Dec 02 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Dec 09 Holiday Celebration at MMC with the Ladies
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Dec 16 L-O-P 9° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Dec 27 Holiday Luncheon (Friday) @ Twin Trees III Restaurant
11:30 a.m. til? / Casual- Order from the Menu
Jan 06 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Jan 13 Membership Kickoff Program guest night
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Jan 20 L-O-P 9° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Jan 25 Robert Burns Supper at Coleman’s Restaurant
Knights of St. Andrew Social Event by Reservation ONLY
Arrive at 5:00 p.m.
Jan 27 L-O-P confer 4° 7:30 p.m.
L-O-P Ritual History presentation
Refreshments to follow
Greetings my Brothers.
Thanksgiving is now behind us and now we are fast approaching the holiday season. On our Trestle Board for December;
December 9th will be our Holiday celebration with our ladies. Social Hour will be at 6:00, dinner at 6:30, with our program to follow at 7:30. We have a great program with entertainment planned for this evening, so make your reservations as soon as possible.
December 16th will be our second rehearsal for the 9th degree. We will have several rehearsals to prepare for the degree conferral on February 24th. If you are in the cast, please attend the practices.
December 27th will be our Holiday Luncheon at Twin Trees in North Syracuse. This will be casual dress and will be Dutch-Treat order from menu. Hope to see you there.
Finally I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Joyous Holiday season. Looking Forward to seeing everyone in Scottish Rite.
Ill.'. Robert M. Tyrrell, 33°
Commander in Chief
It has been a very sad month, with the passing of George Black & Linda Mantia. They were huge assets to the Scottish Rite Office as well to our Fraternity. May the Grand Architect look over them.
On December 9th, we will have a Holliday Celebration featuring Bells & Motley. The social begins at 6:00 PMwith dinner @ 6 :30 PM. The entertainment will begin @ 7:30 PM.
Many thanks go to the valley of Norwood for their presentation of the 18th Degree. As usual, the presented a beautiful degree.
On December 24th, we will have a Dutch treat luncheon at the Twin Trees Restaurant. Beginning @ 11:30 till ?
Last, and However not least...........I wish each of you and your families A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.
George A. Laird III, 32°
Most Wise Master
For those of you that participated in the Degree work offered to our new class recently - thank you. The gift of your time and effort does not go un-noticed. The messages portrayed in the degrees offered in Scottish Rite are some of the strongest examples of the values we as humans hold. Each time I witness a degree the message gets reinforced, becomes a little stronger, and I go away with a better understanding of how we all fit in this journey called life. I hope it is the same for you. In fact, I am pretty sure it is. At a recent degree conferral, I took a moment to look about the room and realized how many different types of men were there, with different skills, with different interests, from different walks of life, from different communities (some far away), from different ethnic backgrounds, and different family situations, and how they were all there for a common purpose, that being - taking an active part in sharing their values as men and showing support to the new members coming into the Valley. There is no better way to show them what being a Scottish Rite Mason means.
As we enter this special time of the year, gather around you - those in your life that mean the most. Keep in mind and pray for those who may not have the means to celebrate because of health or financial reasons. Reach out to help those in need. Give the gift of brotherly love. Spread the message of this, and all seasons – to love one another.
Dave Barnello, 32°
Seasons Greetings Brethren! It is December already and Christmas is rapidly approaching which leads me into the topic of this article. As we all know this is the 200th Anniversary of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. There have been numerous events, a beautiful Anniversary Jewel and other items commemorating this milestone in our history. One in particular which I would like to mention is a book titled, A Sublime Brotherhood- Two Hundred Years of Freemasonry in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. I saw it advertised in the Team Update email. Being a book person I ordered a copy. When I received it I was more than pleased with this hardcover, large format ( 8-1/2"x10-3/4"), 159 page, elaborately illustrated, high quality work. It covers from the pre 1813 era to present. This is one of those books written to be either read cover to cover or to be placed next to your easy chair and opened at random and enjoyed in part. This is a must have for any Masonic Library. It would be a great Christmas gift for that hard to buy for Brother Mason or you may want to add it to your Christmas want list from Santa. It can be ordered from the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, 781 861-6559 for about $35. You will not be disappointed.
Just a reminder of the following events in December. On 12/9 is our Holiday Celebration beginning with a Social @ 6:00 p.m., Dinner @ 6:30 followed by a Program @ 7:30. On 12/16 the Lodge of Perfection will hold a 9th Degree Rehearsal @ 7:00 p.m.and on Friday 12/27 there will be the annual Holiday Luncheon at Twin Trees Restaurant @ 11:30 a.m.
God Bless and Merry Christmas to You and Your Families and all of those in our Military, especially those who cannot be home during this holiday season.
Leon Bulriss, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
This past month our Valley has suffered a big loss with the passing of Hadwin Card, George Black, and Willard Bahn. In addition there are several more Brothers, and or family members with serious illnesses. As the Holidays are fast approaching please keep these Brothers and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
During my November trip to the Masonic Care Community in Utica I visited with Brothers Ray Harvey, and Leo Dunham. They both asked that I say hello to everyone for them, and they would welcome a visit.
Please keep me posted on any Brother in need of our aid or sympathy, or if you would like me to write an update on the condition of a loved one.
Stay safe over the Holidays. Merry Christmas,
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
Once again my first order of business is to personally “Thank” all of those who assisted us, in any way, to raise funds: this time at our Barnes and Noble Book Fair. We know we would not be here without your support but I would like to give a special “Thank You” to Sandy and Gineal (our receptionists), John, Jenn and Karen (tutors) and Abby (one of our students this year.) They all manned the entry table and/or crafts table for the day and helped to make it a very successful one.
