My Brothers all:
In the previous edition of the eNews, I offered my thanks, and that of the Valley, to Ill:. Ricky Ricks for the leadership he provided as Chairman of the Committee on Work. He will still be participating in the Scottish Rite, but has other opportunities that he is preparing for that will not allow him to provide the time and focus as Chairman of the COW. In this edition of the eNews, there is an article prepared by Bro:. Jay Cebollero, the new Chairman of the COW. Please give your support to Bro Jay as he continues to look for opportunities to improve the degrees and the quality of the reunion experience to Brothers who have chosen to join us.
As you are aware, the Rites, as they are referred to, include the Scottish Rite and the York Rite, each individual and each a slightly different organization within our fraternity. They provide Master Masons a path to more light, and an opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding of Freemasonry, and at the same time increase their network of brothers within our Fraternity. In an effort to increase your network of friends and brothers, and to enhance the relationship we currently enjoy the Scottish Rite – Valley of Orlando and the Orlando York Rite Bodies will be hosting a Golf Tournament on the 28th of September. Within this edition of the eNews is a flyer with details. I would request that Scottish Rite Brothers who will participate by enjoying a round of golf and the fraternal fellowship that will be realized, please let me know via eMail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (407-405-3268) that you will be playing and whether you will have a foursome, or will register as a single to be paired with other singles to create a foursome. Also, you will see on the flyer contained herein, hole sponsorships are available for Lodges, other Masonic organizations, local businesses, or individuals. I look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will participate as a representative of the Scottish Rite.
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. Included in this edition of the eNews are details on the Orient of Florida Honors weekend. I encourage you to read the detailed information, complete your registration form and submit it. Please note that hotel reservations are to be made by you, so please make them as soon as possible.
Our stated meeting on the 23rd of August will start with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a tyled meeting where the Chapter of Rose Croix will open and conduct the meeting. An overview of the Chapter will be presented by our Director of Education. A meeting not to miss!
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!”