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Illustrious Walter F. Wheeler, 33 Grand Master of Masons in Michigan


The 32 Masonic News MASONIC TEMPLE 233 EAST FULTON STREET GRAND RAPIDS MI 49503 (616) 454-9497 ... 1 800 340-4060 FAX - (616) 454 -8309 The Official newspaper of the Valley of Grand Rapids, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. Contributions and manuscripts should be sent to the above address.

Gerald E. Millar, 33°, Executive Secretary Robyn A. Young, Administrative Assistant e-mail address: vallevofgrandraflids aasr-mi.or g

Apr: 01-Sunday

Active Members for Michigan Ill.. Erwin W. O'Dell,33°,MSA Deputy for Michigan Ill.. Robert N. Osborne,33°,MSA Active for Michigan Ill.. William J. Dover,33° Active for Michigan III.. Gerald F. Thorp,33°,MSA Active Emeritus Ill.. Robert H. Sale,33°,MSA Active Emeritus III..Sidney R. Baxter,33° Active Emeritus Ill.. Thomas F. Hamlin,33° Deputy's Representative

14-Saturday l7-"luesday

Valley of Detroit Reunion South Central SRC Dinner Meeting Valley of'Iraverse City Reunion (31

May 0 1-Tuesday 04-05 F & S 11-12 F&S 15-Tuesday

Leadership training Course, GR Masonic Center class) Valley of Grand Rapids Reunion Valley of Bay City Reunion Board of Trustees Annual Meeting 6:00 Board of Governors 7:30 p.m. 16-Wednesday Grand Rapids SRC dinner meeting with the Ladies, 6:30 p.m. Brann's 18-19 F&S Valley of Marque tte Reunion 22-23 '1 & W Grand Lodge of Michigan, Mount Pleasant 28-Monday Memorial Day Holiday - Office Closed June 02-Saturday Texas Hold-em lournament - Valley fund Raiser 04-Monday Montcalm Area SRC, Edmore Masonic Temple, 6:30 p.m. 05- l uesday Leadership I raining Course, GR Masonic Center (4"' class) 16-Saturday Michigan Council of Deliberation, Marquette l9-'luesday Executive Committee-5:00 p. in. Board of'lrustees-6:00 p.m. Board of Governors-7:30 p.m.


Greater Muskegon Area Scottish Rite Club Annual Stag next issue deadline

May 18, 2007

Grand Rapids Scottish Rite Web Page: to see this issue in full color, visit

Jon L. Filliez Sovereign Prince Cyrus Council Princes of Jerusalem

Editor phone 269 637-3203 fax 269 637-9413 email srnews@btc-hci.cum

Samuel J. Truax, Sr. Most Wise Master Robinson Chapter, Rose Croix Ill Bruce M. Schadler,33° Commander-in-Chief DeWitt Clinton Consistory

ALL BODIES Ill.. Gerald E. Millar,33° - Executive Secretary Ill Thomas W. Cardwell,33° Executive Treasurer


Board of Gove rn ors 7:30

20-21-F&S 24-Tuesday 28-Saturday

CO-ORDINATE BODY HEADS: Barry L. Watson Thrice Potent Master Moriah Lodge of Perfection


Feast of the Paschal Lamb, 4:00 p.ln. GR Masonic Center Leadership training Course, GR Masonic Center (2' class) 33°/MSA Spring Formal Dinner, Kalamazoo Count ry Club Executive Committee 5:30


ALLEGIANCE The bodies of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemason ry in the Valley of Grand Rapids acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the Thirty-Third and last Degree of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America whose Grand East is Lexington Massachusetts and of which the Ill..John William McNaughton, 33°is Sovereign Grand Commander.

