Dec 05 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Dec 12 Holiday Celebration with the Ladies
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Dec 28 Holiday Luncheon @ Twin Trees
Jan 09 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Jan 16 L-O- P Rehearse 4⁰ 7:00 p.m.
Jan 23 Spring Membership Night With Ladies
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Jan 28 (Saturday) Knights of St. Andrew: Burns Supper @ Coleman’s Restaurant 5:00 p.m.
The Valley of Syracuse was very busy in November with the nation wide celebration of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite by both the Northern Masonic and Southern Jurisdictions that took place on Saturday, November 12th in the auditorium of the Administration Building on the Masonic Care Community Campus in Utica. Thank you to those who assisted in the presentation of the 32°, as well as the planning for that day. We had over 130 for the dinner and over 40 new members. Congrats to the new 32° Masons from the Valleys of Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton and Norwood! It was a grand day!
We honored our Veterans on November 14th with brief presentations honoring those who could not be with us and the origins of the branches of the United States Military, along with recognizing those present who had served. Our Masonic Veteran of the year is Brother Terry A. Byard, 32º, a member of Bethany Lodge No. 821 and a Veteran of the United States Army. Our Non-Masonic Veteran of the Year is Gary McCall, who served in the 173rd Airborne Division Military Police. Ill. Sandy Samson presented “The Ring that Went Around the World” for all those present. What a great presentation written and directed by Bro. Sandy! What a great evening!
December is relatively light with an Executive Committee Meeting on the 5th, our Annual Holiday Celebration on the 12th and the Holiday Luncheon on the 28th. We hope to see many of you at these events, please get your reservations into the office ASAP.
Marian and I are once again hosting the Knights of St. Andrew’s Burns Supper on Saturday, January 28th. Seating is limited to 50 so please get your reservations in NOW. See the article below for more details.
Finally, on behalf on my wife, Marian and our family, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season.
See you soon…
Ill.'. Richard J Powell, 33°
Commander in Chief
With Christmas and Hanukkah just around the corner, we first of all, want to wish all of you Brethren and your families a very Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah.
Our Holiday Celebration takes place on Monday, December 12th. Social hour starts at 6:00 PM, dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7:30. Please mail your reservation now or call the Office (452-7976) to ensure your place for an enjoyable evening of fun and fellowship.
Finally, say a prayer for our service men and women stationed in remote locations around the world who will be unable to be with their friends and loved ones during this holiday season.
May the Lord protect them from harm and danger until their safe return home.
D.B. Douglas H. Storey, 32° MSA
Most Wise Master
We have a new President elect, and as with most times things change, there are some who are
happy with the change and others who are disappointed or upset. Too often we view changes
with our projections and views for how it will be, rather than seeing what it will be. The best way
to accept change, which is a constant, is to see how it plays out, then seek to find what works.
Change isn’t always welcome, nor always good, but we can make the best of the new situation
and work to improve it, as best we can.
We see change even in our various degrees, with the way they are put on, different people
bringing new dynamics to their parts, yet it is different from what we might have had before.
Some changes are scripts that our degrees use. But as with most changes, there are things that
remain the same. We should take time to look at what remains constant, like the messages our
degrees give us. Our organization welcoming new members who will go through very similar
paths that we did. Their joining bringing change, and if we are welcoming, bringing help and
Most of change becomes more acceptable through one thing that we can control, our attitude. By
being faithful participants in various events, or being active in the degrees, with a positive
outlook and friendly hand to those in need, we become the light, the constant, even when the
path may not be so clear.
I wish all of you the best as we enjoy the various holidays we celebrate with our family and
Sincerely and Fraternally,
James A. Nelson, 32º
Greetings My Brothers.
It does not seem possible that another year in nearing the end. I hope this article finds you well and in good spirits as we enter this Holiday Season. On November the 12th, the 32nd Degree was portrayed at the Masonic Care Community. It was a great day followed by a fine meal at a local restaurant.
On the trestle board for December, we find that we have our Holiday Celebration on the 12th.
Social time at 6:00 and dinner at 6:30. There will be entertainment in the lodge room following
dinner. On December 28th, we will be meeting at Twin Trees in North Syracuse for our Holiday
Luncheon beginning at 11:30pm.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Happy Holiday season. May The Great Architect of the Universe keep you and yours safe and well until we meet again.
Please take a moment each day and say a prayer for the Men and Women in our Nation’s Military.
H. Bruce Naumann, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
The Leaves have fallen and the days are getting shorter. The Holidays will soon be here. This is a happy and joyous time for many of us, however there are some who are elderly and or living alone, and they need to be kept in our thoughts and actions.
