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Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Valley of Tacoma

The

Orient of Washington January 2018 Edition

JANUARY EVENTS

Lodge of Perfection Venerable Master Message - Bro. Michael J. Riley, 32o For years I have been told that we are losing more members than we are gaining and that is indeed true. To improve our membership, we need to increase the number of initiations, affiliations, & restorations to exceed the number of deaths, demits, NPDs, & suspensions. Deaths and suspensions are outside of our scope of control. The Valley Officers and I will formulate a plan to reduce NPDs, so we don’t lose the members that we have. I suggest we all focus on another area, recruitment. The Valley of Tacoma has a program where members are entitled to wear a gold star on their Scottish Rite hat for every new candidate in which they are the first line signer. I challenge each brother to earn at least one gold star under this program in 2018. The petition fees are $200, and a blank petition is attached. If you don’t want credit as the first line signer, you can always put my name ;-) The point is that we need to each take responsibility and actively recruit new members. Why is the bar so low, you ask? It may take asking five people, but one is an obtainable goal for any member. What would one new member mean? We would more than double the bodies in the chairs giving us additional resources to take offices, help with work parties and do degrees. We would reverse the number of losses over the past six years, and then some. We would gain over ten thousand dollars net, in annual dues revenue to help pay for fraternal relations, building operation and maintenance. We could potentially double our charitable contributions to the Almoners fund, Early Life Speech and Language and the Scholarship Foundation. We would be able to fill both reunions and increase fellowship at our meetings and events. We can all recruit one new member and with so much to gain, imagine if we challenged ourselves to more. I am very excited and honored that my brethren have elected me to the highest office in the Valley of Tacoma. I am hoping that every brother will find it worth their time to attend the planned events. For the most up to date calendar, visit our website at http://www.tacomascottishrite.org/ and follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ScottishRiteTacoma/. Thank you for electing me, and if you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know. I can be reached via email at commissioner.riley@gmail.com or via phone at (206) 380-0520. Yours in Service,

Michael J. Riley Bro. Michael J Riley 32°

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2 - Lodge of Perfection Meeting & Installation Dinner 6:30 PM Meeting 7:30 PM 13 - Feast of Kadosh 6:15 PM Council of Knights Kadosh 21 - Masonic Study Group 6:00 PM Master Craftsman Program Degree Practice 24 - Visitation Valley of Olympia 521 North Street, Tumwater Installation 30 - Officers’ Meeting 7:00 PM

FEBRUARY EVENTS 6 - Chapter of Rose Croix Dinner 6:30 PM Meeting 7:30 PM 17 - Pierce County Past Master’s Degree (Districts 13, 14 & 15) 6:30 PM 18 - Masonic Study Group 6:00 PM Master Craftsman Program Degree Practice 27 - Officers’ Meeting 7:00 PM

Valley meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Unless indicated, all meetings and events are at 817 S. Vassault St., Tacoma, WA. All Sojourning Scottish Rite Masons are welcome.


Double Eagle Award December Awards

From left to right: Bro. Alexander Jordan, 320, KCCH 5000 Points

Bro. Michael Riley, 320 1500 points

Bro. Mark Thompson, 320 1500 points The Knight of the Double Eagle Award Program recognizes the activities and work of the members of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. To participate fill out participation slips and deposit them in the Knights of the Double Eagle Program Box. The box is located at the Tiler’s table during meetings and events, and in the Secretary’s Office at other times.

The Scottish Rite Masonic Temple 817 S. Vassault St. Tacoma, WA 98409

Office: (253) 565-0272 The Trowel is published monthly, except July and August by the Valley of Tacoma Scottish Rite. If you prefer to receive a printed copy of this newsletter by mail, yearly subscription is $10.00. Contact the office to subscribe. Bro. David A. Aponte, 32o Editor & Publisher (352) 228-3632 / regc2011@live.com

SCOTTISH RITE OFFICERS Ill. Ronald A. Seale, 33o Sovereign Grand Commander Ill. Alvin W. Jorgensen, 33o Sovereign Grand Inspector General Ill. Jeremy Yielding, 33o Personal Representative S.G.I.G. Ill. William H. Hammontree, 33o General Secretary Bro. James Nero, 320 Treasurer Ill. John Brett, 330 Almoner

