Look Whose Leading our Homecoming Parade!!

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Carolina Hurricanes Mascot Stormy will serve as Grand Marshal of the 6th Annual Masonic Homecoming Festival Parade on October 8, 2016, joined by members of the Carolina Hurricanes Storm Squad.

A long-time member of our Masonic Home for Children family, the Carolina Hurricanes continue their commitment to children and families around our state, including our kids at MHCO.

We are honored to have Stormy and the Hurricanes as part of this year’s celebration.  Besides leading our parade and serving as this year’s Grand Marshal, Stormy and members of the Storm Squad will remain on campus after the parade for pictures and autographs.

The Masonic Home for Children sends its deepest appreciation to our friends at the Carolina Hurricanes and the Community Relations Department for helping us once again at The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.

Come out and meet Stormy and the Storm Squad and help us celebrate Masonic Homecoming 2016!!!

 

Jim Quick & Coastline, Bryan Mayer Headline Weekend Homecoming Entertainment

The 6th Annual Masonic Homecoming Festival is quickly approaching and The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford is proud to announce this year’s headline entertainment. On Saturday, October 8, 2016 following the State’s biggest and best Shrine Parade, Jim Quick & Coastline will take the main stage providing their wonderful Carolina Sound for all in attendance to enjoy. For Friday evenings kick-off celebration at the “Yard Party”, New Bern’s own Bryan Mayer will bring his powerhouse country sound to the Pit’s Main Stage, starting at 6pm on October 7, 2016. There is plenty to do, see, remember, celebrate, and certainly enjoy for Masonic Homecoming 2016, especially with these two popular, Carolina favorites taking the stage. Make plans to come and enjoy this weekend filled with incredible music – all part of the Masonic Homecoming Festival, October 7 – 9, 2016.

ABOUT THIS YEAR’S HOMECOMING ENTERTAINMENT

Jim-Quick-The-Coastline-Band_PictureJIM QUICK & COASTLINE – As Artist or in person, Jim Quick is the kind of guy you genuinely want to call a friend. With the charm only a true Southerner can possess, he brings his talent to the stage with a quick-witted, knee-slapping sense of humor coupled with the clear sincerity of his love for his craft.

Quick’s been touring the Southeast US for more than 15 years, playing nearly 300 shows per year, and has released more than 11 albums including his newest, DOWN SOUTH. Originally introducing their music as the Coastline Band—a band of friends who played the Carolina beach bars day in and day out—the group pushed Quick to the forefront and naturally transformed into Jim Quick & Coastline. Known for his all-out performances and deliberate, off-the-cuff wisecracks, Jim has been a gracious recipient of the Carolina Music Awards “Entertainer Of The Year Award” – nine times.

”Strong” is exactly the word to describe Jim’s catalog, and his most recent, DOWN SOUTH, is poised to become a best-selling musical novel. With songs such as “I’m A Dog” and “Don’t Shoot The Snake,” Quick segues the comic relief of Rodney Dangerfield and Barney Fife to teddy bear tenderness in “Hurt That Bad” and “Forever Man”. A melding of the genres that make up the musical culture of the South, including Country, Blues, Soul, Southern Rock and Jazz, Quick’s take on music is not to be tuned out.

 

His devoted fans, the “Coastline Crazies,” know it’s hardly luck that allows Quick’s path to cross with musical greats. It’s his musical gumbo and unadulterated energy that keeps fans coming back for more. And, with the release of DOWN SOUTH and his introduction to country radio, Quick is certain to add more “Crazies” to the mix! (Courtesy of Kat Atwood – Music City News)


bryanmayerBRYAN MAYER – With his towering height and powerful voice, Bryan Mayer, is making a BIG impact on the Country music scene. A North Carolina native, the 6’7” singer/songwriter began his journey in music when he was 13. The son of a US Marine Corps Colonel and a Navy nurse, while stationed in Quantico, VA, Bryan was tapped by his middle school music teacher to play the upright bass in the school band for his already impressive height of 6’1” in the 7th grade. Although Bryan enjoyed playing the bass, the lure of the front man aspect and realizing he could sing lead him to pick up the guitar. After some impromptu performances at keg parties at his house in college at ECU, Bryan ended up on the Carolina sands of Oak Island, NC. It was there that he started crafting his style and gutting it out in any bar, restaurant or party that would hire him.

