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July-August 2008

Volume LIII, Issue 4

Orlando Scottish Rite’s 2008 Spring Reunion

Congratulations to the new Masters of the Royal Secret Thomas Wayne Aiken, Billy David Anderson, Jose G. Ayala, Felix Ayala, III, Antonio Angelo Bardy, Michael Kenneth Blankinship, Randall Alan Calloway, Roy Eric Campbell, Steve Toledo De Lacruz, Nathan Joshua Ellison, Alejandro Fuste, Thomas Michael Gorence, Gregory A. Hoggatt, Sr., David J. Lindsley, Raymond Paul Malanga, Michael Hugh McLendon, Michael Eric Pittman, Eric Roman, Anthony William Rossi, Wolfgang Orlando Rubio, John Robert Sharp, III, Igor Noce Thorstensen, Kenneth Lee Welker

Ritetoberfest at the Orlando Scottish Rite Center, Saturday, October 18, 2008 Registration - 5:30 PM, Dinner - 6:00 PM , Program 7:00 PM


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From the desk of the Personal Representative WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

ing the Valley functions!

It’s a difficult decision, where to go when the path is not so clear! As we prepare for the Fall Reunion, all the signs point to success! Everyone is getting ready to fulfill their respective obligations and I’m sure we’ll have another successful and improved reunion from the last. BUT, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Let’s recap the past 2 years: We started to host open meetings, Appointed Aides to every Lodge in the Valley and armed them with their duties and responsibilities, created a Mentor Program from inception to completion, one that rivals the best out there. We brought back the “Ring Ceremony” after being forgotten for so many years. Opened the Executive Committee Meetings to all Scottish Rite Masons, added another level of management to our existing organizational structure and more.

For the past year, we have been planning the Flag Day Program, held June 14th; we had a very good turnout of NonScottish Rite Masons and retired a record 5,346 flags! Very few Sideliners from the Valley made an effort to attend and for the life of me, I have to sit back and ask WHY? Should we stop doing the program? If it does not interest the members, let’s turn our efforts to something that will. I believe that this is just one example of our lack of interest in other activities outside the regular meetings. YOU are the Valley and what happens to the Valley is directly connected to YOU, the members! So, again, I ask, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE”?

Still, we are losing members, attendance is not improving! We’ve tried new things and they work incredibly well once and then they just seem to lose their luster, don’t draw the same numbers, or just plain die, and that’s fine, I don’t expect everything to succeed! What I do expect is to have a few events succeed, events that may provide us with ideas to improve on, grow and expand towards the future direction of the Valley. However, this cannot and will not be the case if our members do not make an effort to get involved and take ownership of just one small project and see it through to the end. We can’t continue to operate without help! We can’t grow without help and we can’t succeed without your involvement. It doesn’t have to be much more than support-

Here is a sample list of our needs: Office/Clerical help, membership recruiting, kitchen help, Degree work, makeup, wardrobe, stage crew, sound and lights (year round), fundraising, publications, publicity, event advertisement and promotions, mentoring and the list goes on. Anyone interested? Many of these positions are paying positions with Double Eagle points. Chose one and send me a note, we’ll be happy to add you to our team and turn around this loss or membership and lack of participation! Sincerely and fraternally, Zeb E Blanton, Jr., 33° Personal Representative of the S.G.I.G. Valley of Orlando

Calendar of Events - What’s Happening Around Here? July 4th -

Independence Day, Office Closed

Aug 5th -

Scottish Rite Visit to Leesburg Lodge #58 at 7:30 PM

July 21st -

Scottish Rite visit to Merritt Island Lodge #353 - 7:30 PM

Aug 7th -

Scottish Rite visit to Deland Rainbow Assembly - 7:30 PM

July 23rd -

Executive Meeting - 6:30 PM

Aug 18th -

Executive Meeting - 6:30 PM

July 25th -

Official Visit of Ill. Robert L. Goldsmith, 33° SGIG of Florida - 6:30 PM

Aug 22nd -

Stated Meeting - White Coats for the Officers - 6:30 PM

July 28th -

Scottish Rite Visit to Orange Rainbow Assembly - 7:00 PM

Aug 26th -

Scottish Rite Visit to Orange Rainbow Assembly - 7:30 PM

Have you seen the Orlando Scottish Rite Valley eNews? On May 1st we launched a new twice monthly email publication, the Orlando Scottish Rite eNews! The eNews has been being sent to the 432 email addresses that we have in the Sentinel database. If we don't have your email address, we can't send you the eNews! However, you can sign-up to receive the eNews by visiting the Valley web site -- http://www.srorlando.org/ -- the place to sign-up is right there on the main page. Plus we will update your information in the Sentinel as well. Or, you can sign-up at your next club meeting. We hope you will join in and get the latest news and events from the Valley delivered right to your inbox.


