Dec. 03 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Dec 10 Holiday Celebration at MMC with the Ladies
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Happy Holiday to all
Dec 28 Holiday Luncheon at Twin Trees III Restaurant
Gather 11:30 a.m. /Casual event- order from the menu
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Jan. 07 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 14 Membership Kickoff
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 MLK NO MEETING
Jan. 28 L-O-P Confer 4° “Secret Master”
Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments to follow
I thank all the people who helped us carry out all the activity we accomplished during November, from Sublime Prince Dave Barnello and the cast of the 16th degree, to our Brothers from Norwood who conferred the 18th degree, to Illustrious Gary Hartman and the cast of December’s Rose, to all the hands that worked on our veterans’ program and awards night. I especially commend the newly-knighted Brothers who helped confer the 5th degree in October. Taking an early and active part in our work revitalizes everyone! Finally, I offer my congratulations again to the Brothers who received the DSA, Distinguished Brother Mel Sitts (who received his red hat) and the Sublime Princes who received their diplomas at the awards ceremony. This Valley works with the hearts and hands of everyone, not just the Commander-in-Chief.
I remind you of our holiday gathering on December 10 and the program to accompany it. We are looking for a pleasant and relaxed event to set the mood for the holidays. We will also have a luncheon at the Twin Trees III restaurant in North Syracuse on Friday, December 28. Gathering time is 11:30 AM. We will order from the menu, each person at his own cost and to his own taste. This event is usually small, but a good time to cement brotherly connections with the men in the Valley.
Finally, Denise and I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah or glad Kwanzaa or the holiday you wish to celebrate. Free and Accepted Masons accept the faith each man brings to God. Some people jokingly speak of HanaChristmaKwanzaa for the season. Others wish you season’s greetings. Each holiday is precious, much more so than a “season’s greeting” can state. My Lady and I urge you to keep your holiday holy the way you see best. May God bless you, and bless you again with a New Year filled with love and opportunity.
Ill. Lynwood Bennerson, 33°
To all my Masonic Ladies and Brothers, Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas this Holiday Season. It is my wish that you get the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. Those of you who are travelling, I hope you have a safe journey to and from you destinations.
On December 10th we have the annual Holiday Celebration with the Ladies. As usual social will be @ 6:00, dinner @ 6:30 and program @ 7:30. The bell choir we enjoyed so much last year will be giving us an encore performance. Bring your friends and families along for an evening of pure joy of this beautiful music. Be sure to get your reservations into the office with your check so you can enjoy a delicious dinner and evening with good friends.
February 11th will be our Sweetheart dinner and program so mark your calendars now lest you forget.
I want to thank both Sharon Fox and Sharon Swan for all the hard work they perform to help our Valley succeed in our programs as well as we do. Thank you Jim Swan and all the Body heads for all you do for the Valley of Syracuse.
I want to thank all the Members who take parts in our Degree work for their dedication to The Valley of Syracuse. On March 9th we will present the 18th degree in the Valley of Utica. I will be calling on cast members who are familiar with this degree to take parts again as well as any new Brothers who are interested in participating in this degree. Do not hesitate to contact the office or me to let us know if you are interested in any of our degree work.
Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32° DSA
Most Wise Master
My message for this holiday season is simple. Share your blessings with those who may not be as fortunate. This holiday season is the best time to show your love of mankind. Give a two-way gift. Find a charitable organization that you would like to support, and give a gift of food, clothing, or time. Imagine the joy felt by a family as they sit down to a holiday meal that would not been possible without your donation, or the warmth felt by someone who was cold before they wore the clothing you provided, or the glow on the face of someone as they shared time talking about their life, when before, you were not there to talk to. These gifts are meaningful. These gifts are lasting. These gifts are worth giving.
Dave Barnello, 32°
I would guess that by now you have had your fill of turkey and are really looking forward to those hectic shopping days for the upcoming holidays.
December is a relatively quite month for the Valley of Syracuse except for the Holiday Celebration at the Masonic Memorial Center with the ladies on
December 10th. I urge you all to attend as this promises to be an outstanding evening of entertainment.
On December 28th there will be a Holiday Luncheon at the Twin Trees Restaurant in North Syracuse starting at 11:30 a.m. This will be a casual attire, order from the menu event.
Both Chris and I wish you and yours a very joyous Holiday Season. May The Good Lord watch over you and keep you safe till we meet again.
DB Gary Kall, 32° MSA
Thrice Potent Master
Brother Sublime Princes,
The Hospitaler normally sees to the needs of our Brothers in need and distress and their families within the limits of our funds and time. The job is a sort of fix-and-go business: we fix what we can and go on with life as usual. It is what I do as a Methodist minister and as a volunteer firefighter. The truth of life, though, is that sometimes life cannot go on as usual. Sometimes we have to think about the days we want to ignore.
I thank Bro. Dick Freeman and his wife, Diane, for engaging an issue most people want to avoid. They have become strong advocates for organ donation. They tell the story much better than I, but the facts are simple: untold numbers of people wait for a second chance at life through the transplant of a kidney, liver, skin, bone or pancreas. I think of the miraculous heart and lung transplants doctors are able to perform--but cannot because they lack no donor organs.
The winter holidays are approaching when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and Jews honor the rededication of the Temple after its desecration. Sharing gifts is part of what we do. Take a few moments to give life by becoming an organ donor. It is simple to do--and it may save a life, restore eyesight, help a burn victim heal . . . The list goes on. It really is a way to give yourself to others!
Allan J. Ferguson, 32° DSA
VALLEY MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Our Spring Degree conferral season is now upon us. Bring a prospective Brother and his wife to our Membership Kick off Dinner, Monday evening January 14, 2013 and introduce him to Scottish Rite Masonry. We start our spring 2013 degree conferrals with the live presentation of the 4th degree on January 28, 2013 in full form with our own degree portrayers presenting all of the work that evening. Your prospective member and his wife are the guests of the Valley for the dinner.
Come out, feast on a homemade Meatloaf dinner, enjoy the fellowship of the evening, and introduce a Masonic Brother and his wife to Scottish Rite Masonry.
More details for this dinner will be coming to you; watch your mailbox for the reservations forms to attend.
Applications to apply for 2013-2014 Supreme Council, AASR Leon M. Abbott Scholarships and New York State Council of Deliberation Scholarship Aid are now available for pick up at the Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite office (315) 452-7976, mailed to you from the Valley Office, or on line. 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 21, 2013. That means in the office by close of business on March 21, 2013. Applications received after March 21, 2013 will not be considered.
2013 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.
Nine applicants from the Valley of Syracuse received financial assistance from this program in 2012. Congratulations to all of them.
Please contact the Valley Office at (315) 452-7976 if you have any questions or require assistance and information.
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 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.
From your office staff
Mrs. Sharon Fox, Mrs. Sharon Swan, and James Swan.
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DeMolay Fund Raiser
Trinity Chapter, Order of DeMolay will be holding a fund raiser at the Destiny USA/Carousel Mall Pizzaria Uno on Sunday, December 2nd. How can you support the Chapter?
You will need a special coupon and the just dine in & cash out! On Sunday December 2nd, go to the Pizzaria Uno at the Destiny USA/Carousel Center and enjoy their delicious meals, including Uno's Legendary Deep Dish Pizza, mouthwatering steaks, crisp salads, juicy burgers and other tempting entrees.
Then present your donation ticket when youi arrive at Uno for the Dough Rai$er. This ensures that a percentage of their bill is donated to our organization. They can be used all day but the prime time is 5 to closing that day.
To get a coupon, see a DeMolay or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you one. Thanks for supporting DeMolay!