May â€“ August 2012 Volume LVII, Issue 2
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Page 2 From the desk of the Personal Representative Hello My Brothers All: Wow, the 2012 year is moving along at the speed of light! No doubt you have heard it said many times within the Valley of Orlando, but again I say thank you one and all for your support in making the recent Spring Reunion a success. The quality of the degree work is good and continues to improve, and the support from ALL the various units that are required to make the reunion weekend a success, continues to grow. Plans are already being made for the Fall Reunion on the 13th and 14th of October 2012. I hope to see in attendance not only those who participate, but also those many brothers who received the fourth through the thirty second degrees over the years, and have not come back to enjoy the fellowship of a reunion. Please mark the Fall Reunion on your calendar, and make time to join us. Come for an hour or two, or come for the day(s) - you are sure to enjoy the fellowship and spirit of fraternity, and if only after watching one degree, you will receive more light! An important part of the Masonic fraternity, regardless of where you contribute your time, is Charity! We have all come to understand that one of the teachings of Freemasonry is to help, aid and assist those less fortunate than ourselves. You have heard me mention on many occasions, the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, Inc., and the children that have been helped through the fourteen language learning disorder clinics it supports in the State of Florida. Please let me disclaim in any way that I am offering estate planning advice, as I am not a licensed estate planner, nor in the financial industry. However, I have learned from several who are in the industry, that there are changes in tax laws that will be taking place by the end of 2012. These changes might make gift giving this year an opportunity, that once missed, might not be realized at a later date. For those members who have been blessed to realize financial success, I would ask that you consult your financial advisor and see if a gift to the Foundation is in order at this time. To the rest of us, including me, please remember the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, Inc. in your gift giving and charitable planning; not just this year, but each and every year in
moving forward. Remember, over 93% of monies given to the Foundation go to support the programs that are offered at the various clinics. I hope to see a large turn-out of our members and their families at our up and coming Putting Challenge and Silent Auction on Friday evening the 29th of June 2012. Food (all you can eat spaghetti), fun and fellowship is sure to make this event a success. All proceeds will go to support the Foundation, so please buy your tickets and come join us. As a reminder, remember that on Saturday May 19th of this year 2012, from 6 PM until midnight, the Supreme Council will be hosting the first ever "Web-A-Thon!" For details please see the article on pages 23 - 24 of the March - April Scottish Rite Journal. As we each continue our search for "light" as we travel our Masonic journey, please remember that – “the spirit of fraternity reigns supreme” - it is the essence of why we became and remain members of this great fraternity of Freemasonry, in which the Scottish Rite serves as its “University.” Until next time, be safe in your travels and remember to “whisper wise counsel in the ear of an erring brother,” and respect the dignity of all, as it makes you and our organization stronger one action at a time.
Fraternally, ILL Chester A. King, 33° Personal Representative
“People forget what you say, and forget what you do, but forever remember how you make them feel!”
The Scottish Rite BULLETIN A few words from the Master of Kadosh Brothers, Sisters, and Friends, The Spring 2012 Scottish Rite Reunion went very well and these were many hours spent on Ritual and camaraderie. Brothers talking with Brothers about Masonry and life’s experiences. There were new Masters of the Royal Secret working in various positions throughout the Reunion. Brothers your efforts are appreciated by those you assisted. Thank you! As I write this my mind is going back in time. I thought about those that had passed on and been lost from my life and Masonry. Especially those Brothers that were regular workers in the Reunions. I had the privilege to be personal friends with two Masons that had survived the Bataan Death March at the start of World War II. Worshipful David Paulk, Master of Orange Blossom Lodge. No. 80 in 1984, and Brother Sam Moody. Sam was a close friend of my Father in New York and when he moved to Florida we had much in common. When I think of the degradation and privation these two men had endured as Prisoners of War and I remember their love of Masonry I am filled with pride. Our Fraternity has a great deal to offer a new Brother besides ritual and food. Your membership and participation will give you a greater return as you get more deeply involved. Please say a prayer for Brother David and Sam during your Fourth of July Celebration. When a Brother puts his arm around your shoulder and talks with you heart to heart your Masonic experience is enriched. As you listen to his words you are making his heart lighter and both your bonds to Masonry stronger. You cannot get this from being on a computer or phone, only Man to Man, Brother to Brother.
