As we enter the holiday season, we look forward to giving gifts and bonding with loved ones. Black Friday and Cyber Monday make sure we have the commercial aspects of the season covered. But being a Mason compels us to take a broader view of this season of giving. We see beyond ourselves and look to the good works of our Scottish Rite charities. It’s why we are celebrating Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, with our first ever telethon on November 27th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET.

Through interviews, tours, and testimonials, the Giving Tuesday Telethon gives us the opportunity to bring you into the work of the Scottish Rite charities -- the Grand Almoner’s Fund, the Children’s Dyslexia Center, the Masonic Museum & Library and Leon M. Abbott Scholarship Fund. Your contributions will support the central missions of our charities --assisting Brothers in crisis, teaching children to read, preserving Masonic history, and supporting the dreams of affording a college education.

We will broadcast live via our website, Livestream, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live. Hosted by our Director of Charities, Bro. Michael C. Russell, our Giving Tuesday Telethon will connect members across the country as we raise funds -- and have some fun! I will be on the phone bank team answering your calls, and I look forward to speaking with as many of you as possible.

Musician and Brother Joey Dougherty will be performing live, and we’ll have surprises throughout the evening for contributors. We will also announce a new initiative that is part of the Grand Almoner’s Fund. The White Flower Society will allow us to embrace our Masonic family in even more meaningful ways.

Through our Giving Tuesday Telethon, we hope to reach a goal of $233,000 for our Scottish Rite Charities. I look forward to sharing the evening with you as we come together with pride and in brotherhood on Giving Tuesday.

Sincerely,David A. Glattly
Sovereign Grand Commander