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. 28 Holiday Luncheon with Family @ 11:30 a.m.
Twin Trees III Restaurant , 310 N. Main St., North Syracuse
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Jan. 09 Executive Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 16 150th Anniversary Membership Program Kickoff
Guest Night / Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 Lodge of Perfection - Confer 4° & 12°
Meeting 7:30 p.m. / Refreshments after
Greetings, My Brothers!
It just doesn’t seem possible, the turkey and all the fixings are just a fond memory and the football games have been played, and poof! December and the “Holiday Season” is here.
The annual Veterans’ Recognition was Monday, November 7, 2011. Norman Champagne, Cpl. USMC received our Non Masonic Veteran of the Year Award, and Capt. Douglas J. Storey, 32º, USNR retired was the recipient of the Masonic Veteran of the Year Award. A special award for outstanding and exemplary service not only to our country, but also to the fraternity, was given, in absentia, to MSgt Thomas Santmyer, 32°, US Army, retired, and Syracuse Police Department retired.
Special Recognition and Awards were given at our annual Recognition and Awards Night on November 21 at Masonic Memorial Center.
Members of The Sovereign Grand Commander John William McNaughton Class of 2012 that started receiving their degrees in October, continued their travels through the degrees as the 18th degree was conferred on November 28.
We will dine with our ladies at our annual Holiday Celebration on December 12; social at 6 and dinner at 6:30, followed by a program.
Save The Date!!!! April 27 and 28, 2012 will be the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Valley, Agendas and Plans are continuing to develop. The goal is to have all required information out to the membership after the first of the year. Until then, please save those days in your calendar.
Don’t forget, to keep up with The Valley, visit the website, www.syr-aasr.org.
From my family to yours, I extend to all of you wishes for a blessed, healthy and safe holiday season.
Ill. Lynwood Bennerson, 33°
Commander in Chief
I want to wish all my Masonic Ladies and Brothers a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas this Holiday Season. It is my wish that you get the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. To those of you who are travelling, I hope you do so safely.
I am looking forward to seeing the presentation of December Rose at Fayetteville Central City Lodge 305 on December 6th. This is a very inspiring and moving drama presented by our Scottish Rite Brothers. The message it expounds is timeless.
On December 12th we have the annual Holiday Celebration with the Ladies. Social @ 6:00, dinner @ 6:30 and program @ 7:30. Be sure to get your reservations into the office so you can enjoy a delicious dinner and evening with good friends.
I want to thank all the Members who take parts in our Degree work for their dedication to The Valley of Syracuse. I especially want to thank those that have helped me and the Chapter of Rose Croix to put on the 18th Degree on November 28th.
Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32°
Most Wise Master
As we enter this time of celebration of the year, let us not forget that this is the true time for giving. I speak not of just material giving, but the giving of our love for and to one another. This holiday season, extend your hand to someone who is in need. Show your love of mankind by offering the gift of friendship and brotherly love that we often speak of. If you are able, make a donation or offering to your local food bank or to the charity of your choice. Spend some time with the elderly or the young, or volunteer to serve a meal at a community kitchen. Let someone who may not have the means, feel and share in your joy. There is no greater gift.
May the peace and joy of the season be with all of you.
Dave Barnello, 32°
2011 is starting to fade off into the sunset. Are you happy or sad about seeing 2011 come to an end? Will 2012 be a better year for you and yours? Only time will tell. We can look forward to a new start and think about where we have been and where we are going.
Your Valley of Syracuse is looking forward to 2012 and thankful for the many good memories generated and shared by our membership in 2011. Were you able to share in some those great memories? You did not have enough time? Do we ever have enough time? Please program those 2012 Valley of Syracuse dates on your calendar now!
Your Valley of Syracuse is faced with many 2012 challenges. Membership continues to lead the list of many challenges. 2012 will offer many opportunities to attract new members. Discovering the true value of membership in the Valley of Syracuse is a continuing journey. Making new friends and witnessing new degrees with new players after enjoying a great dinner is a winning combination.
May you and your family enjoy those times of sharing and caring. Take the time to thank those we love for the many blessings we share together. See you sometime soon.