Being a southern man from NC, Bryan identified with the bonfires, days on the river, and the simple life that Country is. It wasn’t long after that show that Country radio powerhouse 95.1 WRNS took notice of Mayer’s talent and began to use him as a frequent opener at concerts for National Country headliners like Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, and dozens more including Southern Rock Gods, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Years before, Bryan had already performed with Marshall Tucker and Blackfoot.

In the meantime, and while performing, Mayer made an attempt to write his first Country song, an autobiographic ballad called, “This is Me.” After WRNS Program Director and songwriter, Tommy Garret, heard the song, he promised Bryan if he had it recorded by hot new Nashville Producer, Stokes Nielson of the The Lost Trailers, he would play it on his Top 40 Country station. The station, which covers over 1/3 of the entire state of NC, began to get Facebook messages, emails and requests for the song. After numerous times as #1 on the WRNS “Six Most Wanted at 6,” a daily countdown of the most requested songs, “This is Me,” ended up #127 on the Mediabase Country charts in June 2013, giving Bryan his first Top 200 Country song.

Bryan has since been back to Nashville multiple times to record his original songs and videos with Producer, Stokes Nielson. Bryan is currently being nominated by his fans for the 2014 Carolina Music Awards for Best Male Country Artist and Music Video of the Year. His single, “This is Me,” hits National Country radio this spring and his EP drops this summer. If you’re looking to add a new and promising Country voice and talent to your playlist, look no further than Country music’s future BIG MAN, Bryan Mayer.

Six-months into the year – what does the rest of 2016 hold and how you can be a part of this special time of year at MHCO!

The year is half over – yes half-way through our 143rd year of child care.  With this in mind and knowing the importance and excitement that can be found in the last two quarters of the year, take a moment to consider what’s available, scheduled, and upcoming for you, our friends and supporters as part of your support of The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.

 

August – National “Make a Will Month” – Not always a pleasant topic and definitely a focus of the future of this Home, making a will is so important. For you, for your family, for those charitable institutions that will rely on your legacy of giving, to continue their work, including MHCO.  Wills, estates, annuities, trusts, life insurance policies, property, and many other options kimmel– all have benefits, especially for you!  Benefits that last well beyond a lifetime, benefits that help those you love, benefits that protect all that you have worked for and saved, and benefits for those that rely upon the charity of others.  Take this month (or any month) to look into the benefits of wills and estates.  Visit your chosen legal counsel, financial planner, banker, trusted family member, friend, or call your Financial Development Officer at your charity or church or school, for more information.  You can find out more by contact us at MHCO (919-603-3901/crichards@mhc-oxford.org). And look for our updated website providing specific information on planned giving to MHCO in August 2016!!

 

 

September – “Activities Abound” – September begins a busy four months of visits from fgroupriends, old and new, coming to campus for a variety of wonderful, generous, tasty, and special events.  From Lodge cookouts to the 14th Annual Eureka Charity Ride, the 2nd “Superhero 5K”, to our annual visit to the Grand Lodge Annual Communication, the Home comes in contact with thousands of people during the month.  Preparations also begin for the holiday season, as Christmas sees even more friends come to interact with and support the Home.  Still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, activities reach a fever pitch for our campus and the community.  Visit the Home’s Facebook page to see activities on campus and in your community during the month of September.

