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The Newsletter of the Orient of Virginia Scottish Rite Volume IV, Issue 1 February 2010 The Alexandria Scottish Rite Valley cordially invites you Pages 2-3 - SGIG Mesand your wife or guest to a sage reception and dinner honoring Pages 4-6 - The 47th Illustrious Walter Scott Downs, Problem of Euclid 33°, Grand Cross. This will be Page 7 - 2010 Ritecare Conference on March 6, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Pages 8-9 - Sarah Speaks at the Alexandria Temple, 1430 of Snow West Braddock Road, Pages 10-11 - Taking ReAlexandria, Virginia 22302. unions on the Road Ill. Walter has retired as Page 10 - 11th Degree, Elu of the Twelve Personal Representative and Pages 11-14 - Valley Infor- Secretary, after nearly three mation decades of service to our Valley and the Rite. I hope you will join the Grand Master and the Sovereign Grand Inspector General of Virginia for a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship as we recognize the accomplishments of our distinguished Brother. We look forward to your attendance and sharing this very special occasion with us; I know Ill. Walter would be very pleased to see you at this important event in his Masonic life. We will start with a reception: music and hors d’oeuvres (shrimp, cheese and crackers, vegetable and fruit trays) and then sit down to a delicious dinner of roast beef and turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, all the trimmings. Copyright © 2010, The Over coffee and dessert, we will have a few remarks Orient of Virginia under thanking Ill. Brother Walter for his extraordinary the auspices of The contributions to the Scottish Rite, Freemasonry, and our Supreme Council, 33°, Valley, and present him with some gifts. Ancient and Accepted The cost of the dinner is $40 per person. Please print Scottish Rite, SJ, USA. No part of this publication may the enclosed RSVP card, and mail it along with your check be reproduced without made payable to Alexandria Scottish Rite to: permission of its Editor at Alexandria Scottish Rite, P.O. Box 175, Alexandria, Virginia 22313. The deadline for reservations is February 24. Table of Contents

Wrestling With the Issue of Bodies by Ill. James D. Cole, 33° Grand Treasurer General and SGIG in Virginia

The Virginia Light© Published quarterly for the Brethren of Virginia Ill. Ronald A. Seale, 33° Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, SJ, USA

Ill. James D. Cole, 33° Grand Treasurer General and Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Virginia of the Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, SJ, USA Ill. William L. Holliday, IGH Personal Representative to the SGIG in Virginia Ill. David A. Burkus, IGH Newsletter Editor Editorial Staff Ill. David C. Morris, IGH Ill. William A. Wells, IGH Ill. Orville L. Lindsey, IGH Bro. J. Richard Rawls, 32° Bro. Aaron S. Zeno, KCCH Ill. W. H. ‘Andy’ Anderson, IGH Ill. Robert S. Carpenter, IGH Bro. Paul D. Sleeper, KCCH


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In 2009, I was invited to speak at the York Rite Summer Assembly in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. As I participated in those wonderful meetings, I realized the similarity of the challenges faced by each “branch” of the Masonic Family Tree. I began to realize that the relationship between our current challenges and “our roots” is often overlooked. Our destinies are in fact determined by our histories. Destiny is defined as an expected outcome, almost a forgone conclusion. As one who has worked around the leadership levels of a Grand Lodge and now the Scottish Rite, for over twenty years, I am convinced that our actions and our inactions, our effective strategies and our ineffective strategies can all impact not only our destination, but the quality of our destiny. First, let me say that above all, our destination will NOT be the death of Freemasonry. Our Craft does so much for the world, so much for the human spirit, that surely we have a destiny of continued service. As the single institution in America that requires and encourages a relationship with God and ALSO supports our American civil and governmental institutions, we have a unique role in our society. Regardless of how we may feel about the nature of our society today, I am of the firm opinion that WE WILL SURVIVE. It seems to me that we struggle today with what I call the Concern of Bodies. I use the term “Bodies” to refer to our concerns about membership numbers. Yes, we used to have more men in Freemasonry. We had more people joining and we had more attending meetings. Regrettably, what we fail to understand is that when we had the bodies entering in larger numbers, we did not properly plan for the future of our Craft. Yes, Freemasonry attracted a larger percentage of the American population in 1960. But the truth is that the general population had fewer televisions, NO computers, and most households had only the husband employed outside the home. Children had far fewer possible activities. There were fewer churches, there were fewer membership organizations. In effect, Freemasonry faced much less competition for the attention of potential and existing members. In some places, we were either the “only show in town,” or we were the best show in town. However, we have never done a great job of preparing our new members for the activities of the organization. We typically have not explained, beyond ritualistic words, the truths that we hold so

