From D.B. Terry Byard, 32° MSA, 2nd Lt. Commander: Brother Kenneth Bates, MSA has served as a great Masonic leader loved by all in his Lodge, District, York Rite, and the Scottish Rite for most of his adult life. He is well known as a gentle and compassionate man in his community and the Fraternity that truly exemplifies what it means to be a Freemason. It was an honor on behalf of the Valley of Syracuse to present him with his 50-year service to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite certificate and commemoration dish at His Royal Arch Chapter highlighting his involvement in all aspects of our Beloved Craft.