My Brothers all:
This past weekend we were pleased to welcome to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and the Valley of Orlando seventeen new 32° Masters of the Royal Secret. To ensure a successful reunion experience for both the candidates and those current members who attend, requires participation. I would like to thank those current members who attended and participated in the kitchen, conferring degrees, working lights and sound, setting the stage, conducting the class, and ensuring our new members understood the degrees and the messages contained therein. We could not even begin to create a successful reunion experience without each of you and the talent you bring.
On a special note, a few particular brothers have been spending considerable time repairing existing props and building new items such as the stage spotlight pedestal, complete with stairs, and a safety bar to ensure no one falls from this new structure… thanks Brothers Stu Orgaz and Roy Campbell! There are others who also work to keep items associated with the reunion in good repair and are not to be overlooked. Thanks goes to all who participate in these efforts, your time and talent are greatly appreciated!
As I have shared in several past editions of the eNews, the up and coming Coronation and Investiture of our newly elected Orient-wide Honorees. These ceremonies will again take place at the Valley of Tampa on the weekend of November the 9th and 10th.
- The Ceremony of Coronation for new 33° Inspectors Generals will take place the morning of November 9th.
- 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.
As mentioned in my previous article and am again pleased to share with you that the KCCH Investiture Ceremony will be open to family, friends, and fellow brothers! 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. Reservations for this event are due by October 15th!
In the plans for 2020 is our “Train Trip to Washington, DC!” We included a flyer in this edition of the eNews.It is sure to be a fun-filled trip with a good look at the Masonic landmarks from our founding fathers, that directly link Freemasonry to the heritage of our country, the United States of America. Please take a close look and make plans now to join us in the spring of 2020. Please make a 50% non refundable deposit by the 25th of October, the remainder due by April 1st 2020.
We will celebrate a successful 2019 with a “Holiday Party” for members on the 13th of December 2019. A link to a flyer with details is in this edition of the eNews. Please note that attendance is limited to 150. NO tickets are available at the door. Please call Ill. Keith as soon as possible to purchase your tickets to ensure you can join in the food, fun, and entertainment of the evening.
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!”