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Bulletin VALLEY OF TAMPA —- ORIENT OF FLORIDA Meets 2nd Monday Each Month - Tampa Scottish Rite Masonic Center - 5500 Memorial Highway Vol. 31 - No 2 March—April 2008 Phone (813) 886-0578 /

COLLEGE OF THE CONSISTORY written by David E. Amstuz, 32°, KCCH (Reprinted from The Scottish Rite Journal January—February 2008 Issue)

Learning has always been held in high regard by Scottish Rite Masons. It could be said that the desire for more Light in Masonry is the most important reason the Scottish Rite exists. Whether a brother takes the degrees in a single day or in a multi-day reunion, there is much more to the Rite than can be learned and remembered in that one experience. We need time to reflect and think, to see relationships in the information presented, to learn about the degrees we did not witness, and to let the intellectual dust settle a little. When we get home from the reunion experience, we are usually left with only some reading resources. The typical student of Masonry can use some direction in responding to and understanding of Rite; but, lacking the direct encouragement of another Brother—a Masonic mentor, in-depth reading and study are seldom undertaken. To address this, in 2003 brothers in the Valley of Guthrie, Oklahoma, established the “College of the Consistory” to assist in the advancement of Masonic learning. The objective of the College is to support the Rite’s missions of educating and enlightening and to enhance its fundamental purpose as an advanced course in Masonic teaching. The College of the Consistory has a current student body of 542, representing 39 states and 8 foreign countries. The Guthrie program is available to any 32° Mason who’s supreme council is in amity with the Mother Supreme Council. The curriculum offers the brother the opportunity to study the major ideas and themes outlined in the degrees of the Rite at his leisure and in the comfort of his own home. The course provides multiple-choice exams over the four bodies of the Rite, a written synopsis of each degree, and a syllabus of questions from which the student can write an essay or research paper about the degree. All essays and research papers are reviewed by the College’s Board of Adepts. The “adepts” are Masters of the Royal Secret who have already completed the College of the Consistory’s process of self-education for themselves. A selection of papers written by the students is published on a secure web site available to the student body. Further, the Valley of Guthrie is in the process of recording a series of audio CDs of some thirty essays written by Masonic scholars on subjects that provide foundational material essential for understanding the themes, quests, and meanings of the degrees. These CDs will be available soon to students enrolled in the College. Students can then build their own file of knowledge about the degrees by benefiting from their own studies and the shared work of others. Students’ papers are valued as a product they have created and are expected to add something of value to Masonic studies. A system of encouragement replaces traditional grading. Sometimes a student is advised to take a deeper look, to sharpen his focus, or to consider another topic for investigation. A goal, in addition to adding to the literature, is to demonstrate progress in analysis and presentation while advancing through the degrees. The most successful students since the school’s founding in 2003 have reached degrees in the Chapter of Rose Croix, about mid-way in the curriculum. A college degree or writing experience is not expected or necessary for work in the College of the Consistory. As a matter of fact, students represent the same breadth of training and formal education as does the membership of their valleys. Self motivation, a willingness to read, and the confidence to express oneself in writing are personal characteristics needed to continue through the College’s program of studies. The level of difficulty increases with each degree as does the students’ desire to do better. All who enter will not graduate, but none will regret their experience. Any Brother interested in improving himself in Masonry through his own effort can enroll in the College at There is no charge for the course. I heartily recommend it! The College, and its widely dispersed student body, has become a dynamic where men are encouraged to learn and become teachers of Masonry themselves—a place where the Scottish Rite adds to our understanding of things important to our own sense of being in the world.


March—April 2008 VALLEY OF TAMPA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Russell B. Glendinning, 33°, Chairman Richard G. Hoover, 32° KCCH Master of Kadosh of Tampa Consistory Louie A. King, 33°, Commander of the Council of Kadosh Raul A. Reyes, 32° KCCH, Wise Master of the Chapter of Rose Croix S. Gilbert Weisman 32°, Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection Scott McAlister, 32°, Prior Richard J. Whalen, Sr., 33º, Treasurer

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE John E. Drewett, 32º KCCH Carl Gilmore, 32º David A. May, 32º KCCH Louis H. Ortt, 33º



Paul N. Bardua, 33° The Tampa Scottish Rite ROTC and JROTC awards program is currently honoring participating Cadets in forty-two regional Colleges, Universities, and High Schools

VALLEY OF TAMPA CONTACTS Our Program Coordinator and LiaiRussell B. Glendinning, 33° , Personal Representative of the Sovereign son Officer is Brother Dale D. Goodson, 32°. Dale is a twenty-five Grand Inspector General 941-356year member of the Tampa Scottish 7209