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This may be redundant as everyone should be discussing the Putt-Putt Challenge on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., at the Orlando Scottish Rite. This is a fund raiser for the Orlando Scottish Rite Language Foundation. Spaghetti and the fixins will be served as the golf challenge goes on for the paltry amount of $15.00. Dinner alone is $10.00. There will be a silent auction during the evening, so get there early to post your first bids. This should be an evening of fundraising and fellowship so bid on many items. One hint keep checking back on your favorite items to out bid your Brothers and Sisters. If you have an item at home that you would like to donate to the Language Foundation as an item to be bid on, contact Brother bob Morrow at 407/443-4575. This is a chance to bundle up several of your Masonic Books and donate them to be auctioned. Remember you can’t take your Masonic Library with you and this donation will help the Foundation and the Brother purchasing them. If you live out of town or due to infirmities’ can’t join us, please consider sponsoring a hole for $25.00. Bob will make you a sign for the hole if you call him. On Saturday June 9, 2012 at noon the Valley of Orlando Scottish Rite, Knights Commanders of the Court of Honour will hold our “Flag Retirement Ceremony”. The day will be one of remembrance of those that served and are serving our Country and its Flag. Contiuned on next page…
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Change out your flag for a new one and bring the old one to the Scottish Rite for a proper retirement. You can drop it off before June 9 if you prefer. Please collect any flags others may have, and need to dispose of. Lunch will be hot dogs & fixins. Get a petition to your Masonic Brothers for the Fall Reunion on October 13th and 14th, 2012. Carry a petition with you till then in case you meet a non Scottish Rite Mason. Let’s make the Fall Class a large one. Fraternally, Illustrious John N. Dickinson 33° Venerable Master of Kadosh of the Consistory
Membership is a Privilege The Spring Reunion is in the books. We had a very good class, and the Degrees again went very well. As we all know, the life blood of any organization is its membership, and we need to do more in presenting the fraternity to our Blue Lodge Brothers. We are asking each of you and the Lodge Ambassadors to bring the Scottish Rite message to your lodge meetings on a regular basis. Our goal for the Fall Reunion is 50. We can do this, if we start now. Call me if you have any questions or suggestions on membership. Gary L. Smith 32° KCCH Membership Chairman
The Scottish Rite BULLETIN Calendar of Events – What’s Happening Around Here ILL Keith W. Albright, 33°, General Secretary May 25th
5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Knights of St Andrew Mtg KCCH Mtg Dinner Stated Mtg (White Coats)
5:45 PM 7:30 PM
Aug 24th Knights of St Andrew Mtg Ring Ceremony & Knighting Ceremony Foundation Fundraiser Putt Putt Challenge, Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
5:45 PM 5:45 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Knights of St Andrew Mtg KCCH Mtg Dinner S.G.I.G. Official Visit
5:45 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Knights of St Andrew Mtg Dinner Stated Meeting – White Coats
Scottish Rite Foundation for Florida, USA, Inc. Robert J. Morrow, 32° KCCH Brothers, Our Foundation fund raising in the last 2 years has been very poor, state wide we are less then half of our goal this year. The children that we help have no other source to turn to. We pay for their treatment when all other options are gone. With out our support many children in need of help will have to wait. Without your help they will not get the training they need to communicate and be productive in there future. We are planning a fundraiser in June for the foundation. June 29th, that’s the 5th Friday in June, at the Orlando Scottish Rite Center we are having a all you can eat spaghetti dinner with salad bar and a Putt Putt Challenge. Also a silent auction in the dinning room. If you can donate any new items or slightly used items to the auction please let Keith know ASAP so we can get a list of items published. If you have a favorite photo, I will donate a Canvas enlargement, up to 40” wide to the auction, full color photo quality on canvas. Cost for the event will be a donation of $10.00 each for the dinner, all you can eat Spaghetti with salad bar and desirt or $15.00 each for the dinner and Golf. Please bring your favorite putter. We will be looking for sponsors for the golf, Hole Sponsors, A sponsor sign will be made for each sponsor, displayed on the course for a small donation of $25.00 each. Please help the foundation by selling hole sponsorships. We will also be selling Milligan’s for $.50 each, limit of 6 per player. A trophy will be given to the challenge winner. We hope this event will be a fun evening for all and all profits will go to the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, USA, Inc. Thanks for your help Bob Morrow, 32°, KCCH Valley of Orlando Trustee
Help Eliminate Language and Learning Problems in Children Please Support the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida
MEMBERSHIP IS THE KEY! Get your candidates today for the Fall Reunion scheduled for October 13 & 14, 2012. Membership is the lifeblood of our Fraternity.
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The Scottish Rite Wardrobe Committee by Jose Saucedo 32° KCCH
The team is formed of a fine group of brothers coming from different Lodges of the Orlando Valley. They are Illustrious Ted Jansen 33°, Jose Saucedo 32° KCCH, Jim Hawkins 32°, John Clinton 32°, Edwin Orellano 32° and Sean Stensen 32°. The wardrobe team is divided in two groups, one for Saturday and the other for Sunday. The wardrobe team starts preparing for the next reunion right after the current one ends. We examine all the robes and items used in the conferring of the different degrees to be sure they are in excellent condition. If any items need repair or cleaning this is taken care of immediately. The swords are shined and everything is ready for the next reunion. The day of the Reunion we arrive early and prepare for the first degree of the day. Only a few people are aware of what goes on in the wardrobe room. The performers are made up first to avoid staining the robes. Then we issue the costumes and help the cast member dress for each particular degree. After each degree the costumes are returned to us and put in their proper places ready for the next degree. Any one is more than welcome to watch the procedure for a particular degree. If you like what you see and wish to join us we will be happy to welcome you to our team.