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EDITORIAL STAFF Editor Dick Burrows, MSA Contributing Editor Jeanette Minch Valley Photographers Roger W. Tharp, MSA - Adam Bird Ill Arthur R. Jacobs,33°,MSA Photographer Emeritus


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The Executive Secretary's Corner

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Dear Scottish Rite Brothers: Each year for the past several years the Michigan Scottish Rite Fund has presented approximately 51 5,000.00 in scholarships to deserving students. Last June at the Michigan Council of Deliberation meeting in Lansing we were pleased to allocate Si 8,000.00 for distribution through the Valle y s in 2007. On behalf of the Michigan Scottish Rite Fund and all potential recipients of these scholarship awards I and asking thatyou considera contribution tothe Michigan Scottish Rite Fund at this time. Please consider an amount that y ou feel that you can afford to give and do so at your earliest convenience in the envelope contained in this publication. Please indicate your Valley of membership, as the formula for distribution of funds considers the amount of funds and number of donations from each Valley. As your Deputy it is my hope that we can increase the scholarship awards again when we meet in June of 2007 in beautiful Marquette, Michigan. I thank you for your past generosity and I pray that you will play a f nture role by joining with your Scottish Rite brethren and responding today with a generous contribution. Erwin W. O'Dell, 33°, MSA Deputy for Michigan


This is what I have heard regarding our Presidents Day Celebration, held on Saturday, Februar y 24`'' in the beautiful South Haven Masonic Temple, as described by those brothers, ladies and guests in attendance. For those of y ou who missed out on this celebration which was designed to introduce and showcase Masonry to our guests, it all began at rloorl with a delicious complimentary lunch prepared by our Scottish Rite ChefJeff Gooder. Following lunch. Mr Bob Heft, the designer of the SO star US Flag that was adopted by Congress 50 years ago, gave an awe inspiring and interesting talk on how it was designed and adopted. Mr Heft is the only person in the USA who is authorized to autograph the US Flag and he had autographed flags with him to sell. When Mr. Heft was finished, Brothers Brandt Smith and Chad VanderVen gave a very well planned and enthusiastic presentation on Masonry and Scottish Rite Masonry. The subject was what it means to be a Mason and why a person might decide to become a member. I might add that among the guests there was much enthusiasm generated about our Fraternity. At 2:00 p.m, all moved to the Lodge Room for a presentation ofthe public play, ""I he Full Measure", formally the 26° of the Scottish Rite that is now decommissioned. This is atouching stor y set during the day after President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and his compassion for hel pi ng people of both sides. It is a Masonic Drama based on the short story, "The Perfect Tribute", by Mary Shipman Andrews. This public play is available to be presented by the Grand Rapids Scottish Rite Players to any Masonic body for use in conjunction with a Masonic Awareness event. We also have the public play "December's Rose". Please contact the Scottish Rite Office if y ou are interested because our Val le y is interested in helping your Lodge grow in strength and numbers. Fraternally, Gerry Millar, 33° Executive Secretary

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Tie LA4440 c; Loplowse just out of control. Where are her children and who is taking care of them? I remember a few years ago, girls as young as five and six dressing and acting like Brittany. Somehow things started to fall apart for her careerwise when she got married for a few hours, had the marriage annulled and a short time later married someone else. That marriage lasted only long enough to produce two small children to a woman who obviously has a lot of growing up of her own to do yet. Is there no mother or other responsible adult who can help and advise her, or is this all viewed as publicity? The movies and television show men and women meeting and falling into bed or tearing the clothes off each other in order to have instant gratification. They are portrayed as not having any control over themselves. How does one tell a teen that one does have control over one's body, and that jumping into bed with a person isn't the norm. They think it's all right, people on television and in the movies do it. This is what they are supposed to do. My husband has a cousin whose wife told me that it was extremely difficult rearing four children in the Los Angeles area when practically in their back yard all of the shenanigans that were taking place in the world of movie and television stars. The children were seeing and hearing all too plainly what was happening, it seemed to be glorified by the press, and so it must be okay to be like that. Our only hope that some really good parenting goes on in homes of young people and that their parents inform them that Hollywood and television is not the way to conduct ones life. Just because it's shown in movies and on tv doesn't mean that is the way to behave. Some really unhappy things can result from such behavior.

