FLORIDA—Ensley Lodge No. 278 of Pensacola, FL opened its doors to anyone evacuating the onslaught of Hurricane Irma. After the storm
had passed and people returned to their home communities, the true scope of the disaster began to be
revealed. Once again, the brotherhood stepped up.
They held a day of giving, getting together needed supplies to
take to those affected in the southern part of the state. Their
outreach asked for household cleaning supplies, trash bags,
work gloves, mops and buckets, chain saw oil as well as personal items such as soap, tooth brushes and tooth paste, water,
sports drinks, and solar lights.
It’s significant to remember that Florida is a big state; from
Pensacola due east to Jacksonville is 357 miles, and parts of South
Florida are even further. One week post-Irma, brothers from Ensley Lodge drove the supplies in a trailer to South Florida—more
than 580 miles away! These brothers didn’t ask for anything—
only that people help those in need. They paid for the trailer
rental, gas to and from South Florida, and took time away from
their businesses and families—all this to help out people in need.
—Submitted by Kurt Larson, 33°, Secretary, Pensacola, FL
TEXAS—Hurricane Harvey impacted the membership of
the Valleys of Galveston, Houston, and San Antonio and the
communities from Corpus Christi up the coast into Louisiana.
Fortunately, we have received no news of serious personal injuries to any of our members or their families; however, many
suffered severe damage to their homes due to hurricane-speed
winds (the area around Rockport near Corpus Christi) or
flooding from the extreme rainfall from the stagnant storm of
the Houston-Galveston-Beaumont area.
The buildings of the Valleys of Houston and San Antonio
received no damage from Hurricane Harvey. While the Valley
of Galveston canceled its September stated meeting due to recovery efforts, all activities for the three Valleys have resumed.
In spite of Hurricane Harvey, the Valley of Galveston hosted
its Sesquicentennial Celebration on October 7 at the cathedral with the Grand Commander attending.
The local businesses around Central Texas
helped the Waco volunteer efforts and one
company furnished the tractor-trailers and
drivers to haul supplies to Houston and down
to the Victoria-Goliad area.
The Valleys of Galveston, Houston, and San
Antonio have provided cash support to their
members, which has come from their Almoner Funds and Almoner Funds from the Valleys of Texas not impacted by the Hurricane.
In addition, the Orient has received funds
from the Scottish Rite Masons of Texas, the Supreme Councils of the Southern and Northern Jurisdictions, and directly
from some Orients of the Southern Jurisdictions. These funds
have been distributed to the three Valleys based on their requests for funding support.
—Submitted by Michael Wiggins, 33°
SGIG in Texas
(Right) Members of Ensley Lodge
No. 278, in Pensacola prepare relief
supplies, which they personally
delivered to South Florida—more
than 580 miles away. (Below)
The parking lot of the Valley of
Jacksonville, FL, showing the extent
of the water. Only two handicapped
parking spaces are above water.
Volunteers from the Valley of Waco, Texas, with water and other supplies
bound for Houston and Victoria-Goliad
Hurricane Relief Update
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