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Wrestling With the Issue of Bodies (Continued from Page 2) tightly. For example, can the average Mason explain what it is he is supposed to “keep secret?” If not, then were we REALLY training the Bodies as we were running them through our assembly lines? Beyond learning words, how did we train our officers in 1960 or in 1970? Well, in truth, we rarely provided any real training. Not for members. Not for officers. When it comes to worrying about Bodies, let’s remember that Freemasonry did not grow as a numbers-driven society of good men. Let’s tear aside the nostalgia of huge classes of candidates and recall the beginnings of our Fraternity. In America, our Craft began in small back rooms, in rooms above stores or in a tavern after it closed for the evening. The Supreme Council began with less than two dozen men. The relationships among the men, NOT their pride in the length of their membership rosters, was the gasoline that ran the engine of Freemasonry’s growth. Our history shows that numbers never drove our success. We succeeded with only a minority of our members present at any meeting. BUT, we succeeded when we made a difference in the lives of our members and when we saw those newly learned doctrines and lessons implemented in society. The history of America is full of examples of leadership and success through the effective implementation of Masonic truths. What does this mean to us as leaders? Well, it means that first; we have to learn from our mistakes. We must be properly prepared for the men who may decide to enter our doors today. We cannot treat them the same as we did in the past, because quite honestly, today’s new member expects more. Why? A generational shift is underway among the Bodies, our members. Clearly, we are nearing the end of the era in which the outlook, personal perspectives, and attitudes of the Traditional Generation prevailed. The shift in demographics will need to be met by a change in program delivery. The two generations that will grow the fastest in terms of their percentage of the total membership will be the two youngest generations in Society. These men have always known computers, websites, email, and cellular telephones. They show a disdain for paper newsletters when an email, podcast, or text message can be received, reviewed, and acted upon in seconds instead of minutes or days. Their camaraderie among their “circle of friends” is somewhat parallel to the friendships developed by the Traditional Generation during the fighting in World War II. In my opinion, technology has today drawn these younger people into closer relationships with one another, comparable to the way sharing a foxhole did in 1943 for the young men of that day. For centuries, Freemasonry has stood the test of time, but in so doing, it has succeeded best when it has modified not its message, but its method of delivery of that message. Freemasonry, after all, was itself an innovation, taking into its membership men who could not shape actual stones, but who could, perhaps, shape the stony inner part of a man. Working tools no longer litter our floors. Early Lodges met in taverns and over stores. Today’s magnificent Lodge Temples make those humble beginnings seem far away. Many of our young current members and most of our potential members would love to learn the many lessons our Craft can teach. The fascination with recent Masonic movies and books is simple proof of this conclusion. Unfortunately, we have too often embroiled our talents and spent our time in the pursuit of perfecting the pronunciation of a word while not teaching its meaning; we have wasted our attention on turning left or right in a ceremony, while not explaining the Masonic lessons of the journey of life; we have discouraged questions from bright, inquiring minds by (erroneously) explaining “that’s the way it has always been done.” I challenge you to “do it the way it needs to be done,” which of course may not be the way it has always been done. Just as the Ancients and the Moderns, let us do what it takes.

