My Brothers all:
I hope this edition of the eNews finds you and your families doing well! This will be a short article serving as a reminder that on the 28th of August we will meet and enjoy dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by an open meeting with the “Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal,” where we reflect and remember those Brothers who have passed to the Celestial Lodge above during the 2019 year.
To ensure we have enough food prepared and seating for all in attendance, please send an eMail to Ill. Keith at (GenSecOrl@gmail.com) and let him know you will be attending the dinner and meeting on the 28th of August.
Additionally, please keep in mind that our Fall Reunion is approaching and now is the time to get any petitions in so we can assess how many Brothers we might potentially have in this class. We have yet to finalize what we will do for the reunion. The Executive Committee along with the committee on work, Ill. Keith and myself will be discussing ways to make this a memorable event. As plans develop, I will keep all our members aware through future articles in the eNews which becomes available on the 1st and 15th of every month! In support of planning the Fall Reunion the Degree Masters will be responding to a survey that will assist us in developing a reunion the accommodates the current state of affairs and offers something special that will be remembered by those Brothers who will be joining us.
Please get those petitions in to let Ill. Keith so he can continue building the class of Fall ’20.
The below article titled “What Have I Done for Scottish Rite” was published in the Knoxville Scottish Rite News (July/August ’20 Edition) and the August 1st, 2020 eNews. It is being included again for you to read it and reflect as I did, on what I might be able to do different or better.
What Have I Done For Scottish Rite?
Have I made an honest effort to secure the application of some worthy brother of the Blue Lodge to progress in the mysteries of the Scottish Rite?
Have I given the officers and members my moral support by attending the regular meetings?
Have I endeavored to assist in any way to advance the course of the Scottish Rite?
Have I offered my services to work in the degrees, on committees, or in any capacity during the Reunions?
Have I visited the sick brethren of the Rite in their home or in the hospital?
Have I a right to expect more than I am willing to give?
Have I let someone else do all the work and have the proud distinction of my membership in the Rite without the thrill of a desire to help?
Have I given as little as one hour of my time to interest a friend and brother in securing the benefits of Scottish Rite Free Masonry, as some brothers have done on my behalf?
Have I believed all the criticisms and rumors I have heard and did I give them further circulation, or let them stop with me?
Have I kept my dues paid up promptly that my organization might have the funds necessary to carry on the work?
Have I let my Masonic light shine that my friends might have been attracted thereby?
Have I given constructive criticism and suggestions? What sacrifices have I made, if any, for the benefit and furtherance of Scottish Rite Masonry?
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 reliable 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° Personal Representative
“People forget what you say, and forget what you do, but forever remember how you make them feel!”