Feb 06 Trustees Meeting 6:15 p.m. / Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Feb 13 Sweetheart Program
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Feb 19 LoP- 14° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Feb 20 LoP Confer 14° 7:30 p.m. / DSA Recognition Presentation / Camp Lecture
Feb 27 CPoJ 16° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Mar 06 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Mar 12 CRC Rehearse 18⁰ 7:00 p.m.
Mar 13 St. Patrick’s Day Irish Night
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Mar 18 (Saturday) CPJ Confer 16⁰ & 18⁰
Open 10:00 a.m. / Confer 16⁰ 10:30 a.m. / Lunch 11:30 a.m. / Confer 18⁰ 1:00 p.m.
Mar 20 CRC Feast Rehearsal MSA Recognition Night 7:00 p.m.
Mar 27 CON Confer 31⁰ (V) 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments to follow
On January 28th, the Annual Knights of St. Andrew Burns Supper was held at Coleman’s Irish Pub on Tipperary Hill. Once again, this was a brilliant evening and a full house to boot. I have recommended time and again that you get your reservation in early for this event because we have limited seating. We reached maximum capacity around Christmas and had to turn away many whose reservation requests came after that. I apologize to those who were unable to be part, we did indeed miss you.
Winter is in high gear as I write this in early January. It is snowing hard and the temperature is in the single digits. Please be very careful when out in the snow and ice. Dress appropriately for the weather. If we decide to cancel a Scottish Rite event, we will notify the tv stations to post the notice on air with the other cancellations.
Upcoming in February we have the Trustees & Executive Committee meetings on the 6th; Sweetheart Program on the 13th; 14° Rehearsal on Sunday the 19th with the conferral on Monday the 20th; and finally a rehearsal for the 16° on the 27th.
The Children’s Dyslexia Center, CNY will hold its 3nd Annual Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 11th at the Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro, NY. The Center is sponsored by the Valleys of Syracuse and Utica, who have a sizable financial responsibility to its success. I ask that any who can attend this event, to please do - it is a very worthwhile cause and we are very proud of the work the Center does. If you cannot attend, please consider a donation. For more information, call our office.
There has been a few requests from new members for a Scottish Rite Orientation/Mentoring Session so we have set aside the morning of Saturday, May 6th for just such an event. More details will be forthcoming.
I look forward to seeing you at these events...
Ill.'. Richard J Powell, 33°
Commander in Chief
On Monday evening, February 13th, our Sweetheart Program for Valentine’s Day will take place. Social Hour at 6:00 PM, followed by Dinner at 6:30 and Program at 7:30. Have your reservation along with check mailed to the Valley of Syracuse Office prior to Thursday, February 9th.
Portrayal of degrees for the Ill. Gary H. Kall Class of Candidates is well underway. The 14° is scheduled to be conferred starting at 7:30 PM on February 20th, followed by a DSA Recognition Presentation.
As a current member of the Valley of Syracuse, if you have a child or grandchild of college age who will be attending college in the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 academic year, have him or her request a Leon M. Abbott and/or New York State Council of Deliberation Scholarship Application from the Valley of Syracuse office. Call 315-452-7976 for more information. Please ensure that the applications are completed in full and include all the necessary attachments prior to submitting. The deadline is April 1st!
D.B. Douglas H. Storey, 32° MSA
Most Wise Master
We are off and running in this not quite so New Year. By now, many have made and broken many resolutions they made. One thing that we, as fellow travelers resolve to do, is seek further light, and look to improve ourselves.
We don’t do this totally on our own. The various degrees contain lessons for us to use in life, lessons which teach, instruct, and which have a visual component to them to help us recall what was important messages they are conveying. If it’s been a while since you’ve last been to watch a degree, come on out. We will see movies or listen to music many times over, and we find that even on those shows or performances we know so well, there are new little sparks we might not have noticed before, little gems of some insight or knowledge we glossed over before, and those can have big meanings for us.
A young man I’ve worked with for years in Scouting was elected to a National position. He had talked about the start of his journey, and how the ceremonies used in his initiation and the ceremonies used for different presentations were the first things that gave his drive to know more. And with further knowledge came the desire to share that through leadership. As it was for this young man, so it can be for all of us. Opportunities abound for being a part of the degrees, of joining the line in any of the bodies, and even just joining others in a social setting and getting to know one another better, all help us to travel a bit further on our journey, and help us become better men.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
James A. Nelson, 32º
Greetings My Brothers.
With February here we are almost through winter on our way to spring. On February 13, we will be having our Sweetheart Program with Social Hour beginning at 6PM. A program will follow dinner at 7:30PM. On February 19th we will have a rehearsal for the 14th Degree at 7PM. On Monday February 20th we will confer the 14th Degree and have our DSA Recognition Night. Please plan on staying after the meeting for refreshments and Fellowship.
A look into the future shows me, that on March 13th we will have a St. Patrick’s Day Irish Night. I am sure the Commander In Chief has a fun filled evening planned for us. May the Great Architect keep you and yours safe and well until we meet again.
H. Bruce Naumann, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
Well January is about behind us and February is a short month. It seems that the older I get, the more I look forward to Spring each year. Just a reminder to remember our Snow Bird Brothers down South, Although they may be nice and warm, the aches and pains of old age have not gone away, and loneliness never takes a vacation. Give them a call each month and let them know what is going on in their Lodge and in the Valley.
With sadness I must recognize the passing of Ill. William DuPree. Bill was one of the first people that “adopted” me when I became a member Onondaga Lodge No. 802 many years ago.
As always, under sickness and distress Bob Tyrrell and I are the go-to guys. Give us a call if you are in need.
Dick Freeman, 32°
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or require assistance and information. Electronic applications are NOT accepted.
Need a Suit?
Business suits and formal wear belonging to Ill. Bruce Ackerman are in the closet in the Masonic Center for Brothers to take and use in the Future. Help yourself to clothing you can use. Grace Ackerman, Brother Bruce’s Widow requested that anyone taking the clothing make a donation to Children’s Dyslexia Center Central New York in Oriskany. Envelope Forms for making donations to the Learning Center are available in the Valley of Syracuse office at the building. Call the Valley office at 315.452.7976 if you have questions.