Apr 03 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Apr 08 (Saturday) Feast of the Paschal Lamb
Ceremony 2:30 p.m. / Buffet 4:00 p.m.
Apr 10 Consistory Rehearsal 32⁰ 7:00 p.m.
Apr 17 Consistory Rehearsal 32⁰ 7:00 p.m.
Apr 24 Trustees Meeting 6:15 p.m. / Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Apr 29 (Saturday) Consistory Confer 26⁰ & 32⁰
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Open 10:00 a.m.
Confer 26⁰ (Video) 10:30 a.m
Lunch 11:30 a.m.
Confer 32⁰ 1:00 p.m.
May 08 155th Annual Reunion
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
May 15 Guard’s Club Monday Dinner 6:15 p.m. /Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Four Bodies Annual Meeting 7:30 p.m.
May 22 Officers Public Installation
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m..
I am writing this article on the evening of March 9th. This afternoon we said our final goodbyes to M.’.W.’. & Ill.’. Bruce Widger. Bruce was a Brother, Friend and a true Gentleman. To me and many others, he was the true definition of a Man and Mason.
I first met Bruce when I was initiated an Entered Apprentice of Morning Star Lodge in 1995. I did not previously know him but he could see my interest in the Craft and he was very supportive. I have always considered him as my Mentor. He never was one to push his opinion or criticise but would offer words of encouragement. He did not like to draw attention upon himself and prefered the title of Brother. He did not talk down to anyone, treating everyone on the level - inside or outside the Lodge. This was how he was with everyone.
He & wife Mary had three children and many grandchildren. They were a model couple for us to emulate, very devoted to each other and a great team. Thank you Mary and family for sharing Bruce with us.
Bruce kept himself very busy. Besides the many Masonic endeavors that we are familiar with he was also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, worked his own practice as well as being State Veterinarian in the New York State Department of Agriculture for 12 years. He was an Emeritus Trustee of Cornell University and a 7th Degree member of the Marcellus Grange, Onondaga Pomona and New York State Grange. He worked the ECHO Meals on Wheels program. I remember laughing a few years ago as he was telling stories about delivering the meals to the old people - most of those old people were 20-25 years younger than him. Bruce was also a Marcellus Free Library volunteer and on the boards of many other organizations. He was always involved in something.
I think that is what I admired most about him - his constant drive to help people and be out and among them. So as you read this with Spring at hand (I hope), reflect upon Bruce Widger, the Man, Husband, Father, Brother and Friend and remember his shining example to all of us. We have very big shoes to fill and a lot of work to continue. Let’s get started...
Ill.'. Richard J Powell, 33°
Commander in Chief
On Saturday afternoon, April 8th, starting at 2:30 PM, the Feast of the Paschal Lamb Ceremony will take place. This is an annual public event held to commemorate the lives of our Scottish Rite Brothers who have died during the past year. A buffet lunch will be served immediately following the ceremony.
Rehearsals for the 32° will be held on Mondays, April 10th and 17th, starting at 7:00 PM. On Saturday, April 29th, starting at 9:00 AM, the 26° video will be presented followed by a live portrayal of the 32° and luncheon at noon. You won’t want to miss this beautiful ceremony.
The submission deadline for the Leon M. Abbott/Council of Deliberation Scholarships is April 1st. Please ensure that all applications are completed with required attachments and mailed to the Scottish Rite Office prior to that date.
D.B. Douglas H. Storey, 32° MSA
Most Wise Master
I hope by the time this is published that Mother Nature has decided on which season she wants to be for more than a day or two. As we move ever closer to the rejuvenation which Spring gives us, I am reminded of how the external world can help restore our own flagging feelings. I know most times, after we have put winter to rest for a few months, I find myself reenergized and looking to see what improvements I can make to my house or property. This renewal of spirits isn’t limited to just the external.
