Harmonic Lodge No.356 Building Fund
Harmonic Lodge No.356, EC., is a historic fraternity founded under the register of the United Grand Lodge of England on October 19th, 1818 on the island of St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies. At the time of our founding, the United States of America was less than fifty years old and James Monroe was its President. We will be celebrating our Bi-Centennial next year and have been planning a glorious celebration for the past two years. On September 6th, & 20th, 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, both Category 5 hurricanes, wreaked catastrophic damage on the Virgin Islands. Most of our Brethren fared well during the storms, and we are assisting those that did not to the best of our abilities. Our historic Lodge building built in 1874 received extensive damage as well from the storms. Portions of the existing metal roof were damaged, resulting in flooding on both floors of the building. All of the flooring on the first floor will have to be removed. All interior and exterior paint finishes will have to be redone. The portion of the roof that was breeched will have to be repaired and/or replaced. The water damage will also require the replacement of interior finishes and electrical systems. The Lodge is unable to fully utilize this historic building in its present state. We have assessed the damage to the structure and have quantified it to be approximately One Hundred Eighty-Five Thousand Dollars ($185,000.00). However, those physical damages don’t begin to equate to the damages from moisture to historical artifacts, some of them more than 140 years old. They are invaluable pieces of our rich history. We will have to employ specialists to restore, and hopefully save as many of these artifacts as we can. The Lodge is self insured, and as such, funds are limited for reconstruction. We are appealing to Lodges far and near, to assist, as best as they can in helping us to restore this Historic property over the upcoming year.
Harmonic Lodge No. 356 has a long history supporting benevolent contributions within our immediate community and the Caribbean at large. Prior to Hurricanes Irma and Maria’s devastation of the Territory, we were in the midst of planning our annual fundraiser that dedicates most of the proceeds to local charities. This year, the charities we were supporting Ella’s Hope and Kidscope Inc. Ella's Hope is a newly established Fund at The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) to increase awareness of Rett Syndrome, a neurological disease with no known cure, and related conditions, to provide funding for public education and research, and to assist with the needs of individuals with Rett Syndrome. Kidscope, Inc.'s mission is to focus on serving children from birth to age 18 and their non-offending family members who are victims of physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect and other forms of maltreatment in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Kidscope Inc. also serves children who are experiencing anger management issues, juveniles who are at risk and are facing other challenges in their formative years.
It was our intent to support these charities, as well as others, with a Twenty-Five Thousand Dollar
($25, 000) donation. We remain committed to fulfill our commitment to these charities in spite of the financial burden Hurricane’s Irma and Maria have placed on us. Any contribution you can help us in this endeavor will be graciously accepted and faithfully applied.
Again, thank you for your support in advance.
Wor. Bro. John P. Woods, PDJGW