A great crowd gathered at the Memorial Masonic Center on Saturday, October 1st to honor Ill.'. Robert M. Tyrrell, 33° and Ill.'. Richard J. Powell, 33° with the presentation of their White Hats. Brother Bob was accompanied by his wife, Cindy and Brother Rick by his wife, Marian. There were many Brothers from their respective lodges, Liverpool-Syracuse No. 501 and Morning Star No. 524, present with Masters Ralph Haney and Frank Kennedy doing the honor of presentations. The evenings introductions were conducted by Ill.'. Frederick D. Greene, 33° , Active Emeritus Member of Supreme Council; Remarks were heard from Ill.'. David P. Spenser, 33° , Active Member of Supreme Council and the Address was made by Ill.'. Peter J. Samiec, 33° , Active Member of Supreme Council & Deputy for New York.
Sep 12 Valley Fall Kickoff & Brother Bring A Brother Night at MMC
Social 6:00/Steak Bake 6:30 p.m.
Sep 19 All Officers Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Sep 24 Timothy O’Connor-Slater Children’s Learning Center Walk-A-Thon at OES
Oriskany Campus Sign in at 9:30 a.m. Walk starts at 10:00 a.m.
Chicken Bar-B-Q at 12:00 noon. Til all gone.
Supports Children’s Dyslexia Center - Central New York
Our Scottish Rite Learning Center
Sep 26 Degree Rehearsal for 4° and 12° 7:00 p.m.
Oct 01 33° White Hat Presentation Dinner for Robert m. Tyrrell and Richard J. Powell
Social 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Presentation ceremonies to follow dinner
OPEN MEETING BRING YOUR WIVES AND FRIENDS
Oct 03 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Oct 10 Confer 4° “Secret Master”; Confer 12° “Grand Master Architect’
7:30 p.m. refreshments to follow meeting
Oct 17 Degree Rehearsal for 14° and 15° 7:00 p.m.
Oct 22 SATURDAY MORNING
Confer 14° “ Grand Elect Mason” and 15° “Knight of the East or Sword”
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Open meeting 9:30 a.m.
Degrees 10:00 a.m.
Lunch 2 12:30 p.m.
Oct 24 Program meeting
“Light to the Rite”
Refreshments to follow program
Greetings to all! I hope that all of you had an enjoyable summer, despite the heat, and were able to benefit from a little rest and relaxation.
Everyone who helped and attended COD, thank you! It was a very successful session that included the program “The Ring that went around the World”, presented by Ill. Sandy Sampson. Ill. Lynwood Bennerson set up a program for the ladies that opened with members of Demolay giving The Flower Talk, and of course, presenting their mothers and all other ladies present with flowers. The ladies were also entertained by Yvonne Conte, a local humorist and writer who gave a talk entitled The Positive Power of Humor. It was a morning filled with all kinds of emotions and fun for the ladies.
Ill. James D Swan, Jr has been appointed secretary of COD, as Ill. Robert Finley has retired from that chair.
I thank all of the members who gave their time and talents with their participation in the Safety I.D. Program at this year’s NY State Fair. Your efforts certainly helped in the success of this very important project.
Supreme Council held its annual session in Chicago this year. The session included presenting two of our brothers, 1st Lt Commander Robert Tyrell and 2nd Lt. Commander Richard Powell with their 33º. I give both of them my heartfelt congratulations. The next time you see these brothers, be sure to give them your congratulations.
Our annual AASR Kick-Off Dinner and Brother Bring a Brother will be held September 12. We are going back to one of our favorites, a Steak Bake catered by Memorial 648 Fellowcraft Club. Please note that social time is at 6pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm. All officers meeting will be September 19th at 6:00pm.
The annual Timothy O’Connor-Slater CLC Walkathon is scheduled for September 24th at the Eastern Star Campus in Oriskany. Sign in is at 9:30am and the walk begins at 10:00. A chicken barbecue will wrap up the event at 12 noon.
Plans for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Valley are well under way. Events and programs will run from April 27 through April 29, 2012. Mark your calendars and more information will be coming.
The Valley Website is up and running, thanks to 2nd Lt. Commander Ill.˙. Rick Powell. 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 seeing all of you this fall as we begin our tasks.