From Where I Sit Jeanette Minch Where is the Sanity? -

I get increasingly disturbed at the absolute craziness that is eminating from Hollywood and the rest Jeanette Minch of the movie and television industry. I am absolutely dismayed at the images that are being portrayed for our i mpressionable teenagers and pre-teens. While most parents and teachers are trying to teach young people to be responsible, the entertainment industry is glorifying and portraying sex, bad morals and just plain bad behavior. Parents and teachers are trying to teach teenagers responsibility towards sex and to prevent STD's as well as unwed pregnancy, and the industry thumbs their respective noses at acting responsibly. First of all is the absolute insanity of the Anna Nichole Smith debacle. A media frenzy is taking place over a woman who obviously either had no control over her life or had extremely low morals. Four men claiming paternity of her baby daughter? Her usage of drugs and alcohol? Her marriage to a much older man, obviously to get her hands on a lot of his money. How many young women are right now thinking that they too, could be the next Anna Nichole? All they have to do is look and act very sexy, have sex with every man they meet and fame and fortune will come to them. What is not shown is the wear and tear on the person's self image and how they come to feel about themselves. Out of Hollywood comes the tales of motherhood by unwed stars; the star is shown in public openly (and I do mean openly) displaying her growing belly. Our young women see this, idolize these stars, and want to emulate what they do. Sometimes there is a man claiming to be the father, sometimes the star says she doesn't know who the father is. But in any case, while parents are hoping they don't have to deal with a teenagers' pregnancy, Hollywood is glorifying it. The recent tales of Paris Hilton, first driving while intoxicated and now driving with a suspended license, and her friend Brittany Spears, who has shaved her head, checked herself in and out of rehab and who is



FREEMASONRY AND RELIGION A statement that just about sums up religion's place in Freemasonry. From Dare We Be Masons, by Thomas Sherrard Roy, PGM, of Massachusetts. [Emphasis addedi Freemasonry can the better insist upon belief in God as one of the conditions of Grand Lodge recognition, and individual membership, with all that it means to Freemasonry around the world, because, that belief does not imply or demand doctrinal definition. it involves a basic faith in God which unites men who hold all varieties of doctrine or creed. It is when we formulate our beliefs about God that we create divisions. Faith in God unites

about God, which, of course is ridiculous on the face of it. Its this broadly inclusive position taken by Freemasonry that enables men of all religions to join hands across the world. For we are a completely tolerant organization. Our tolerance is not that which permits every man his own belief, but the tolerance which acknowledges the right of every Iran to his own interpretation of the spiritual realities involved for him under the name of religion. We are united in the belief in God that will help every Mason to he an instrument for the fulfillment of the purpose of Reprinted from the Southern God for all mankind. California Research Lodge F&AM

us, but belief about God, which is theology, divides us.

Freemasonry has no theology. it does not go from faith to speculation, which is theology: but from faith to demonstration, which is life. It makes no attempt to put a label on God that Would place him at the front of the Masonic procession. It leaves that to the denominations. It insists that no exclusive religion is true, for God cannot he monopolized, and he cannot he manipulated. When any one group claims to have the onl y true religion It creates the impression that it knows everything there is to know






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Employment Opportunity at Supreme Director of Operations Children's Learning Centers Operational Title: Manager There is a vacancy in the Headquarters of the Children's Learning Center in Lexington, Massachusetts . This incumbent will manage and direct operational policies, objectives and initiatives for the CLC program. Will lead and direct the work of others. Directs and coordinates activities of personnel responsible for formulation, monitoring and presentation of budgets for controlling funds to implement program objectives. Directs compilation of data based on statistical studies and analysis of past and current years to prepare budgets and to justify funds requested. Periodically reviews operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Reports to the CEO and works with the Board of Directors. Education and Experience Requirements : A bachelor's degree is preferred along with 5 to 7 years of experience, or a sufficient combination of education and experience in the field or in a related area. To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume to: Supreme Council, 33 , ATTN: HR Department 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02420

