Sept 19 All Officer’s Training Meeting
Registration & Coffee 8:00 A.M.
Meeting 8:30 A.M.
Install 7:30 p.m.
Sept 21 Valley Fall Kickoff & Brother Bring a Brother Night
Social 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Oct 03 Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY Walk-A-Thon at OES Campus in Oriskany
Registration 9:30 a.m.
Walk 10:00 a.m.
Chicken BBQ 11:30 a.m. ‘Til Gone
Oct 05 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Oct 12 Feast of Tishri 6:30 p.m.
Oct 19 LOP Rehearse 14° 7:00 p.m.
Oct 19 – 24 AASR Promo Week # 1
Oct 26 Recognition & Awards Dinner
Social 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m.
Oct 26 – 30 AASR Promo Week # 2
Another Scottish Rite Year is upon us! I hope all enjoyed a great summer and are ready for an exciting autumn.
As we begin another year in the Valley of Syracuse, I would like to give thanks to the Retiring Presiding Officers for their service to our Valley: Brothers Mark Bombardo, Kevin Parker and Ill. Robert Tyrrell. Their hard work ensured that last year was very successful..
I would also like to thank Brother Carlton Jackson who continues for another year as Most Wise Master along with Brother Jack Dombrowski as Thrice Potent Master and Brother Bob Boutell as Sovereign Prince—please assist them in their duties should they call upon you.
Extreme thanks to our office staff , Ill. Brother James Swan Jr. 33°, Valley Secretary, Sharon Swan, and Sharon Fox for their dedication and hard work. A lot goes into every Scottish Rite event, please assist them by getting your reservations for dinners in on time.
One of our most important philanthropies is the Children's Dyslexia Center of Central New York, located in Oriskany. On October 3rd, we have our 10th annual Walkathon and Chicken BBQ. Please reach into your hearts and support this event..
Our 2015-2016 Scottish Rite Degrees are set. In the fall, we will present 4°, 14° and 29° while the spring will see 4°, 7°, 14°, 15° and 18°. The 32° will be presented on November 12, 2015 all across the United States as the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction and the Southern Jurisdiction present that degree simultaneously. Now is the time my brothers to start looking for new Scottish Rite members. We begin with our Fall Kickoff Dinner on Monday, September 21st. All Masons are invited - if you are not yet a Scottish Rite Mason, please contact our office about attending.
There is also an All Officers Training Meeting on Saturday, September 21st at 8:30 AM. I ask that all Officers make it a priority to attend.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that Brothers David A. Barnello and Kevin M. Cobb were elected at the 2015 NY COD Annual Convocation to receive the NY Council of Deliberation Meritorious Service Award at the 2016 Council of Deliberation Convocation at the Double Tree by Hilton in East Syracuse on October 1, 2016. When you see these Brothers, please offer your congratulations.
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the Valley of Syracuse this year. Come see what we are all about.
Ill.'. Richard J Powelll, 33°
Commander in Chief
Time to turn on the Lights in our Lodge once again. Hopefully everyone had a safe and memorable summer. All officer's training meeting is September 19@8:30am it would be good for all of us to make it, we can use the refreshing. This is going to be a good year be nice to see a full house with our kickoff. See you all soon. May the great creator keep us under his glorious blessings.
Carlton P. Jackson, 32°
Most Wise Master
The State fair is winding down and fall is not far away as we again return to the quarries. There will be an all officer's meeting at 8:30am on 9/19. The Valley's Fall Kickoff and Brother bring a Brother night on 9/21 will be a Council event and as always many hands make light work.
Stretch forth the hand of friendship and talk with brothers that have not been in attendance. Participate in a fundraiser, your own or someone else's, and remember your Blue Lodge.
Robert O. Bombardo, 32°
With the Teddy Bear Classic and the State Fair behind us it is now time to look forward to the Degree cycle and all the events the Valley of Syracuse has in store for the fall. Maximum participation in the degrees and events is highly encouraged as this casts a lasting impression on the new Brothers and reflects highly on the dedication and enthusiasm of the Brethren of the Valley of Syracuse.
We have a busy fall season ahead of us. Monday September 21st will be the “Fall Kick Off Dinner” hosted by the Council Princes of Jerusalem. Upcoming events in October include the Walk-A-Thon to benefit the Dyslexia Center in Oriskany and a Chicken BBQ Saturday October 3rd. Monday October 12th will be the Feast of Tishri followed by a 14th degree rehearsal on Monday October 19th. Monday October 26th will be the Valley’s Awards and Recognition night.
Please get the word out to the Brethren of your Lodges that if they are looking to experience more Masonic Education and be a part of the finest Scottish Rite Valley in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction they need look no further than the Valley of Syracuse and the “College of Free Masonry”.
Just a reminder the keep an eye on the Valley’s Trestleboard and experience the fellowship of the members of the Valley.
Jack G. Dombrowski, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
Greetings Brethren, I hope all of you have enjoyed the summer and are doing well. This year Robert Tyrrell will be assisting me with some of the duties of Hospitaler. Bob and I will be visiting the Masonic Care Community in Utica where many Masonic Brothers and Sisters now reside.
