Local Masons to celebrate 300th anniversary of Freemasonry in Marietta on Saturday
On Saturday, June 24, join the Masons for the 300th Anniversary Celebration of Freemasonry. The celebration starts with a parade from the Marietta Masonic Temple to Glover Park on the downtown Marietta Square. The parade begins at 10 a.m., followed by Family Festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. GO!
“Masonry (or Freemasonry) is the oldest fraternity in the world,” said Event Chair Bryan “Rusty” Newport, an Acworth resident who was born and raised in Marietta. He is the managing director and CEO of 33 Events.
“The celebration has two main purposes: celebrating an incredible milestone in our history and an opportunity for the public at large to find out more about Freemasonry and the role it has played in our collective history,” he said.
June 24 marks the formation of the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster. “Three hundred years before, four Masonic Lodges came together to form a Grand Lodge, from which all other Grand and Subordinate Lodges all over the world have their origin,” Newport said.
Newport explained that Freemasonry is thought to have arisen from the guilds of stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals during the Middle Ages, and who were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims who were making trips to the Holy Land.
“In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed. A Grand Lodge is the administrative body in charge of Masonry in some geographical area,” he said.
A Grand Lodge is located in each state of the United States, and each province of Canada. “Local organizations of Masons are called lodges. There are lodges in most towns, and large cities usually have several,” he sai
Rev up your engines for the 9th Annual Sam Swope Memorial Charity Ride on March 12 - one of the Orlando area's most exciting charity events on two wheels. Join the group of dedicated motorcyclists who take to the road for a scenic 50-mile route from Volusia Top Gun at2900 Bellevue Ave. in Daytona Beach to the Seminole Harley-Davidson Dealership in Sanford. This event has raised nearly $2 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children - Tampa! Nobles are needed at the Seminole Harley-Davidson Dealership to welcome riders and supporters. Please contact Jessica Hill firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-972-2250 x7613 to sign up. We hope to see you there!
The Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic returns to Minute Maid Park in Houston, March 3-5, 2017. The invite only tournament features a Big 12 Conference versus Southeastern Conference format as Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech compete against LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Want to purchase tickets?Click here to secure your seats!
In preparation for the game, TCU Baseball invited Chicago Shriners Hospital patient Strother Norman for a one-of-a-kind experience. Since 2012, Strother has received specialized treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Chicago for a spinal cord injury.Click here to watch the video from Strother's visit, and see the impact he made on the TCU Horned Frogs.
Feb. 5-11, 2017, is Burn Awareness Week. During this time, Shriners Hospitals for Children® will begin its annual burn awareness and prevention campaign. This year’s effort will once again use the theme “Be Burn Aware,” and focus on preventing burn injuries in the home, because the vast majority of preventable burn injuries continue to occur in residences. Homes are the sites of thousands of burn injuries to children every year, including scalds, fire-related injuries, and even electrical burns. Many of these incidents could have been easily prevented by following and implementing some basic safety tips.
Burn Awareness Week is Shriners Hospitals for Children’s kickoff of a yearlong educational campaign aimed at burn awareness and prevention that includes offering free educational materials via the website, beburnaware.org. The items are designed to be a resource for firefighters, teachers, parents and others concerned with the safety and well-being of children.
“Shriners Hospitals for Children is committed to providing burn awareness education year-round to help prevent burn injuries,” said Kenneth Guidera, M.D., chief medical officer of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“Our ‘Be Burn Aware’ campaign this year will again be focused on teaching children and families ways they can avoid burn injuries. Shriners Hospitals for Children is aware that many of these pediatric burn injuries are preventable, and hopes to reduce their occurrences through education.”
The campaign features two child-friendly characters, Boots and Brewster – a caped, cuddly bear and a googly-eyed teapot – who are featured in activity books for children ages 3-7 and 8-12. The duo leads children through the various rooms of a house, pointing out dangers, and how to easily correct or avoid them. The coloring pages, word searches, cartoons and other activities are designed to grab children’s attention and present the information in a memorable, age-appropriate manner. The campaign also includes various tip sheets and materials.
Shriners Hospitals has also created an animated video featuring the clever pair, Boots and Brewster, which kids are sure to love. In the new video, available on our website, Boots and Brewster take viewers on a fun and educational adventure to help them become more burn aware. Actor Joe Minoso, star of NBC’s hit show Chicago Fire, is the national spokesperson for the Be Burn Aware campaign.
“Don’t let a careless action ruin your time with family and friends. Be Burn Aware,” said David Greenhalgh, M.D., chief of burns at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. “Our burn team is devoted to helping children with devastating burn injuries survive and thrive, and we are equally devoted to teaching parents, children and the community how to prevent burn injuries. When it comes to burn injuries, prevention is the best medicine.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children encourages everyone concerned with keeping children safe to visit beburnaware.org for important burn prevention tips and information on how to order the free materials.
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