Minnesota Masonic Charities has mobilized to respond nimbly to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, setting protocols in place at all of our heritage charity locations to protect our employees, and those in our care.
Minnesota Masonic Home is closed to all visitors with the exception of end-of-life family members who have been screened according to infection control protocols. Employees of the Home are also screened and have been instructed to follow infection control procedures as outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. MMH has also reduced the number of access points into the Home. Group activities have been cancelled and social distancing protocols have been established. For more information, please contact Katie Pelofske, Infection Preventionist, at 952-948-6905.
Minnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic for Communication Disorders in Duluth will be closed from Wednesday, March 18 to Friday, March 27. Any closure periods will not be deducted from the two-year therapy service time offered to every one of our clients. Questions for the clinic: call Niki Lampi, clinic director, at 218-720-3911.
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center remains open with limited offerings. The Col. James B. Ladd Museum and Charles Nelson Library will be closed until March 31. The Center will continue to accept rental inquiries. Please contact Theresa Norman, manager, at 952-948-6507.
Maggie Mentor, RN, was the recipient of the Masonic Mission Award this last quarter for her exceptional care provided to patients and families at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
The award, funded by Minnesota Masonic Charities, recognizes those employees at the hospital who personify the shared mission of MMC and the hospital. Mentor was nominated by a family who had experienced high-risk pregnancies.
“We have had her as a nurse with our last two children,” stated the nomination letter by the Anderson family. “She is someone that genuinely cares, is passionate toward others and about her job, and is hands down the best employee this hospital has.”
For more information on the Masonic Mission Awards, visit.
Minnesota Masonic Home’s Order of the Eastern Star Chapel is getting a needed “facelift” after 60 wonderful years of service.
The complete renovation will include improvements that will greatly improve the look and functionality of the building, such as a new roof, windows and tuckpointing, a new wheelchair lift and ramp, new HVAC, lighting systems, furniture and finishes.
Renovation work began Monday, February 18, and is expected to be completed in August 2020. Until then, chapel services have been relocated to Dan Patch Hall on the Home’s campus. A Masonic dedication ceremony for the OES Chapel will be held on August 8.
Students interested in applying for a Minnesota Masonic Charities Scholarship may do so beginning December 1, 2019. A number of generous awards are available to individuals meeting our criteria. For more information, please click here.
On October 22, the University of Minnesota hosted their annual “Discovery Showcase,” which highlights new initiatives and advances there. This year’s Showcase focused entirely on “The Wonder Years,” setting the stage for the University’s launch of an institute for child and adolescent brain health, the first of its kind in the world.
Hundreds of guests attended the showcase, walking through seven exciting exhibits explaining key issues the institute would address, including counteracting trauma, curbing threats to mental health, preventing substance use and finding autism faster. The idea is, pardon the pun, a no-brainer: investing in early childhood and adolescent brain health makes for a healthier society.
University President Joan T.A. Gabel kicked off dinner at the McNamara Alumni Center following the exhibit reception. Afterward, Medical School Dean Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D. and College of Education and Human Development Dean Jean K. Quam, M.S.W., Ph.D., answered questions regarding their hopes for the institute and why it is the perfect time for it.
“The University leads in areas of developmental neuroscience, brain biology, pediatrics, child psychology,” said Dr. Tolar. “Joining these forces together will have a true multiplier effect. This is what makes us uniquely qualified to create a world-class institute.”
You may be aware of the Masonic Mission Awards, which were developed by Minnesota Masonic Charities as a way to honor staff members of the Masonic Children’s Hospital at University of Minnesota. Much as our “Champions of Care” program at Minnesota Masonic Home, the Masonic Mission Awards recognize the exemplary care provided by those who every day endeavor to improve the quality of life of their patients and families.
This quarter, nurse Dani Wiklund was nominated by the Steger
family to receive the Masonic Mission Award. Chad and Jenna Steger lost their
baby, Viona, to a chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 18, but not until they
brought Viona to Masonic Children’s Hospital.
“We had been to four, maybe five hospitals by that time,”
said Chad, “but Masonic was by far the best. The compassion, the care is just
Dani supported the small family, including 3-year-old sister
to Viona, Liivi, as they were given their infant’s diagnosis, and through their
difficult stay at the hospital.
Said Chad, “From the small things like reassuring words to the bigger things like answering our questions about every test, poke, prod, and wire that we were watching happen to our little girl, Dani did it all with a smile and humble presence that made it all ok.”
It takes what we like to call “earth angels” to ease the burden of a young family’s heartbreak. Thank you, Ms. Wicklund, for your amazing care.
To avoid paying taxes on the
donation, you must follow the IRS’s rules for qualified charitable
distributions (QCDs), also called charitable IRA rollovers. Most nonprofit
charities like Minnesota Masonic Charities (wink wink) are qualified charities.
The charity you give to will not have to pay taxes on your donation.
You can also use your
qualified charitable donation to meet all or part of your IRA’s required
minimum distribution (RMD) for
the year. Traditional IRA owners must start taking RMDs at age 70½ or face tax
penalties. The charity must receive your donation by Dec. 31 for you to apply
it to that year’s tax return.
If you have any
question, please call John Schwietz at Minnesota Masonic Charities 651-210-5240
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join Minnesota Masonic Charities in observance of Veteran’s Day on November 11, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. This free event will be held on the Masonic Campus in Dan Patch Hall, and will include a light lunch, presentations, and a performance by JS Trio. Register: email@example.com.