My Brothers All:
By the time you read this article, we will have closed on the sale of our building and property, transferred the proceeds of this sale into our investment account, and started another chapter in the history of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Valley of Orlando. Our Venerable Master nicely summarized in his article this edition, that the change we are creating is the right change, at the right time, for the proper reason. I have every confidence that this will invigorate us all and allow us to try several new approaches to membership, sharing what the Rite has to offer to those Freemasons who choose to join us as Masters of the Royal Secret. If, in some small way, you doubt that we have done the right thing, take a moment, relax and reflect on that phrase I have shared with you “Change is my Friend!” We request your continued support, and greatly appreciated as we move forward and continue the work of our beloved Rite!
Again, I offer a great big THANK YOU! to the many brothers, family members and friends who have assisted the Valley in cleaning, disposing of, and moving a lot of items that have been part of the Valley for many years and are no longer needed or were worn out from use. We had a lot of articles we were no longer going to need as we relocate to a smaller facility, and we were pleased to offer these items to Lodges and other Masonic organizations within the four District area we serve. As items were picked up by these groups, they also made donations to the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, USA, Inc. It was a pleasure to be able to assist these organizations that are part of our Masonic family with items still in good condition which they’ll use for many years to come. Thanks to all of you who took the time, made the pickup of the desired items and completed the transaction with generous donations to the Scottish Rite Foundation.
As a reminder, any Brother who is a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, or an Illustrious 33° Inspector General Honorary who desires to attend the Investiture and Coronation ceremonies in Tampa on the 11th of November, please get with our General Secretary, Keith and he will provide you the information for the event including the banquet and lodging information.
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!”