 

 

October – “A Time to Come Home” – For almost 80 years the Home has held a very special and meaningful weekend honor those alumni and their families, welcoming them back to Oxford; back to their Home. October 7-9, 2016 honors that tradition, one that now includes the chance for our Masons and all supporters and our community to come together and recognize our alumni and their importance to the history and future of MHCO.  With hopes for a dry forecast, planning is already underway and you are encouraged to make plans to come and joining in this celebration of Homecoming.  Visit the Home’s 6th Annual Masonic Homecoming Festival website for the latest updates and information and mark your calendars to join us for a celebration of the past, present, and future at MHCO.

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Spring “Shedding” – Masons Cross Districts to Build for MHCO

    21stMasonic_DonationTrip_Movies_Shed_2 Adding it to the Home’s monthly Needs List, a new Garden Shed for the Children’s Community Garden seemed like a big project.  With great expense and the decision to build, buy, transport, or trade, the Home’s growing garden was in need, but could that need be fulfilled?  Within the past year this monumental need was made reality and not just through the efforts of one gift, one person, or one Lodge, but through the generosity, care, and commitment of many.  It seems fitting that during a year of emphasizing the foundation of the Home and the relationships of people, one building for our Children’s Garden proved to bring together the charity, work, and faith of many.

    LandscapeDay_keithshed_4 Starting in the spring of 2015, the Lodges of the 21st Masonic District made it their purpose to collect enough funds to purchase a kit to provide the Home with a Garden Shed.  On June 26, 2015, led by DDGM Frank Wanko of Southern Pines No. 484, members of the district delivered $1,280, collected from the Lodges of the District, given to purchase a shed for the campus.  With the money donated, the kit was delivered that summer.  Next was the task of assembly.

     With a generous donation from the local CertainTeed Plant located in Oxford, NC, shingles were donated to complete the parts needed to construct the shed in early 2016.  Left was the skill, knowledge, LandscapeDay_keithshed_3and “sweat equity” to bring the building together.  With the opportunity to gather on the Home’s annual Great Landscape, brethren from the Home’s own district, District 13, came to the campus, saw, hammer, and level in hand on March 19, 2016.  Assembling the group was Brother Tommy Keith of Creedmoor Lodge No. 499 and with his and the efforts of over twenty Masonic brethren in two weekends, the shed was completed for use this spring and for years to come, adding to the Children’s Garden a valuable and useful piece for the future.

     Shed_April2016_3The true value of this simple wooden shed – the gift of collaboration, Masonic Unity, and the benevolence that comes when many give together – all for the kids.  Watching these donors come together, each giving a cherished and useful gift, in so many ways demonstrates the true power of a donation, when given by many.  It is what has carried this Home for over 143 years.  Much like the principles of the Masonic Fraternity, these builders each gave of themselves and relied upon the strengths and generosity of every person, from collections to construction, all to Shed_April2016_6bring their offering for use at their Children’s Home.  This was truly a gift from many that will give to many, for years and years to come.

 

     We salute and thank all those who had a part in this project, which will stand to serve our campus, our children, and as a reminder to what can be truly be given when donors believe and come together based on that belief in helping a child.

 

 

 

DISTRICT NO. 21

Carthage Lodge No. 181

Laurinburg Lodge No. 305

Raeford Lodge No. 306

Southern Pines Lodge No. 484

Rockingham Lodge No. 495

Hamlet Lodge No. 532

Roman Eagle Lodge No. 550

Elise Lodge No. 555

Elberta Lodge No. 654

 

DISTRICT NO. 13

Oxford Lodge No. 122

Franklinton Lodge No. 123

Adoniram Lodge No. 149

Henderson Lodge No. 229

Youngsville Lodge No. 377

Granville Lodge No. 380

Henry F. Grainger Lodge No. 412

James A. Johnson Lodge No. 413

Creedmoor Lodge No. 499

John H. Mills Lodge No. 624

Orphans Lodge No. 761

Butner Lodge No. 697

 

Special thanks to CertainTeed of Oxford, NC for their generous donation towards this project.

