Hello, My Brothers All:
This edition contains an article from our Scottish Rite Foundation Trustee and our Venerable Master of Kadosh, among others. Please take a few minutes and read each, there is some useful information contained therein.
In the last edition of the eNews, I talked about the options that we had for our spring reunion. After feedback from several brothers, and a lively discussion with the executive committee I am pleased and proud to announce that we will hold our spring reunion at Winter Park Masonic Lodge No. 239, our new meeting location. We are starting to receive petitions and expect to have a class of around 12–15 candidates. What this means is that we all need to start preparing for our spring reunion.
Degree Masters contact your degree teams and ensure you are ready and hold a few rehearsals to make sure you confer your degree at the level of quality we have strived to achieve. All the various support groups such as the stage crew, sound and lights, costumes, class instructors, and the many others that make our reunions successful time after time should be planning how they will prepare and carry out their tasks on the 14th and 15th of April. Food preparation is an essential part of the reunion experience, and I know that Ill:. Paul and his team will be ready. Making sure we create a quality experience for those Master Masons who have petitioned the Scottish Rite, and our Valley, deserve the best we can provide.
In that we are utilizing a Lodge Room to confer our degrees, and many of our degree teams seem to come from specific geographic areas, it is not necessary to hold rehearsals at Winter Park Lodge, but can be held at a lodge closest to the degree team. However, if you need to have your rehearsal at Winter Park Lodge, please contact me, and I will check the Lodge usage calendar and confirm if the date and time you desire is available.
Again, I remind you and encourage you to follow-up with those Brothers who have expressed an interest in becoming a 32° Master of the Royal Secret. Get those petitions into Keith so we can assess what the possible class size might be, and how we can best serve these candidates and ensure a quality experience and properly welcome these new Masters of the Royal Secret to our Valley.
On the 28th of February, Ill:. Brother Harry Eisenberg. 33° started the second Valley of Orlando – College of the Consistory class that will cover all 29 degrees from 4° through 32°. In moving forward, these classes will be on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. It is never too late to get started. Therefore, I encourage any brothers out there who desire to receive this advanced education to contact Ill:. Keith by phone or email and let him know you will be joining this class so he can ensure sufficient food and beverage are available.
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. 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!”