Nov 07 Veteran’s Recognition
Social 6:00 p.m / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Nov 14 Trustees Meeting 6:15 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Nov 21Recognition & Awards Night
Social 6:00 p.m / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Nov 28Confer 18° 7:30 p.m.
Refreshment following meeting
Dec 05 Executive Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Dec 12 Holiday Celebration at MMC with the Ladies
Social 6:00 p.m / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Dec 29 Holiday Luncheon with Family
Details in December WORD
Greetings, My Brothers!
It seems that November has arrived from out of nowhere! Surely, it was just a week ago when we were looking ahead and planning for White Hat Dinners and degree presentations. In the flash of a turned calendar page, these events have come and gone!
On October 1st, more than 100 guests, Brothers and their Ladies, joined my wife and I in congratulating 1st Lt Commander Robert Tyrell and 2nd Lt. Commander Richard Powell were presented with their white hats. Preceding the presentation, we all enjoyed a prime rib dinner, catered and served by members of Centerville Chapter 185 OES.
Members of The Sovereign Grand Commander John William McNaughton Class of 2012 started receiving their degrees in October. The 4ºand 12º were conferred on October 10, and the 14º and 15° were conferred on October 22. This year’s class numbers nine.
The annual Veterans’ Recognition will be Monday, November 7, 2011. Social and fellowship will be at 6pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30, followed by the program at 7:30pm. The same schedule will be followed for the Recognition and Awards Night, Monday, November 21, 2011.
Save The Date!!!! April 27 and 28, 2012 will be the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Valley, Agendas and Plans are rapidly developing. The banquet will be held at the Cicero American Legion. The Sovereign Grand Commander, as well as the Deputy Grand Master and his line have confirmed their attendance. Further information will be provided as plans become complete. The goal is to have all required information out to the membership after the first of the year. Until then, please put a big Hold on those days in your calendar.
Just a reminder: The Valley Website is up and running! The address for the site is www.syr-aasr.org. Take a few minutes to drop in and see what’s going on in our Valley!
I look forward to working with all of you.
Ill. Lynwood Bennerson, 33°
Commander in Chief
Autumn is one of my favorite seasons of the year. The air is fresh and crisp, the smell of pies baking excites the senses, and giving thanks for the blessings we receive every day. If you are fortunate enough to share a Thanksgiving Turkey dinner with family or friends you are truly blessed. What a beautiful area we live in, lakes, rivers, mountains and valleys all within a short drive of our homes.
I enjoy the beauty of nature the Grand Architect has given us in this world. What plan has God laid out for us? Are we helping those in need? Are we really trying to be the best Masons we can be? Do we talk the talk or walk the walk?
Visit our Brothers and their widows during the holidays so they know they are important to us and they are not forgotten just because they can’t get to Lodge anymore.
We will begin rehearsals for the 18th Degree on November 14th at 7:00 pm at the Masonic Memorial Center. The Degree will be presented in the Valley of Syracuse on November 28th at 7:30 pm. I still need cast members to fill in the parts, please help!
Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32°
November is looking to be a busy month in the Valley of Syracuse. We will start off with our Veteran’s Recognition night on the 7th, where we will honor two who have served in our Armed Forces by answering the highest call of citizenship and patriotism.
Let me share some of the history of Veterans Day as we are coming upon it.
Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those whose service and sacrifice has allowed us to live and raise our children in a country blessed with peace and prosperity. However, most Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day, as reported by the Dept. of Veteran Affairs. What’s more, some Americans don’t know why we commemorate our Veterans on November 11. All Americans should know the history of Veterans Day so that we can honor our former service members properly.
*Veterans Day, formerly know as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. holiday to honor the end of WWI, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day.” And as such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American Veterans of all Wars.
On Aug. 4, 2001, a resolution was passed in the U.S. Senate that designated the week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17, 2001 as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for educational efforts concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.
Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day, but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military, both in wartime and in peacetime.
(*excerpts from military.com)
November 21at will be our annual Recognition & Awards Night, where our deserving Valley Brothers will be honored. Following the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will end the month on November 28th when the valley will confer the 18th degree at 7:30 pm.
As we enter this Holiday season, let us remember to be thankful for all the goodness and blessings that life brings, and to share the love within our hearts.
Dave Barnello, 32°
November is a month of thinking about being thankful. When we celebrate Thanksgiving we take time from our busy schedules to think about those things we value most. As members of the Valley of Syracuse we too share and show our thanks for our many blessings.
Many players are behind the scenes in the Valley of Syracuse to bring true value to your membership. Many members in the Valley of Syracuse are holding checks in their hands which they have not cashed. Many members have not taken advantage of their Scottish Rite membership. Making new friends, seeing new degrees, and enjoying a great dinner are just several of the returns you receive from your membership investment in the Valley of Syracuse.
Encourage those Brothers who have not yet seen the Light in the Rite. Encourage those Brothers to be part of an organization that will bring them high returns on their investment. Encourage those men who are not yet members of the Craft to start their journey towards the Light in the Rite.
May you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving. Take the time to thank those we love for the many blessings we share together. See you sometime soon.
Ill. Craig Cobb, 33°
TPM Lodge of Perfection
Notes from the Children's Dyslexia Center
Welcome to My World
We’re Back…..and in full swing. After a minor glitch of a scholar dropping out last minute we have 9 new children and 10 second year children at the Center. There are 4 scholars (tutors in training) and 5 returning tutors. All have had their initial assessment session and a tutoring session to work on the phonics basic.
