My Brothers All:
Thanks to all who participated in the recent Spring Reunion! Whether you were in the kitchen, conferring or communicating a degree, ensuring the proper costume was given to the brothers; or part of make-up, sound, lights; or setting up the auditorium for each degree, it was a successful weekend. Special thanks to Ill:. George Van Pelt and his Committee on Work who kept us on time throughout the entire weekend, and Bro:. Dominic Tesorire and the membership team who, through regularly scheduled visits to lodges throughout the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 26th Districts, introduced the Scottish Rite to these new brothers. In addition to those mentioned above, I and the members of the Valley of Orlando thank each of the 36 new brothers who joined us and took the time to become Masters of the Royal Secret.
Mentoring is an important part in assisting a brother develop and become an active part of the Scottish Rite. Mentoring in this valley is done by the top line signer of a petition who is most likely best known to the new Master of the Royal Secret. Take time to answer their questions and ensure they are comfortable as they continue their journey in the Scottish Rite, able to enjoy the rights, light and benefits that are available to them as 32° Masons. As a top line signer – past, present or future – of a brother’s petition into the Scottish Rite, please put the 8th of July from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on your calendar for breakfast and a mentoring refresher program. Please contact our General Secretary. Ill:. Keith Albright, and let him know you will be attending, so we can ensure we have breakfast and copies of information sheets available for each Mentor.
Last, but by no means least is the annual Celebrate the Craft (CTC) webathon, which this year will take place on Saturday the 20th of May from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. As in past years, your charitable donation made during the webathon may be split between the Rebuilding the Temple Campaign and the Scottish Rite charities in your Orient as directed by your SGIG or Deputy. In our case that would be to the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida USA, Inc. which supports our 14 language learning disorder clinics. For more information on his national webathon visit https://scottishrite.org/development/giving/celebrate/. As we have done in past years we will host a fellowship gathering at the Valley Masonic Center on the 20th of May from 5:30 p.m. until around 8:00 p.m. We will provide refreshments and ask you to please put this date on your calendar and join us for an hour or two of fellowship with your brothers and your family. We will also be broadcasting the webathon live. As with all our meetings and events that are not tyled; please feel free to invite those brothers and their spouses or significant others to join us, affording them an opportunity to begin to understand some of the lessons we teach, meet some new brothers and participate in the fellowship we share.
Until next time, remember the many things for which you are thankful! Be safe in your travels; “whisper wise counsel in the ear of an erring brother;” and respect the dignity of all, as it makes you and our fraternity stronger one action at a time. We are realizing the benefits of Scottish Rite Freemasonry as we actively participate today. We want to ensure that what we are enjoying today will be strong for those who will follow. Simply stated – “We lead the way today, so those who follow us can lead the way tomorrow!” Thanks for your continued support and participation; and may the “Spirit of Fraternity” reign supreme within our Valley of Orlando!
Ill:. Chester A. “Chet” King, 33°
“People forget what you say, and forget what you do, but forever remember how you made them feel!”