Personal Representative Message - Ill. Jeremy Yielding, 33o Brethren of the Valley of Tacoma, We’re often called upon to rally for the cause of Masonry – with our effort, with our money, and with our time. Masonry is work – and there is no shortage of the work to go around. We’ve been challenged to “lean in” and embrace the opportunities presented to us. But how do we keep going? How do we re-commit ourselves to the effort? My answer is that we find what makes us happy about the Craft. For me, happiness is found in helping out. It is found in the fellowship that I share with good people doing solid work for laudable purposes. In the run up to the last reunion, I found myself at a 29th degree practice with Brothers Riley, Cooper, and McAlister. We were walking about, swords in hand, reading over our lines for the degree. How cool is that? I get to play with my friends, walk around with swords, and even learn stuff (as long as I pay attention)! It was an enjoyable way to spend an evening. Even work parties can be fun. I have, on occasion, been known to grab a Weed Eater string trimmer and tackle some of the grass in the parking lot. I’ve gotten practice on the Valley’s riding mower and learned how far down the hill I can push it without tipping over. I intend to get a lot more practice in the coming year! I also greatly admire those Brothers who have kept the faith with their Valley and helped out for so many years. Bro. Brockway and Ill. Bro. Newsham – thank you for all of your years of service. I love the intellectual growth and the reinforcement of the lessons learned at our reunions. Ill. Bro. John Brett has done the Valley of Tacoma a tremendous service for his degree synopses – I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. The papers presented by Bro. Rawls, Bro. Reith, and Ill. Bro. Alan Spreen have brought me more light and a sense of poignancy to our meetings. The study sessions have brought brothers together to discuss not only the Master Craftsman program, but the forms, landmarks, and promise of Masonry as a whole (and our Valley in particular). I am grateful for Bro. Joe McAlister for his efforts and persistence. Here is what worries me – we need more participation and engagement from our members. This year we had about 1/8th of our membership ready to fall off the rolls due to non-payment of dues, despite our outreach efforts. We’re addressing the communication issue (special thanks to Bro. Ken Gibson for rescuing our website, for Bro. David Aponte for stepping up for the Trowel, and to Bro. Michael Riley for his commitment to our Facebook page). We’re seeing value returned to the members in the form of opportunities for fellowship (Celebrating the Craft, Feast of Tishri, etc.) and in providing intellectual growth. But we cannot do it alone. We need help. We need folks to have pride in their Valley and to share our message with the brethren of our Blue Lodges. We need fresh perspectives, willing spirits, and helping hands. We need Brothers who want to work because true Masonry requires commitment, effort, and dedication. Masonry requires relationships and fellowship. Masonry requires learning, patience, and diligence. Masonry requires accountability. In short, masonry requires all of us. It allows us to form unbreakable bonds of sincere affection. Among those for whom I have the greatest affection - I am grateful to Ill. Bill Hammontree for encouraging me on my Masonic journey even before I joined the Scottish Rite. I am grateful to Ill. Al Jorgensen for his trust, and I am grateful to the Brethren of the Valley of Tacoma for their support. I wish you all prosperity, health, and happiness in the New Year. Fraternally,

Jeremy Yielding 2


Elected Officers

In Memoriam

Sickness & Distress

Lodge of Perfection Bro. Michael J. Riley, 320 Venerable Master Bro. David B. Barrett, 320 Senior Warden Bro. Kyle (Coach) S. Foster, 320 Junior Warden

Chapter of Rose Croix Bro. Joseph L. McAlister, 320 , KCCH Wise Master Bro. David A. Aponte, 320 Senior Warden Bro. Kenneth (Ken) Cowen, 320 Junior Warden

Council of Knights Kadosh Bro. Mark W. Thompson, 320 Commander Bro. William D. Cooper, 320 , KCCH 1st Lieutenant Commander Bro. Scott T. Dilley, 320 2nd Lieutenant Commander

Consistory of Masters of the Royal Secret 320 ,

Bro. Michael A. Smitson, Master of Kadosh

KCCH

Bro. Alexander J. Jordan, 320 , KCCH Prior Bro. Karl S. Reith, 320 , KCCH Preceptor

To all our Fraters that passed on to the Celestial Lodge above during 2017. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your love ones. Bro. Richard A. Birkland, 320 Bro. Thomas R. Christopher, 320 Bro. James A. Conklin, 320 Bro. Ellis W. Cooley, 320 Bro. Jesse O' Dell Copple, 320 Bro. Harry B. Corliss, 320 Bro. Jack A. Kotchkoe, 320 Bro. Ernest M. Murray, 320 Bro. Abner J. Roberts, 320 Ill. Charles F. Spindler, 330 Bro. Larry M. Warren, 320 Bro. Eckhard G. Wolfgramm, 320