Lynwood (aka Doc)
Ill. Lynwood Bennerson, 33°
Commander in Chief
Summer is drawing to a close with the arrival of the State Fair and we again return to our labors in the Valley of Syracuse. I hope everyone enjoyed spending time with their families and friends.
I want to thank the officers of The Chapter of Rose Croix who were in attendance at C.O.D., it was great to see you there to witness the events of the weekend. It was my first time there and I was thoroughly impressed with the degree presentations.
My thanks also to the Brothers who helped with The Safety ID program at The State Fair, it is a program that is appreciated by many families .It is a program we can all be proud of in our Onondaga District and The Valley of Syracuse.
We will begin rehearsals for the 18th Degree on November 11, 2011 at 7pm at the Masonic Memorial Center. The Degree will be presented in The Valley of Syracuse November 28, 2011 at 7:30pm. I will contact anyone who has taken part in this Degree in the past and offer them first refusal. If you are interested in taking part in this Degree or know of anyone who is interested in participating please contact me or the Valley Secretary.
Remember to pray for the safe return of the men and women serving our country in The Armed Forces both here and abroad, Military and civilian alike.
Lawrence W. Egnaczyk
The NYS Council of Deliberation was held this year at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, July 22-24. On Saturday morning, the Valley of New York City presented the 24th degree, “Brother of the Forest” in compelling and moving fashion. It was followed by an excellent presentation of the 19th degree, “Brothers of the Trail” by the Valley of Middletown. After a break for lunch, the Valley of Syracuse provided a special program, presenting “The Ring That Went ‘Round the World”. The Council business meeting was then held and it was interesting to see how the Scottish Rite organization in NYS all comes together. The evening program was topped off by the presentation of the MSA Award Ceremony by Distinguished Members of the Valley of Buffalo.
August is NYS Fair time and again the Valley of Syracuse participated in presenting the Masonic Safety I.D. program to the public. I find it to be an enjoyable experience and a helpful and needed service. Thanks to all who gave their time to make it a success.
As we look forward into the Fall Schedule, remember the Valley Kick-off / Brother Bring a Brother Night is September 12th, and the Learning Center Walk-A-Thon in Oriskany is September 24th .
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest officer to the Council line, Brother Mark Bombardo, 32nd Degree, serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Mark and his wife of 14 years; Shelley, live in Central Square, where Mark is Past Master of Central Square Lodge #622. He is also a member of the Tigris Shriners. Mark is a 21 year veteran working for the Town of Hastings, and is the Director of Code Enforcement/Community Planning & Development.
Lodge of Perfection
What is the true value of membership in the Scottish Rite? What does membership bring to the members of the Scottish Rite? The opportunity to make new friends is just one of many examples that bring true value to your Scottish Rite membership. The opportunity to witness degrees which tell a great story about the quest of good over evil brings more true value to your Scottish Rite membership.
Your Scottish Rite membership has a return on investment that is hard to beat. How many investments offer a lifetime guarantee? How many of your investments are backed up by people who are your brothers? How many investments provide a quality meeting place, free parking, excellent meals, and friends that are the real deal?
Your Scottish Rite membership is an extension of your family. Your Scottish Rite membership is a circle of very special friends. These very special friends come from a wide variety of stations and places. Over time the circle will grow stronger as we make more and more new friends. Those friends who move on to the house not made with hands will have left a lasting impression which will never, never die.
Encourage a friend who is not yet a Scottish Rite member to find the true value in a great fraternal organization the Scottish Rite of Ancient Freemasonry. Help to bring more masonic light to those looking for a membership with true value.
May you and your family enjoy the beautiful days of the Fall season as the leaves dwindle down to a glorious few. See you sometime soon.
Ill. Craig Cobb, 33°
Thrice Potent Master
Fall Kick off Dinner
The Fall Scottish Rite Season Kicks Off on Monday September 12, 2001 at the Memorial Masonic Center with fellowship and snacks at 6:00 p.m. followed by a delicious Steak Bake Dinner catered by Memorial Lodge #648 Fellowcraft Club at 6:30 p.m.
Cost is $17.00 per person.
