This fundraiser is over. Thank you to all who participated. We successfully raised $300 for the Murphy-Martin Endowment Fund. The winner was selected by M.W. G.M. Thomas Cumberland. The ticket he pulled was from Jason Jefcoat, SGW for the Grand Lodge of MS. Congratulations, Brother.
In November 2017 I made a donation to The Masonic Roundtable’s No-Save-November fundraising efforts to raise awareness for cancer. This donation awarded me a custom hand-painted apron by Brother David Bacon, of Ashlar Aprons. Knowing that Brother Bacon’s work is well sought after, I saw this as an excellent opportunity to pay-it-forward.
I am very much a believer in the educational concepts espoused by many historical leaders and influencers in Freemasonry – namely that Freemasonry must be supporters of the general education of all.
Albert Mackey postured that “The ultimate success of Masonry depends on the intelligence of her disciples.” Further, Manly P. Hall is credited with stating that “The end of science is not to prove a theory, but to improve mankind.” 
This improvement of mankind must indeed start with education. How can humanity move forward without it? How could a free and independent people truly exist? Without it, how can the governed regulate the government? How can any soul make full use of the abilities granted to it by the divine without the base education on how to apply it?
These principles sound well and good, but Albert Pike asks of Freemasonry, “Has it done that which it should have done for the cause of education?” . Well, have we? Let us endeavor in the attempt, never ceasing. In doing so, we not only increase one souls learning, but raise all of humanity. After all, “Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”
Murphy-Martin Endowment Fund:
In speaking about the higher education of children housed at The Masonic Home in Mississippi, “Another concern had manifested itself, namely, provision for the higher education of children from the Home. The Endowment Fund ultimately raised for that purpose has been appropriately named for Paul H. Murphy, Grand Master in 1922, and Edward J. Martin, Grand Master in 1908 and superintendent of the Home from 1910 to 1920. Those two men quietly recognized the necessity and took the lead in raising the money.”
Since the Masonic Homes in Mississippi are no longer under the control of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F. & A. M., this scholarship is now granted to “high school seniors residing in the state of Mississippi and having a father, stepfather, brother, uncle, grandfather, or step-grandfather who is a Master Mason in good standing in a Lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi F. & A. M., or if deceased, was in good standing at the time of his death.”
In its current form, scholarships are issued to one awardee per masonic district in the State of Mississippi – that is a total of 29 $1,000 scholarships awarded annually.
100% of your contribution will go directly into this fund, helping a child aspire to their dreams.
Tickets/Entries will be sold until July 27, 2018, the primary date of the Bicentennial Celebration of The Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F. & A. M. The drawing will be held at this event, on July 27th, at a time to be determined based upon the activities surrounding the celebrations that day. Three names will be drawn, the Winner, the Runner-Up, and an Alternative. Only one prize, the painted apron, is up for the winning. However, if the Winner cannot be contacted within 2 weeks of the drawing, the Runner-Up will be granted the apron. Similarly, if the Runner-Up cannot be contacted within 2 weeks, the Alternative will be granted the apron. If no winner can be contacted the apron will be donated to The Grand Lodge of Mississippi as a memento of the Bicentennial.
“If a Lodge cannot aid in founding a school or an academy it can still do something. It can educate one boy or girl, at least, the child of some poor or departed brother. And it should never be forgotten, that in the poorest unregarded child that seems abandoned to ignorance and vice may slumber the virtues of a Socrates, the intellect of a Bacon or a Bossuet, the genius of a Shakespeare, the capacity to benefit mankind of a Washington; and that in rescuing him from the mire in which he is plunged, and giving him the means of education and development, the Lodge that does it may be the direct and immediate means of conferring upon the world as great a boon as that given it by John Faust the boy of Mentz; may perpetuate the liberties of a country and change the destinies of nations, and write a new chapter in the history of the world.”
1 Reading Masons And Masons Who Do Not Read – The Master Mason 1924
3 Morals and Dogma, 11:47
4 George Washington, First Annual Address, January 8, 1790
5 The Masonic Home, Grand Lodge of Mississippi, Free and Accepted Masons, October 17, 1982, Page 9
6 Scholarship Application Murphy-Martin Endowment Fund Grand Lodge of Mississippi, F. & A. M.
7 Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 10:42