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Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida, USA, Inc. The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida extends our greatest THANK YOU! to all the individuals and groups who have so graciously given to and supported our clinics this past fiscal year. Your generosity has allowed the Orlando Consistory to almost meet its goal of $93,000.

can't express in words how much your support has enabled us to continue the outstanding support we provide to these clinics. THANK YOU again! Fraternally, Ron Trinkle, 32° KCCH Orlando Scottish Rite Trustee

As we have grown from 4 clinics to the present 14, you, the caring, have continued to contribute as you have been able, and we

Here is my charitable donation to the SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA, INC. AMOUNT: $________________________ Telephone Number:____________________________________________________ NAME:_________________________________________________________________________________________________ VISA CARD NUMBER:_______________________________________________________ 3-Digit Security Code:___________ EXPIRATION DATE:__________________________ SIGNATURE:__________________________________________________ ( )

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This is another great avenue made available to the members. You can contact the office by phone at 407-657-4550, e-mail at osrb@juno.com or mail the form to P.O. Box 5736, Winter Park, FL. 32793-5736.

You have the power... Do you have what it takes to be a mentor? Mentors are good listeners, people who care, people who want to help people bring out strengths that are already there. Mentoring can be a great way to pass on experience and insight you've acquired during your Masonic career. The mentor is more coach than adviser. At its most basic level, mentoring helps because it guarantees to the new Master of the Royal Secret that there is someone who cares about them. The Scottish Rite needs participants who will mentor our new members.

A mentor is that one person who can guide you, help you, take you under his wing, and nurture your Masonic quest. You don't have to be an expert: you just have to be willing to share some of your experience and time with the mentee. And mentoring offers benefits to both partners--you can learn from your mentee, too. The experience will be extremely rewarding and is one of the best decisions you'll ever make. Like Yoda to Luke Skywalker, you have the power. George Goddard, 32° KCCH, OSRB District 26 Mentor Chairman

Be diligent to BRING A MASTER MASON TO SCOTTISH RITE. BRING A MASTER MASON TO SCOTTISH RITE is a duty and responsibility of all Scottish Rite Masons because all are on the Membership Committee. If we start now to dust off and update our prospect lists we have a chance of meeting our goal of 100 for our Fall Reunion. Some of you may remember that in 2000 we had a class of 200. This shows that it can be done. We already have three new petitions in the hands of the General Secretary. Interest in membership seems to have increased. Thank you all for your fine efforts. Ill. Robert W. Moyer, 33º General Chairman, Membership Committee


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KCCH Court of Honor Summer has started and I hope we don’t see the warm weather and recent gas price increase; cause our members to slow down their efforts to help our Valley grow and improve. We live in an ever changing world with the good comes some bad. That is what equilibrium is all about. We have to balance our lives the best we can. I know I am going to be very busy the rest of this year with Grand Lodge, my Lodge and the Valley of Orlando. I know each of you is equally as busy. All I ask is we all try even harder to accomplish our goals for this year. Pass the word about our fund raising events this year. Try to get some new Master Masons’ to join our fall reunion which is scheduled for September 20 and 21. If every degree scheduled this fall is performed we will have accomplished a major goal we set at the beginning of this year, which was to perform all 29 degrees in one year. Our next meeting is scheduled for July 25 at 5:30pm in the Library. Bring a fellow member with you. Our next two Lodge visits are scheduled for July 21st at Merritt Island #353 and August 5th at Leesburg #58. Contact a friend and come visit with us. We always have a fun time on these visits. Fred C. Baker, 32° KCCH, Commander KCCH Court of Honor.

Masonic Education Minute In April, the Supreme Council launched a new educational program, The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman. The program is a sixpart open book exam covering the material contained in "A Bridge to Light" and the "Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide." You work at your own pace, completing the lessons and sending them back to the Supreme Council for grading and feedback from the Supreme Council staff.