 

 

First Class of MHCO Ambassadors Begin Their Journey for the Children

ambassadorpinartwork     April 23rd was a very special weekend in the happenings of your Children’s Home.  A new and innovative program kicked-off during a spring weekend at MHCO – one ordained -to send Masons and their families forward, speaking, acting, and working on behalf of the Home and its children.  Twelve Master Masons from across North Carolina gathered, many with their spouses, to experience life on the campus  of MHCO and to learn specific information regarding the operation, programs, and plans of the Home.  With this knowledge, these Ambassadors were commissioned by Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, MW Brother Bryant Webster, with the goal of carrying the Home’s message to families in need, interested supporters, and all seeking information and interest about MHCO.  From the idea of our alumni, seeking to engaging new and more individuals in their Home, as well as involving the Masons of NC in a more personal manner and on a more widespread basis came this innovative and important plan.  In seeking to involve more, providing them with the tools for communication, presentations, and constituent development came this first MHCO Ambassador Program in 2016.

     On Friday evening April 22nd participants met and began their orientation with a welcome with a tour of campus and dinner in different cottages.  Concluding the tours, our first class of Ambassadors and their wives met in the York Rite Chapel, there to share in the final activities of the day that would prepare them for the following sessions.  Included was a presentation from current residents of the Home and Class of ’68 Alumnus Dan Rice who shared their experience at MHCO and how important the Home has been in their lives as well as some of the daily struggles associated with life at the Home. 

     The next day began with a working breakfast and Welcome.  Information sessions began with various staff members and MHCO Marketing Chair Phil Johnson sharing information regarding the role of the Ambassador, guidelines and statutes that guide decision making regarding MHCO operations, conducting a Lodge Assessment, giving presentations on MHCO, current Programs and Services (including the referral process), Employment and Volunteering, Finance, the School of Graphic Arts, and Financial Development.  The information was intended to provide a well-rounded understanding of the many aspects of operation in order to present and respond to groups as an Ambassador.  Orientation continued with each person or couple developing an Action Plan to begin connecting with Lodges in their District, community groups to approach, and ultimately getting the message out in a manner to reach families in need in their respective communities.

DSC_0260     The weekend culminated with a Graduation Ceremony officially naming each participant as part of the inaugural Ambassador Class at MHCO.  Each received a Certificate, Pin, and a Walking Stick to help represent their purpose of leading others to the benefits, promise, and possibility of the Home.  PGM and  Board Vice Chairman Dewey Preslar presented the Walking Sticks and informed the class of their origin and purpose as it related to the Ambassador Program.  The Walking Sticks were hand crafted by Worshipful Brother David J. Stapleton of Greenville Lodge No. 284 and Dan River Lodge No. 129, who honed each just for this occasion embodying the strength, support, and importance of the work of each Ambassador for this first class.

     Commissioned by the Grand Master, each member of the Class signed the first Ambassador Charter, which currently hangs in the York Rite Chapel, there to welcome future classes for the Home.  Ambassadors were requested to provide a three year commitment to the program and new classes of twelve more individuals are scheduled for the next orientations in 2017 and 2018.  Within three years and with each new class, it is expected that each Masonic District in North Carolina will have their own Ambassador geographically located in their district.  The Ambassador will work with Lodges, civic and community organizations and individuals to provide information, make contacts, assess their relationship with the Children’s Home, develop action plans involving MHCO, present to various groups, and help take the message of hope to families in need.  For information on the Ambassador Program or to have an Ambassador come to your group, Lodge, or other venue please call The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 919-693-5111/888-505-4357.

The Inaugural Class of 2016 consists of:

John and Heather Harrelson    District 6

Joe and Barb Fuller                     District 9

Hubert and Pat Williamson       District 13

David and Gwen Nyce                 District 15

David and Julie Parde                 District 16

Tommy and Annie Greene         District 21

Todd and Alicia Smith                District 22

C. Ray Hall                                    District 23

Doug Earnhardt                           District 28

Chris and Liz Wilhoit                  District 34

Kenneth Sudderth                       District 37

Wiley Kessler                                District 38

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     The Children’s Home continues to be a great place to be a kid and the impact it has reaches for generations.  Thank you all for helping bring this program to Light that is being shared more brightly across the state.

