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April - June 2013 Volume 1, Issue 15 Valley of Newport News, Orient of Virginia, AASR

2013 The Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite 100th Year Anniversary Celebration 100th Anniversary Year

Ill. David Burkus, IGH

We Need Your Support For over six months now, we have been informing you at our meetings and newsletters that during this year we will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary as a Valley in October. In what I

thought would become a growing anticipation of excitement has become a basic state of doldrums. Nobody really seems to care. WE NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT. Since last September we have been having a monthly fundraiser on the third Friday of the month. The food and fellowship have been in abundance, unfortunately the crowds to help support them have not. For those who have come to support the fundraisers and to those who have donated to our fund, we say thank you so very much. We have discovered it is hard to raise money to plan items for the anniversary if you have no money and it is even harder to plan when you have no idea of what money you will have to get the job done. We hope by the end of April we will have emblematic items for sale: shirts, cups, lapel pins, coins, and a couple more items. We are planning on having a 100th Anniversary Memory Book

which will hopefully be a treasured item to keep. The content will include a copy of the program for 100th Anniversary banquet, the history of our Valley, pictures taken throughout the years, pictures of our Honour men, and membership pictures. We have set up for our members to get their picture taken with their wife (if desired) wearing coat & tie and their hat. These pictures will be included in the book and the members will have an opportunity to purchase the pictures to keep at home or give to family and friends. The pictures are currently set up to be taken prior to the May, June, and September stated meetings. Hopefully we will get a good turnout for this and collect many pictures. Our next fundraiser, an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings, will be on April 19th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Hope to see you there!


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Valley of Newport News Ill. James D. Cole, 33º Sovereign Grand Inspector General of Virginia

Ill. Clifford A. Parker, IGH Personal Representative of the SGIG in Virginia

Ill. Adrian L. “Pete” Eure, IGH Secretary for the Valley of Newport News

Ill. Danny O. Belott, IGH Assist. Secretary for Valley of Newport News

Ill. Gerald E. Burks, IGH Treasurer for the Valley of Newport News

Bro. Harold C. Joyner, KCCH Almoner for the Valley of Newport News

Ill. Jack L. Smith, IGH Chairman of the Trustees

Newport News Lodge of Perfection Ill. Danny O. Belott, IGH Venerable Master

Newport News Chapter of Rose Croix Bro. Harris T. Luscomb, III, KCCH Wise Master

Newport News Council of Kadosh Ill. George A. Hollingsworth, III, IGH Commander

Newport News Consistory Ill. Jimmy C. Willis, IGH Master of Kadosh

Knights of St. Andrew Bro. Page S. Neale, Jr., 32º Venerable Master

Upcoming Activities April 5-6 - Joint Valley Spring Reunion at the Valley of Norfolk April 19 - Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Monthly Family Dinner 5:00pm - 7:00pm April 24 - Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Stated Meeting 7:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm May 17 - Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Monthly Family Dinner 5:00pm - 7:00pm May 22 - Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Stated Meeting 7:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm May 28 - Knights of St. Andrew Stated Meeting 7:00pm June 7 - Grand Master’s Official Visit to Masonic District 57 at the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Masonic Center 6:00pm June 13 - Valley of Newport News Golf Tournament, Williamsburg National Golf Course June 21 - Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Monthly Family Dinner 5:00pm - 7:00pm June 22 - Valley of Newport News Family Picnic 4-6pm June 25 - Knights of St. Andrew Feast of Bannockburn 6:30pm June 26 - Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Stated Meeting 7:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm

Chartered October 12, 1912 Our stated meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm. A deliciously prepared Dutch Treat dinner is served at 6:30pm prior to all meetings w/e of July & August. The Ladies of the Scottish Rite meet at all meetings w/e of the July & August Stated meetings. Editor: Bro. J. Richard Rawls, KCCH Asst. Ed.: Ill. David A. Burkus, IGH Offices: 65 Saunders Rd. Newport News, VA 23601 Phone: 757 599 6617 Fax: 757 599 0021 Email: nnsrtemple@verizon.net

Please support your Blue Lodge, your Scottish Rite and all other Masonic Bodies you are a member of. They all need your support.