A number of brothers have already signed up for the program, and received their materials. We hope that you will consider this program to further your Scottish Rite and Masonic education. -- Ron Blaisdell, 32°

The six exams cover topics on the history and background of Masonry and the development of the Scottish Rite, the Lodge of Perfection, Chapter of Rose Croix, Council of Kadosh, the Consistory, and Scottish Rite Honors. The program will increase and test your knowledge of the Scottish Rite while you learn about its structure and organization, its rich history, and its deeply philosophic Masonic teachings. The cost of the course is $35.00 and comes with a copy of the "Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide" (which normally costs $65.00 on its own!). You may sign up by visiting the Supreme Council web site -- http://www.scottishrite.org/ and looking under the "Scottish Rite Masons" section.

Did You Know There is a New Petition Form Available Starting with the Fall Reunion, the Valley will be using an updated petition form that is available from the Valley web site Petition Page at http://www.srorlando.org/petitions.html. Please make sure you use the new petition with all candidates for the Fall Reunion. In addition, make sure your candidates know that they can pay for the balance of their petition fees, hat, and case, on the day of the reunion using a credit card.


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Knights of Saint Andrews Brethren, On June 14, the Knights of Saint Andrew had the honor and privilege of conducting the 13th Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Orlando Scottish Rite Masonic Center. The program was dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States. This years’ ceremony was presented with the assistance and participation of many. Mrs. Charlotte Taylor of South Carolina sang our National Anthem. The Apopka Police Department posted our colors, and members of VFW Post 4287 provided our 21 Gun Salute. We were also honored with the musical performance of Mr. Denny McCullum, organist, and Mrs. Ric Murdock, vocalist accompanied by Mrs. Loretta Dow. Without the support of our “Knights” and these fine citizens, the ceremony would not have been possible. I personally thank each of you for your dedication and support. This year we retired over 5000 flags. An exact count of these flags will be announced in our next newsletter. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and personally thank Bro. Tom Roberts and his Lady Marian for the many years that they have devoted to the Flag Retirement Ceremony. Their early efforts have brought about the project that means so much to us. We salute them once again for their outstanding service and dedication. Some Brother Knights have asked about purchasing a

“coat-pocket name-badge” with the embroidered Knights of Saint Andrew crest. These are available from a supplier at $15.00 each. The “badges” should be shipped to us in roughly three weeks after placing the order. Please contact Brother Frank Walker, (KSA Secretary), to place your order. Bro. Frank’s email address is fdwalker@juno.com. The Knights of Saint Andrew recently purchased ten new Sabers and shoulder belts for ceremony use. Our Saber team is still in need of a few volunteer Knights. The Arch of Steel formed by a Saber Team can be a most impressive event. However, it takes dedication and training (drill). It is my hope that we can fulfill this task whenever we are called. If any Brother Knight is interested in joining the Saber Team, please contact Ill. Keith Albright or myself. Ill Keith Albright may be contacted at 407-657-4550, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM. My Email address is Goldwingorl@aol.com and my telephone number is 407538-0162. Fraternally, Don Martin, 32° Venerable Master 2008

Orlando Scottish Rite’s Fall Reunion is scheduled for September 20th and 21st. Get your petitions in now.

Ritetoberfest Orlando Scottish Rite Center Saturday, October 18, 2008, Registration - 5:30 PM Dinner - 6:00 PM , Program 7:00 PM Come join us for a fun evening of Fine Food and Dink, Fine Fellowship, and Dancing for the Fleet of Foot See the Orlando Scottish Rite web site for further details


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Scottish Rite Clubs – Valley of Orlando Central Brevard Scottish Rite Club meets 3rd Thursday each month at Brevard Lodge #113 at 7:00 p.m. Covered dish dinner. 3rd

Deltona Scottish Rite Club meets 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 Daytona Beach Lodge #270 at 7:00 p.m. Lake Scottish Rite Club meets 1st Wednesday each month at Tavares Lodge #234 at 7:00 p.m. Reservations required. 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.

Osceola Scottish Rite Club meets 2nd Friday each month at St. Cloud Lodge #221 at 7:30 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner. 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.

Human progress is our cause, liberty of thought our supreme wish, freedom of conscience our mission, and the guarantee of equal rights to all people everywhere our ultimate goal. -- The Scottish Rite Creed


Orlando Scottish Rite Bulletin July-August 2008