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The 47th Problem of Euclid by Bro. Gerald L. Frey, 32°, KCCH We are repeatedly told that Geometry was synonymous with Masonry, which may well have been true; but according to mathematic historians (yes, it does seem a diametrically opposed discipline) for some two thousand years geometry was synonymous with Euclid as there was not any other sort of geometry conceived. What brings this to mind is receiving as gifts two works complied by the Scottish Rite Research Society; Symbolism Of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry: Albert Pike’s “ESOTERIKA” and its companion volume Albert Pike’s Lecture on Masonic Symbolism And A Second Lecture on Symbolism: The Ōmkara and Other Ineffable Words. Having such works does nothing until they are opened and read; certainly with these two tomes, it is equally true that they will cause one to contemplate the numerous topics in the table of contents and for those more adventurous, those indirectly alluded to in various illusions. Even though some may halt their research with these works, there is another good option, Heredom, more precisely, Heredom: Volume 17 has a pointed selection by Peter Paul Fuchs, 32o entitled Incense to the Intellect: Implications of the Albert Pike Library, providing another view of the material in Albert Pike’s two volumes. Even as Euclid is famous for his Proposition 47 of Book 1 of Elements, it is credited as the Pythagorean Theorem. Named after the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, who by tradition is said to have discovered and proved it, although it is often argued that knowledge of the theory predates him. Pythagoras goes further and styles this problem a “great symbol.” Symbols are ever present in ancient and modern mathematics; in fact simple proof of this is to look at the top of any computer keyboard keys (not the function keys). There are fourteen symbols and ten of these deals specifically with mathematics. So what led Pythagoras to call a geometric problem a symbol? Perhaps it would be best to start by clarifying a few things first. In our lectures we hear that Pythagoras when he discovered ‘it’ shouted ‘eureka’ (I have found it) and sacrificed a hecatomb (100 oxen). Always a good story but not too accurate (misplaced and rearranged facts to meet some unknown requirement, seems like modern history). The famous shout of ‘eureka’ was announced by Archimedes as he lowered himself into his bath, the water of which spilled over the edge of his tub and in his excitement went to tell of this discovery without the benefit of clothing. As for the hundred oxen being slaughtered, it is unlikely since Pythagoras was adverse to meat and abhorred the killing of animals. In all likelihood the sacrifice was of wax or clay images of oxen, much as a candle is lit at a church today to invoke or acknowledge a blessing. However they were both Greeks and learned men of their times, Aristotle wrote a treatise on calculus, among other things. Back to the more immediate symbolic issue, why the ‘great symbol’, remember that there were more important problems among the seventy-odd theorem in Euclid’s Elements? Why the 47th? In Pythagoras’ solution he indicated if the short side of a right angle was 3 and the tall side was 4 then the longest side (the hypotenuse) was 5 (Figure 4). This was a practical method of checking the square of an angle 3-4-5, any length of measure would work, (this was long before anyone thought of a bureaucracy of measures) even a random stick, tool, or length of cord. Pike brings up an interesting point in that Pythagoras did not use a square rectangle, circle, or equilateral triangle, only his ‘great symbol’ and goes on to posit that it must be the numbers, 3-4-5. It was through these numbers, that Pythagoras taught his insightful students and adepts, truism(s), which may have dealt with universal truths. Unfortunately what these truths may have been were lost with the death of the last of Pythagoras’ adapts. The truths remain and are likely associated with other symbols today or perhaps hiding in plain sight. Pike also goes on to make several numeric suggestions, which I shy away from due to the ma-