Valley of Newport News: http://newportnewsscottishrite.org Orient of Virginia: http://www.orientofvirginia.org Inside this Issue Page 2 - Upcoming Activities Page 3 - Personal Representative Page 4 - 2013 Golf Tournament Announcement Page 5 - “From the Secretary” - Orient of Virginia Membership Page 6 - Venerable Master’s Message - Knights of St. Andrew Page 7—Valley Officers 2013-2014


Page 3 Valley Personal Representative Message

Ill. Clifford A. Parker,

Brethren, I’m sure by now we are all wondering if we will ever see warm weather again, I know I am. Nevertheless, life goes on. There are just a few short weeks until our annual William M. Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament. Once again it will be hosted at the Williamsburg National Golf club. We have moved our start time up to 11:00am to allow time for fun, food, and fellowship at the conclusion of the golf. If you have not received a flyer for the event, please call our Secretary, Ill. Pete Eure, at the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Ph. 599-6617. Plans are moving ahead for our 100th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 27th, 2013. The events will be in conjunction with our Fall Ring Ceremony for our new Scottish Rite Masons. The Ring Ceremony is one of the few Masonic ceremonies that may be viewed by the public and we want the entire event to be a rewarding experience for the families of the candidates as well as our honored guests for the weekend. Please mark your calendar now so that you may bring your family and friends to this memorable event. To support our 100th Anniversary, we are having our 3rd Friday Family Dinners at the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Masonic Center and we would love to have you join us. The dinner for April is Spaghetti and the cost is $7.00 per person. Come out and bring the family. 2014 Scottish Rite Regional Workshop – The Valley of Newport News has been chosen to host the 2014 Regional Workshop which will be held in Williamsburg. We had previously hosted the workshop in 2000. Mark your calendars for April 10-12, 2014, and plan to attend. Members from up and down the east coast will be in attendance. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss some of the challenges the Valleys face as we travel through the 21st century. With the arrival of warm weather, you will probably notice more activity around the outside of the Valley of Newport News Masonic Center building. If you have a few minutes, stop by and lend a hand moving and removing debris as we give the facility a spring facelift. We are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm with a light lunch being served on Wednesday at 11:00am. Our monthly Stated meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of each month (except November & December) beginning at 7:30pm. The meeting is preceded by a dinner at 6:30pm for $7.00 per person. Brethren, this truly is the best meal in town. That’s all for this quarter, and we hope to see you soon. Sincerely & Fraternally, Skip Parker


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Page 5 From the Secretary’s Desk

Ill. Adrian L. Eure, IGH

The Spring Reunion is just around the corner and the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite will join with the Valley of Norfolk Scottish Rite on April 5-6, 2013, in the Norfolk Masonic Center on Granby Street to confer the degrees. The 4th, 14th and 15th Degrees will be exemplified, beginning promptly at 6:30pm on Friday evening April 5th. On Saturday April 6th, coffee, sausage biscuits, and donuts, will be served at 7:30am with the 18th Degree to begin at 8:00am. Lunch will be served and the 32nd Degree will conclude at about 3:00pm. As of this date, the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite has six (6) candidates. Please take time out of your busy schedule and support the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite by attending the Friday and Saturday sessions of the Spring Reunion. The dues continue to come in slowly and I urge all members to check their dues cards and if it does not say “2013”, please remit your dues as soon as possible. If this office can be of assistance to you concerning dues, please contact me, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday, between 9:00am and 12:00 Noon. Phone number 757-599-6617 or email me at nnsrtemple@verizon.net. Spring is Here!!! Thank goodness!!! Ill. Adrian "Pete" Eure, IGH Secretary

Orient of Virginia Membership

“Are You Doing Your Part?”