We had another nice turnout at the V.A. Hospital on Thanksgiving morning. Thanks to all who helped out. This really means a lot to our Veterans.
If anyone is in need of our assistance, feel free to give Bob Tyrrell or myself a call and we can arrange to get together.
Stay safe over the Holidays and have a Merry Christmas.
See you in the Valley.
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
As we head into the Holiday Season it continues to be a busy time at the Center. All of the
Scholars and Tutors have settled into their routines and the children continue to attend on a regular basis. If you should happen to come at the 5:00 time frame (when most of the early children are ending and the last group of children are arriving) you will see the reception area
full of children and their families and tutors sharing information about what is happening in the sessions. It really is a great time to interact with everyone.
I had the opportunity to attend the 67th Annual International Dyslexia Association Conference in
Orlando last month. It gave me the opportunity to interact with my direct supervisor, Carin Illig, and many of the Center Director’s from the Northeast Jurisdiction. We learned that we are now down to 43 active Centers and are slated to see a few more close in the near future. Those of us that remain are very busy with our children and, except for the few who are privately endowed, with constant fundraising activities.
That being said- remember that our Spring Gala will be coming up in March and we would love to have your attend or be a table sponsor- more to come on that.
I also had the opportunity to speak about our program at the invitation of the Rome Science Academy the beginning of this month. All who attended were very interested to learn more about Dyslexia and our program. They listened attentively and had some great questions and I was thrilled to see one of our former students in the audience.
Augusta graciously shared her experience with us and helped to give those attending and even better perspective of what we do. Their only regret was that they had sent invitations to local teachers and not one was in attendance. I told them that it is an ongoing challenge and they happily took packets to share.
Thank you again for your support as Scottish Rite Masons which affords me and the children these great experiences.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
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, the Officers of Central City Bodies, and the 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 fellow Scottish Riters wherever you 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.·. Richard J. Powell, 33º Commander-In- Chief, Central City
Consistory, D. B. Douglas H. Storey, 32º MSA, Most Wise Master, Central City
Chapter Rose Croix, James A. Nelson, 32º, Sovereign Prince, Central City
Council Princes of Jerusalem, H. Bruce Naumann, 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,
Valley of Syracuse Obituary Notices
The office is responding to a request from our members, particularly those who do not reside in the Central New York Area and longer. You will find this column in the WORD several times a year. Our goal is to keep our members informed.
Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite members who have passed away since June 30, 2016:
John J. Cooper, 32⁰ July 2, 2016
Curtis A. Kincaid, 32⁰ July 18, 2016
Charles D. Simpkins August 13, 2016 (Date Notified)
John W. Gilstrap, 32⁰ September 6, 2016
Robert L. Smith, 32⁰ October 27, 2016
May they Rest in Peace!
2017 Burns Supper
The Knights of St. Andrew will hold its Annual Burns Supper 5:00 PM on Saturday January 28, 2016 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, January 25th. Much fun is had by all. See the Haggis piped in and addressed. See & hear a presentation on the poetry of Burns and music.
Cost will be $38 per person. Reservations can be sent to Richard Powell, 4717 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. Deadline for reservations will be January 10th. Book early as the space at Coleman's is very limited! Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 – 2018 Scholarship Applications Available
Applications to apply for 2017 - 2018 Supreme Council, AASR Leon M. Abbott Scholarships and New York State Council of Deliberation Scholarship Aid are available for pick up at the Central City Bodies, A.A.S.R. Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite Office (315) 452-7976, mailed to you from the Valley Office upon request, or online. Go to the Valley of Syracuse Web site www.syr-aasr.org for the links to obtain the information on line.
Application titled “Application for Scottish Rite Scholarship Aid Leon M. Abbott and/or NYS Council of Deliberation” must be used to apply.
To all applicants: The deadline date to submit your completed applications to the Valley of Syracuse is April 1, 2017. That means in the office by close of business on April 1, 2017. Applications received after April 1, 2017 will not be considered.
New Applications must be used. There is one combined Application for 2017 submittal. The 2017 Application must be used. Graduating High School Seniors may apply again this year. To the members of our Youth Groups Triangle, Rainbow, Constellation of Junior Stars, and DeMolay; you may also apply.
Ten applicants from the Valley of Syracuse received financial assistance from this program in 2016. Congratulations to all of them.
Please contact the Valley Office at (315) 452-7976 or email@example.com if you have any questions or require assistance and information. Electronic applications are NOT accepted.