Hello, my name is Jason Curtis Trenary, and I’m the GrandAlmoner and chairman of Philanthropy programs for Royal Arch Masons in theCommonwealth of Virginia. The Royal Archis a subgroup of the fraternity known as Freemasonry and is in all 50 States ofthe United States of America. AcrossVirginia, there are 49 individual Chapters and over 2,700 members. The Royal Arch operates with a Virginia GrandChapter holding Jurisdiction. In the United States, jurisdiction extends fromState to State. The first conferral of the Royal Arch degree in the UnitedStates was in Fredericksburg, Virginia on December 22, 1753. The Grand ChapterRoyal Arch Masons in Virginia was founded in 1808.
Since 2001, Royal Arch Masons have partnered with theAlzheimer’s Association to provide fundraising and support for those leadingthe fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. Weactively participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the Longest Day, researchfunding events, dementia care support, and Alzheimer’s advocacy programs on anannual basis. In past 2 years, ourcollective efforts have generated over $157,000.00 towards our philanthropieswith different aspects of brain health being our primary focus. Our collective goal as Royal Arch Masons isto raise $100,000.00 to support our partner charities in 2020.
Thank you making the decision to support the Alzheimer’sAssociation and those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease as well as theircaregivers. Like most of you, my familyhas been directly impacted by this disease. At a young age, I lost my great aunt, Ms. Dorothy Bryarly, toAlzheimer’s Disease. She was the catalyst for my interest and love of historyand the outdoors when I was little. Her1840s era farm was the site of several Civil War skirmishes and it was myliteral playground for me as a child. She was an avid storyteller and a gracious hostess to my cousins and me. I watched helplessly as she slowly andpainfully passed away from this disease in 2011. I saw the physical, emotional, and monetarydistress and hardship that my aunt and uncle had to endure caring for Ms. Dotduring her uncontrollable decline. Sheis greatly missed, and the experience made a lasting impression on my life. A began to look for ways I could directlyfight Alzheimer’s Disease. Freemasonryand the Alzheimer’s Association personally gave me a vehicle to organize andamalgamate people who had the same perspective and we have collectively unifiedour strength in the fight.
This year, many Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraising events cannotoccur in order to minimize the spread of the Corona Virus in our communities. We wholeheartedly agree that this decisionwas the correct course of action to be taken as the safety of our friends,families, and communities is of paramount importance at this time. Yet, the devastating course of Alzheimer’sDisease remains unchanged and the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and theresearchers searching for a cure still need our support.
As advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association, we are makinga personal choice to use our collective resources to fight this disease and wewill hopefully see a day soon that will lead to its first survivor. I realize that 2020 is not a typical year aswe are also fighting Covid-19 but remember that there is no set script on howyou decide to raise funds. You can beboth creative and imaginative. Everydollar we raise counts, and no one knows which one will lead to the cure.
As we pause to remember those we have lost to this diseaseand prepare to unify to defeat it, let me again thank you for your effort insupporting the Alzheimer’s Association and your local Walk to EndAlzheimer’s. Let us continue to workrelentlessly until we can share a world without this disease.
Thank You, Stay Safe, and God Bless
Jason Curtis “Jake” Trenary
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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