Hello, My Brothers All:
Let me start by saying thank you to all the brothers who came out and participated in our Spring Reunion. Whether you were in a degree, worked diligently to keep us on time (we actually ended early), or worked in one of the many support roles with costumes, stage set-up, sound, food prep, etc. the participation of many created a memorable experience for the sixteen new “Masters of the Royal Secret” that we welcomed.
As we continue to settle into our new home, each reunion is going to get better and better so that we can continue to raise the bar, always with an eye on improving the experience we provide to those Master Masons who are continuing their quest for more light in Freemasonry.
To each one of the sixteen new Masters of the Royal Secret “CONGRATULATIONS!” and welcome to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR) in the Valley of Orlando. There is always work yet to be done, and I encourage you to get as active as time permits. As I shared when we spent some time together, it is only through participation that you realize the benefits that can be obtained through membership in Freemasonry. The “Bridge to Light” that was provided you will get you started on gaining an understanding of Scottish Rite. Remember, once you have your dues card and membership number you can visit the Scottish Rite – Southern Jurisdiction site (https://scottishrite.org/) and explore the “Master Craftsman” program that was introduced to you.
We also enjoyed the fraternal fellowship with brothers from the Valleys of Tampa and Lake Worth. A few brothers were working on their “Passport” program, and a few were observing a particular degree or two as they prepare to add that degree in their local valley. We were pleased to have you join us and look forward to future visits from others, or we might see you in your Valley.
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!”