We have a lot of holidays and distractions that come with the colder weather, and as the weather warms I find myself looking at what improvements I can make of myself. What can I work on within that will help me become a better man? I hope you join me in the travels through our degrees, seek out opportunities to become a better brother and Mason. We are all better when we join together, share ideas, share lessons and share burdens. One of things I used to say to the parents and fellow leaders in Scouting was “many hands make light work.” Sharing our joys and our challenges has that same effect. A well placed or well timed friendly word can make all the difference for someone struggling.
Looking forward to when we meet again.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
James A. Nelson, 32º
Greetings My Brothers.
I hope that when you are reading this article that spring has come to Central New York in all its glory. We start out the month of April with the Feast of the Paschal Lamb on April 8th. Please come out and attend this service to honor those brothers who” have come to the end of their toilsome journey and laid down the working tools of life”.
On Saturday April 29 th we will be conferring the 26th Degree Video and the 32nd Degree in a live presentation. Why not come out and support your Valley Officers and the new Brothers taking their 32nd Degree. I think that if you make the effort to come, you will enjoy yourself.
Looking ahead to May, we will be having our 155th Annual Reunion Dinner. We should be very proud of the fact that we belong to a Valley with such a rich History.
In closing, may the Great Architect watch over you and yours and keep you safe and well.
H. Bruce Naumann, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
As I stated in last month’s article this winter has taken its toll on the members and families of the Valley of Syracuse. Spring has arrived, but the brothers in need of our aid and sympathy is ongoing.
The family of Illustrious Bruce Widger, John Curtis, George Laird, and others need to be kept in our thoughts and Prayers.
April is a big month for many of our Snowbird Brothers to migrate back north. We wish them safe travels and a warm welcome home.
Please don’t forget the Children’s Learning Center and the need to keep it funded.
As always, under sickness and distress, Bob Tyrrell and I are the go-to guys. Give us a call if you are in need of assistance, or would just like to have a chat with one of us.
See you in the Valley,
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
When you read this article, we will have enjoyed a wonderful evening with many of you at the 3rd Annual GALA Fundraiser to Defy Dyslexia. As I write this we are busy with all of the final preparations and looking forward to this great evening which has already proven to be a great fundraiser. Next in line will be the Golf Tournament at Vesper Hills Golf Course (the site of the farm where I grew up) on Friday, August 4 th . I am not the greatest of golfers but I always enjoy this event.
There have been a number of other exciting things happening in regards to our getting word out about the Center and what we do. I had the wonderful opportunity to do a phone/radio interview with Peter Kratz of 101.7 fm in Pulaski, 101.3 in Syracuse, and 90.1 in Watertown. We spoke regarding Dyslexia and the Center. The program will be aired several times – I hope you get to hear it.
I will be presenting “Dyslexia, the Big Picture”® (our licensed copy of the HBO special) to teachers from the Holland Patent and Rome school districts on Friday, March 17th . This is a great opportunity for us to reach more educators.
Two of our tutors have scheduled presentations about Dyslexia and the Center to Eastern Star Chapters in the Onondaga District and I plan to attend Dyslexia Day in Albany on April 4th . It will be almost one year to the day that the State Legislator signed the Dyslexia Awareness Bill.
On top of our GALA preparations, our efforts to promote the Center, plans for recruiting our upcoming training class, we are continuing the daily routine of working with the children and completing the training for this year’s scholars.
We Thank You All, again for your support, with special memories of Bruce Widger who was such a wonderful presence and supporter of our program.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
Valley of Rochester Celebrates 150 Years
The Valley of Rochester is celebrating its 150th Anniversary Saturday April 22, 2017. Valley of Syracuse Officers received Program for the day and event Registration information from the Syracuse Valley Office Wednesday January 25, 2017.
The Valley of Syracuse does NOT have any events scheduled for April 22, 2017. Anyone who does not have this information and desires to attend the event is urged to Contact the Valley of Rochester Office. 585-425- 0033 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration deadline at the Valley of Rochester office is April 14, 2017.
James D. Swan, Jr., 33⁰
Valley of Syracuse Secretary