New form of Phi­lan­thropy

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thrilled to be in­volved with the FMF in its in­fancy and feel con­fi­dent that I will watch it grow quickly due to the gen­er­ous sense of com­mu­nity that al­ready ex­ists in this cor­ner of the world. In its short ex­is­tence, I have al­ready seen it make a dif­fer­ence.’

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing its own in­cep­tion, the Foun­da­tion cre­ated a land trust, the Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Trust, to pro­tect in per­pe­tu­ity the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment of the val­ley by ac­quir­ing prop­er­ties, en­cour­ag­ing landown­ers to con­serve their prop­erty and as­sist­ing those who do­nate land or con­ser­va­tion servi­tudes in com­plet­ing the nec­es­sary le­gal steps. Of all the sec­tions within its ter­ri­tory of ac­tion (Lake Mas­saw­ippi’s wa­ter­shed), the west side of the lake, with its ma­jes­tic ridge ex­tend­ing for sev­eral kilo­me­tres, stands out as a pri­or­ity. Bi­ol­o­gists have al­ready iden­ti­fied old growth for­est and a wide va­ri­ety of rare or threat­ened species of flora and fauna. It is rec­og­nized by the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Canada, the Na­ture Con­ser­vancy of Que­bec, Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor and oth­ers as a vi­tal ecosys­tem con­tribut­ing to the health of the lake and the en­tire val­ley.

‘This bo­real for­est is a dom­i­nant fea­ture of the sur­round­ing land­scape’ says Michael Ogilvie, Chair of the Prop­erty Com­mit­tee. ‘It is a silent and ma­jes­tic re­minder to our col­lec­tive con­science of the need to con­serve some of what re­mains of the beauty of this mag­nif­i­cent area that we so love for the ben­e­fit of those who fol­low.’

The Trust ac­quired its first prop­erty in De­cem­ber 2011, 5+ acres with lake­front within this ecosys­tem, from an Amer­i­can woman who pur­chased the prop­erty in 1952 and whose fam­ily has been com­ing to Lake Mas­saw­ippi since 1903. This gen­er­ous donor also gave a cash do­na­tion which has been en­dowed for the stew­ard­ship of the prop­erty in per­pe­tu­ity. Six other own­ers of eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive land on the west side of Lake Mas­saw­ippi have shown se­ri­ous in­ter­est in con­serv­ing their prop­er­ties as well with the Trust.

The Mas­saw­ippi Foun­da­tion has al­ready raised sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars to date – from do­na­tions both large and small and will need to raise much more to ac­com­plish its goals. It has be­gun grant­ing funds to a va­ri­ety of or­ga­ni­za­tions and ini­tia­tives such as new play­ground equip­ment at the North Hat­ley Ele­men­tary School, will be help­ing with new in­fra­struc­tures at the Ile du Marais in Ste. Cather­ine de Hat­ley and has funded all the work of the Mas­saw­ippi Trust. In the same spirit as the 180 other com­mu­nity foun­da­tions in Canada, the Mas­saw­ippi Foun­da­tion is pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship to bring peo­ple to­gether to build par­tic­i­pa­tion and strengthen com­mu­nity phi­lan­thropy.

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The­newly in­au­gu­rated Mas­saw­ippi Foun­da­tion, with its im­por­tant base of sup­port, is likely to have an im­pact on both the land and the peo­ple liv­ing in the Lake Mas­saw­ippi area. “We have a lot of peo­ple in­ter­ested and in­volved in the Foun­da­tion who, even though they don’t live here full time, have a real love for the area,” said Mar­got Gra­ham Hey­er­hoff, the pres­i­dent of the Foun­da­tion’s Board of Direc­tors. Although the Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished in 2010, its mem­bers were not yet ready for the spot­light. “We wanted to have the first piece of land un­der con­ser­va­tion be­fore an­nounc­ing our­selves,” ex­plained Mrs. Hey­er­hoff. As de­scribed in the Foun­da­tion’s press re­lease that ap­pears in this news­pa­per, the eco­log­i­cal con­ser­va­tion of a more than 800 acre tract of land on the west side of the lake is a pri­or­ity. Asked if they would at­tempt to pro­tect other ar­eas of land, Mrs. Hey­er­hoff replied: “Yes, ab­so­lutely. Be­cause we are an af­fil­i­ate mem­ber of the Ap­palachian Cor­ri­dor As­so­ci­a­tion, now we have a ter­ri­tory that cov­ers the whole wa­ter­shed area of Lake Mas­saw­ippi. There are many ar­eas of in­ter­est worth con­serv­ing. But our first pri­or­ity is the west side of the lake be­cause it is so spe­cial. It is an eco-sys­tem within it­self with very rare and threat­ened species and hun­dred year-old trees.”