If any member is in need of our aid or sympathy feel free to contact us in the strictness of confidence….we may be able to assist. This also includes transportation. If you need a ride to meetings or would like to travel to other Valley’s to witness degrees, please let us know.
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
It is so hard to believe that we have completed our tenth year with our program. The Recognition Ceremony was wonderful, as always, with two of the young people who competed our program speaking. David and Abby gave our current attendees words of wisdom and insight that were appreciated by all. We were also privileged to have a Graduate (having reached grade level in all areas of reading instruction) this year. Courtney worked very hard and did a wonderful job making this achievement.
Nathaniel has completed his two years with us but will continue to work with his tutor on a private basis. They are fortunate to live near each other and have a great rapport which will help Nathaniel continue to move forward with his reading.
The summer program is about to come to an end with good results for all attending. Time always goes by so quickly but we continue to make forward progress. As always, we have been busy making plans for the upcoming year. Our new class of scholars has completed the initial three days of training and required observations of certified tutors. The families for those children who will be entering the program for the first time have been contacted and schedules are set for the fall. I will be letting you know about one of our new children when we return in October.
Please keep us on your Calendar for the Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, October 3rd and the Barnes and Noble Bookfair scheduled for Saturday, October 17th. These are two of our major fundraisers and we appreciate your support of them.
Finally, I would like to add my Thanks to all the Brothers and friends who joined us at the 3rd Teddy Bear Classic. The weather and venue at Vesper Hills Golf Course (my old homestead) was phenomenal. I can't wait for next year!
Feel free to contact up with any questions you might have and/or call us to set up a visit.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
More Dyslexia Center News
Greetings one and all,
It is definitely hard to believe that we are into August and soon will be starting a new Scottish Rite year come September. It is also hard to believe that Children’s Dyslexia Center-Central New York begins its eleventh year of operation when we resume on 9/21. It is shaping up to be another exciting year.
Currently there are three new scholars that will be learning new skills to work with dyslexic children. At the recognition ceremony held in June, four scholars earned were presented their certificates. (Their pictures are on the Valley’s web site as well as www.cnyclc.org and www.cnyclc.wordpress.org sites.)
With these three scholars and our returning tutors, we hope to provide assistance to 21-24 children. Our budget for the ensuing year is: $105,601.00. This provides for our Director, administrative staff (receptionist), five paid tutors, taxes, technical purchases, repairs, upgrades, educational supplies, equipment leases(copier/fax/scanner) conference/meetings, promotion & publicity, phone, internet/cable,
We are assuming it is approved as Lexington has not said no at this point. It is your generous help and support that make the Center happen each year. By the time you receive this, we will have completed our 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Classic at Tully, NY. Pictures and details will be forthcoming. Watch the web sites/blog page for updates.
If you have been on any of the web or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Childrens-Dyslexia-Center-Central-New-York-CNY103) pages you may have noticed reference to Goodsearch and Goodshop. By signing up and using these to either do web searches or online buying, you can help bring in some much needed $ to apply to the program.
Our 10th Annual Walk to Help Children with Dyslexia is forthcoming in October as well. Pamphlets are available at the Valley office, online at web sites for Utica, Syracuse and the Learning Center, Facebook page, and blog page. Check it out! Set the date aside (10/3), come enjoy the leisurely walk (3.5-5 k), enjoy the bake sale and bbq @ 11 am, (Hopefully no rain this year!)
HELP US REACH OUR $5000 FUNDRAISING TARGET!
Ill. Stephen Park
BE A PARTICIPANT IN SCOTTISH RITE MASONIC HISTORY
Are you thinking about becoming a Scottish Rite Mason? Do you have a desire to increase your Masonic Knowledge? If you are, make your decision now to become a part of a very special Scottish Rite event.
Supreme Council, 33°, A.A.S.R., Northern Masonic Jurisdiction and Supreme Council, 33°, A.A.S.R., Southern Masonic Jurisdiction have jointly designated November 12, 2016 to be an All USA Scottish Rite 32° Day for all Jurisdictions in the United States of America. Each State (Jurisdiction) will confer the 32° that day.
Our plans are in motion for this day. The Valleys of Syracuse, Norwood, Utica, and Binghamton will meet together in the Meeting Room in the Administration Building on the Masonic Care Community Campus Saturday November 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. to confer the 32° “Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret” in one of four special multiple Valley meetings scheduled in New York State.
The day will be highlighted by a Reunion Banquet at Hart’s Hill Inn following the degree conferral. Many details will follow as we progress to November 12, 2016. Submit your petitions now to be a part of Scottish Rite history in November 2016. You may contact the Valley of Syracuse office 315-452-7976 or firstname.lastname@example.org or any Valley officer to obtain a petition or more information .
To the Valley of Syracuse members- attend the Evening Banquet as a guest of the Valley of Syracuse by being the “First Line Signer” on a new Members petition. A maximum of two dinners per member for this promotion please.