Dale I. Goehrig, 33░
Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Florida
The Scottish Rite Foundation is managed by Scottish Rite Masons, motivated by Masonic principles and administered with Masonic integrity. One of the two missions of the Scottish Rite Foundation is to support the many Scottish Rite Language Disorder clinics located in major cities throughout our beautiful State of Florida.
Mission #1 is to provide adequate funding for our highly efficient and desperately needed clinics. Our Foundation support consists of furnishing the clinics with necessary funds to operate the facilities and to hire and teach speech pathologists on staff. With the scope of the foundation being statewide and its diligent Board of Trustees, infused with renewed spirit and vigor, there will be an ever-expanding number of children being reached for treatment in new clinics being opened.
Mission #2 is to provide additional clinics, as they are required in the future. The persistent goal of Florida Scottish Rite Masons, through the Foundation, is to ensure that no child in the area of Florida, afflicted with a childhood language disorder goes without our help. It is important now that the vital needs and top priorities for the contribution of the program are in proper perspective for you. Years ago, we overcame the uncertainties of this huge, noble task.
Today Scottish Rite Clinics continue to provide children with state of the art breakthroughs in clinical diagnostics and therapies performed by professionals in their fields. One of the children’s most precious human assets, their ability to communicate, is Scottish Rite Masonry’s goal come true. A functioning Voice helps us get acquainted, get along; get ahead, and on occasions, helps us to survive.
But what of the 10 to 15 percent of children who suffer from a speech or language disorder, which have extraordinary difficulty forming even the simplest of words, what sort of future can they expect?
There are children standing behind a locked gate. And we, of the Scottish Rite hold the key with continued program funding through your voluntary donations.
With the outstanding and unparalleled treatment being provided by concerned and dedicated professionals, these children can achieve remarkable verbal improvements, sometime in the matter of months, they can attend school and grow up to be productive citizens rather than being seriously handicapped for life.
I know you are impressed with the Scottish Rite Language Disorder Program and would like to help to ensure that will always be available for the treatment of these youngsters. I urge your continuing donations and that you give as generously as you can that these deserving children can share in the precious gift of voice.
What a great opportunity to put into action the word of our Florida Scottish Rite slogan:
“TOTAL INVOLVEMENT EVERYONE”
Join with us and extend a helping hand. Your tax deductible contributions will brighten the future of a child at a time when it is needed the most. Remember your gift keeps on giving forever.
Each Scottish Rite Valley has a member represented on the Foundation Board of Trustees. If you desire more information, your General Secretary will be delighted to put you in touch with your Trustee. Thank you for sharing the gift of voice.
would like to help, you can make a tax deductible contribution
to "The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, U.S.A., Inc.™" by
mailing your donations to: The Scottish Rite Foundation of
Florida PO Box 5736, Winter Park, FL 32793.
Recently, my wife and I had the honor of
attending an open house at the Speech Language
Pathology Clinic at the All Children’s Hospital
in Saint Petersburg. My wife started a
conversation with a lady in attendance. The lady
asked my wife what connection we had with the
clinic and when my wife told her we were there
representing the Scottish Rite the lady became
very excited and told us an inspiring story
about how the Scottish Rite assisted her family
in time of need. I asked permission from her to
use her story on our web site and in our
brochure. She was gracious to grant that
permission. Below is the email that she sent me
a week later.
Patrick C. Palmer
Special Assistant to the SGIG
In the Orient of Florida
Dear Mr. Palmer,
was so delighted to meet you, your wife, and the
other two gentlemen in attendance at the
Dedication & Open House of the new Child
Development and Rehabilitation Center of All
Children’s Johns Hopkins in St. Petersburg on
Thursday, September 20, 2012. To be able to
personally thank all four of you for the
generosity that was displayed to our family
nearly 20 years ago was very gratifying.
husband, Steve and I are the very proud parents
of three wonderful children. Our eldest, James,
who is now 23 years old, was born autistic. He
began receiving the services of Speech therapy
at All Children’s Hospital at the age of three.
After approximately one year of therapy, it was
clear that much more work was necessary and our
insurance carrier denied any further payments.
That left us in the perplexing circumstance of
desiring the very best for our son, yet not
being in the position to supply the much needed
help merely due to a financial hardship. As you
can well imagine, this was heart-breaking to us.
were informed by All Children’s that there might
be financial assistance available to us through
your organization, the Scottish Rite Foundation
of Florida. We were given the information,
filled out the paperwork and quickly were
notified that we qualified for a percentage of
the costs. The gratefulness we have for this
donation of “love” towards our son and his
future cannot simply be expressed in this
letter. It made all the difference in his life.
Had he not received these services, it is
entirely possible that James would not be the
man he is today. Not only did he learn to speak
clearly, but he learned to express his thoughts
and ultimately became a voracious reader and
speller. He is an avid historian, digesting book
after book on his very favorite subjects, WWI
and WWII during all his free time. He graduated
from high school, even took several college
classes and has worked for Publix Grocery stores
for 3 years. He is a respected and hard working
Our family thanks you from the bottom of our
hearts. We talk kindly whenever given the
opportunity to share about this organization
that so generously assisted our family at a time
of need. To finally meet some members, people
who work diligently to raise the funds to serve
others like ourselves, was thrilling, to say the
least. Thank you! We are eternally grateful. If
there is anything we can do for you, please do
not hesitate to contact us.
Sincerely and gratefully,
Mona and the Tomlin Family (Steve, James,
Melissa and Patrick)