The members of Lodge of Triumph No 1061 in St. Anne’s are pleased and honoured to have Ted Rhodes as a member. Ted is the Fylde Coast Regional Charity Steward and is always pleased to visit lodges to give an update on any aspect of Masonic charitable work, particularly in relation to the Fylde Coast area.
At a meeting of Lodge of Triumph, Ted was asked by the master John Topping, to give an update of recent developments in the Province of West Lancashire. During the fascinating and heart warming presentation Ted spoke of his work with the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, the hardworking team based at the Province’s Huyton office and the non-Masonic donations that are making significant improvements to the lives of so many families in the community.
Ted was particularly proud to give an update on the case of Scarlett McCracken and her family. Scarlett received £1,000 from the WLFC, which is assisting in paying for her mother’s support while she receives proton-beam eye surgery in Oklahoma City.
Many South Fylde members will have witnessed, or be aware of, the Oklahoma Indians Degree Team who have visited the Fylde Coast on several occasions. As well as their demonstrations in lodges, the team takes great delight in visiting local schools with demonstrations of their own native culture. It is fundamental to their beliefs that looking after their youths is the route to the future success of society. It was no surprise therefore that when it was known that Scarlett was to receive her surgery in Oklahoma City, Ted arranged for our Oklahoma brethren to be asked to provide local support to the family and they were only to happy to oblige. Scarlett and her mum Kerry have been provided with a magnificent surrogate family who are providing support that they would not otherwise have received. The old saying of ‘hands across the water’ is alive and well and working in Oklahoma City.
Further updates on this story will appear as they become available. ‘Watch this space’ as the saying goes.