Please place in your prayers for a quick recovery and wellness the following brethren and their ladies:

Bro. Jeff H. Steik’s wife Bro. Gary W. Emmons

HEAR YE, HEAR YE, HEAR YE

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o the following brethren during this month the Valley of Tacoma wants to congratulate and wish them the best to: 1) those celebrating their birthday, may you have another wonderful and blessed year, and 2) those celebrating another year as a Scottish Rite Mason, may you continue to enjoy and receive the Light as a Scottish Rite Mason.

Birthdays Billy J. Arends Miles S. Becker Charles R. Brockway Donn J. Brunson Paul E. Burchfield Glenn L. Carden James R. Carr Kenneth Cowen Roscoe D. Cox Terence S. Davies Lyle E. Fox Charles D. Hansen Christopher L. Hartman Rodrigo Gautier Jimenez Franklin D. Jones Keliiwaiwaiole Kealoha Michael D. Kean

Terry E. Klockeman Raymond T. Lock Joe E. McBee Vincent W. McInnis Albert A. Nelson Robert D. Nelson Avery A. Romine Arthur L. Runyan James E. Sandy Frederick H. Savage Russell L. Sutton Herbert G. Turner Stephen J. Turner Anthony J. Warner George E. Wolz Wayne W. Woodruff 3

Membership Anniversary Noel R. Adams - 49 years William D. Cope - 49 years Donald S. Dodds - 49 years Roscoe D. Cox - 47 years Gerald P. Murray - 37 years J. D. Arnold - 8 years Thomas D. Crawford - 8 years Charles N. McKenna - 8 years Brian J . Wilson - 8 years Jacob G. Yaconetti - 8 years


To Officers & Members of the ________________ Orient of ____________ ______________________________________________

Valley of

Valley Address (Number, Street, City, State, ZIP)

I am a Master Mason in good standing, and respectfully petition to receive the Fourth through Thirty-second

degrees, promising to bear true faith and allegiance to The Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America. PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT.

________________________________________________________ Full Name (Last, First, Middle—If no middle name, or initial only, please indicate.)

________________________________________________________ Residence Address (Number, Street, City, State, ZIP)

________________________________________________________ Preferred Mailing Address (If different from above)

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❑ U.S. Citizen

Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)  Place of Birth (City/State/Country)

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❑ Home  ❑ Office  ❑ Mobile

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❑ Home  ❑ Office  ❑ Mobile

Primary Telephone

Secondary Telephone

____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ❑ Retired ❑ Married  Spouse’s Name: Occupation

________________________________________________________ Employer

__________________________ _____________________________ Primary Email Address

Secondary Email Address

__________________________ _____________________________ Blue Lodge Membership (Lodge Name & No.) How long have you been a Master Mason?

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Lodge Location (City/State)

  Have you completed your Master Mason’s catechism?  ❑ Yes   ❑ No 

Have you previously petitioned this or any other Scottish Rite Bodies?  ❑ No   ❑ Yes  (If yes, please explain on reverse side.)

__________________________ ➤ Petitioner’s Usual Signature

Recommended by TWO members of the petitioned Valley:

1. __________________________________

Member Name (Please print)

2. _________________________________

Member Name (Please print)

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Member Signature

Member Signature


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6:00 PM

Installation of Officers Tacoma Scottish Rite January 2nd Dinner 6:30 PM Meeting 7:30 PM

Feast of Kadosh Tacoma Scottish Rite January 13th 6:15 PM RSVP

Officers’ Meeting Tacoma Valley 7:00 PM

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15 Martin L. King’s Day

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Masonic Study Group

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Tacoma Valley INSTALLATION Dinner 6:30 PM Meeting 7:30 PM

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Monday

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Sunday

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Masonic Study Group Tacoma Scottish Rite January 21st 6:00 PM

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Visitation Valley of Olympia Installation 521 North Street, Tumwater

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Visitation Valley of Olympia 521 North St., Tumwater, WA January 24th

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Lodge of Perfection

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13 Feast of Kadosh 6:15 PM

6 Epiphany

Saturday

Officers’ Meeting Tacoma Scottish Rite January 30th 7:00 PM Presiding – Wise Master Chapter Rose Croix