 

FRIENDS LEND HANDS, HEARTS, & GREEN THUMBS FOR THE HOMES OF THE KIDS

6th Annual Event Witnesses Again the Beauty of Gifts Given Through Skill, Time, and Care as part of the MHCO Great Landscape

 The service project of a young Girl Scout continued in its sixth year as The Masonic Home for Children celebrated the “Great Landscape” March 19, 2016.  What began with a single Girl Scout Troop six years ago included two new Troops, eleven Lodges, Oxford Orphanage Alumni and their families, two Board Members, and a host of friends and family.  The day continues to feature a number of projects and maintenance, performed by volunteers, readying the Home and the grounds of the children for spring and summer.  With threatening weather donors once again traveled to Oxford as over 100 volunteers descended on campus.

 This year’s event featured several major projects including the construction of a Garden Shed, donated in 2015 by Masonic Lodges from District 21 for the Children’s Community Garden on campus, mulching campus, with over a ton of mulch donated by Mebane Shrubbery of Burlington, NC (www.mebaneshrubberyinc.com), landscaping of the Home’s main building, chapel, and recreational areas and several painting and planting projects.  The beauty of the day comes not only in the from the freshly manicured grounds or newly painted wood, but from the efforts of the volunteers, many strangers before this day, that are brought together and work together for one common goal: to make the home and grounds of the children of The Children’ of the Masonic Home for Children the best they can be.

This day embodies one of the truly valuable contributions that are now a part of the environment of giving at MHCO.  “Events such as this not only provide valuable work, resources, and help”, stated Chris Richardson, Director of Financial Development.  “These events bring awareness to the Home and engage people, many for the first time, in the mission and value of our charity.  This day can serve to not only give, but to inform and connect a new group of supporters and friends”, said Richardson.  “We are so thankful for what is giving by all of our donors on this day and for what remains that continues to give.”

 In addition to these donors, many on campus give in preparation of the day.  Breakfast and Lunch are provided to the participants, who came from as far as Charlotte, North Carolina to participate.  We send our thanks to these group leaders, friends, donors, and supporters, who participated and involved the participation of others in the Great Landscape of MHCO in 2016.

Dewey Preslar and members of Andrew Jackson Lodge No. 576

Rich, Ethan, and Alex Weaver of Oxford Lodge No. 122

Tommy Keith, Charles Phipps, and members of Creedmoor Lodge No. 499

Mark Carroll of Adonarium Lodge No. 149

Kathy and Ed Johnson and Family

Terry Washam, Scott Sholar,  Tom Fahnestock  and the members and families of James B. Green Lodge No. 735

Mrs. Mary Williford and the members and families of Girl Scout Troop No. 1119

Howard More, Chris Hedrick and the members of James A. Johnson Lodge No. 413

Doug Logan, Tim Lumpkins, and the members of Henry F. Grainger No. 412

Frank Wanko, Jim Kennedy, and the members of Southern Pines Lodge No. 434

Alumnus Charles Everitte and the members and families of Lebanon Lodge No. 391

Bryant Webster – Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina, 2016

Deleron L. Webster of Knap of Reeds Lodge No. 158

Alumnae Becky Joines and the members and families of Girl Scout Troop No. 769

Ms. Michelle Meyer

Harry Greene and Will Barham of Selma Lodge No. 320

 

“Home is the nicest word there is.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

Wilkerson College Brings Light to Masonry, Home

WC_FirepitFeb5_2016_8Gift to Masonic Home for Children Honors, Engages Past, Present, and Future WC Graduates

 

     WC_FirepitFeb5_2016_3Founded fourteen years ago, Wilkerson College continues as part of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in North Carolina. The College’s simple premise – to provide Freemasonry with the best trained leaders possible. And for over a decade and a half they have done just that, facilitating three training sessions per year for Junior Wardens aspiring to lead their Lodges as Masters in the future. For The Masonic Home for Children’s part, the Home has annually hosted one of those sessions allowing these Masons, many for the first time, to experience the product of their charity and to witness those young lives helped with a home and hope through the work in their very own Lodges.