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The 47th Problem of Euclid (Continued from Page 4) nipulation of numbers, which abides in all ages (accounting, statistics, demographics, etc.). One point worth considering, however is the sum of 3 and 4, since the problem was to solve for hypotenuse, is seven. Seven seems to be in every culture, having symbolic measure throughout history and is referenced Masonically in numerous instances. When talking with Brethren from other countries, they often point out that our Altar square is different from theirs, it having both legs equal in length, whereas their square has one leg longer than the other (3-4). For those of us who have seen older jewels of both the Altar and officers, it is likely they have just such a difference (3-4). On many they are marked with three marks on the short leg and four on the long, with finer increments between. This trend to the equal length square seems to be from the early 1900’s in the United States, but still continues in other countries with different leg lengths for their square. While I have no proof of this, I suspect that when in the Northeast corner (Figure 1), the placement of the feet used to be similar to this, symbolizing the ‘correct’ square. Lesser lights were placed about the altar in like manner (Figure 2), for the Entered Apprentice Lodge, while a Master Masons Lodge used to have “three times three” or three lights at each corner (Figure 3) of the triangle. There does not seem to be a scheme for Fellowcraft but this is unlikely, unless they used the same set up as the EA’s or only lit two of the lights used by the Master Masons. This later is speculation in hopes that someone has or will find out the correct solution or correct it altogether.

In closing, a point might be, much of what we hear, we need to think about and where it seems to run against reason or good sense, question it. Masonry will doubtless be better off with Brethren that are well informed and able to articulate ideas to anyone, more especially a Brother in Masonry.

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Orient of Virginia’s Scottish Rite Workshop March 27, 2010 Valley of Richmond Scottish Rite Temple Starts at 9:00 AM

Orient of Virginia’s Scottish Rite Workshop March 27, 2010 Being held at the Valley of Richmond’s Scottish Rite Masonic Center Starts at 9:00 A.M.

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Sarah Speaks of Snow “I want to play in snow!” says five-year-old Sarah Perkins at her most recent speech therapy session. Today is the day Richmond is expecting it’s first snowfall of the year and Sarah’s anticipation is almost palpable. A year ago you would not have heard this exclamation from these young lips. Sarah was diagnosed with Apraxia. Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder that can be difficult to treat. For reasons not yet fully understood, children with Apraxia have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but his/her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words. Sarah’s difficulties started at about eighteen months of age. Her parents, Lenard and Christine Perkins, noticed that her communication skills appeared to be regressing. Feeling something was wrong, they contacted Early Intervention through Chesterfield County Public Schools. Although she was found eligible for services in 2007, her parents felt that with a diagnosis of Apraxia, she needed specialized help to overcome this major communication disorder. Obtaining private speech therapy services proved to be a challenge for the Perkins family, however. Although they had health insurance, they were told that their plan did not cover “developmental delays.” Even with a referral from her pediatrician, insurance would not pay for the therapy Sarah so desperately needed. Thankfully, they contacted us at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center. With a mission of providing speech, language and hearing services to children with fees based on their families’ ability to pay, we welcomed the Perkins to our clinic. No child is ever turned away for financial reasons. Sarah presented to us as a beautiful little girl with bright eyes and a keen memory. She did not use many words to communicate, but rather hummed songs and used a few signs. She was able to make vowel sounds, but had developed very few consonants. Speech therapy for Apraxia and Expressive Aphasia was recommended, and intensive individual speech therapy was initiated in November 2008. Heidi Chew, Speech Pathologist CCC-SLP, initially focused on teaching the family how to provide multiple “recasts” of correct sound production within a natural setting. Recasting is a technique that can have a major impact on language development. In recasting, the adult repeats an errored-utterance back to the child, but with the error corrected. Conversational recasting provides a modeling correction without overt criticism, without interrupting the flow of the conversation and without getting in the way of listening. Sarah’s parents learned to use this technique effectively. As a result of this strategy and the intensive therapy Mrs. Chew provided, her communication skills began to blossom. Since that time, a lot has changed. Sarah does not present as the same child as she did in 2008. Remarkably, in conversation most of what she says is easily understood, with an intelligibility score of 89%. Her language skills have increased tremendously too. She is no longer non-verbal, but rather speaks in short sentences to communicate her wants and needs. Mrs. Perkins reports that Sarah’s teachers commented that they have never seen a child make so much progress in such a short amount of time. “To see where she was when she came to the Center and where she is now is unbelievable,” says Christine Perkins. “You couldn’t understand anything she said a year ago. Now, when she wants a drink she says I want water, please. “ Mom and Dad are overjoyed. “When her Grandparents come to visit from out-of-town, they are simply amazed.” Communication disorders can often be remediated or minimized with early identification and effective intervention. The best progress is made when there is a team approach to treatment that involves not only the Speech Pathologist, but also the full support from parents, teachers and others who play an active role in the child’s life.