Bro. J. Richard Rawls, KCCH

Are you doing your part? What a unique question to ask. Membership is one of those areas in the Orient of Virginia Scottish Rite that is need of your help. Each and every member in the Orient should be active in their Blue Lodge and constantly looking for prospective new members for the Scottish Rite in Virginia. Are you doing your part? Are you attending your Blue Lodge on a regular basis? Brethren, this is where our new Scottish Rite Masons come from. Do you speak about the great work of the Scottish Rite in your Blue Lodge? Our Blue Lodge Brethren need to know of the outstanding work that the RiteCare Childhood Language Program is providing to children in need. Have you invited Brethren from your Blue Lodge to a Scottish Rite event, like a dinner or social activity? Have you done anything to encourage your Blue Lodge Brethren to be a part of Scottish Rite Masonry? Brethren, it is up to each and every one of us to reach out to our Brethren and seek new members for the Scottish Rite. As you know, there are 8 Valleys in the Orient of Virginia and every one of them needs members. Our declines in membership are due to deaths, demits and suspensions for Non-Payment of Dues. Deaths we cannot stop, but if we are doing our part, we can help to slow the demits and suspensions for Non-Payment of Dues. You have all heard about the Brother-to-Brother Program for several years and it is still a wonderful program that can help stem the losses we are seeing. Are you doing your part? Have you been a Brother to another Brother recently? Have you picked up the phone and called a Brother that you have not seen in a while? Have you ever wondered about a Brother that once attended every meeting and now seems to not attend? Have you simply extended your hand to help another Brother in need? As Membership Chairman of the Orient of Virginia, I do not have the answers to moving our membership forward except to suggest that we need to do more. We need to do our part as Scottish Rite Masons every day to let fellow Brothers know about the great work of the Scottish Rite. Please join me in making it a priority to do your part to help increase Scottish Rite Membership in the Orient of Virginia. Are you doing your part? Fraternally, Richard Rawls, Orient of Virginia Membership Director

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Venerable Master ‘s Message

Ill. Danny O. Belott. IGH

I thank you for your confidence in electing me as your Venerable Master. I would ask that you please join me in welcoming the new Newport News Scottish Rite Ladies President, Mrs. Pam Neale. Invite your lady to join the ladies if she is not already a member. The ladies meet every Stated Meeting except July and August. Congratulations are extended to our new Chapter of Rose Croix Wise Master, Bro. Harris T. Luscomb III., KCCH; Council of Kadosh Commander, Ill. George A. Hollingsworth III, 33°; and Consistory Master of Kadosh, Ill. Jimmy C. Willis, 33°. The Knights of St. Andrew of the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite has a new Venerable Master, Bro. Page Neale, 32°. Please join me in congratulating him on his new office. The Spring Reunion will be held at Valley of Norfolk Scottish Rite, April 5 - April 6, 2013. Please show your support of our candidates and attend. Mark your calendar for the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite Annual Family Picnic June 22, 2013 4:00pm until 6:00pm at the Newport News Scottish Rite Masonic Center Dining Hall. Hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings will be served. Bring your family and invite your friends. Please join us for our monthly Family Dinners on the third Friday of each month. Also, we look forward to seeing you at our Stated Meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Thanks to all of you for what you do and for your support. Fraternally, Ill. Danny O. Belott, Venerable Master

Knights of St. Andrew

Page S. Neale, Jr. 32o, Venerable Master

The winter months are over and we look forward to spring and milder temperatures. Spring is my favorite season of the year where we see God’s miracles everywhere; flowers blooming, trees budding, grass growing and new beginnings all around us. As all Sir Knights know, this has been a busy winter and will be a busy spring, summer, and fall with our desire and obligations to support the Valley of Newport News at the Stated meetings and third Friday night Family Dinners in support of our 100th Anniversary Celebration to be held in October. By the time this announcement goes to print Brother Brian Croteau will have been “Knighted” into the Knights Commander of Saint Andrew at our March 26th communication. We welcome Sir Knight Croteau with open arms and are looking forward to working with him. On that note, I will remind all Red Hats and White Hats that, although you cannot hold office or vote, you are still welcomed and encouraged to either keep up your membership or seek membership. This goes for all Black Hats as well. All Black Hats who have an interest or have questions, please do not hesitate to speak with one of the Knights, we would like to add you to our membership. Over these last few years we have lost several members for one reason or another and with an increased workload we could certainly use the help. Dues are $25.00 per year and if you haven’t paid them please do so. If the dues are a problem, please see me and we can make arrangements. Our next meeting will be held on May 28th at 7:00 p.m. Our Annual Feast of the Battle of Bannockburn, to include wives or significant other, will be held June 25th at 6:30 p.m. Fraternally Sir Knight Page S. Neale, Jr., Venerable Master