Walter F. Wheeler, 33

continued His Scottish Rite career began when he joined the Valley of Grand Rapids in October of 1980. Walt enjoys ritual and immediately became involved in the degree work of the Valley. He served as Sovereign Prince in 1994 & 1995, Commander-in-Chief in 2001 & 2002 and now is serving as Junior Warden in the Lodge of Perfection. He continues to serve on various committees and helps whenever asked. In Grand Rapids, MI on September 23, 1997, he was coroneted with the 33 , Sovereign Grand inspectors General, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council. Other Masonic affiliations are Grand Rapids Chapter #7 RAM, Tyre Council #10,R&SM, and DeMolay Commandery #5, KT. He is a Past High Priest and a Past Commander. Walt also belongs to Furniture City High Twelve, Saladin Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, Peninsular Chapter#65, OES, Mt. Moriah Council #125 AMD, York Rite Sovereign College #10 and St. Vincent's Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. 111. Brother Wheeler was the Chairman of the Committee to build a 32 Masonic Learning Center for Children in Grand Rapids. He later served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors and continues today to generously support our West Michigan Center. Grand Master Walt is known throughout the Masonic World as "the ritual sponge!" As you can tell by the tone of this article, Walt's main hobby is Masonry. His other hobby is golf. 111. Walter F. Wheeler. 33 , your Scottish Rite Brothers of the Valley of Grand Rapids congratulate you on your wonderful achievements in life and may you continue to have good health and happiness.

Coming to the Valley of Grand Rapids Saturday, May 5, 2007 8째






Conferred by our Brothers from the Valley of Canton, OH

Conferred by our Prince Hall Scottish Rite Brothers

1:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m

Don't miss this opportunity to get your Pass Port Stamped

Don't miss this historic conferral!

HOSPITALER FUN I) One of the purposes of this fund is to help brothers who have financial or health problems and desire to continue their membership in the Valley. We have several members that meet that criteria and need our help. Brothers, please be generous and remember this fund when you registering for the reunion and drop your extra dollars in the Hospitaler Tower at the Registration desk or in the Tower on the fifth floor at the passport podium. Your generosity will be much appreciated by our Brothers in need'. 0

William R. Minch, 33 , Hospitaler



Frida y Ma y 4 " 2007 8:30 an]. 8:30 a.nm. 9:00 a.nm.

Registration opens -- Members -- 4''' Floor Polls Open --4''' Floor Candidate Registration -- 6` h Floor Jewelry Counter Opens -- 5 `h Floor 9:00 a.m. Lodge, Council, Chapter Business Meeting and Election of Officers 6` h Floor 4°-- Master Traveler 9:45 a.m. 6°-- Master of the Brazen Serpent 10:45 a.m. High 12 Candidate and Members Lunch 14°-- Grand Fleet Mason 1:30 p.m. 16°-- Prince of Jerusalem 3:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Jewelry Counter Closes 5:30 p.m. Social Time -- 3"' Floor 6:00 p.m. Awards Banquet 7:00 p.m. 18°-- Knight of the Rose Croix H.R.D.M. Polls Close for the Day Hospitality Suite-- Quality Inn, 4495 28`'' St. S.E., '/2 Hour after the 18° Finish

7:00 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8: 15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.rn. High 12 1:00 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Saturday May 5`" 2007 Breakfast -- Served in the 4`" Floor Dining Room until 8:30 a.m. Registration Opens -- Members -- 4`" Floor 1 Polls Open-- 4 " Floor Jewelry Counter Opens -- 5` h Floor Candidate Registration -- 5` h Floor -- A.A.S.R. Office Consistory Business Meeting & Election of Officers 23°-- Chief of the Tabernacle 24° -- Prince of the Tabernacle -- Prince Hall Degree Lunch -- Candidates and Members 8°-- Intendant of the Building -- Valley of Canton OH Class Pictures 31 °-- Knight Aspirant and 32°-- Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret Registration and Polls Close Installation of Officers -- Amphitheater -- 5` h Floor Jewelry Counter Closes Reunion Banquet & Learning Center Graduation Ceremonies

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32째 Masonic Learning Center for Children