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Sarah Speaks of Snow (Continued from Page 8) Because we were able to offer a scholarship for Sarah to receive reduced fee services at the Center, she received the intensive help she needed. None of this would have been possible however without the financial support of the Scottish Rite Masons and other caring people in the Central Virginia community who choose to make donations to our non-profit clinic. Our financial assistance program has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children since 1991. The Perkins family will be featured on Virginia This Morning on WTCR-TV6 Richmond in January 2010 to promote the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center and the upcoming Scottish Rite Friends Dinner later that month (January 23, 2010). They look forward to sharing Sarah’s progress with others, as it will give other parents of children diagnosed with Apraxia hope. Her story is simply incredible. As for the two feet of snow little Sarah is hoping for this weekend, that too would be incredible… and nothing would make her happier! Note: The following article was submitted by Ms. Robin K. Olivier, Executive Director of the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center in Richmond, Virginia, with approval of the family.

Waiting for the snow.

Left to right: Heidi Chew (Speech Pathologist), Sarah, and her father Lenard.

Greetings from Alexandria The installation of officers at the Alexandria Valley on 16 January was a bitter sweet event. We begin a new year with an enthusiastic and energetic slate of officers – that is the sweet part. But it also marked the retirement of Ill. Walter Scott Downs, GC, after nearly three decades of service to the Valley as Secretary and as Personal Representative. Ill. Walter will continue to play a key role in our Valley, taking on other responsibilities and assisting me as Personal Representative and helping Ill. Dave Morris, our new Secretary, and Ill. Dave Smith, our Assistant Secretary. The Valley is nearing the completion of a strategic planning effort, and quite a number of ideas and suggestions have emerged. We also are revitalizing and expanding our committee structure, strengthening our outreach to the Lodges in the area, and are beginning bimonthly Executive Council meetings to allow the senior officers of the four bodies and our Committee Chairs to meet together and chart the way ahead. Finally, we are starting to plan for 2011 when the Alexandria Valley will celebrate its centennial anniversary. We will keep you posted on plans and hope you will be able to participate in some of our events.

Edmund Cohen Personal Representative

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Taking Reunions on the Road to Southwest Virginia by Bro. Jonathan Mark Mills, 32° KCCH

I attended the Spring Reunion of the Valley of Roanoke, Orient of Virginia, in 2004. I live in a very small, rural town located in the Southwest corner of the state. The drive to Roanoke is a 334 mile round trip. Candidates traveling from Rose Hill, VA (in the far western corner of the state) would have to travel 452 miles round trip to attend a Reunion. I had a discussion with our Sovereign Grand Inspector General, James Dean Cole, 33° and his Personal Representative, Louis “Kerry” Campbell, 33° about the possibility of taking our Reunions “on the road” to make it easier for potential candidates to attend and alleviate some of the long distance to be travelled due to the large geographic area covered by our Valley. Plans were made to have the Fall Reunion that year at Suthers Lodge No. 259 located in Norton, VA (183 miles from Roanoke). The first try was a resounding success with 27 candidates. Our SGIG, a number of Grand Lodge officers and many other Scottish Rite Masons made the journey to bring Scottish Rite Masonry to us. Particular credit goes to Most Worshipful and Illustrious James Milton Scearce, Jr., 33°, Grand Master of Masons in Virginia 2004, who worked this event into an already full schedule and to Illustrious Brother Donnie Ratliff, 32° KCCH, who was the Potentate of Kazim Shrine that year and brought the Shrine Ceremonial to us that same day. A friendly and smooth working relationship with the Shrine has proven most helpful in scheduling “on the road” events that have benefitted both Masonic bodies. The program was so successful that our SGIG made a commitment to try and have at least one Reunion in our part of the state each year. We’ve had five Reunions located at different sites over the past six years. Reunions were also held in Marion, VA (106 miles from Roanoke), and our latest one was held November 21, 2009 at Abingdon Lodge No. 48 located in Abingdon, VA (Continued on Page 11) Page 10

