Feb 04 Trustees 6:15 p.m. /Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Feb 11 Sweetheart Program
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. /Program 7:30 p.m.
Feb 18 14° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Feb 25 Lodge of Perfection 7:30 p.m.
Confer 14° “Grand Elect Mason”
Mar 04 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Mar 16 SATURDAY AT MASONIC TEMPLE UTICA NOTE: SCHEDULE CHANGE
Register 9:00 A.M. / Open 9:30 A.M. / 16° 10:00 A.M./ 18° 11:00 A.M.
Lunch to follow the degrees / Car-pool from MMTC @ 7:30 a.m.
Mar 23 SATURDAY AT MMTC NORTH SYRACUSE
Feast of the Paschal Lamb Ceremony 2:30 P.M. /Buffet meal to Follow
I thank Sovereign Prince Dave Barnello for his fine work on the membership kickoff in January and Illustrious Rick Powell for directing the 4th degree. Having our own brothers confer this degree shows the strength of our Valley and our tradition of good ritual. Not every Valley is as blessed as we are and truly need the video programs we use to supplement our effort.
We are fully into our work as a Valley. The Chapter of Rose Croix is hosting the annual Sweetheart dinner on February 11. This event is always a good time to honor the ladies who accept our Masonic endeavors without as much complaining as our work can cause. I hope the dining room will be full for the dinner, and the lodge room at capacity for the program.
We will confer the 14th Degree on February 25. This is one of the most meaningful degrees we confer, and it is a degree a man can see many times and still appreciate something new its message every time he sees it.
Please note the change in our spring calendar: the 16th and 18th degrees will be conferred on March 16 (rather than March 9 as published in our original schedule). Our brothers in Utica faced an unexpected change in the date of the city’s St. Patrick’s parade.
I look at the most visible work we do as Masons--degrees--and feel grateful for the effort good men put into each degree. Then I consider the less visible work, phone calls and brotherly visits, the care for our surviving families, the time and money put into our scholarship program and the Learning Center, and feel amazed at what Scottish Rite Masonry does. Never forget that degrees--giving and receiving them--only begins what we do in this Fraternity. We reach our best when we care for one another as we grow in Masonic service and knowledge. What our brothers in the Valleys of New York and Rockville Center have done recently to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy is only the most recent chapter in a two hundred year history of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the Northern Jurisdiction. The best way to celebrate the first two hundred years is to keep the care for one another and learning go on for at least another two hundred years.
Ill. Lynwood Bennerson, 33°
Greetings Brothers and Ladies,
I address you both because many of our ladies also read ‘The Word” to see what is happening Masonically in our District and The Valley of Syracuse that might be of interest to them.
February 11, 2013 is our annual “Sweetheart Dinner “, Social begins at 6:00 pm, at 6:30 pm a delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu with rice will be served followed by a scrumptious dessert.
Be sure to join us in the Lodge room at 7:30 pm for our entertainment program and the presentation of the “Sweetheart Award”. This award will be presented to a special person who has shown great devotion to someone that they have cared for.
A music program will be presented by Hugh Jones. Many of you will be taken back to yesteryear when you became sweethearts as we join him in some sing a-longs to popular love songs of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
This will be a special evening and I look forward to seeing you there!
Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32° DSA
Most Wise Master
The Membership Kickoff night on January 14th welcomed new members into the Valley of Syracuse with a fine dinner and entertainment. Their first Scottish Rite experience will be the conferring of the 4th Degree January 28th. The Valley of Syracuse takes great pride in presenting this degree in live form rather than taking the option of a video presentation. On to February – Monday, February 11th, The Chapter of Rose Croix will be hosting the annual Sweetheart program, beginning with dinner at 6:30, followed by the presentation of the Sweetheart Award to a very deserving special person from our community. Remember too - or suffer grave consequences - to celebrate with your own special loved one on Valentine’s Day. The Lodge of Perfection will be conferring the 14th Degree at 7:30pm on February 25th.
The next few months are filled with activities that offer opportunities for inclusion to all members; I encourage you to join in. The Body Officers will be recruiting for degree cast members for the Spring programs. We will be travelling to the Valley of Utica for conferring the 16th and 18th degrees on Saturday, March 16th. Take note that this date has changed! This annual reunion with the Brothers of our neighboring Valley has always been a highlight of our spring program. Make plans to join in.