The Masons are the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world, with a rich history in the U.S. that dates back to colonial times George Washington was among the first Masons in the then newly formed United States. Masons do their charitable work at a level where real differences can be made in the lives of individuals, families and communities. Following the philanthropic precedent of many other Masonic charities, the Children's Learning Centers Program represents a substantial charitable commitment. Since 1994, the Scottish Rite Masons, Northern J on have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. As of December 2006, 57 Learning Centers are operational in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

4`h Annual Tedd y Bear Scramble Please fax this form to 616-454-8309 to register or mail it to Valley of Grand Rapids, 233 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503 $75.00 per person which includes golf, cart, Pig Roast, practice balls and 2 mulligans per person. Skins 50.50 will be $10.00 extra and there will be additional events on the par3's. Door Prize drawings at Pig Roast. (Cost for attending Pig Roast Only - $10.00) Name: Address: City: State:



4th Annual Teddy Bear Scramble West Michigan 32째

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The West Michigan Center was opened in 1999 and since that time, we have helped over 100 students learn to read free of charge. We currently have 25 students with 11 tutors on staff.


The West Michigan Center also has provided training in the Orton-Gillingham teaching approach to more than 30 individuals who then not only tutor in our center, but many of them take it with them back into their classrooms.

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Sponsorship Opportunities & Information Sand Trap Sponsor Water Hazard Sponsor Par/Hole Sponsor

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Birdie (Lunch) Sponsor $1000.00 Birdie Sponsors will be recognized at lunch, as well as getting one free golf registration and lunch.


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Address: City/St/Zip:

Email: Amount Enclosed: Return Completed form by July 13, 2007 with check made payable to: Valley of Grand Rapids 233 E. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616-454-9497 or 1-800-340-4060 The 32° Masonic Learning Centers for Children, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 corporation located in Lexington, MA and y our donation is Tax Deductible! (Federal ID number: 04-3169620)

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Learning Center Report: Since our last communication, the Learning Center has been busy recruiting students and staff as well as organizing and participating in events to raise funds to support the center. Brother Bob Helmic,33째, has been the leader in getting sponsorship of the Grand Rapids and Bay City Learning Centers from the Lansing Circus. The Scottish Rite Centers will share a portion of the proceeds from this years circus. The Performance is Friday 11 night March 9 ' at 7:00 p.m.. The doors open at 6:00 p.m.. The 2006 summer golf outing organized by Brother Bill Crothers was a great success. We raised close to $7,000 and everyone had a great time at Hawkshead. This year we are moving our location and format to make the event bigger and better. The Teddy Bear Scramble will be in South Haven at the Beeches Golf Club on July 21" and in addition, for those who want fellowship but who consider golf a "...good walk spoiled ... ", we will have a Pig Roast after the golf portion.The course is ... in wonderful shape with many sand and water hazards ... it is new and quite a challenge. The price is very reasonable so there are no excuses for those who like to hit them and chase them. It is also on a Saturday to allow those with limited vacation flexibility to participate. This year's event is being organized by Brother Randy Rice. We have also planned a Learning Center Walkathon in the area around the Temple in the fall. Please consider sponsoring a walker or walking yourself. Our board member and parent Karen O'Brien is organizing this event. We have selected Sept 22, 2007. for the walk.

Candidates for the Board of Trustees vote for four Daniel Lee Pelak Dan was horn in 1947 in the city of Grand Rapids and now resides in Byron Center. He is married to Linda and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Kasandra. Dan is a jeweler and is the owner of Accent Jewelry and Collectibles, Wyoming. Dan was raised a Master Mason in York Lodge 9410 in the year 2002. He immediately became active and served as Worshipful Master in 2005. He has served his Lodge as a Representative to the Grand Rapids MTA. In May 2002, Dan became a member of the Valley of Grand Rapids. He enjoys taking part in the degree work and helping at Reunions. Dan was a great help in helping to organize the workers at our Irish Festival Booth. Dan is a Past V P of the Grand Rapids Scottish Rite Club and continues to he active with the club. Dan is also a member of the Grand Rapids York Rite Bodies and is Past Thrice Illustrious Master. He is a member of the Allied Masonic Degrees 9128, Saladin Temple, The George Washington National Memorial Association and Lewis Cass Society. Dan, is an active Mason, will bring to the Board of Trustees his Business Leadership experience and his organizational abilities.