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Taking Reunions on the Road to Southwest Virginia (Continued) (134 miles from Roanoke). The Reunion in Abingdon was our most successful one to date with 37 Master Masons becoming Masters of the Royal Secret. We had over 80 Scottish Rite Masons in attendance! The following charts illustrate the positive effects of instituting this program (numbers in parentheses are total candidates at the Reunion): Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Spring Reunion Roanoke (10) Roanoke (12) Roanoke (11) Roanoke (13) Roanoke (22) Norton (14)

Fall Reunion Norton (27) Marion (25) Roanoke (16) Marion (5) Roanoke (13) Abingdon (37)

Our Valley has proven that having to cover a large geographic area means “thinking outside the box” at times. As our Personal Representative has stated, “Valleys such as ours need to go where the interest is strong and not be content with just sitting around waiting for candidates to decide to make the long journey to attend a Reunion”. Another facet that needs to be addressed is the Scottish Rite Club concept. Scottish Rite clubs in areas that are a long distance from the home Valley can be very productive in giving members a chance to get together when they are unable to attend a stated meeting at the Valley. Clubs can develop degree teams, provide mentoring and study groups for the Master Craftsman Program and much more. We signed up 10 new Scottish Rite Masons for the Master Craftsman Program the same day as the Reunion. Our Valley General Secretary, James Bay, 33° purchased the courses and books in bulk from the Supreme Council which saved the members quite a bit on shipping. Taking candidates on their first day of membership and stimulating their interest in the form of an interesting and challenging program of learning does wonders for keeping them involved and participating in Scottish Rite. Another recruitment tool is to provide competition between members for first line signers of petitions. Our SGIG loves awarding a “Jefferson Cup” to any member who signs five petitions per reunion. This is a beautiful pewter drinking cup engraved with “Virginia Scottish Rite” and is coveted by many! It doesn’t take a lot of effort to get five petitions signed. One of our members, Jack Cole, 32° KCCH had fifteen in the last class and received three cups! It can be done! We have two other pertinent events on our trestleboard as well. We will make a visit to a Southwest Virginia symbolic Lodge within the next 90 days. With the Worshipful Master’s permission, we will recognize our newest members, distribute patents, and perhaps make some Master Craftsman presentations. These kind of visits are popular with the Lodges in this area and provide us a venue that allows us to spread the word about Scottish Rite Masonry. When we conduct these visits we double or triple the attendance for the Lodge that evening and usually bring two or three Grand Lodge officers and one or more Past Grand Masters and often the Potentate of the Shrine. It is a festive event that add’s much to the Worshipful Master’s year. What are you waiting for? If you want to cultivate interest and membership in Scottish Rite, consider taking your Reunions on the road! Our Valley has had a total of 108 candidates in five Reunions utilizing this process. Develop the Scottish Rite Club concept and keep your members involved…it’s a winning combination! The Virginia Light—February 2010