Once again, this year marks the 200th Anniversary of our Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. As the year unfolds, be part of making it memorable.
Dave Barnello, 32°
Greetings my Brothers.
There are four important dates to remember in February: first of all and most important is February 14th, Valentines Day—DO NOT FORGET THAT MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE.
The second is February 11th, the Sweetheart program, social hour starts at 6pm, dinner at 6:30pm and a program at 7:30 pm. Call the office with your reservation.
The third is February 18th, rehearsal for the 14°, and the fourth, February 25th, when we will confer the 14°, with refreshments to follow.
Please remember to keep the victims of Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook Elementary and all those
DB Gary Kall, 32° MSA
Thrice Potent Master
Notes from the Children's Dyslexia Center
Here we are in the New Year- It sometimes is hard for me to believe that we officially opened this Center in the Spring of 2005- eight years ago. A lot has happened since then- we have received over 120 applications, 93 children have entered our program, and 33 tutors have been through our training program.
I thought I would like to tell you about how some of “your own” in the Masonic organizations have been helping the Center. As you may know, ten of our Board Members are members of the Scottish Rite of the Syracuse or Utica Valleys and several of our Board are members of the Eastern Star. The Board works continuously to ensure that we are able to continue at the Center with the best services possible.
Over the years many OES and Masonic organizations have provided us with a wonderful “Library” of interesting books for our children to select for their High Interest Reading. Enjoyment in reading by the children is one of the main goals of our program.
Two of our present tutors are members of Masonic organizations and both have tutored children to reach their actual grade level of reading- therefor the children “graduated” from the program.
Throughout the past eight years members of Masonic organizations have been major contributors to the necessary fundraisers that keep our Center open. Some have remembered us in their wills and we trust we will do their memories proud by using their gifts wisely. We are truly grateful to all who have made contributions, either in effort and/or monetary donations but it might be said, in regards to the statement “It takes a village to raise a child.”- we might paraphrase and say that “It takes a member of a Masonic Organization to help a child learn to read!”
Linda Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Brother Scottish Riters,
I have already written about the Masonic aid our Council of Deliberation has given to the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Such action makes me proud of what we do as Scottish Riters in New York. I have also thanked you for your loyalty to the Hospitaler fund. You have made Masonic aid and support a reality within our Valley.
I have one more thank you to make–and a challenge. Some Brothers have given to the Council of Deliberation’s fund for Sandy relief when they paid their dues. Thank you. You support is already making a difference, but we will not leave you to do this task alone. The Executive Committee of the Valley of Syracuse voted in January to donate $1500 from our Hospitaler’s Fund to the New York State Council of Deliberation’s Hospitaler’s Fund–beyond what individual members give–to continue the work already begun in doing our mission to care for one another. We expect other Valleys will meet the challenge as we have.
I will continue to receive whatever funds the brothers offer to the Hospitaler at our tiled meetings. Your support helps our own Brothers in need–and our Brothers wherever they happen to live in our Council’s jurisdiction.
Allan J. Ferguson, 32° DSA
Degree Schedule Change
To all of our Valley Officers, members of the Guard’s Club, all degree cast participants, Candidates, and Valley members.
The date of the conferral of the 16th And 18th degrees in Utica has been changed.
NEW DATE SATURDAY MARCH 16, 2013.
We are changing the date to avoid conflicting with the St. Patrick’s Day Parades in both Syracuse and Utica. Their Parade date was changed from March 16, 2013 to March 9, 2013.
Please mark the date change in your calendars.
Scholarship Applications Available
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.
DeMolay Chapter Seeks New Members & Adult Leaders
Trinity Chapter – the only DeMolay Chapter in Central New York is always looking for new members. DeMolay is an organization dedicated to preparing young men to lead successful, happy, and productive lives. Basing its approach on timeless principles and practical, hands-on experience, DeMolay opens doors for young men aged 12 to 21 by developing the civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills so vitally needed in society today. DeMolay combines this serious mission with a fun approach that builds important bonds of friendship among members in more than 1,000 chapters worldwide. Trinity meets on the third Friday of the month at the Liverpool Masonic Temple. Cost to join is a one-time fee of $75 which includes a Chapter polo shirt. If you know a young man who may be interested, please contact Dad Rick Powell.
Trinity’s adult advisors have had employment & other commitment changes over the past few years and their availability has suffered. If you are interested in helping out our chapter by coming on as an Advisor, please give Dad Powell a call at t.