Friday

2018


What’s Happening in the

Knights of St. Andrews

Elections 2018 Officers In our December meeting, the Scottish Rite brethren elected the following officers for 2018: Lodge of Perfection Bro. Michael J. Riley, 320 - Venerable Master Bro. David B. Barrett, 320 - Senior Warden Bro. Kyle (Coach) S. Foster, 320 - Junior Warden Chapter of Rose Croix Bro. Joseph L. McAlister, 320 , KCCH - Wise Master Bro. David A. Aponte, 320 - Senior Warden Bro. Kenneth (Ken) Cowen, 320 - Junior Warden

Council of Knights Kadosh

Bro. James E. Nero, 320 Venerable Master Brethren Fraternal greetings to all. I am happy to know that the Knights of St. Andrews (KSA) will have a space in our Valley newsletter when needed.

Bro. Mark W. Thompson, 320 - Commander Bro. William D. Cooper, 320 , KCCH - 1st Lieutenant Commander Bro. Scott T. Dilley, 320 - 2nd Lieutenant Commander

I am happy to announce our new Corps of Officers for 2018:

Consistory of Masters of the Royal Secret

Bro. James E. Nero, 320 Venerable Master

Bro. Michael A. Smitson, 320 , KCCH - Master of Kadosh Bro. Alexander J. Jordan, 320 , KCCH - Prior Bro. Karl S. Reith, 320 , KCCH - Preceptor

Installation is Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Ill. Alvin (Al) W. Jorgensen, SGIG for the Orient of Washington, approved a joint and open installation. Dinner will be at 6:15 P.M. with the installation following at 7:30 P.M. Please invite your family and friends to this auspicious event.

Roof Repairs The Building Committee reported to the Craft that the repairs to the roof were completed before the rainy season. The roofing company was very professional in their labors. Kudos to the all the members of the Building Committee for their diligent work.

Education The Valley of Tacoma witnessed during 2017 several lessons from our Scottish Rite degrees by Illustrious John Brett with his famous Band of Renowns, and leadership lessons given by Bro. Michael Rawls 320, KCCH and Ill. Alan Spreen, 330. If you attended any of our meetings during 2017, you had the privilege to see the work of several brethren to inform, educate and bring more light to the Craft. To these two brothers a big thank you from the Valley of Tacoma. We hope to receive more light and wisdom during 2018.

Feast of Kadosh If you read the article on the Origins of the Feast of Kadosh, let me inform you that the Valley of Tacoma will commemorate, with a Feast of Kadosh, the founding of the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon. It will celebrate the rich lessons of chivalry, virtue, manners and moral conduct these Knights Templar provided to Freemasonry. As a Knight of Kadosh of the Valley of Tacoma, join us on Saturday, January 13th to celebrate the Feast of Kadosh. Please RSVP by either emailing us at tacscottishrite@gmail.com or giving us a phone call at (253) 565-0272 to reserve your seat at the Feast on or before January 9th. 6

Bro. Michael J. Riley , 320 Senior Warden Bro. Mark W. Thompson, 320 Junior Warden Bro. David A. Aponte, 320 Secretary Bro. Scott T. Dilley, 320 Treasurer We are a service organization within the Valley of Tacoma to aid and assist our Valley and the Scottish Rite. If you’re not a member yet, see one of our Officers to get information on how to join before or after the meeting. Your participation in our group helps our Valley, in particular, and Scottish Rite, in general.


What’s Happening in the Past Master’s Degree Ill. Jeremy Yielding, Personal Representative of the SGIG for the Valley of Tacoma, informed the brethren of a joint project with the Pierce County Past Masters’ Association to do a Past Master’s Degree at the Valley of Tacoma Scottish Rite. A proposed date has been set for February 17th. Pierce County Past Masters’ Association is compromised of lodges in the 13th, 14th and 15th districts. The Valley is happy to offer their assistance for such an activity. The project helps our brethren of Pierce County. In our February issue, we will have more information on this event.

