I.O.O.F. California Visual Research Foundation, Inc.
THERE ARE TWO FUNDS:
1) GENERAL FUND
These are administered by the Board, keeping the proposed Budget in Mind.
25% to World Visual Research Foundation
20% to Local Braille
20% to Low Vision
20% to Research & Education
15% to Administrative supplies, postage, printing, telephone, etc.
All contributions to the Memorial Fund (since 1981, known as Eye Care Memorial Fund) remain In this jurisdiction, and are used to care for those members and their families who cannot obtain financial help from Medicare, Medical Insurance or other funding.
How to apply to the Memorial Fund:
A member must ask his/her lodge to write a letter, under the Seal of the Lodge, stating that the member is in good standing and in need of assistance.
The member must provide the Medical doctors (ophthalmologists) prognosis and prescribed treatment with the expected cost.
All appeals would be addressed to the Visual Research Secretary in care of the Grand Lodge of California, P.O. Box 2669, Saratoga, CA 95070-0669. The Grand Secretary will forward the information to the Secretary of the Board who will inform each member of the Board and action will be taken.
The form is used by a member to identify the type of assistance needed, as follows:
nFirst, the upper part of the form is filled in and signed by the member, stating the assistance requested.
nSecond, the form is presented to the Relief Committee (or other appropriate committee of the lodge) for an investigation. The committee needs to establish that the member is in good standing, that the request reflects a legitimate need, and that a real financial hardship exists.
nThird, the committee’s conclusion is presented to the lodge for a vote, the results of which must be attested by the presiding officer and by the secretary, with the seal of the lodge.
nFourth, the form is sent to the California Visual Research Foundation. It can be mailed in care of the office of the Grand Lodge of California in Saratoga or given to any Board member.
nFinally, the Board of Directors reviews each request, does any additional investigation that is needed, and arranges for the assistance if it is determined to be appropriate.
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