Bring a Master Mason who is not a member of Scottish Rite and he will be the Guest of the Valley. Reservations are required. Contact the office at 452-7976 to make your reservation by no later than September 6, 2011.
2011-2012 is an exciting time for Central City Bodies AASR Valley of Syracuse. We celebrate our 150th Anniversary on April 28, 2012. The 2011-2012 Class Sponsor for this year is Sovereign Grand Commander John William McNaughton.
Valley of Syracuse Honors Two 33rd Degree Masons
The Valley of Syracuse will Honor and Present the traditional “White Hats” to Ill. Bros. Robert M. Tyrrell and Richard J. Powell on Saturday evening October 1, 2011.
These two distinguished Brothers were coroneted 33° Sovereign Grand Inspectors General and Honorary Members of Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction for the United States of America at the Supreme Council Session in Chicago, IL on August 30, 2011.
Our evening commences with social time at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Prime Rib dinner at 6:30 p.m. The presentation program follows dinner. Cost of the dinner which is open to friends and family of Scottish Rite members is $17.00 per person. Prepaid reservations are required.
Please mail your check for dinner reservations to Central City Bodies AASR Valley of Syracuse, 648 Centerville Place, North Syracuse, NY 13212. Make plans to attend this dinner and special evening and enjoy Masonic Fellowship with your brothers and their families.
Notes from the Children's Dyslexia Center-Central New York
Welcome to My World
Another academic year and summer program completed for our Center. The Recognition Ceremony on June 7th was a wonderful affair.
Dr. Kevin Wallace, DVMD, formerly of Syracuse and now in Oswego, was our guest speaker. He had us (we had over 100 people there) riveted with his determination and inspiration. What a great man and great experience for us.
We had five tutors and 12 children attend our five week summer program which has just concluded.
If you were able to attend our Recognition Ceremony in June you know that 11 of our children have completed their second year with us and will continue to work on their own or through private tutoring. We have already scheduled 9 of our first year children to return in the fall and are awaiting a response from the other 2. We have contacted 10 new families to offer their child an opportunity to participate in our program in the fall with one of our 5 new scholars. As you can see, we just keep plugging.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued support- every year brings new challenges (this year is the year of new computers) that we would not be able to face without you being right there.
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
Linda Martin, Director
Children's Dyslexia Center-CNY Walk-A-Thon
The annual Timothy O’Connor-Slater CLC Walkathon is scheduled for September 24th at the Eastern Star Campus in Oriskany. Sign in is at 9:30am and the walk begins at 10:00.
The Children's Dyslexia Center – Central New York serves Syracuse, Utica, Rome and all of Central New York. It provides, free of charge, multisensory reading and written language tutorial services for children with reading and writing difficulties. As many as one in five U.S. school children are living with dyslexia. Dyslexia can't be cured, but it can be overcome. The program offered at the Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc. offers the most effective treatment of its kind in battling this disorder. No one else in the nation has a program remotely like it with one-on-one professional tutoring offered to children free of charge.
The Valleys of Syracuse and Utica are raising money to support this great program. Please consider supporting the Children's Dyslexia Center – Central New York by walking or sponsoring someone in this Walk-A-Thon.
A chicken barbecue will wrap up the event at 12 noon. Cost is $10 per person and proceeds will also go towards the Center.
Recipients of Leon M. Abbott and New York Scottish Rite Charities scholarships for the 2011-2012 were named at the New York Council of Deliberation Meeting in Liverpool, NY was recently made.
Congratulations to the following dedicated and hard working students:
Bonna J. Milem, SUNY Potsdam, Junior, Education
Stephanie S. Palm, Pennysylvania State University, Senior, International Politics
Richard J. Torrey, SUNY Oswego, Junior, Business Administration
Elizabeth K. Kiehl, SUNY Fredonia, Sophomore, Music Education
Martha C. Widger, Cornell University, Sophomore, Undecided
Katherine L. Kall, SUNY Cortland, Sophomore, Elementary Education
A total of forty five students from throughout the State of New York were recognized for their 2010-2011 academic achievements and received scholarships from this program for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Information regarding next year’s applications and filing due dates will be made public in late October or November 2011. Applicants related to Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite members may contact the Valley of Syracuse office at (315) 452-7976 to obtain applications for next year.