recruit potential new members. We also have the ability to strengthen the bond between the Eastern Star Chapters with holding events featuring the child identification program. With this program we can show a more public face of this Grand Lodge and assist in public relations.
Brethren, spread the word and let us support this invaluable program and charity.