We here at Rochester Lodge No. 21 hold charity as a fundamental pillar of our institution. As Masons, we pursue the humble endeavor of doing what we can to make the World a slightly better place. Take a look at some of our Lodge's charitable activities below and see if there is something that you would like to get involved in.
MN Special Olympics Polar Plunge
Since 2004, members from Rochester Lodge No. 21 have participated in the Polar Plunge, raising money for the Minnesota Special Olympic Team
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Every holiday season, Brothers volunteer their time to ring bells around Rochester, raising money for the Salvation Army
Starting in 2020, to give back to the community members from Rochester Lodge No. 21 host a Holloween drive-thru Trunk-N-Treat.
As a Lodge, we take pride in our beautiful Med-City. With our local Scottish Rite Valley, we've adopted a stretch of roadway along 55th St. NW and twice a year we get together to do roadside cleanups.
Purpose: In sponsoring and funding these scholarships, the Masons of Minnesota affirm their faith in education and their devotion to schools teaching all of the children of all of the people. It is their hope that through these grants, outstanding students may be helped to achieve their potential for success in their chosen career through technical education, the liberal arts, or through protracted programs of professional preparation.
Application and Selection Procedures: Students in the graduating class in any Rochester high school may apply by submitting an application to the Rochester Masonic Lodge scholarship committee. The deadline for submission of the application to the committee is the second Friday of April. Deadline to submit the application to the high school Guidance office is usually the middle of March sometime and will be noted by that office so they have time to attach the requested records. Each applicant is required to submit a short statement, 500 words or less, on their future plans and goals. At the option of applicant, a statement may be made explaining the need for the scholarship, as seen by the applicant. But keep in mind that these scholarships are not solely based on need. Also, there are no restrictions on who may get the award, including relationship to any member of the Masonic Fraternity.
All information collected during the application will be kept confidential, and only used by the scholarship committee to select a candidate. The Minnesota Masonic Charities foundation will be told of the winners and given the necessary information to mail a check to the winners.
One Graduating Senior from each of the 4 major high schools in Rochester will receive $1000; $500 from the local Rochester Masonic Lodge and $500 from the Minnesota Masonic Charities. The winner will receive the award checks the middle of August of this year made out to the winner 'and' the school of choice. If at least one student from each school does not apply, the winners will be selected based on applications received.
The Scholarship application is a PDF form file that the applicant can fill out, and give to the high school guidance office as a file. The guidance office will then complete the form, print it out and mail it to the scholarship committee before the second Friday in April. UPDATE: for 2020 the due date has been extended to June 5th, 2020.
Rochester Lodge #21 AF&AM
Attn: Scholarship Committee
2002 2nd St. SW
Rochester, MN 55902
To fill in the application the free version of Adobe Acrobat reader is required and can be downloaded here: Acrobat Reader.
The current version of the scholarship form, can be downloaded here: Local Scholarship Form (April, 2020 version)
There are also five Signature Scholarships from the state and each scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship, which may be renewed for four years, for up to $20,000.
Details those scholarships can be found here: Scholarship
If you would like to make a contribution directly to any of our causes, you can donate by clicking the link below.
Rochester Lodge No. 21, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons under the Grand Lodge of Minnesota is a 501c3, not for profit organization. As a 501c3 charity, tax laws require us to notify you that you will receive no goods or services in consideration of this contribution; therefore, the full amount of your gift is tax-deductible. A donor cannot claim a tax deduction for any single contribution of $250 or more unless the donor obtains a contemporaneous, written acknowledgment of the contribution from Rochester Lodge No. 21.
As a standard, Rochester Lodge No. 21 will provide a written acknowledgement, receipt of donation, and EIN for any donation contributions. If you wish to claim the tax deductibility of this gift in the U.S., please retain the acknowledgment letter for your files.