In 1986 the Medal of Honor program was created to honor those Nobles who work behind the scenes for the benefit of the Temple.
Today it is called Medal of Merit and is not intended to award those who merely attend a function or work on a project that only benefits a Club, Unit or Committee such as a fund raiser for that Club, Unit or Committee. It takes 200 hours to earn the “Medal of Merit”. A bar engraved with the number of “hours” earned is awarded for each succeeding 200 hours. Hours are cumulative, and are continued from year to year.
Nobles making blood donations to a Ben Ali Temple account at the Sacramento (NO.1495) or Delta (BBC 182) Blood Banks also receive credit towards the Medal of Merit. Blood donations to any other account such as the Shriners Hospital are not credited to the Medal of Merit program.
Effective the 1st of March 2004, ALL Nobles who work at the Hospital will receive Medal of Merit credit for time worked. Your hours will be compiled and reported by Volunteer Services. Please make sure they have your Ben Ali membership number.
|Meritorious Service Award System|
|1. Become a Life Member of Ben Ali Temple||16|
|2. Become a Permanent Contributing Member||16|
|3. For each $100 contribution to the memorial or building fund - Maximum 30 hrs per year||10|
|4. For each $100 contribution to the Million Dollar Club - Combines 3 and 4||10|
|5. Sponsor a child to Hospital - Excludes child sponsored at screening clinic or Hospital||8|
|6. Each unit of blood donated to Ben Ali account||8|
|7. Hospital Transportation||Actual Hours|
|8. Participation in screening clinic - Must be at clinic at least 50% of scheduled time||8|
|9. First line signer for new candidate||16|
|10. First line signer for affiliation, associate, or restoration||8|
|11. For each performance worked at the Circus||4|
|12. For each year worked as President or Secretary of a Unit, Club or committee||20|
|13. For each hour worked on special programs||1|
|14. For each hour worked at the Temple||1|
|15. Each parade sanctioned by the Temple||8|
|16. For each hour worked at the Hospital||1|
NOTE: Credits for categories 1 – 12 are reported by the Temple. Points for categories 13. 14 and 15 are submitted on the Medal of Merit Report Form 191 and sent to the Medal of Merit by the Unit, Club or Committee. Item 16 is reported by the Hospital.
COORDINATORS NOTE: If you would like a form that is already made up that you can use to submit Medal of Merit hours on, left click on the link below, and choose "SAVE AS" and save the form on your hard drive for use later. Some instructions are provided on the form.
Medal of Merit TEMPLATE Excel WorkSheet