You may donate to any of the funds listed below through our online donation system.

Most Worshipful Brother E. Gene Ross Scholarship Fund

E. Gene Ross was born November 5, 1926 in Venice, Illinois.He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.He was elected to Triple Lodge #835 AF&AM March 6, 1957, initiated April 8, 1957, passed May 6, 1957, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason May 29, 1957.He served as Worshipful Master of Triple Lodge #835 in 1963.Gene was commissioned Grand Lecturer in 1964, and elected to the Board of Grand Examiners where he served for many years.His many duties with the Board of Grand Examiners consisted of Secretary and Chairman.In October of 1984, Gene was elected Most Worshipful Grand Master of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois.Most Worshipful Brother Ross served as Grand Master in the year 1985 and 1986.In 2007 Brother Ross became a 50 year member of Triple Lodge #835. In 1980 the E. Gene Ross Scholarship Fund was established.The purpose of the fund is to assist young people with their college expenses.If you cannot donate on line, please send a check or money order to the Lodge marked 'Gene Ross Scholarship Fund'.

Worshipful Brother Sam Mathews Benevolent Fund

Sam Mathews of Granite City, IL, died at 1:10 p.m., May 9, 2008, at his home, after a strong battle with adrenal cancer. He was born January 29, 1951 in Bourbon, MO, and moved to Granite City at the age of 4. He entered the U.S. Army in 1969 and was a veteran of the Vietnam War with 3 bronze service stars. Upon discharge, he began working as an over-the-road truck driver and later opened his own trucking business in Granite City. He also worked as terminal manger for BV&G, Mercer Transportation and Maverick. In 1989, he began working at Granite City Steel as a foreman. In 1995, he was released due to downsizing and rehired in April 1995 as a union employee. He continued working at U.S. Steel until September 2007 when his illness became severe. He had many good friends at Granite City Steel, both as a foreman and a union worker. He joined Triple Lodge #835 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in 1985 and served as Worshipful Master in 2006. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Southern Illinois. In 2008 the Worshipful Brother Sam Mathews Benevolent Fund was established to assist a worthy brother Master Mason and their family with expenses due to illness or hardship.If you cannot donate on line, please send a check or money order to the Lodge marked "Sam Mathews Benevolent Fund".

Coins For Kids

Coins for Children is one of our Lodges philanthropic programs to collect contributions and redistribute them to assist children in our local community. Triple Lodge 835 has been collecting spare change and bills throughout the year. As the money grows, then so does the size of the contribution back to the community. The program is for the benefit of all children and not just one small group. Our first distribution occurred on July 2nd with a check to Six Mile Library for their “Summer Time Reading Program”. This program benefited a group of young readers interested in learning at the Library. Triple Lodge 835 was proud to be a small part of the learning at the Library. Other Illinois Lodges have contributed funds for playground equipment, climbing walls for handicapped children, funds for teen center, programs to support good student behavior, tracking devices for children with Downs syndrome and autism, and toys for needy. So, please collect those loose coins and bills and drop them by the Lodge. Checks should be sent to the Lodge Secretary and marked “Coins for Children”. Your contribution does make a difference. Additionally, please send your suggestions for Helping Kids for you truly are the eyes and ears of our Lodge.

Christmas Basket Fund

Christmas Baskets, Thanksgiving Baskets, and Food Baskets: Our Lodge is collecting can goods, boxed meals, and monies for the preparation and distribution back to those in need. Giving to this program is a two way street. To needy people; those that need to give because they feel the urge to do something wonderful, and those that need to know that somebody cares enough to help out during a dark season. Yes, the giver is blessed through the giving and the receiver is blessed through the gift. So, if you have a dollar, then give a dollar, and if you need a dollar then take a dollar for we are both blessed. If you are unable to donate online, checks and cash are being accepted throughout the year; send your donation to the Lodge Secretary marked “Food Basket”.