The large tract of land on the west side of the lake that the Foun­da­tion has its eyes on sits mostly in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ste-cather­ine de Hat­ley. “There is al­ready some de­vel­op­ment in that area but it is mostly very costly to de­velop with many steep slopes, creeks and wa­ter­falls. If the for­est was cut there would be a lot of ero­sion. We aren’t push­ing for de­vel­op­ment,” said Serge Caron, the gen­eral man­ager and sec­re­tary-trea­surer of Ste-cather­ine de Hat­ley. “We are in favour of the con­ser­va­tion of that area, but a dy­namic con­ser­va­tion in­stead of pas­sive con­ser­va­tion. We would like there to be walk­ing paths, cross-coun­try ski trails, other ways peo­ple can ac­cess the site with­out be­ing in­tru­sive,” added Mr. Caron.

There is also a com­mu­nity com­po­nent of the Mas­saw­ippi Foun­da­tion and the group has al­ready granted money for two com­mu­nity projects. “We are ready to ac­cept ideas from groups who have a project in mind and we can also take the ini­tia­tive if we see a need in the com­mu­nity,” said Mrs. Hey­er­hoff. Mas­saw­ippi Con­ser­va­tion Trust, you may visit the web­site at www.fon­da­tion­mas­saw­ip­pi­foun­da­tion.org, con­tact a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Foun­da­tion or Trust at info@fon­da­tion­mas­saw­ip­pi­foun­da­tion. org or tele­phone Mar­got Hey­er­hoff at 819-842-1592.

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OnMay 8th 12 Pioneer #7 had Grand Master Thomas Bar­ton pay his Of­fi­cial Visi­ta­tion. About 19 mem­bers were in at­ten­dance. Noble Grand Hughie Lan­caster opened meet­ing» in form». All Ap­pointive Of­fi­cers were in­tro­duced by Brian Taber Jr. Past Grand Master Ernes­tine Whip­ple; Grand Con­duc­tor Arnold Mack­eage and Assem­bly War­den Joyce Cop­ping. They were wel­comed, and seated. Elec­tive Of­fi­cers ex­cept Assem­bly Pres­i­dent and Grand Master were then in­tro­duced by Brian Deputy Grand Master Harold Wil­ley and Grand War­den Ed Cop­ping. They were wel­comed then given «the Honors» and seated. Brian then pre­sented DDP# 6, Ernes­tine Whip­ple who had the priv­i­lege of in­tro­duc­ing the Pres­i­dent of the Re­bekah

The Assem­bly of Que­bec Sher­ley Pro­vis. Sher­ley was wel­comed, ac­corded «the Honors» then es­corted to the left of the Noble Grand Hugh Lan­caster. Brian then pre­sented Arnold Mack­eage act­ing as Grand Mar­shal who had the priv­i­lege of in­tro­duc­ing the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Que­bec Thomas Bar­ton. Tom was wel­comed ac­corded “the Honors then es­corted to the right of Hughie. Un­der Good of the Order, mem­bers who wished to speak ex­pressed their plea­sure at be­ing present and that they en­joyed the fine meet­ing. Then the Pres­i­dent Sher­ley spoke about her project, was pleased to be present, and ex­tended the» Greet­ings» from the Re­bekah Assem­bly those of her Of­fi­cers and her own per­sonal greet­ings thank­ing the lodge for all cour­te­sies to her and her Of­fi­cers. She re­ceived a Stand­ing Ova­tion. Then Grand Master Tom ex­tended «the Greet­ings» from the Grand Lodge of Que­bec, those of his Of­fi­cers and his own per­sonal greet­ings. He ex­plained his project thanked the lodge for all cour­te­sies to him and his of­fi­cers. The GM was then es­corted to the cen­ter of the floor where there was about to be a very spe­cial oc­ca­sion. GM Thomas had the honor and plea­sure to present eight mem­bers with their up-dated Veteran’s jew­els. 6 more are el­i­gi­ble but were not present but will re­ceive them as soon as pos­si­ble. stu­dio­georgeville@gmail.com or

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Roger Jones seen here as he is re­ceiv­ing his 25 Veteran pin from Sher­ley Pro­vis. Con­grat­u­la­tion Roger!

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