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EducationMadison Lodge No. 196 Donates $2,460 to Madison FFA

Kansas Masonic Foundation Supports Local Kansas Masonic Lodge With Future Farmers of America Donation

Madison, Kansas (March 3, 2023)—The Kansas Masonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefitting Kansas communities, has partnered with Madison Lodge No. 196 to donate $2,460 to Madison FFA, a local youth organization centered around promoting and supporting agricultural education. 

Founded in 1881, Madison Lodge No. 196 is a Kansas Masonic Lodge dedicated to Freemasonry, the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. The lodge has 27 members and supports various community organizations and events, including the local Jump Start Program, the community food bank, the Verdigris Valley Foundation, Project Christmas, the local high school marching band, and the annual Kansas Masonic Essay Contest. The lodge also performs fundraising activities, such as selling raffle tickets for the Kansas Masonic Foundation’s Classic Car Raffle.

“We encourage and support Freemasonry by self-improvement and brotherly fellowship while finding ways to serve God, family, country, neighbor, and self,” said Madison Lodge No. 196 Secretary Joe Schindler. “We strive to be an asset to our community by fundraising and donating to local community programs.”

Furthering their mission of investing in local students and community programs, the Brothers at Madison Lodge No. 196 have teamed up with the Kansas Masonic Foundation to donate $2,460 to the Madison FFA program. The Brothers at Madison Lodge No. 196 believe it is important to invest in the students and programs of Madison-Virgil USD 386 and appreciate the students’ hard work and fundraising efforts in the local FFA program. 

The funds donated in collaboration with the Kansas Masonic Foundation will help construct a new FFA building. The newly proposed building will be built east of Madison High School on the practice football field, with a width of 60 feet, a length of 90 feet, a width of 20 feet, and an overhang of 90 feet. In addition to two classrooms, a staging hall, and a shop, the building will contain both men’s and women’s restrooms. Moving forward, the building will also be used to accommodate high school shop and technical classes. A formal donation announcement will take place on Friday, March 3, 2023.  

About the Kansas Masonic Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Kansas Masons, the Kansas Masonic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities and supporting fellow Masons and their families. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $50 million in Kansas communities and individuals through funding academic, scientific, and charitable endeavors. For additional information about the Kansas Masonic Foundation and to get involved, click here. 

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