Rite and he is an experienced presenter of Scottish Rite ROTC and Paul N. Bardua, 32º KCCH, General JROTC awards. Dale has also acSecretary 813-886-0578 tively participated in the National Sojourners program and is currently serving as their president. Trish Warhul, Administrative

Assistant 813-886-0578 Richard J. Whalen, 33º, Sr. Treasurer 813-886-0578 Vernon T. Clark, Jr., 33º Almoner 813-886-0578 Walter W. Fishback, 32º KCCH, Bulletin Editor 813-633-2444 Stephen D. Piner, 33º Webmaster Ronald L. McMillan, 32º, KCCH eNewsletter Editor 813-886-0578 C. Donald Prosser 33º, Dir. of Work

These Scottish Rite public Americanism Awards are approved by the Department of Defense and they are an important aspect of the Scottish Rite Youth Programs serving our community. Seeing these young men and women come forward makes your heart beat faster and proudly in knowing that our Nation is being served by its outstanding young citizens. Your opportunity is now! We need volunteer members of the Scottish Rite to present awards during the months of April and May. You will not be sorry for taking time to represent the Scottish Rite in this most worthy program. COURTESY IS CONTAGIOUS

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ALLEGIANCE: The Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, sitting in the Valley of Tampa, Orient of Florida acknowledge and yield allegiance to the SUPREME COUNCIL (Mother Council of the World) of Inspectors General, Knights of Solomon of the Thirty-third and last degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the jurisdiction of the United States of America, whose seat is at the Grand Orient of Charleston, in the State of South Carolina, now sitting at Washington, D.C. of which, Ill. Ronald A. Seale, 33° is Sovereign Grand Commander Ill. John E. Moyers, 33° is Grand Secretary General Ill. Robert L. Goldsmith, 33° is Grand Prior of the Supreme Council and Sovereign Grand Inspector General in the Orient of Florida and Ill. Russell B. Glendinning, 33° is Personal Representative of the Sovereign Grand Inspector

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. George Washington

The presentation consists of a decorative Double Eagle Medal with ribbon, and a Scottish Rite ROTC or JROTC certificate. If you would like to help, please contact Brother Dale Goodson at (813)684-4488.

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PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE Ill. Russell B. Glendinning, 33°

Brethren: It’s Spring time in Florida. For many of you that may mean spending time at a baseball stadium watching your favorite major league baseball team in Spring Training games. A time for major leaguers to get the kinks out and get back in shape. Well, Spring time also means that our Degree Teams are getting the kinks out of their parts in our degrees for our Spring Reunion in May. For the rest of us, I hope it means getting back in shape in looking for new Masters of the Royal Secret. Now is the time to get those petitions and return them to the Office in Tampa. Remember, any member who brings in 5 new members in 2008 will have his 2009 dues remitted. Let’s not wait until the fall. Spring time also means that Ill∴ Robert L. Goldsmith, SGIG and Grand Prior will make a visit to the Tampa Consistory on March 10th. Dinner will be served from 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. and your ladies are invited. Please call the Office no later than March 7th to make your reservations. Please make your plans to be with us that evening and heard our Sovereign Grand Inspector General. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Knights of St. Andrew for their work in rearranging the display cases in the Lobby. They have moved items that were outside the Lodge Room to the Lobby so that they can be seen by more members and visitors. When you are at the Consistory, check them out. The Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal will be held in March in various locations. Please find the one nearest you and attend. This ceremony is a very important part of the Scottish Rite as we pay tribute to those Masters of the Royal Secret who have departed this world in the past twelve months and are now with the Grand Architect of the Universe.

VALLEY OF TAMPA HISTORICAL EVENTS BY ILL. C. DONALD PROSSER, 33º Brethren, this month we as Freemasons and Americans celebrate the life of our greatest American, Brother George Washington. We all have read of his life as a military leader from his young manhood to General of the Continental Army. Much has also been written about his years as the first elected President of our country. Recently on the History Channel there was a wonderful program on his life, except nothing was mentioned as to his membership in Freemasonry and the effect it had on his life and the decisions he made during those years. Brother Washington was initiated November 4, 1752 in Fredericksburg Lodge, Virginia, passed to Fellowcraft March 3, 1753, and raised to Master Mason August 4, 1753.When he received his Entered Apprentice Degree he was 20 years and 8 months. On May 29, 1788 he was elected Worshipful Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 39. In 1805 the Lodge name was changed to Alexandria-Washington No 22. If had not been for his leadership and influence during the Revolutionary War, the Constitutional Convention, where the greatest Document the world has ever seen was written, and finally his leadership during the formation years of our country, our lives and our country certainly would have vastly different. Happy Birthday Brother Washington.

FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY We extend a hearty welcome and a warm hand of fellowship to those Master of the Royal Secret who has joined us by Affiliation since publication of our last bulletin. Scottish Rite Freemasonry welcomes all its members and visitors within its portal - visit us as often as time permits, we guarantee good fellowship, new friends and an opportunity to work with us for the benefit of Freemasonry and Scottish Rite in particular.


AFFILIATION Gerald D. Chassang, 32°

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"LET IT SHINE" Ill. M. Dean Lovett 33° PRELATE

During the day when the sun is bright and the shadows and sun seem to blend together, I walk in my yard to enjoy the warm sun and to smell the fragrance of the flowers. One particular day in the brightness of sunlight, I noticed a small brilliant light suspended in midair at eye-level about 70 feet away. My curiosity led me to discover that the light was a reflection from the limb of a tree to the ground, a single strand of a spider’s web. In my mind, I questioned… how could something smaller than a hair and at that distance reflect such bright light? Then I thought – how tiny like the spider’s web I am in this world of billions of people; and yet, if I allow the light of God to shine in my life, people who might not see me or remember me otherwise may be attracted to God, as I was attracted to the reflection of the sun from the tiny spider-web. What a difference God makes in our lives, if we let him… Prayer: Giver of all good things, help us to live our lives so that others can see God’s light in us. Thought: What do others see in the expression on my face— or hear in the words I speak?

Prelate Illustrious M. Dean Lovett 33° Ph 863-665-0609

On behalf of the Tampa Chapter of Rose Croix, you are cordially invited to attend the Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal. This is a very important observance for the members of the Scottish Rite. This ceremony incorporates “The Mystic Banquet”, the “Extinguishing of the Lights” and the “Relighting the Lights”. We take this opportunity to remember those brethren who have passed to the Celestial Lodge above during the past year. Let us be reminded that the Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal is a time for the serious contemplation of the deeper issues of life. Let us also be reminded that the Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal is indispensable for a Knight of the Rose Croix. A Knight, even if he be alone, should in spirit feast with his brethren in observance of the Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal. The Ceremony is held at the Scottish Rite building at 5500 Memorial Highway and will be observed Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served following the Ceremony. Reservations are not required . Brethren this Ceremony replaces the Maundy Thursday Service, and we ask all Brethren to attend. The custom of all Rose Croix Brethren gathering once a year to celebrate the lives of our deceased Brethren and to remember them, is a Scottish Rite Custom established By our Sovereign Grand Commander Ill. Albert Pike. The Ceremony is open to all Scottish Masons, Blue Lodge Masons, non- masons, and all families. I encourage you to attend this wonderful Ceremony. All Scottish Rite Brethren are asked to wear their cap of Rank. C. Donald Prosser DOW


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who wish to be better citizens and to serve our country as officers in the military. Their dedication is particularly impressive when you realize they are at an age when it’s easy for them to do other things. It also builds our valleys’ presence in their communities. Having Scottish Rite Masons make these presentations has a lasting effect on the recipients as well as other members of the unit and audience. In an age where we are challenged to maintain our membership numbers, this type of personal touch is essential to our long-term sustainability.

SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC CENTER MONTHLY DINNER MENUS March 10, 2008 Green Salad Corn Beef & Cabbage Cake/Pie

JROTC–ROTC Program The Scottish Rite JROTC/ROTC Award Program was launched in 1998 under the authority and endorsement of the US Department of Defense. This program initially recognized high school youth enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) with an award for scholastic excellence and demonstrated ideals of Americanism. The program expanded in 2002 to recognize second- and third-year cadets enrolled in the college Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) with an academic standing in the top 25% of their class and who encourage and demonstrate patriotism by deeds or conduct during participation in extracurricular activities or community projects. Awardees receive a medal (JROTC pictured above) and ribbon to be worn on their uniform and a certificate suitable for framing. JROTC is a high school leadership training course and requires no obligation to serve after graduation. ROTC also offers leadership training but is designed specifically to groom college-level students to serve an obligatory period after graduation. The Southern Jurisdiction is currently participating in roughly 30% of eligible high schools and 16% of eligible colleges and universities. We are working diligently toward our goal of 100% participation. This program is important to the Scottish Rite and our communities. It honors young men and women

