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Florence Lodge #281 A.F. & A.M.
5903 Maple Street
Omaha, NE 68104

Lodge Secretary: (402) 661-0370


Our next CHIP event is tentatively scheduled for April 2016 at the Westroads Mall, Omaha Safety Expo from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
E-mail florencelodge281@gmail.com for more information
Or check
http://www.glne.org/chip.html for upcoming CHIP events.

The Childhood Identification Program (CHIP) is an initiative of Nebraska Freemasons, and addresses the alarming fact that over 800,000 children are reported missing in the United States each year. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, on average in the United States, a child is reported missing every 43 seconds. In 2005, over 2,000 children were reported missing in Nebraska. While most are found, many are not.

Many parents do not have the items available at their fingertips to assist law enforcement in locating their missing child - current photographs, scent traceable DNA samples, etc. The Masons of Nebraska are committed to helping provide those necessary items to parents at no cost through the Masonic CHIP Kit. In the event that a child goes missing, parents have their child’s vital statistics for law enforcement officials. Each parent will receive a kit containing:

·       Digital Video Interview (on CD)
·       Digital Fingerprints (on CD) 
·       Digital Photograph (on CD) 
·       Toothprints™ bite impression 
·       Scent pad
·       DNA Cheek Swab

These items are vital to law enforcement agencies in the recovery and identification of missing persons, and aid in the prosecution of perpetrators.

Events are offered at no cost to parents so that anyone wanting their children to participate can do so. All identifying items generated at CHIP events are the sole property of the child's parent or legal guardian, and are placed in a bag along with safety education information and taken home for safe keeping in case the need arises to give the items to law enforcement to help find a missing person. Only the signed permission form is retained by the Masons of Nebraska.

Parents wanting more information about the CHIP program can call the Nebraska Freemasons CHIP Foundation or the Grand Lodge of Masons in Nebraska at  (800) 558-8029 or (402) 475-4640, extension 1. More information can also be found at: http://www.glne.org/CommunityPrograms/ChildIdentificationCHIP.aspx


Florence Lodge #281 A.F. & A.M.