EAMBA CHARITY COMMITTEE ANNUAL MEETING 12th April 2017: Secretary's Report

I present my annual report for the general meeting of East Anglian Mark Benevolent Association.

Once again despite notification of the deadline for grant applications being circulated the response from lodges has been, to say the least disappointing. I feel it is time to revisit the system.

At our 2016 annual meeting the trustees endorsed grants of a further £1000 towards the Sussex festival and £1000 to the Suffolk Provincial Grand Lodge festival. It was also agreed to help Age UK with assistance of up to £100 towards a Sara lift.

The trustees felt that one other application needed to be more specific as to how any money would be spent.

The PGM’s discretionary fund has proved it’s worth.

The use of gift aid envelopes continues to be worthwhile but there seems to be a drifting away from the importance of their use. We have ample stock available, with the new H.M.R.C. wording to enable us to comply with the new regulations. If your lodge charity steward needs further supplies please do not hesitate to contact myself or our provincial charity steward Trevor Tinley, contact details are in the year book.

Once again I thank my fellow trustees for their support and prompt action when dealing with urgent requests.

Richard Hawes, Secretary E.A.M.B.A.

Sussex 2019 Festival for the Mark Benevolent Fund

A letter from the Province of Sussex concerning the recent donation of £1000 to the Sussex 2019 Festival for the Mark Benevolent Fund, raised at the recent S.M.A.R.T. demonstration.