John D. Hill John was born in 1946 in Grand Rapids, MI. He currently resides in Grandville with his wife, Charlene. They have three children, Wesley Hill, Donald Hill, and Daniel Roberts. John is self employed. Our Brother was raised in Doric Lodge #342 in 2005 and currently holds the office of Senior Steward. At the 2005 Spring Reunion he became a member of the Valley of Grand Rapids. Since joining, he has taken an active part in degrees and currently serves as SecretaryfTreasure of the Grand Rapids Scottish Rite Club. John is also involved with the Knights of St. Andrew. He is a member of Saladin Temple and is an Assistant Director on the Directors Staff, a Finance Committee member, and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, Court 41 l . John is a Life Member of the American Legion and is a Vietnam Arm y Veteran. John said if elected, he will he an active member attending meetings, asking questions and giving his honest opinion.

Frederick R. Kuemmerie Incumbent Brother Kuemmerie was born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1929. He and his wife, Mary Jeanne resides in Grand Rapids. They are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter. Brother Fred's profession is Sales, specializing in automotive. In 1971, Brother Fred was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason in York Lodge #410, Grand Rapids. He has served his Lodge as Worshipful Master in 1978 and 2004. He is a member of the Valley of Grand Rapids since February 1,1972. He is Chairman of the Reception Committee. He is currently serving as a trustee on the Valley's Board of Trustees. He is a regular attending member of Furniture City High Twelve Club 9236, Grand Rapids. Our Brother is the Assistant Guardian for Jobs Daughters Bethel ul located in Grand Rapids. He served as President of the Grand Rapids Masonic 'l emple Association from 1996 through 2003, and served as its Secretary in 1994-95. He is a member of the Second Congregational Church United Church of Christ.

Robert A. Klawieter Rob, as he is known by, was born in 1957 in Grand Rapids, MI. He currently resides in Rockford with his wife, Kathy. They are the proud parents of two children, Lauren and Courtney. Rob's occupation is Facilities Manager, Meridian Automotive. Our Brother was raised a Master Mason in 1985 in Malta Lodge #465 (now Doric Lodge #342). He served Malta Lodge as their Worshipful Master in 1991. At the Spring Reunion in 1986, Robjoined the Valley of Grand Rapids. He serves currently as the Captain of the Guard in Moriah Lodge of Perfection. He is a former member of Signet Chapter #359 OES and served as their Worthy Patron in 1992. Rob says, "I will be able to contribute my professional management and organizational skills to promote the growth and success of the Valley". More candidates on page 14

LADIES PROGRAM SPRING REUNION MAY 4-5, 2007 Friday, May 4, 2007 5:30 p.m. Social Time - 3 1 (1 Floor Ballroom 1 6:00 p.m. - Banquet at the Temple - 3 " Floor Ballroom 7:00 p.m. - Ladies Entertainment Hospitality room - V2 hour after the last degree closes at the Quality Inn, 4495 28 t1' St. SE. Open bar and hors-d'oeuvres Saturday, May 5, 2007 7:00-8:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Masonic Temple - 4 `h' floor, west dining room, $3 per person, payable at the door. 11:30 Lunch at Sully's - Day's Inn Downtown 12:30 a.m. Tour the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 5:00 p.m. Installation of Officers - Amphitheatre - 5 r'' Floor 6:00 p.m. Reunion Banquet at the Temple - 3"' Floor Ballroom LADIES LUNCH RESERVATION FORM NAME

Yes, I will be attending lunch at Sully's. q Yes, I will be inini the tour of the Ford Museum,

q Yes, I deed a ride from the Masonic Center to Lunch and back! Reservations for lunch by Friday April 27" Please, with the Scottish Rite Office


