Brothers All -
Certainly you have been watching the news about the
flooding in the area in and around Baton Rouge. The area extends to the
west and south to Iberia, St Mary, Acadia, Lafayette, Vermilion,
Assumption, Terrebonne, Iberville and Ascension Parishes. To the east,
Livingston Parish is basically a lake. Areas north and east in East
Feliciana, St Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes have a great deal of
flooding. Portions of other southern Parishes are affected. Much of
East Baton Rouge Parish is flooded.
The Baton Rouge Scottish Rite had four feet of water yesterday. Most of
the Masonic Lodges in the area have suffered flooding. These are
buildings that have things in them - some things that we cherish, but
things. As Masons, we are in the people - Brotherhood business, not in
the 'thing' business. Baton Rouge's General Secretary, Ill. Jimmie Dean
Dunkin, had seven feet of water in his home.
We have Brothers who are without homes, cars, clothes, food, work
places, churches, and do not know what today or tomorrow will bring -
many have lost almost everything.
As the water begins to go down slowly, we need to remember who we are as
Masons. Caring for each other, offering assistance and stretching forth
that hand of charity. Many pull back when the word 'charity' is used,
but we need to realize what we can offer as help, aid and assistance.
The Scottish Rite Supreme Council is placing an appeal nation-wide that
will very likely result in financial contributions and offers to assist
in many ways. We need to identify who needs help. We need to go and
make sure that we give that help. In the next several days, it will
become more apparent the great loss and devastation, and we each need to
make contact and check on each other, make note of those needing help,
and get the word back to our Leadership.
I have asked that all donations be channeled through our Louisiana
Scottish Rite Foundation, Inc
(P O Box 64, Shreveport, LA 71161) and
that it is noted for "Flood Relief". Please notify me, your Valley
Personal Representative and General Secretary, if you know of anyone who
needs assistance - we will be offering assistance to individuals and
families, not Lodges or buildings.
Let us do our duty as good Scottish Rite Masons should, as Masonic
Brothers, as Children of our GOD - Fraternally, Bill