Ill. Craig Cobb, 33°
Thrice Potent Master
From the Deputy
During the Annual Session of our Supreme Council, a new Vision Statement was unveiled. It's very simple:
"We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members."
This Vision Statement was presented to the assembled membership in DVD format. This DVD will soon be available to our Active Members and our Valleys for the benefit of all members of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
What does this mean?
It means that we will put the care and concern for our members above all else:
Above our public charitable endeavors.
Above matters of real estate and buildings made of bricks and mortar.
Above the issues of ritual and membership development.
It seems that, over the course of time, we as Freemasons have lost the focus on care and concern for our members. We, as Scottish Rite Masons, can take the lead in a return to that traditional Masonic Value.
Join us. Share this Vision Statement with your fellow Sublime Princes. Discuss what it means to you and your Valley. Have you made an outreach to Brothers in distress or in need of our aid or sympathy? Do you have a Hospitaler's Fund or a visitation committee? If not, are these on your trestle board?
My Brothers, let's drop the focus on obtaining new members and find ways to care for those we have. It's what we swore to do at the altar, numerous times. Join us as we reignite our Masonic obligation to aid and assist our Brothers.
This Vision Statement will become a permanent part of our communications outreach, right here, from this message forward:
We will strive to be a fraternity that fulfills our Masonic obligation to care for our members.
Ill. Peter Samiec, 33°
Deputy for New York
Holiday Greetings from the Valley Office
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to all from Sharon fox, Sharon Swan, and Jim Swan, your office team.
Whatever our personal beliefs may be; it is the season of the year to pause for a few reflective moments on the events of the last year and then look to the future for next year.
We wish that all of your blessings this past year were many and may your future overflow with joy.
Thank you and With my best regards,
Ill. James D. Swan, Jr., 33°
150th Anniversary Celebration Planned
The Valley of Syracuse celebrates the 150th Anniversary of receiving the Charters for Central City Lodge of Perfection, Central City Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Central City Chapter of Rose Croix, and Central City Consistory November 27, 1862 with special festivities on Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28, 2012.
Friday evening will feature a program of special entertainment and refreshments at the Comfort Suites Motel Conference Center in Cicero.
Our events on Saturday April 28, 2012 commence at 9:30 a.m. at the Memorial Masonic Center, 648 Centerville Place, North Syracuse when Central City Consistory convenes. We will have candidates from several New York State Consistorial Bodies in attendance that day. Our degree presentations include Participants from several Valleys hand resulting in tremendous degree presentations for all to enjoy. We are scheduled to confer the 21st, 31st, and 32nd degrees during the day. Lunch will be served by Centerville Chapter #185.
Evening festivities will held at the James H. Spire American Legion Post #787, Legionnaire Dr., Cicero, NY. We will enjoy hospitality time and a delicious dinner that evening.
Remember the date; Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28, 2012
With my best regards,
Ill. James D. Swan, Jr., 33°
Burns Supper Deadline Approaches
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.
Deadline is December 10th!
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
Welcome to My World
Wow! It does not seem possible that we have been working full tilt for a whole month now. The scholars are doing a great job and the returning tutors are bringing the second year children back into the routine. When you read this I will have attended the annual International Dyslexia Conference in Chicago and plan to have information to share with you next issue. The conference is a wonderful place to network with other Directors and become familiar with the latest in research and tools available for those of us working with children with dyslexia. If a conference ever comes to the Northeast it would be my hope that some of you will have the opportunity to visit and share this experience with me.
Now, I want to bring you up-to-speed on Ryan’s progress. Ryan has been working very hard this past month. He only has a few more phonemes, rules and concepts to get under his belt and I predict that he will move on to level two shortly into the new year. That is no small achievement for a first year child. Ryan continues to come in with a positive attitude and does his best at all times. It is obvious he wants to do well for his mother but he also works hard for himself as well.
He is a young man with such a positive attitude and you can’t help but be inspired by him.
As ever, remember that you are always welcome to visit the Center and 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.
We are also trying to keep our website more up-to-date if you want to visit us at: www.cnyclc.org
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
We are Scottish Rite Masons in the Central New York State region.