Reunion Meal Reservation Form May 4 th and 5 t '' 2007 Reunion Meals are complimentar y However RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED And must be in the office by April 27`h FridayLunch

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Scottish Rite Office 233 East Fulton Street Grand Rapids MI 49053 12


CLUB CAPERS Grand Rapids Scottish Rite Club The club meets the third Wednesday of the month WHERE Tomm y Brann's Steakhouse & Grill. 4157 S. Division, Grand Rapids. Ml TIME 6:30 p.m. Dinner with monthl y meeting to follow and lots of fellowship The dates are as follows: March 21 - May 16, 2007

South Central Scottish Rite Club Tuesday, April 24, 2007 Dinner with our Ladies - Annual Meeting to follow Social Time: 6:15 p.m. Dinner: 6:30 p.m (order from the menu). Delhi Cafe 4625 Willoughby Rd, Holt. Reservations are required Call Ken Chandler, Secretary 2288 Coy Rd., Mason, MI 48854

The Great Family Steak Fry This Famil y event will be held on Wednesday evening, July 18, 2007 5:30 Social Time 6:00 Dinner Everything will be furnished by the Club except: you own Beverages and Lawn Chairs This will be held at Palmer Park, 1275 52"" Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI between Clyde Park Ave. & Burlingame Reservations: Paul Goosmann, 616 531-7706 WI] Minch: 616 784-1159 John Hill: 616 292-0216

We Welcome All Scottish Rite Masons and their Ladies Especially potential

candidates and their Ladies! COME AND SUPPORT SCOTTISH RITE MASONRY!


Friday, April 20, 2007 Phone number is 517-676-2172. E-mail: kenchandIer/ All Scottish Rite Masons, their Ladies and guests are

welcome. Coine good

and evening enjoy an of and f e l l o w s h i p. food

Greater Muskegon Scottish Rite Club Annual Stag ***MASONS AND GUESTS WELCOME''"'"

Tuesda y June 26, 2007 Elks Park, 5447 Lake Harbor Muskegon

Prime Rib of Beef Montcalm Area Scottish Rite Club Monday, June 4, 2007 Edmore M asonic Temple 524 E. Forest St., Edmore To All Scottish Rite Brothers: You and y our Lad y are invited to join With us for our Spring Dinner/Meeting. I he evening festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner followed by program. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Invite a friend and his Lady to join with us for a evening of fellowship and introduce them to Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

... Come and enjoy the hospitality of your Montcalm Area Scottish Rite Club members and their Ladies...

prepared by Diana Coleman

Cash Bar Social Hour 6:00 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m.

$15 per person Reservations absolutely necessary by Wednesday, June 20 to

Roger Tharp at 616 842-9399 or e-mail to junglerog(o^ PLEASE BRING AN ITEM '1 0 RAFFLE

Candidates for the Board of Trustees continued David M. Parsons, 33° Incumbent David was born in 1947 in the city the Benton Harbor and now resides with his wife, Laurie in St Joseph. He had

F. Theodore I'raria Ted, as he prefers to be known, was born in 1945 in Camden, NJ. He now resides in Hudsonville with his wife, Sandy. I hey are the proud parents of Frank, Jr., Christina, and Victoria. led is a Program Quality Manager-Information Systems, Smiths Aero Space. Our Brother is a Senior DeMolay and a PMC of Excelsior Chapter in New Jersey. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Grand Rapids Chapter. In 1966, he was raised it Master Mason in Mozart Lodge #121, F&AM, Pennsauken, NJ. He transferred to Valley City Lodge #86 (now Grand Rapids Lodge #34) and served as VI orshipful Master in 1997. He was a member of the Board of General Purposes for eight years and served as Chairman of the Legislative Committee. He is the current Senior Grand Deacon of the Grand Lodge of Michigan. "l ed is a member of the Grand Rapids York Rite Bodies and is Past Thrice Illustrious Master Tyre Council #10. He is a member of Salad in Shrine, York Rite College, and Peninsular Chapter # 65, OES.