Page 7 Officers of the Valley of Newport News Scottish Rite 2013-2014

Newport News Lodge of Perfection Venerable Master Ill. Danny Belott, IGH Senior Warden Bro. Harris Luscomb, III, KCCH Junior Warden Bro. Keith Winder, KCCH Orator Bro. William Green, 32o Almoner Bro. Harold Joyner, KCCH Secretary Ill. Adrian Eure, IGH Assist. Sceretary Ill. Danny Belott, IGH Treasurer Ill. Gerald Burks, IGH Prelate Bro. Patrick Murphrey, 32o Master of Ceremonies Bro. Steve Wiggington, KCCH Expert Bro. Dale Jones, 32o Assist. Expert Bro. Al Wagner, 32o Captain of the Host Bro. J. Richard Rawls, KCCH Tiler Bro. Joseph D. Myers, 32o

Newport News Council of Kadosh Commander Ill. George Hollingsworth, III, IGH 1st Lt. Commander Ill. Danny Belott, IGH 2nd Lt. Commander Bro. Hassel Johnston, KCCH Chacellor Ill. Charles Sutphin, IGH Orator Bro. James Gillikin, KCCH Almoner Bro. Harold Joyner, KCCH Recorder Ill. Adrian Eure, IGH Assist. Recorder Ill. Danny Belott, IGH Treasurer Ill. Gerald Burks, IGH Master of Ceremonies Bro. Steve Wiggington, KCCH Turcopolier Bro. Keith Winder, KCCH Draper Bro. Gerald Frey, KCCH 1st Deacon Bro. William Overby, 32o 2nd Deacon Ill. James Freeman, IGH Bearer of Beausant Bro. Page Neale, 32o Bearer of White Standard Bro. Patrick Murphrey, 32o Bearer of Black Standard Bro. Al Wagner, 32o Lt. of Guard Bro. Harris Luscomb, III, KCCH Sentinel Bro. Jeremy B. Utt, 32o

Newport News Chapter of Rose Croix Wise Master Bro. Harris Luscomb, III, KCCH Senior Warden Bro. Gerald Frey, KCCH Junior Warden Bro. Dale Jones, 32o Orator Ill. James Freeman, IGH Almoner Bro. Harold Joyner, KCCH Secretary Ill. Adrian Eure, IGH Assist. Secretary Ill. Danny Belott, IGH Treasurer Ill. Gerald Burks, IGH Prelate Bro. Page Neale, 32o Master of Ceremonies Bro. Steve Wiggington, KCCH Expert Bro. J. Richard Rawls, KCCH Assist. Expert Bro. Robert Humrich, KCCH Standard Bearer Bro. Brian R. Croteau, 32o Guardian of the Temple Bro. Al Wagner, 32o Tiler Bro. Patrick Murphrey, 32o

Newport News Consistory Master of Kadosh Ill. Jimmy C. Willis, IGH Prior Bro. Keith Winder, KCCH Preceptor Bro. Dale D. Jones, 32o Chancellor Bro. William Green, 32o Minister of State Bro. Patrick Murphrey, 32o Almoner Bro. Harold Joyner, KCCH Registrar Ill. Adrian Eure, IGH Assist. Registrar Ill. Danny Belott, IGH Treasurer Ill. Gerald Burks, IGH Prelate Bro. Steve Wiggington, KCCH Master of Ceremonies Bro. Harris Luscomb, III, KCCH Expert Bro. Alvin H. Wagner, 32o Assist. Expert Bro. Page Neale, 32o Captain of the Guard Bro. J. Richard Rawls, KCCH Tiler Bro. Joseph D. Myers, 32o


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