     In recognizing the Home’s place in their program of learning and in supporting the charitable nature that is vital to the Home’s survival and success in the future, Wilkerson College, Chancellor Dr. William Brunk, Dean, William Dill, and members of the Wilkerson College Regents and Officers proposed one year ago the creation of a permanent area of fellowship andWC_FirepitFeb5_2016_2 learning. The area, to be funded by the charity of the College’s officers, participants, and classes as well as any dedicated to MHCO and its mission, would be constructed for the purpose of not only facilitating the “Wilkerson College Experience” with each visiting session for years to come, but to create a vehicle for philanthropy and function for the state’s first children’s home, recognizing those important to the future of both Masonic treasures in North Carolina.

     At the center of the area, a flame, more specifically a fire pit, for gathering together in the pursuit of knowledge, learning, camaraderie, or simply recreation, for visitors and residents alike. On February 5, 2016, Dean Dill, with the assistance of Administrator Kevin Otis and members of the Wilkerson College Class of 2016 dedicated the new area, fire pit and plaza. In dedicating the area Dean Dill spoke to the class of 36 present and several dozen guests, of the basic idea and formation of Wilkerson College, fourteen years ago, and the principles of those men who started its formation. He spoke of how the newly WC_FirepitFeb5_2016_6constructed fire pit dedicated on this night on the campus of the Home symbolized the college’s original intent of learning through fellowship, sharing the “light of knowledge” with one another. It noted that this place at our Children’s Home was a permanent reminder of the strength of our fraternity and how it has cradled our Home and charities like it through the fellowship of education and the principles of the Masonic fraternity and how Wilkerson College encompassed both. The area, he said, was here to serve all that needed it and would stand to host future classes of Masonic Leaders, donors, friends, alumni, and young lives.

     The Home and Wilkerson College have opportunities for sponsorship of the plaza and fire pit through the purchase of pavers and benches. For more information on donating to the project and its continued growth, including name recognition for you, a family member, or other person in your life, contact the MHCO Financial Development Department at 919-603-3901 or crichards@mhc-oxford.org. For more information on Wilkerson College or to have your Lodge participate in future classes, please visit http://www.wilkersoncollege.com/index.html.

MHCO Honors Sizemore and his 40 Years of Dedication, Humor, and Compassion

  sizemore     For more than 140 years the main building on the campus of The  Masonic Home for Children at Oxford has stood as the first place of entry for all those seeking the purpose of its mission.  Over time two buildings have stood in its place, but this one location has remained as the initial point of shelter for over 15,000 children apart from their families, seeking the comfort, support, and possibilities found in Oxford.  It only seemed fitting that this singular spot now be recognized by the name of a person whose tireless and faithful years of service have supported more young souls and with them, hopes and dreams, at this place than any other in Home’s history.  On a very special night in February 2016, Brother Donald Sizemore was honored for not only his work for over four decades at then Oxford Orphanage, but for the young lives helped and held by him as he traveled across North Carolina serving as the guardian of those in need of a Home.