Masonic Education - Origins of the Feast of Kadosh

Source: Tampa Scottish Rite Bodies

The Feast of Kadosh commemorates the founding of the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon on January 18, 1119. We know this group as the Knights Templar. The Templars were prominent in the Christian community in the 12th and 13th centuries and among the wealthiest and powerful of the western military orders. Officially endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church around 1129, the Order grew rapidly in membership and power. After the First Crusade recaptured Jerusalem in 1099, many Christians made pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Bandits and marauding highwaymen preyed on these pilgrims as they attempted to make their journey. In 1119, the French knight Hugues de Payens proposed creating a monastic order for the protection of these pilgrims to King Baldwin II of Jerusalem. King Baldwin agreed and, provided the Templars a headquarters in a wing of the royal palace at the Temple Mount. Besides providing military security, the Templars established financial networks across the whole of Christendom. Having acquired large tracts of land, both in Europe and the Middle East; they managed farms and vineyards; they constructed churches and castles; and engaged in manufacturing & trade, both import and export; they had their fleet of ships; and at one point owned the entire island of Cyprus. The Knights Templar arguably qualify as the world’s first multinational corporation. During the mid-12th century, the tide turned in the Crusades. The Muslim world became more united, as factions arose among the Christians. The Templars became at odds with the two other Christian military orders, the Teutonic Knights, and Hospitallers. In 1305, Pope Clement V summoned Templar Grand Master, Jacques DeMolay, and the Hospitaller Grand Master, Fulk de Villaret, seemingly to discuss the merger of the two Orders. DeMolay and Pope Clement also discussed criminal allegations that had been against the Templars. Pope Clement subsequently consulted King Philip IV of France. King Philip charged the Templars with heresy. On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip ordered the simultaneous arrest of DeMolay and scores of Templars. The Templars were charged with all manners of heresy, denying Christ, engaging in indecent behavior and worshiping idols. Many of the accused confessed under torture. After King Philip threatened military action against the papacy, Pope Clement issued some proclamations disbanding and condemning the Order in 1312. Grand Master DeMolay and Geoffroi de Charney, Preceptor of Normandy, ultimately retracted their confessions and were burned at the stake as heretics on March 18, 1314. The Scottish Rite Feast of Kadosh commemorates the founding of the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon and celebrates the rich and storied lessons of chivalry, virtue, manners and moral conduct that Knights Templar have provided to Freemasonry. I hope that you can join us January 13th as the Valley of Tacoma celebrates the Feast of Kadosh. Please RSVP by either us an emailing us at tacscottishrite@gmail.com or giving us a phone call at (253) 565-0272 to reserve your seat at the Feast.

Do you want to further your 0Masonic education in Scottish Rite? Inquire on the Master Craftsman Program with Bro. Joseph L. McAlister, 32 , KCCH. More information on this program can be obtained on the Internet: https://scottishrite.org/members/masonic-education.

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Bylaw Amendments At our Chapter of Rose Croix meeting in February 2018, the Tacoma Scottish Rite Bodies will vote on several amendments to update our Valley Bylaws. We are modifying information pertaining to the Almoner to reflect current practices and to remove some wording. The following are the amendments (in bold letters and underlined) to be presented:

A) BYLAWS OF TACOMA LODGE OF PERFECTION A1) Article VI Section 1 Shall Be Revised As: Section 1. Elective Officers. The elective officers of this Lodge of Perfection shall be the Venerable Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and Orator, who shall be elected at the stated meeting in December each year and installed in person within 35 days thereafter. The Almoner shall also be elected in the Lodge of Perfection, unless appointed by the SGIG. They shall serve for a period of one year and until their successors have been elected (or appointed) and installed. The Almoner shall serve in all Bodies following his election (or appointment) in the Lodge of Perfection. A2) Article VII Section 7 Shall Be Revised As: Section 7. Almoner. The Almoner shall make disbursements from the Almoner's fund for charitable purposes. He shall work independently of the Bodies, reporting only to the Personal Representative in this Valley and giving an annual accounting to the Auditing Committee or auditor, showing receipts, disbursements, amounts on hand and any investments. Disbursements from the Almoner's fund shall be made by check, signed by the Almoner. The Almoner shall submit a written monthly report of all transactions and balances in his care, for review at the monthly officer’s meeting.

B) Throughout all the Valley’s bylaws: Remove hyphen in BY-LAWS to BYLAWS Remove the words “Bylaws 2016 Draft” that appear throughout our bylaws.

