2022 Valley of Orlando
Scottish Rite Charity Golf Event
Don’t miss a good time, Step-up and sign-up!
My Brothers All: This coming Friday the 20th of May the Valley of Orlando is hosting a golf event to benefit the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida; and I hope you will step up and sign up! You do not have to be a low par golfer, just someone who enjoys fraternal fellowship, some golf with brothers and fiends, and the opportunity to meet a new brother and/or friend. Register and pay today by going to GolfScottishRite.com, all details and registration are at this site. Your support is greatly appreciated. Now is the time to “step-up and sign-up!” I will see you at Eagle Creek this Friday the 20th of May for a Shotgun Start at 8:30am.
In the last edition of the eNews a “Joint Memorandum” prepared and signed by the Sovereign Grand Commanders of the Southern and Northern Jurisdictions was shared with all Scottish Rite Masons of these jurisdictions. The memorandum talks about the pandemic, how it prevented us from enjoying our fraternal fellowship, and encouraged that we again partake of opportunities, not only in our Jurisdiction, but also others as appropriate. For your convenience, the memorandum is attached, and I hope you will please take a few minutes and read the Commanders’ message.
Also attached is a document titled “Statement of Principles.” Prepared and issued by the two Grand Commanders of the Southern and Northern Jurisdiction and the Imperial Potentate of Shriners International, it clearly states that as appendant orders, we rely on the Grand Lodge System, where a Brother starts his journey. All members are encouraged to read this document and understand that these Principles apply to all of us. A strong relationship between the allied and appendant orders, and the Grand Lodge System or Blue Lodge, make all members of Freemasonry stronger and create a stronger fraternity for us all to enjoy.
Remember, the “Master Craftsman” program is available all who are interested. It will assist you in gaining a better understanding of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, as well as the basics of Freemasonry. As I shared with you, we have a very active Master Craftsman study group program within the Valley that is now available to you. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. If interested please contact ILL Keith our Valley Secretary at 407-657-4550 or via eMail at GenSecOrl@gmail.com who will assist you in getting started and ensure you are added to the mailing list to receive all invitations to participate via ZOOM. Keep in mind that participating in a study group enhances the Master Craftsman experience for everyone and starts the building of fraternal friendships between those brothers who participate.
In each eNews article, you are encouraged to read the bi-monthly Scottish Rite Journal to enjoy the excellent articles and information contained therein. Also, to continue growing and learning about Freemasonry, the Short Talk Bulletin (STB) offers short stories about many varied topics. Please note that this publication is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary with Volume 100, No. 1. Each Masonic Lodge receives a copy of the STB each month. Please take 10 minutes to read and reflect.
At the start of the 2022 year, through the eNews, we started sharing short articles on notable Brothers within the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. This section has expanded and is titled “Notable Brothers of Free and Accepted Masonry.” Each month this section provides an article on a notable Brother Mason(s). To date we have enjoyed featured articles on Albert Pike, Brother Robert Burns, Masonic Presidents and Albert Gallatin Mackey. In this eNews Arthur Conan Doyle is featured. These short articles afford you another opportunity to learn about the many who have gone before us. Please read and enjoy!
Our May meeting will be a tyled, and the Commander of the Council of Kadosh and his officers will manage the meeting for the evening. Dinner at 6:30pm with the tyled meeting starting promptly at 7:30pm, a long meeting is not anticipated.
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 available for those who 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!”