My Brothers all:
Allow me to start this article by extending congratulations, on behalf of the Valley of Orlando, to the nine (9) Masters of The Royal Secret. These honored brothers have been nominated and elected by the Supreme Council to become a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour. Also four Brothers who have been nominated and elected, and honored by being advanced to Thirty Third Degree (33°) Inspector General Honorary. Their names are listed elsewhere in this eNews; please extend your congratulations should you come in contact with any of this year’s honors class.
I have mentioned this previously, but as a reminder, this is a Biennial Year we will be coronating and investing brothers from around the Orient with honors. This will again take place at the Valley of Tampa with details to follow after our summer Council of 400 meeting. However, for now, I encourage all who desire to attend to put the weekend of November 9th and 10th on your calendar. The Ceremony of Coronation for new 33° Inspectors Generals will take place the morning of November 9th, and the Ceremony of Investiture of new Knights Commanders of the Court of Honour will take place the afternoon of the 9th. The evening of the 9th will be the Celebratory Banquet. I mentioned in my previous article that I would have some good news concerning Honors weekend; the KCCH Investiture Ceremony will be open to family and friends! That means many who in the past were not able to gain admission will be able to witness the KCCH Investiture. No doubt there will be several brothers who as Masters of the Royal Secret might want to attend. As soon as details are final, I will ensure they are published in our eNews so you can lock in your plans for that weekend.
Our June Meeting on the 28th I was pleased to welcome and congratulate those new Masters of The Royal Secret and their families who were in attendance to step through the ring and receive their patents and a class picture. Also special thanks to those brothers who became members of the Knights of Saint Andrew and participated in the Ceremony of Knighting
A special thank you goes to Kirsten and Kim (K & K) from the Orlando Speech and Language Learning Clinic who did a presentation on successes that have been enjoyed by young patients who are sponsored by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, USA, Inc. They also shared comments from families, and how thankful they are for the assistance their children are receiving from the donations so graciously given by us, as Brothers of the A.A.S.R. After this presentation Ill:. Richard G. Hoover, Deputy of the A.A.S.R. of the Southern Jurisdiction in the Orient of Florida, shared his message and brought us up to date with our Foundation, including the newly updated Foundation website. He spoke on the Honors weekend in November and enhancement being made by the Supreme Council to allow automatic deduction of dues each year so that you no longer will have to be concerned with whether they were paid, or paid on time. After delivering his message Ill:. Rick was pleased to receive donations by brothers and their families to the Foundation that funds fourteen clinics around the State of Florida.
The stated meeting on the 26th of July will start with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a tyled meeting where the Knights of Saint Andrew for the Valley Orlando will open and conduct the meeting. Please note that they will not exemplify the twenty-ninth degree, but will include a brief overview and history of the Knights of Saint Andrew, more especially the KSA unit within the Valley of Orlando will be shared.
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 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 make them feel!”