     Surrounded by his two daughters, one son, three grandchildren, wife of forty years Annette, and over 160 friends, many of who worked with Donald or knew him as their first contact with the Home as children of Oxford, Donald Lawrence Sizemore was honored with the naming of the “Donald L. Sizemore Reception Lobby” in the St. John’s Building on the campus of The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.  A proclamation from the City of Oxford, the only place (besides Disney World and a stint in the US Army) that Brother Sizemore had ever known, was delivered by Oxford City Mayor Jackie Sergent.  With the proclamation from her office and the City Commissioners she acknowledged the life’s work of Brother Sizemore and his importance to not only the Masonic Home for Children, but to the City of Oxford.  With old friends, co-workers, and the children of the Home, young and old, who came to know him as a father-figure in their lives, stories were told with exaggeration, enjoyment, and emotion.  Board Chairman and Oxford Orphanage Alumnus Dan Rice was a child of Donald’s, living in his cottage and growing with him in Masonry and in life.  He spoke of the impact Brother Sizemore had in rearing him as a young man and in raising him as a Masonic leader.  The  current Grand Master, Bryant Webster, spoke of the heart and constitution exhibited by Brother Sizemore in decades of working with families and their children, often serving as the agent of change in both lives.  Tales of humor and happiness came as alumni and co-workers took the podium, each more than the next, emphasizing the impact and influence of Donald Sizemore in their lives.  

     DSC_0162EditA biography of the man speaks to only a small portion of his place in the path of so many.  For one who rarely left his home in Oxford, (or even the location of the Children’s Home, which he has never lived more than three miles from in his life!), Brother Sizemore’s work and words were global.  He began his incredible career at Oxford Orphanage on June 1, 1964 as the Cottage Counselor for 3B – the oldest boys’ cottage.  In the years following he served as Caseworker, the Little League Baseball and Football Coach, the Head of the Sunday School Department and finally as the Admissions Director.   He served with seven Superintendents during his 40 years at the Home.  As a Mason, he first joined the Masonic Fraternity April 4, 1965 as a member of Oxford Lodge No. 122 where he served as Master and then Secretary for over 30 years.  He is a Charter Member of Orphans Lodge No. 761, received the Distinguished Secretary’s Award from the Grand Lodge of NC and the highest award that can be bestowed upon a Freemason by the Grand Master of North Carolina, The Joseph Montfort Award. 

     As the evening came to a close Donald’s daughter Jill gave final thoughts and in doing so noted that while her father was many things to those at the Orphanage, to her he was simply “Daddy”.  The celebration continued as additional gifts of recognition were presented by the MHCO Board of Directors, OO/MHCO Alumni Association, and the Administration of The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.  As beloved a person as any in recent years at the Children’s Home, crowds remained for pictures and tales that continued well into the night.  The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford thanks all who came to share in this special evening honoring a treasured person in the history of MHCO and the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of children at our Home.  With this night, this naming, and this recognition, once again, Brother Sizemore will welcome all children in search of hope and a home, as he did for over 40 faithful years, to his Home in Oxford.

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School of Graphic Arts Debuts New Website

SGA_logophraseFirst envisioned in 1875 by John H Mills, Superintendent of what was then referred to as Oxford Orphan Asylum, the School of Graphic Arts has grown over the years into a vibrant and integral part of campus life as well as an important partner to the local business community.

Since its beginning over 140 years ago many students have learned the valuable trade which carried them into adulthood. Even more important than that was the work ethic learned here that has followed them every step of their lives whether they continued with their printing careers or not.

An equally important part of our mission is our partnership with the businesses in our local community as well as many others statewide. Our very existence is dependent on their trust in our staff to provide them with quality printed items at affordable prices.

We invite you to visit us during your visit to Oxford, and take an opportunity to meet our staff and students. We think you will be impressed with our Mission of education, quality printing, service, and all that we are doing to fulfill it.

To learn more about the School of Graphic Arts and the services they offer, click HERE to visit their new website!

 

PREPARING FOR A NEW YEAR OF GIVING

With 2016 almost here, MHCO is providing information to those interested in helping us start our 143rd year of operation off right. These updates provide valuable information on upcoming events, fundraising activities, and general information for the New Year and Financial Development.

As always, if you have any questions or need more information please do not hesitate to call our Financial Development Department at 919-603-3901 or by emailing crichards@mhc-oxford.org or visiting our website at http://mhc-oxford.org/ways-to-help/.

