My Brothers All: Our monthly meeting will be Friday the 23rd of September with dinner served at 6:30pm followed by a tyled meeting at 7:30pm in the Lodge room. This evening celebrates the “Feast of Tishri” and is an obligatory meeting for Scottish Rite members. Please join us!
In this edition of the eNews and continuing through the October editions, there is a description of the Scottish Rite “Preparing for The Future” workshop. It is scheduled for presentation on the 29th of October, 2022. Registration is at 9:30 AM and the workshop will be completed by 3:00 PM. You are encouraged to bring your spouse and other Masonic friends. Lunch will be provided. Please read the description included in this eNews. Also presenting will be ILL Brother Jorge Franchi, 33°, Chief Financial Officer of the Supreme Council. Hosting this event will be l be ILL Richard G. Hoover 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Orient of Florida. We’ll be there, will you join us? Please complete and submit an application which is available in this eNews.
The text message application with the capability to remind you of meetings and special events has been rolled out. By now you have probably received 3 – 5 text reminders. Thank you for the positive feedback in our effort to better communicate with our members. There is an article contained in this eNews that explains the process and what to expect. Please take a few minutes to carefully read the article. Information regarding meetings and other Valley of Orlando updates will be sent to your cell number. Therefore, it is important that you ensure your cell number is in the data base maintained by ILL Brother Keith, General Secretary. If you have not previously done so, please take a moment to update ILL Keith (via eMail or office phone) of your cell number.
ILL Keith located a “Pocket Petition,” which asks for basic information needed to create a file for a brother petitioning the Valley for membership. It is easily folded for close keeping at hand in a pocket allowing you to provide a petition for a Brother at that point of request. The pocket petition is attached and will continue to be attached in future editions of the eNews. Sat/Sun the 8th and 9th of October will be our fall reunion. Now would be a good time to start utilizing the pocket petition that we have just recently started utilizing.
Remember, AMAZON-Smile offers an opportunity to directly fund your favorite charity – The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, USA, Inc. If you have not already done so, please visit the Amazon.com site online, and go to AMAZON Smile. You will be directed to the appropriate location to sign-up. At that point select The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, USA, Inc. Amazon will ensure the appropriate funds are sent to the Foundation. Thanks for your continued support!
Remember, the “Master Craftsman” program is available to all who are interested. As previously shared, a very active Master Craftsman study group program within the Valley is available to you. You are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. If interested, please contact ILL Keith at 407.657.4550 or via eMail at GenSecOrl@gmail.com and he will assist you in getting started and ensure you are added to the mailing list to receive all ZOOM invitations.
In each eNews article, I encourage you to read the bi-monthly Scottish Rite Journal to enjoy the excellent articles and information to continue growing and learning about Freemasonry. In the September/October edition that you just received there is an article on CSL, our clinic in Central Florida titled Dogged by an “Olympian” Devotion to Help (article included in this edition).
At the start of the 2022, through the eNews, we started sharing short articles each month on notable Brothers within the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. This section expanded and is titled “Notable Brothers of Free and Accepted Masonry.” To date we have enjoyed featured articles on Albert Pike, Brother Robert Burns, Masonic Presidents, Albert Gallatin Mackey and Benjamin Franklin, and Buzz Aldrin and Harry Houdini. This month features Brother Mark Twain. Check it out, I am sure you will enjoy! These short articles afford another opportunity to learn about the many who have gone before us. Please read and enjoy!
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!”