April 14, 2008 Green Salad Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Sauce Mash Potatoes Mixed Vegetables Cake/Pie May 12, 2008 Green Salad Baked Ham Mash Potatoes with White Gravy Corn Cake/Pie Please be reminded reservations are required to determine the amount of food necessary! Please call the Scottish Rite Office by the preceding Friday to allow time for preparation.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS HORSE SHOW; March 3rd through March 8th. Set-up will be on Sunday March 2nd at 1 PM. And Teardown will be on Saturday night after the last event. We need you help! Please call Ill. James W. Long, Sr., 33° SPRING REUNION; Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 10 and May 17. Now is the time to get your petitions ready and submitted.


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Valley of Tampa 2008 Committees

SCOTTISH RITE FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA My Brothers, this an open letter to you and all Scottish Rite Masons to make you aware of the sponsorship by the Scottish Rite Foundation of our (15) language clinics and also the All Children's Hospital. This requires a great deal of planning and budget needs for the Kids support. Remember that ninety four cents out of every dollar given to the Foundation goes to the care of the children. Maintaining the necessary budget to insure that our Kids are properly cared for I am asking you to participate with the Foundation by sending a donation of $100.00 dollars making you a part of this great charity. The Scottish Rite Foundation is a ( 501 AC-3 entity, which may allow you a tax deduction. Our children of today are tomorrow's citizens and with your help in assisting the Foundation with your donations, you will have made it possible for the children to overcome the challenges they face every day, which are major obstacles in their lives. Remember Brothers, To hear, To speak, and To understand are the basic steps of language development. Because of the foresight of the Scottish Rite Foundation in children's language dev elopement we have brought our kids from silence, loneliness, and despair, to speaking, companionship and happiness, which is the part you now play in their development. What a joy it is see little faces light-up when they discover they have mastered their speech defects.

Executive Committee Russell B. Glendinning, 33°, Chairman Richard G. Hoover, 32° KCCH – Master of Kadosh – Vice Chairman Louie A. King, 33° - Commander – Council of Kadosh Raul A. Reyes, 32° KCCH – Wise Master – Chapter of Rose Croix S. Gil Weisman, 32° - Venerable Master – Lodge of Perfection Richard J. Whalen, Sr., 33° - Treasurer Scott McAlister, 32° - Prior Carl Gilmore, 32° - Member At Large John Drewett, 32° KCCH – Member At Large Louis H. Ortt, 33° - Member At Large David A. May, 32° KCCH – Member At Large

Investment Committee Russell B. Glendinning, 33° - Chairman & Chief Financial Officer Richard J. Whalen, Sr., 33° - Treasurer Lewis K. Molnar, 33° Max E. Vance, 32° KCCH James E. Bradford, 33°

Budget Committee Scott McAlister, 32° - Prior – Chairman Richard J. Whalen, Sr., 33° - Treasurer J. Michael Beijar, 33° Charles G. Cumpstone, Jr., 33°

Ronald L. McMillan, 32° KCCH James E. Bradford, 33° Richard S. Agster, 33°

Legal Committee Richard S. Agster, 33° Bruce Marger, 33°

Richard Terrana, 32°

Insurance Committee Paul N. Bardua, 33° - Chairman Harry B. Forehand, Jr., 33°

Charlie Downie, 32° KCCH

Long Range Planning Edward L. Jordan, 33° - Chairman R. James Rocha, 32° KCCH Richard J. Whalen, Sr., 33° Ronald A. Herring, Sr., 33°

Paul N. Bardua, 33° Ronald L. McMillan, 32° KCCH Richard S. Agster, 33° Charles G. Cumpstone, Jr., 33°

Membership Recruitment Committee – New Members I hope I can count on your donation. Louie King 33° Foundation Trustee

Lynn Raposa, 32° Ronald L. McMillan, 32° KCCH Louis E. Nelson, 32° KCCH Edward L. Jordan, 33°


Gerald M. Lee, 32° KCCH James W. Long, Sr., 33° John Kavanaugh, 32° KCCH

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Credentials & Registration Ronald P. Lupien, II, 32° KCCH – Chairman Sidney Gilbert, 33° - Chairman Emeritus Ronald A. Herring, Sr., 33° Joe Costa, 32° Larry Alexander, 32° KCCH Ronald Lupien, 32° V. Lavon Odum, 33° John Shultz, 32° Gerald L. Torgerson, 32°

Public Relations Thomas W. Vann, 33° - Chairman Charles G. Cumpstone, Jr., 33° Lewis K. Molnar, 33° Michael Bilirakis, 33° GC Joseph E. Peel, 32° KCCH James W. Warren, IV, 32° Richard D. Terrana, 32° G. J. Hernandez, 32°

Club Relations The Masters of the Four Coordinate Bodies The General Secretary The Personal Representative of the S.G.I.G.