LOOKING FOR UPDATES REGARDING PLANNED GIVING AND ITS BENEFITS FOR DONORS, THEIR FAMILIES AND MHCO IN THE MONTHS AHEAD!


IMPORTANT REMINDER: REGARDING DONATING IN-KIND, NEED OR USED ITEMS

machineFor many of our donors the satisfaction of providing a useful item, a need fulfilled, or a physical contribution for the care of a child is unequaled. The benefits are many and the charity a possibility for anyone. MHCO continues to support these donations and the benefits that create for the care of the children of our Home.

We are asking those considering giving in this way to note the following considerations for 2016. Specifically, these requirements will be necessary regarding in-kind, used item, or other non-monetary style giving to MHCO, starting January 1, 2016. Per the IRS and our accounting we greatly appreciate the attention and understanding of those wishing to give new or used in-kind gifts and their adherence to these measures.

  • ASK BEFORE YOU COLLECT OR GIVE AN IN-KIND GIFT: Please call (888-505-4357) or email (www.mhc-oxford.org) before collecting, purchasing, or traveling to donate in-kind gifts. MHCO is obligated to make sure the work and charity of our donors can be used for the purposes of our mission and in a reasonable time frame. Reference our Needs List. Without prior notice or determination MHCO may be unable to accept an in-kind gift for the Home.
  • You, the donor, must place an accurate amount of value on your donation – Whether or not you are claiming a gift for tax purposes let the organization know the value of the in-kind donation, as MHCO will need that information for accounting purposes, when they must specify in-kind donations and the value of these in-kind donations. This will help you as well as MHCO, especially if you intend on writing off your donation. Visit the IRS website which explains how to determine the fair market value of your donation and if your must complete additional forms for in-kind giving over a certain amount or if you are donating automobiles or property in excess of $25,000.
  • DO NOT ASSUME A GIFT IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE OR CAN BE UTILIZED BY MHCO – Not every in-kind gift is tax-deductible. Services and volunteer hours, although welcomed and used by MHCO, generally cannot be written off. IRS Publication 526 outlines what types of donations can be deducted and how to claim a deduction.
  • IN-KIND GIVING CANNOT REPLACE TRADITIONAL GIFTS — As valuable as in-kind gifts and need items are – and they are valuable and needed – MHCO relies on the flexibility of unrestricted cash donations and must have them to survive and continue to serve children apart from their families.

PLEASE REMEMBER – these requirements will be necessary regarding in-kind, used item, or other non-monetary styles of donating to MHCO, starting January 1, 2016. Call MHCO and the Financial Development Department for questions or more information or anything regarding giving via in-kind gifts.


5th Annual Great Landscape Set for March 19, 2016

THE MASONIC HOME FOR CHILDREN AT OXFORD – 5th ANNUAL “GREAT LANDSCAPE”

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Lend a hand and invite your Lodge Members, family, and friends to help make the homes of our children beautiful and ready for the spring. You can make our campus beautiful, give to the Home of a child, gather a group together for a day of service and beautification that will last well beyond a Saturday.

 

When:     Saturday, March 19, 2016 – (NO RAIN DATE THIS YEAR – CALL FOR UPDATES!)

Where:     Campus of Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St., Oxford, NC

Schedule:     7:30am – 9am – Continental Breakfast

                         8:30am – 12:00pm – Landscaping Event on Campus*

                         12:00pm – Lunch and Conclusion of Event

 

*   Groups can start after 8:30am and/or leave before 12pm if needed. Please bring shovels, gloves, wheelbarrow, rakes, and other landscaping implements for your personal use. A needs list of items that can be given as part of the event is available at www.mhc-oxford.org.

 

You must RSVP and sign-up on or before March 9, 2016 to participate and include the number attending. This is very important to make the most of this day. To RSVP or for more information contact MHCO at 1-888-505-4357/919-693-5111 or crichards@mhc-oxford.org.