This early in the academic year it is difficult to give you many specifics regarding the children but I spoke with Nathaniel’s tutor and she reported that he is really taking ownership of his new rules. He is a hard worker and continues to keep his positive attitude as he comes for sessions at the Center and we look forward to his continued success.
I want to remind you that you can let your local schools know that we are now in the position to do training programs in the schools to give more teachers and resource personnel the tools to help children with reading difficulties. In comparison to most “in school” training programs, the cost is very reasonable and the outcome can be priceless. Any interested schools or facilities, public or private, should feel free to contact the Dyslexia Center for more information.
Wishing the best in upcoming Holiday Season and our thanks, as always, for your continued support.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
Knights of the Double Eagle
Brother Sublime Princes,
It is finally time to explain the sign-in sheets at all our Valley functions. You were part of a trial program for recruiting men as Knights of the Double Eagle. The good news: the trial was easier than I expected. The bad news: we have many potential Knights of the Double Eagle who do not know their status!
Every Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret in the Valley of Syracuse is an enrolled member in this program. You do not have to sign up. You do not pay any extra dues. You do have to get active in the Valley in order to realize the benefits of being a Knight of the Double Eagle. Attending a degree or social function earns you 25 points. Taking part in a degree is another 25 points. Working at the Learning Center Walk-a-thon is another 25 points. Paying your dues within the first month is a 75 point gain, and so on.
We will place the full outline and point system of the Knights of the Double Eagle on the Valley website.
Here’s to seeing many men wearing the jewel, increment bars and colored cords as Knights of the Double Eagle.
D.B. Allan Ferguson, 32°, MSA
2nd Lt. Commander
2014 Burns Supper
The Knights of St. Andrew will hold a Burns Supper 5:00 PM on Saturday January 25, 2014 at Coleman's Irish Pub in Syracuse. A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, Freemason, author of many Scots poems and to the Scots what Shakespeare is to the English. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, January25.The Knights of St. Andrew held a very successful Burns Supper in 2012 and would like to revive this it as an annual event.
Cost will be $35 per person. Reservations can be sent to Richard Powell, 4717 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. Deadline for reservations will be December 20th. Book early as the space at Coleman's is very limited! Email questions to email@example.com
Ill.'. Richard J. Powell, 33°
1st Lt. Commander
Applications to apply for 2014-2015 Supreme Council, AASR Leon M. Abbott Scholarships and New York State Council of Deliberation Scholarship Aid are scheduled to be available for pick up at the Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite office (315) 452-7976 in December 2013. They can be mailed to you from the Valley Office, or online. Go to the Valley of Syracuse Web site www.syr-aasr.org for the links to obtain the information on line.
To all applicants: The deadline date to submit your completed applications to the Valley of Syracuse is March 20, 2014. That means in the office by close of business on March 20, 2014. Applications received after March 20, 2014 will not be considered.
2014 Applications must be used. There are changes in who qualifies to apply for 2013. Graduating High School Seniors may apply this year. To the members of our Youth Groups; Triangle, Rainbow, Constellation of Junior Stars, and DeMolay; you may also apply.
Congratulations to the applicants from the Valley of Syracuse who received financial assistance from this program in 2013. Congratulations to all of them.
Please contact the Valley Office at (315) 452-7976 if you have any questions or require assistance and information.
DeMolay to Host Holiday/Prospect Party
Trinity Chapter will be holding its annual Holiday Party on Friday December 20 at 6:30 PM. Traditionally, we have invited the young ladies from Bal-On-Sen Triangle to join us (this year is no exception) and we have had a grand time. This year we would also like to invite any young men age 12-21 that may be interested in joining DeMolay as well as any Masonic Brother or Eastern Star Sister who would like to see what DeMolay is about.
As mentioned before, this is Dad Powell’s last year as a full time Advisor and the Chapter needs new blood to come in and keep it going. THEY need YOUR help! Please, PLEASE contact me if you would like to become a DeMolay Advisor. It IS one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Call or email me if interested.
Please consider coming to the party. We will have pizza! Music (DJ’d by Brother Conor Powell)! Fun!
Questions? Contact Dad Rick Powell firstname.lastname@example.org
The festive Holiday Season is upon us once again. The traditional greetings of “Merry Christmas , Happy New Year!” have given way to the now socially acceptable greeting “Happy Holidays!”.
Whatever your preference may be the Officers of Central City Bodies, and the office staff at the Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite Office extends their sincere Holiday Greetings to all who take the time to scan and read our Scottish Rite page each issue. To the leaders in the four Bodies of Scottish Rite in the Valley of Syracuse this year thank you for the support and assistance provided to your office staff.
To all of our members wherever they may be this Holiday Season our prayers and thoughts are with you. May your travels all be safe. Please make certain to remember our Valley Members on Active Duty in the Military in your thoughts and prayers.
On behalf of Ill.·. Robert M. Tyrrell, 33º Commander-In-Chief, Central City Consistory, George A. Laird, III, 32º, Most Wise Master, Central City Chapter Rose Croix, David A. Barnello, 32º DSA, Sovereign Prince, Central City Council Princes of Jerusalem, Leon A. Bulriss, 32º, Thrice Potent Master, Central City Lodge of Perfection and your office staff; Mrs. Sharon Fox, Mrs. Sharon Swan, and Ill.·. James D. Swan, Jr., 33º, Valley of Syracuse Secretary, Happy Holidays!!!