Education and Americanism Thomas W. Vann, 33° - Chairman Vernon T. Clark, Jr., 33° - Vice Chairman Tommy W. Brown, 32° William W. Carter, 32° Darian W. Johnson, 32° Haynes T. Hendry, 32°

Walter W. Fishback, 33° - Editor

Sick and Visitation Vernon T. Clark, Jr., 33° - Chairman M. Dean Lovett, 33° - Prelate Louis H. Ortt, 33° Kenneth P. Scott, 32° Club Officers in Club Area Leonard M. Whalen, 32° KCCH

Entertainment Raul A. Reyes, 32° KCCH – Chairman David R. Meade, 32° KCCH David Wakeen, 32° Gerald E. Goacher, 32° KCCH

Building and Grounds Leonard W. Lorenzo, 33° - Chairman Anthony Locicero, 32° Brian H. Manne, 32° KCCH Jonny Buhl, 32°

Information and Technology Stephen D. Piner, 33° - Chairman Stanley H. Rakita, 32° Walter W. Fishback, 33° Ronald L. McMillan, 32° KCCH Richard J. Whalen, Sr., 33° J. Michael Beijar, 33°

Speakers’ Bureau David A. Eschrich, 33° - Chairman Daniel W. Hall, Jr., 32° KCCH Louis H. Ortt, 33° W. Bruce Steube, III, 33° Louie A. King, 33°

Information The Lodge of Perfection Officers

Greeting The Council of Kadosh Officers The KCCH Organization

NOTIFY THE SCOTTISH RITE... the Shrine... the Blue Lodge... tell your loved ones; your wife, daughter, son or any close relative of your affiliation within the Masonic Fraternity. Yes my Brother, in the event of your death, tell them to notify the Secretary of the above and any other Masonic Body in which you hold membership. There are a number of cases each year where we are not notified of the death of a Brother, and we send an embarrassing dues notice to his loved ones. COURTESY IS CONTAGIOUS

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IN MEMORIAM “Sunset and evening star, and one clear call for me, and may there be no moaning of the bar, when I put out to sea, but such a tide as moving seems asleep, too full for sound and foam, when that which drew from out the boundless deep turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, and after that the dark! and may there be no sadness of farewell, when I embark; for tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place the flood may bear me far, hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar.

Joseph B. Bowden Jr., 32° January 28. 2008

George W. Downs, Jr., 32° January 12, 2008

James F. Rardin, 32° December 9, 2007

Robert C. Stickney, 32° December 19, 2007

William A. Brady, 32° KCCH January 8, 2008

Robert L. Edeker, 32° KCCH February 8, 2008

Roy H. Rudolph, 32° January 14, 2008

Ned D. Sullivan, 32° February 18, 2007

Joseph A. Carr, 32° January 4, 2008

Paul D. Edwards, 32° December 5, 2007

Robert C. Saxton, 32° April 8, 2008

Jerry E. Tyson, 32° February 8, 2008

George A. Chedomir, 32° November 20, 2007

Harry R. Halker, 32° January 19, 2008

Earl M. Schroeder, 32° April 16, 2007

Robert W. Utterback, Jr., 32° July 21, 2006

Samuel L. Ciatto, 32° April 3, 2007

Robert P. Hodgson, 32° November 29, 2007

Warren R. Shadron, 32° July 1, 2007

Donald R. Vick, 32° February 18, 2007

Owen R. Cox, 32° February 2, 2008

William B. Kourmpates, 32° KCCH

December 29, 2007

Robert M. Shannon, 32° September 13, 2007

John E. Warren, 32° September 2, 2007

Walter E. Cummins, 32° January 24, 2008

John C. McKane, 32° December 16, 2007

Abram Simon, 32° September 10, 2007

Irving G. Weber, 32° December 1, 2007

Eugene W. Day, 32° December 28, 2007

Donald J. Minor, 33° February 11, 2008

Richard B. Smith, 32° December 20, 2007

John B. Wilson, 32° July 17, 2007

Victor E. Di Maio, 32° December 29, 2007

Claudio Poccia, 32° December 16, 2007

Kenneth E. Snyder, 32° December 10, 2007


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