a very distinguished career as a Police Officer and is now retired from the Benton 'township Police Department. David began his Masonic Career in Lakeshore Lodge #298 in 1979. Over the years he has served on many committees and held many offices. He is a Past Master and today continues to be a very active member. He has been chairman of the building committee and President of the Temple Board. Dave is very active in the York Rite where he has held several offices, served on committees and is the recorder of both the local RAM Chapter and K7 Commandery. Dave was chosen President of his class when he joined the Valley of Grand Rapids in 1979. He is a past Sovereign Prince, has been the Valley Class Director for more than ten years and is a past President of the Board of Trustees. Dave is the current Director of the 30° and holds the Golden Spurs and Loyal Service Awards. In September 2003, he was coroneted with the 33°. Dave is the current President of the Board of Trustees. Outside the Masonic world, Dave is very active in civic and local affairs. He is currently the Vice President of the Blossom Time Festival Committee. His favorite pastime is "Golf," which he plays very well!

He has served as programs chairman for the Grand Rapids Section American Society for Quality, served on the Executive Committee for 8 years, a member of the Member Value Task Force and served on the Scholarship Selection Committee. Ted is experienced with developing strategic plans and will bring to the Board over 30 years of management experience with various companies ranging from small business to multi-national corporations.


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5&rc^ hold-ein if VALLEY FUND RAISER WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2007

BUY IN FEE: $50.00 TO REGISTER: scottishri

WHERE: Grand Rapids Masonic Center Third Floor Ballroom

FOOD & REFRESHMENTS: Complimentary

TIME: Side Table play at 5:00 p.m. Tournament at 7:00 p.m. To conclude by midnight



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^grt! _._ Important news! We are moving to a new site for lodging and the Hospitality Room for the Spring Reunion. We will now be staying at the Quality Tim at 4495 28 St. SE. This motel has a slightly larger hospitality area with adjacent areas for seating, a swimming pool (for you, the kids or grandkids) and a full sit down breakfast included in the deal. As with last Fall's Reunion. you will be responsible for making your own reservations. When you call the Quality Inn at 616 956-8080, let them know you are a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. This will give you the special rate of $69.50 plus tax per night. Reservations should be made by Frida y , April 20'"! The Quality Inn is located on 28`'' St. between East Paris and Patterson but closer to Patterson. Tt is located behind the Roaring 20's Plaza just east of Art Van & the Lazy Boy Retail store.




Dear Brothers & Friends, WOW! What a fantastic two years, serving as your Commander-In-Chief. First, I'd like to thank my line officers for being such good sports. "carrying" me the past three reunions. You guys made me look almost OK. Next, I'd like to thank the Valley staff Gerry and Robyn for keeping me oii track and for the professionalism you bring to managing the affairs of the Valley. To my fellow coordinate body heads, you should be very proud of the way you present yourselves to not only your individual line officers but the entire Valley of Grand Rapids. It's been a pleasure working with each and everyone of you. Into tomorrow, what's next for the Valley of Grand Rapids, doesn't take a crystal ball to come up with that answer.---not much---. We all talk a good game and the good lord knows, our hearts are in the right place, however, the realism of our "situation" is, we need to double our efforts in recruitment, retention, strategic planning, and visibility. Take stock of what you've done for the Valley since you where invited to loin. If you're embarrassed to admit, "nothing", it's not to late to make some deposits. How about even ONE petition, it's a start, then next reunion, volunteer to work in a degree or makeup or wardrobe or back stage. It's not only rewarding but actually FUN. Sounds almost to simple .....well..... it is just that simple. We'll be waiting for a call from you.........j ust do it. Bruce M. Schadler Commander-In-Chief

Northwest Shrine Club Believes in the Morals and Values of the Scottish Rite. We continue to support the Valley of Grand Rapids Our Club meets the 4'" Thursday of each month For location of next mecti nng call - 231-547-9075

The 32째 Masonic News

Free and Accepted Masons ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE VALLEY OF GRAND RAPIDS 233 last Fulton Street, Fifth Floor Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3270

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