Focus June 2011
Freemasonry And Secrecy
Freemasonry is oftentimes referred to as a "Secret Society." This happens many times in books, TV shows and movies about the fraternity. The following statement was prepared by the Masonic Information Center.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Mark Twain Award
The Award borrows Brother Mark Twain's identity as a lively, innovative communicator whose work consistently challenged his listeners and readers to think and act responsibly, to ask questions, and to seek enlightenment. Decades later, we remain aware of Twain's intellect and productivity.
2. Does the Twain Award recognize work within the Lodge (INTERNAL) or throughout the greater community (EXTERNAL)
Excellence in both internal and external Masonic Awareness is essential to winning a Twain Award. The Twain Award emphasizes that it is equally important to Masonic Awareness to stimulate the quality of the Lodge experience and to raise awareness among the community about Freemasonry's history and value to the community.
4. When was the Twain Award formed and what was the goal?
Initiated in response to the 2004 Grand Masters' call for the MIC to improve Masonic awareness, the Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award recognizes the urgent need for Masons to:
The Masonic Information Center (MIC) asks Lodges to submit an entry/ registration form enabling us to work with entrants throughout the year of their submission development. Entry/registration forms are available to download from www.msansa.com; just click on Twain Award to get to the link. Lodges should submit the form to MIC via email (email@example.com) or fax (301) 608-3457.
6. How will Twain Award entries be evaluated?
The MIC Task Force reviews each submission based upon the Lodge's individual merits. Lodges are not compared to one another. Merit is based upon the quality of the submission, which should follow the guidelines posted on the www.msansa.com website under the link to Mark Twain Award.
7. How does a Lodge win a Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award?
Entries are judged by the MIC Task Force based upon the Lodge's submission of a binder, detailing the activities that the Lodge planned, implemented, and evaluated in response to the MIC's call to action in the MIC Report, It's About Time!.
8. When will the Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award winners be announced?
The Mark Twain Masonic Awareness Award winners are announced each February at the Grand Masters' Conference. In some cases, Richard Fletcher has been available to present the Twain Award at Grand Lodge sessions.
9. How do we organize our submission? Your Lodge's submission should include the following:
10. What is the schedule for the award?
To participate in the Twain Award competition, submit Entry/Registration forms no later June than of the award year. The deadline for entry submissions is December 1 of the award year.
11. What kind of support documentation is appropriate?
Support documentation is important to evaluating the overall quality of an entry. Both project narrative and support materials provide evidence of the work the Lodge accomplished to raise Masonic Awareness. The documentation may be submitted in print and non-print media including the following: photographs, DVDs, CDs, brochures, websites, press releases, magazine feature stories, news articles, and much more.
12. Will submissions be returned?
Because this is a continent-wide competition, it will not be possible to return your submissions. Please send copies. Retain your originals.
13. What can we learn from other winners?
If you would like a former winner to contact you, please let MIC know. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
(The date for entering the 2011 Twain Award Program has been extended to August 1, 2011. The entry form will be found on our website at www.msana.com)
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