Viera Elks Host Masonic Child I.D. Program
By Space Coast Daily // September 9, 2013
MORE THAN 100 KIDS INVOLVED WITH ID PROGRAM
ABOVE VIDEO: Rod Bornfield, coordinator of the Masonic Child ID program in District 26 (Brevard County) discusses the program’s funding and coordination with local law enforcement.
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA — Rockledge Little League players took extra steps to ensure their safety as the Viera Elks Lodge 2817 in Viera hosted the Masonic Child I.D. Program.
Rod Bornfield, coordinator of the Masonic Child ID program in District 26 (Brevard County) manages the program’s sponsorship funding and coordination with local law enforcement. With grants and donations, the Masonic Child I.D. program is offered for free to parents. In the program, vital data including digital photos and fingerprints are placed on a DVD which is returned the parents for emergency use in case the child goes missing. If a child is lost, parents can provide Brevard County Sheriff’s Office with the kit. Fingerprint data can be scanned into a national criminal database, which can assist law enforcement in a variety of ways.
“This is an outstanding partnership with the Grand Lodge of Florida who is sponsoring the Florida Masonic Child ID Program, a statewide effort that is absolutely free to participants. We share a common goal to keep our children safe. To reach that goal, parents, community leaders, concerned citizens and law enforcement must make a commitment to do everything possible before a situation ever occurs. Because in a worst case scenario, we want to ensure that we have the information needed to help get that child back to their parents safely.”
Excerpt From the Program’s Mission Statement Reads
The Masonic Child ID program consists of documenting:
• The Parent/guardian’s name
• The child’s name and address
• Date of birth
• The child’s physical description
The above information is placed on a DVD and given to the parent/guardian so it may be presented to responding law enforcement agencies for immediate broadcast to Amber Alert and other supporting agencies in case of emergency. Also from this information,two (2) laminated identification cards with photo and thumb fingerprint will be produced.
The Masonic Child I.D. program is available for sponsorship. For information on the program, contact Mr. Bornfield at 321-637-0335
ABOVE VIDEO: Bill Orblych- PDD & grant coordinator for Viera Elks Lodge 2817 explains how the Viera Elks got involved with the Masonic Child I.D. Program.