C) BYLAWS OF TACOMA CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX C1) Article VI Section 1 Shall Be Revised As: Section 1. Elective Officers. The elective officers of this Chapter shall be the Wise Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden and Orator, who shall be elected at the stated meeting in December each year and installed in person within 35 days thereafter. They shall serve for a period of one year and until their successors have been elected and installed. The Almoner shall serve in all Bodies following his election (or appointment) in the Lodge of Perfection. C2) Article VII Section 7 Shall Be Revised As: Section 7. Almoner. The Almoner shall make disbursements from the Almoner's fund for charitable purposes. He shall work independently of the Bodies, reporting only to the Personal Representative in this Valley and giving an annual accounting to the Auditing Committee or auditor, showing receipts, disbursements, amounts on hand and any investments. Disbursements from the Almoner's fund shall be made by check, signed by the Almoner. The Almoner shall submit a written monthly report of all transactions and balances in his care, for review at the monthly officer’s meeting.

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Bylaw Amendments D) BYLAWS OF TACOMA COUNCIL OF KADOSH D1) Article VI Section 1 Shall Be Revised As: Section 1. Elective Officers. The elective officers of this Council shall be the Commander, First Lieutenant Commander, Second Lieutenant Commander, Chancellor and Orator, who shall be elected at the stated meeting in December each year and installed in person within 35 days thereafter. They shall serve for a period of one year and until their successors have been elected and installed. The Almoner shall serve in all Bodies following his election (or appointment) in the Lodge of Perfection. D2) Article VII Section 7 Shall Be Revised As: Section 7. Almoner. The Almoner shall make disbursements from the Almoner's fund for charitable purposes. He shall work independently of the Bodies, reporting only to the Personal Representative in this Valley and giving an annual accounting to the Auditing Committee or auditor, showing receipts, disbursements, amounts on hand and any investments. Disbursements from the Almoner's fund shall be made by check, signed by the Almoner. The Almoner shall submit a written monthly report of all transactions and balances in his care, for review at the monthly officer’s meeting. E) BYLAWS OF TACOMA CONSISTORY E1) Article VI Section 1 Shall Be Revised As: Section 1. Elective Officers. The elective officers of this Consistory shall be the Master of Kadosh, Prior, Preceptor, Chancellor and Minister of State, who shall be elected at the stated meeting in December each year and installed in person within 35 days thereafter. They shall serve for a period of one year and until their successors have been elected and installed. The Almoner shall serve in all Bodies following his election (or appointment) in the Lodge of Perfection. E2) Article VII Section 7 Shall Be Revised As: Section 7. Almoner. The Almoner shall make disbursements from the Almoner's fund for charitable purposes. He shall work independently of the Bodies, reporting only to the Personal Representative in this Valley and giving an annual accounting to the Auditing Committee or auditor, showing receipts, disbursements, amounts on hand and any investments. Disbursements from the Almoner's fund shall be made by check, signed by the Almoner. The Almoner shall submit a written monthly report of all transactions and balances in his care, for review at the monthly officer’s meeting.

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Did you know… what the Lodge of Perfection symbolizes?

2018 Valley of Tacoma Installation Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Dinner at 6:15 P.M. Installation and Meeting at 7:30 P.M.

FEAST OF KADOSH When:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Time: 6:15 PM

Where:

Valley of Tacoma - Scottish Rite - 817 S. Vassault St., Tacoma, WA

RSVP on or before January 9th By Phone - (253) 565-0272 or by email - tacscottishrite@gmail.com

Invite a Master Mason from Your Lodge To Further His Masonic Journey and Education Need more information contact:

Ill. William Hammontree, 330 General Secretary - (253) 565-0272

Petition included in this edition

The degrees (4th0 - 14th0) of the Lodge of Perfection are better known as the "Ineffable Degrees" of Scottish Rite Masonry because their principal purpose is the investigation and contemplation of the ineffable (unspeakable) name of Deity. We provide a brief statement of the moral teachings found within each degree. 4° - Secret Master - Duty, reflection and study are the gateway to opportunity. As such, one honors those relationships to God, family, country and Masonry. 5° - Perfect Master -The degree teaches Masonic honor; that honesty and trustworthiness is the cornerstone of the foundation of such. This virtue should be in all of our undertakings with mankind. 6° - Intimate Secretary - In this degree one should expand their knowledge of duty, charity and toleration. We are instructed to reshape ourselves and our thinking into charity, self-control and success, i.e. to be a peacemaker. 7° - Provost & Judge - We learn that impartial justice protects person, property, happiness and reputation. We are instructed to judge with patience and impartially. Continues in February

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