You’ll remember that Bryce completed his second year in June and is continuing to move forward on his own so I have decided, this year, to tell you about Ryan Z. Ryan is presently in 8th grade. His in house pre-assessment shows his over-all reading skills to be on early 3rd grade level. His strengths are in his auditory skills of being able to take words apart using individual sounds and put sounds together to make words. Ryan is giving up some of his football time to come to the Center, which he is doing willingly and is already making good effort during his sessions.
I would like to share a little background information with you that Ryan’s mother told us in conversation. She was proud to tell us that Ryan’s grandfather was a Mason and she made sure that Ryan knew that we were started and supported by Masons. She also told us that Ryan’s older brother was killed 3 years ago while serving in Afghanistan.
I am looking forward to keeping you posted on Ryan’s progress throughout the year. As always, we invite you to visit anytime we are open.
If you are interested, or know of someone who might be interested in being a part of our program, either through the tutor-training, a donation or a child in need, please contact us.
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
On Saturday, January 28th, 2012, the Knights of St. Andrew will host a "Burns Supper" at Coleman's Irish Pub in Syracuse.
Cost will be $30 per person and wives/significant others are invited. Seating will be limited so make your reservation now! Make your check out to the Knights of St. Andrew and mail them to Richard Powell, 4717 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. Be sure to write "Burns Supper" in the memo area of your check.
A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems and a famous Freemason. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day or Burns Night (Burns Nicht), although they may in principle be held at any time of the year.
Burns suppers are most common in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but occur wherever there are Burns Clubs, Scottish Societies, Masonic Lodges, expatriate Scots, or aficionados of Burns' poetry.
Please consider joining us for a fun filled evening!
The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is one of two branches of Freemasonry to which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the first three degrees of the Symbolic or "Blue" Lodge. It includes the degrees from the 4° through the 32°.
The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction was formed in 1867 and includes the 15 states east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mason-Dixon Line and the Ohio River, including Delaware.
The Scottish Rite degrees are lessons taught through allegory in the form of plays. The lessons are taken from Biblical as well as more modern historical events. Cast members use costumes and makeup to look like the characters who they represent. Candidates learn the lessons by observing the presentation. Memorization of material presented is not required.
Scottish Rite members meet in local or regional "Valleys" and are organized into four parts; Lodge of Perfection, 4° - 14°; Council of Princes of Jerusalem, 15° - 16°; Chapter of Rose Croix, 17° - 18° and Consistory, 19° - 32°. The Valley of Syracuse meets at the Memorial Masonic Center located at 648 Centerville Place in North Syracuse. Its membership is mostly made up of Master Masons from the Onondaga, Oswego and Cortland-Madison Districts but welcomes all Master Masons in good standing. 2012 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Valley of Syracuse and we hope to have a banner year with new members.
The Valley of Syracuse will start off its 150th Anniversary Membership Program Kickoff on Monday, January 16th with a social time at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:30 and a program at 7:30PM. We invite all Master Masons interested in learning more about the Scottish Rite to attend.
Our 2012 “150th Anniversary” Class will begin with the 4° & 12° on Monday, January 30th at 7:30 PM. The culmanation of the degrees and the Valley's big Celebration Weekend will be held April 28th with a visit from the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, AASR, Ill. John William McNaughton, 33°. More information on joining Scottish Rite can be had by calling the Office at 315-452-7976.
Ill. Robert M. Tyrrell, 33°
Ill. Richard J. Powell, 33°
A Word from the Hospitaler
Sublime Princes and New Brothers of the Valley,
“Hospitaler” is the title we use in the Scottish Rite for the brother who helps carry out our care for the brothers and families we name under “sickness and distress” at each gathering. Sometimes that care is financial. Our funds are limited and most often help pay the dues of our brothers who are in the hospital, nursing home or otherwise unable to
meet their dues. The Hospitaler (with help from the distinguished brothers of the Meritorious Service Award) also tries to visit the brothers who are in the hospital–when we hear of such illness. E-mailing the Valley office or me directly(firstname.lastname@example.org) or sending a message through Facebook will help greatly.
Those new brothers who experienced their first “Hospitaler Collection” the night we conferred the 4th and 12th degrees should not worry. The Hospitaler cans are a voluntary collection and help replenish the fund we use for those emergencies we can help with. If we catch you without any money or some metallic object to deposit in the collection–then
remember our brothers in their need as you learned when you were first made a Mason.
The Hospitaler, working with the Secretary and Commander-in-Chief, can seek help for a brother experiencing severe distress by contacting the Almoner of the New York State Council of Deliberation. The easy way to describe the Almoner is to say he is to Council of Deliberation what the Hospitaler is to the Valley. The help the Almoner’s Fund provides is our brotherly care to those experience deep distress or need.Lastly, the Hospitaler works with the Secretary and the Orators in helping the Valley remember those brothers who have laid down their working tools. This month we have had to say our farewell to Distinguished Brother Bill Sorn, 32̊ MSA and Eddie Hanshew, 32̊. Brother
Hanshew, of Fulton, reached the age of 90. Brother Sorn continued to amaze his younger brothers by his vitality–and ability to wear his World War 2 uniform at our Veterans’ programs. Both Brothers will be missed within this Valley. May the Great Architect watch over their loved ones with that care only He can provide.
Allan J. Ferguson, 32°
10K Race Results: Walk-a-thon 2011
The results are almost in? Almost? 6K that’s not right! The Walk-A-Thon was a 5K walk? 6K in dollars? Wow! That’s right Walk-A-Thon 2011 has raised over $6,000.00 as of today. The good news is it is not too late to add to the total. Help push the total donations over $10K. Send in your contribution now to: Craig Cobb, 115 Haverhill Drive, Dewitt, NY 13214. Please make checks payable to: CDC CNY 103. Thank you and may God bless.
Ill. Craig Cobb, 33°