REVISED GIFT AID & RELIEF CHEST SYSTEM
You will recall the announcement by the Provincial Grand Master at the May meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, that there was to be a new system for Gift Aid envelopes, for Lodge donations to the WMBF and WMCA. The instructions for this system are contained HERE and have been circulated to all Lodge Almoners and Charity Stewards by email.
The nominated centre contacts for distributing the new Freemasons Grand Charity envelopes and forms will be taking them to each centre, and will remove all of the former WMBF & WMCA envelopes. Royal Arch and Mark envelopes should not be removed – other orders are working to different timescales. If Lodge members are personally holding any of the former style envelopes, please destroy them. When additional envelopes are needed, they can either be obtained through me or by a phone call to the FGC. Please use the new envelopes and system for WMBF and WMCA charity collections immediately they are received.
Within the procedures are digital examples of the FGC forms – these have also been sent to Lodge Almoners and Charity Stewards. The overprinted paper forms and the digital versions are the same, and either can be used, as described.
All Lodge members should be aware of the changes that are taking place, and it must be emphasised that Lodge donations to WMBF and WMCA are still in the hands of and controlled by the Province, even though Freemasons Grand Charity envelopes are being used to obtain the Gift Aid.