MARYLAND CHILD ID Program at the 2010 QAC Fair

Centreville Lodge No. 180 of the Maryland Freemasons will present their MdCHIP child identification program at the 2010 Queen Anne’s County Fair in cooperation with the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff and the Queen Anne’s County 4H Club.

Sheriff Gary Hofmann, The Queen Anne’s County 4H Club and the Masonic Lodge are very glad to bring this program to the community. “If we can educate, and document a child, to prevent a missing or lost child, or assist in locating a missing child we have done well by being prepared. It’s important to have a preventative plan, to help locate a missing child” added Sheriff Gary Hofmann

Maryland Freemasons schedule and bring the MdCHIP program to communities throughout Maryland free of charge. In just minutes, we provide parents and guardians with a comprehensive child identification kit to take home for safe keeping. If a child becomes missing, the pack can then be provided to law enforcement to aid in recovery and identification. In fact, this system is currently being used by law enforcement in over 40 states. “I am glad that we have this partnership with this and so many other organizations to assist our community “ added Sheriff Gary Hofmann

The MdCHIP child identification kits capture all the vital information required by the Amber Alert system and includes each child’s name, address, height, weight, eye color, hair color, digital fingerprints, description of distinguishing marks, notes on health concerns, birth date, parental/guardian contact information, multiple photos and a video interview of the child with his or her voice. To address privacy and safety concerns, our program assures that each child’s parent or guardian is the only person who retains the information captured. The Maryland Freemasons keep nothing but a permission form.

Every day 2000 children are reported missing. Every year 200,000 children are taken by family members. 58,000 children are victims of non-family abductions. The key to recovering these children is quick action by parents and law enforcement. The MdCHIP program helps parents and guardians stay prepared for such an emergency, and is endorsed by law enforcement associations and departments throughout Maryland and the United States.

In cooperation with the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, Queen Anne’s County 4H Club and Centreville Lodge No. 180, A.F. & A.M. will sponsor the MdCHIP program at the 2010 Queen Anne’s County Fair, sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Maryland A.F. & A.M. and by the National Conference of Grand Master’s of North America. This free service will be available Monday through Friday, August 9-13 from 3 pm until 8 pm, and on Saturday, August 14 from 10 am until 8 pm. There is no cost to any child for the kit.

“Countless hours of planning has gone into this process from all of our partners, This will be a great way to help protect our children and assist law enforcement should we ever have a missing child” added Craig McGinnes from the Masonic Lodge

Information about the 4 H Club is:

Queen Anne’s County has twenty 4-H clubs that span the county. We also have a large base of adult volunteers. If you are interested in more information about the 4-H program or volunteering, please call the Extension Office at 410-758-0166.

4-H is a youth program open to all children ages 5 through 18. Our land grant college affiliate is the University of Maryland. Our research and educational information stems from our University as well as other universities across the nation. In addition to our animal projects, we offer projects in all other areas of life skills. We have robotics and GPS navigation, soil and water quality, sewing, baking and photography, to name just a few. Community service is a priority with all of our clubs.

4-H strives to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. The mission of 4-H is to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Our youth “learn by doing”. Young people learn best when they are involved in their learning. The intent is to do, reflect and apply.