KCCH Club Brethren, This year the KCCH will be taking an active part in generating funds for our main goal of the year by raising monies for a new auditorium projection screen. It is hoped that this will add to the creation of a revenue source for when the Orlando Scottish Rite prepares our building for rentals. We have several ideas for fundraising in the pipeline so look for them in the near future. The officers of the KCCH will be planning on having several social outings throughout the year to aid in the development of the brotherly love and fellowship. We are kicking this social planning schedule on April 14th with dinner at the Ginza Japanese steak house restaurant in Orlando. If anyone would like to join us for dinner or if you having any suggestions on traveling to a new location, please let Brother Don Martin know.For those members of the KCCH, please remember that we meet on the odd months of the year at 5:45 PM in the library before the Scottish Rite Stated meetings. Our Secretary, Brother Aldis Grauds has asked that if you have not received your minutes electronically, please let him know either by telephone at 321-239-2467 or by email at email@example.com so he can correct it and have you connected with the KCCH. We are looking forward to continuing this exciting year and if the officers of the KCCH can assist the brothers and the Valley in anyway, please feel free to call upon us. Fraternally yours is service, “The Officers of the KCCH”
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Knights of Saint Andrew Greetings Brother Knights! Suffice it to say, it’s been an exciting start for Valley activities and I couldn’t be prouder of the KSA officers and its members for their efforts and assistance with the programs during the first quarter of this Year. As our spring Reunion Class Representative, Brother Charles Calabritto, so amply summed it up in his closing comments and on behalf of the 2012 class; “Thank you to Knights of St. Andrew for your efforts in making this such a special occasion for us, you where helpful so many ways …. You are everywhere!” In appreciation of our KSA team, I mention the following as a mere sampling of good works being done: On behalf of Brother Aldis Grauds and myself, I extend a special a special thanks our Senior Deacon Justin Marshall (committee chairman) , his incredible wife and the KSA work committee for their commitment and assistance with the recent Military Show. Great job Team!! Ill. Randy Ziegler, our very capable KSA White Hat representative adviser, and I were extremely honored and privileged to preside over the Knighting Ceremony held in March. 37 Brothers were bestowed this honor that evening. The Extraordinary 16th Masonic District Master Masons Association sends their sincere appreciation to our “Elite Honor Guard” team for its participation in receiving our Grand Master Most Worshipful Jim J Harris and his Distinguished Party at the Annual out door degree April 14, 2012. Our Flag Retirement Program KSA representative, Ken Gregory, Brother Don Martin, Aldis Grauds and our program committee are underway with working out the details of this annual event. The KSA event team is being formed, so I encourage you to sign up now for this Patriotic program. This is a must attend event for KSA members as it is designated the KSA sponsored event. Bring neighbors, friends and family to this one!!! To all: Please collect and bring all the old Flags you can find to the Valley for a proper retirement. I look forward to seeing you at our KSA meetings. 5:45 pm on stated meeting nites. Thank you and God Bless, Fraternally & Sincerely, Brother B. Allen West , 32° Venerable Master Knights of St Andrew
Valley Facilities Available for Rentals Did you know that the dining room, auditorium and meeting rooms at the Valley are available for rentals? The Scottish Rite Masonic Center offers you a perfect environment for your Special event. A handicap accessible building, centrally located for the Greater Orlando area, in Winter Park, the Scottish Rite Masonic Center has ample parking, and sits on beautiful grounds which features a lovely pond and lake. The Scottish Rite Masonic Center has multiple rooms available for rent; Meeting rooms for large and small gatherings, banquet facilities for up to 360 guests, with a commercial kitchen as well as a full function auditorium with seating for more than 450 guests. For more information, please contact Ill:. Keith Albright, 33° in our office for details and pricing.
Support Your Scottish Rite Clubs Central Brevard Scottish Rite Club meets 3rd Thursday each month at Brevard Lodge #113 at 6:30 P.M. Covered dish dinner. Deltona Scottish Rite Club meets 2nd Monday each month at Landmark Lodge #383 at 7:00 P.M. Covered dish dinner. Halifax Scottish Rite Club meets 1st Monday each month at Halifax Lodge #81 at 7:00 p.m. Covered dish dinner at 6:00 P.M. Lake Scottish Rite Club meets 1st Wednesday each month at 7:00 P.M. Angelos Restaurant, 2270 Vindale Rd, Tavares. Contact Ill. Hank Link, 33Â° at 352-383-3078 for reservations. New Smyrna Beach Scottish Rite Club meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at the New Smyrna Beach Shrine Club 7:00 P.M. for covered dish dinner.
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Osceola Scottish Rite Club meets 2nd Friday each month at St. Cloud Lodge #221 at 7:30 P.M. Spaghetti Dinner at 5:30 P.M. Sanford Scottish Rite Club meets 2nd Wednesday each month at I-Hop Orlando Ave (US 17-92) south of the 417 at 6:00 P.M. Dinner meeting. South Brevard Scottish Rite Club meets 4th Thursday each month at Melbourne Lodge #143 at 6:30 P.M. Covered dish dinner. Titusville Scottish Rite Club meets 2nd Tuesday each month at Indian River Lodge #90 at 6:30 P.M. Covered dish dinner.
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