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Eleventh Degree Elu of the Twelve By Ill. Jim Tresner, 33ツー, Grand Cross The 11th Degree apron (right) is white, lined and bordered in black, and with a black flap. As before, black represents those negative qualities typified by ignorance, error, and intolerance. White represents purity of life and intention. On the apron is a flaming heart, a symbol repeated on the cordon. The flaming heart represents zeal and devotedness, especially the zeal and devotedness of those who, throughout the world's history, have sacrificed themselves for the good of their country or mankind. On the cordon, above the heart, are the words Vincere aut Mori, "Conquer or Die." The jewel is a sword of gold. It represents truth. The allusion is to Hebrews 4:12, "Truth is sharper than any two-edged sword." All these emblems point to devotedness, activity, zeal - and they can be a little uncomfortable. After all, we're told to "keep our cool," to "chill out," to "relax and go with the flow." And here is the Scottish Rite saying "be committed," "care deeply and passionately," "fight against the current." It's the difference between a comfortable life and a productive life. And the sad truth is that the productive life is seldom comfortable. The Degree teaches that the Scottish Rite Mason must be actively involved in the government of his nation. Unjust taxes, governmental bureaucracies more concerned with self-perpetuation than with service, creeping limitations on the freedom of the people - in the name of expediency, or of conformity, or of "the greater good"- are not new. They have been recorded in virtually every government from antiquity to today. If we are truly to be the champions of the people (as the Rite calls upon us to be), we must be concerned with every miscarriage of justice, every unreasonable limitation of liberty, every arbitrary act of court or state house or capital. Our special concern must be for those who do not have easy access to the courts, nor the ear of those in power, nor influence with city hall. Their very powerlessness creates a binding obligation on every Mason of the Rite. It would be far easier, and far more comfortable, to "chill out." But our duty is to be aflame. Reprinted from the May 1999 The Scottish Rite Journal. The picture was painted by Bro. Robert H. White, 32ツー

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Bro. Rickey R. Johnson, KCCH Master of Kadosh Knights of St. Andrew Bro. C. Lee Trent, 32° Commander

Ill. Shepherd W. McClenny, IGH

Building Address: 65 Saunders Road Newport News, VA 23601 Office: 757.599.6617 Fax: 757.599.0021 E-mail:

E-mail: Office Hours Monday thru Wednesday and Friday between 9AM and Noon

The Virginia Light—February 2010

Office Hours Monday thru Friday 9AM till Noon

Master of Kadosh

Office Hours Monday thru Friday 9AM till 1PM

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Valley of Richmond

Valley of Roanoke

Stated Meetings on the 4th Monday @ 7:30PM

Stated Meetings on the 2nd Tuesday @ 6:00 PM

Chartered October 1878

Chartered October 1911

Ill. L. Aubrey Stratton, IGH

Ill. Louis K. Campbell, IGH

Personal Representative of SGIG

Personal Representative of SGIG

Ill. Robert W. Carpenter, Jr., IGH

Secretary Ill. Mack T. Ruffin, III, IGH Treasurer Ill. Clarence E. Whitley, IGH Almoner Masters of the Four Bodies Bro. Robert C. Jacobs, KCCH Venerable Master Bro. Charles W. Seward, KCCH

Wise Master Bro. Berkley J. Alexander, 32° Commander Ill. Samuel E. Dunn, IGH Master of Kadosh

Ill. Leonard A. Rowe, IGH

Yes, the rumor is true! You could have had

Assistant Personal Representative

Ill. James Campbell Bay, IGH Secretary


Bro. Robert J. Rohrback, 32° Treasurer


Ill. Warren M. Cratch, IGH Almoner


Masters of the Four Bodies Bro. Thomas E. Purves, KCCH Venerable Master Bro. Melvin L. Crowder, KCCH

for your

Wise Master Bro. Charles W. Hale, KCCH Commander Bro. William M. Keyser, KCCH

fund raiser!!

Master of Kadosh

Building Address: 4204 Hermitage Road PO Box 9136 Richmond, VA 23227 Office: 804.264.2050 Fax: 804.261.0071

Building Address: 622 Campbell Avenue, S.W. Roanoke, VA 24016-3597 Office: 540.343.6666 Fax: 866.266.4990




Office Hours Monday thru Thursday 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.


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