HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Jan 07 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Jan 14 Membership Kickoff Program - Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. /Program 7:30 p.m.
Jan 21 MLK NO MEETING
Jan 26 Robert Burns Night Rescheduled to Summer 2013
Jan 28 L-O-P Confer 4° “Secret Master” 7:30 p.m. - Refreshments to follow
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”
I hope you and your loved ones celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah with a bounty of the Masonic gifts of corn, wine and oil--the corn of nourishment, the wine of refreshment and the oil of joy--as you spent time together.
I give a special thank you to our most recent Dedicated Service Award recipient, Bro. Larry Egnaczyk, for organizing our holiday celebration on December 10 and Illustrious Bob Tyrell for organizing the holiday luncheon on December 28.
The 200th anniversary of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction begins on January 1, 2013. We celebrated our 150th anniversary as a Valley by knighting a near record number of Sublime Princes last April. I believe we can meet or exceed our anniversary for the bicentennial of our Jurisdiction. How we are going to do that? By bringing new Brothers to additional Masonic light through Scottish Rite.
We still have time to bring in petitions. We have a membership kickoff of January 14 and we will confer the 4th degree--with our own members--on January 28. We will not confer the 14th degree until late February--giving us time to initiate more 4th degree Brothers by video program if we have to. The key to knighting more new Sublime Princes is in your hands. Let’s make 200 years of Scottish Rite Masonry in the Northern Jurisdiction a reason to celebrate.
Ill. Lynwood Bennerson, 33°
Wow, where has the year gone? It’s hard to believe we are halfway through our Scottish Rite schedule. This brings me to remind you of the upcoming Sweetheart Dinner on February 11th 2013 so mark your calendars if you have not already done so. This evening will recognize a person who has shown compassion, love and caring for someone beyond our expectations. Social Time starts at 6:00pm Dinner at 6:30pm, Program to follow at 7:30 in the Lodge Room.
I want to again thank my Brothers in The Valley of Syracuse who are responsible for bestowing upon me the honor of receiving the Distinguished Service Award on the evening of November 26th, 2012. I felt very humbled to be considered worthy of such an award. I will strive to live up to your expectations in my future endeavors in Scottish Rite Freemasonry.
If any of our newest Sublime Princes are interested in becoming involved in the 18th degree, please make your desire known. This will be presented in The Valley of Utica on March 9, 2013.
Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32° DSA
Most Wise Master
Greetings, Brethren. Happy New Year!
As the last chapter closes on 2012, remember all the blessings life has brought your way. Carry those memories into the New Year and use them as a foundation to build on for what lies ahead. Treat each day as a continuation of the day before, and bring forward whatever it is that made that day’s joy. Make sure every day contains kindness and understanding, and look for moments you can take the time to give to others.
The Valley will be holding its Membership Kickoff Program on Monday, January 14th. This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, and all class members will be receiving a special Anniversary Jewel and 14° ring to commemorate the event. Do all you can to sponsor a candidate, they are our future. Also, January 28th will be the conferring of the 4th degree for our new class. Please show your support by attending.
Dave Barnello, 32°
Greetings, my Brothers. HAPPY NEW YEAR. As we start into 2113, New Year’s resolutions will be made and broken. Why not make a resolution to support and attend your Home Lodge as often as possible and at the same time to support and attend the meetings and events of Central City Bodies AASR, and make every effort to keep that resolution.
On January 14th the Council Princes of Jerusalem will host MEMBERSHIP NIGHT with Ladies. Social hour will start at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. Entertainment will follow. Please contact the office with your reservation.
On January 28th the Lodge of Perfection will confer the 4th degree with refreshments to follow.
Please keep all those who are serving our Country both at home and those who are in harm’s way in your prayers.
DB Gary Kall, 32° MSA
Thrice Potent Master
Notes from the Children's Dyslexia Center
It seems impossible that we are getting ready for the Holiday Break! It has been a very busy start to the 2012-2013 academic year and we have had many new and different things to deal with.
Many of you may have heard of or seen the plea that we forwarded in regards to asking you to please sign the petition started by the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity regarding the slated removal of dyslexia from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) published by the American Psychiatric Association next year. We thank all of you who did just that.
The DSM 5 manual is important for the insurance industry in deciding what treatment to pay for, and it helps schools decide how to allot special education. Changes for the DSM 5 were approved on Saturday in suburban Washington D.C., by the psychiatric association’s board of trustees. While the term “Asperger’s Disorder” is being dropped, “dyslexia” and other learning disorders will remain. This can be very important for our children and their families when seeking assistance for the reading difficulties.
For more information on the results of the vote, you may like to read this: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20121201/DA2T9GJO0.html
On the ‘home front’ you should know that Ryan is moving along quite well this year. He is working into Level 4 while catching up a few things on Levels 2 and 3. He is still in wrestling but leaves school early, comes to the Center and then goes to his practice or meets. It is so much fun watching the children progress. Several of our younger children have come in with smiling faces to report getting a reward in their class for their good reading and/or getting highest grades on some of their tests at school.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share these moments – I truly wish you all had the chance to experience their successes yourselves.
Wishing you all the happiest of Holidays and a Wonderful New Year.
Linda Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
Illustrious Jim Swan, the Valley secretary, read a communication at the last Executive Board meeting that should make every Scottish Rite brother proud of this fraternity. The Deputy for New York, Illustrious Peter Samiec, issued to the Deputy’s Representative for the Valley of Rockville Center a bundle of prepaid charge cards to give to members of the Masonic family who suffered greatly from superstorm Sandy. The amount contained on those cards amounted to $75,000, drawn from the Almoner’s Fund, and the Brother entrusted with task of distributing those cards has done and will continue to do an excellent job of helping us care for “distressed worthy Master Masons, their widows . . .” as well as distressed Scottish Rite brothers.
Brothers, you have supported our Hospitaler Fund generously and well--and helped the distressed from our own Valley. I hope you will find room in your heart to support the Almoner’s Fund as it helps is to live up to our obligations as Master Masons and Scottish brothers.
Allan J. Ferguson, 32° DSA
HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF
Hurricane Sandy caused much damage and destruction in the Metropolitan area in and around New York City. My brothers, our Brothers in those areas did not escape without damage and destruction. Homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Automobiles were washed away or destroyed by the flooding. Some escaped with only what they were wearing at the time of the flood.
I am proud to report to you that Your Supreme Council responded with a determined effort to help all Masonic Brothers and their families living in the devastated areas. $75,000 was immediately allocated for on the spot distribution to assist our Masonic Brothers. No red tape; no checks to cash at a non-existent bank, no paperwork to fill out. No endlessly long lines to endure. An onsite face to face meeting with a distressed Brother and immediate financial relief was placed in his hand. We cannot replace that which was lost but we can and did assist our Brothers to move on with their lives and protect their families.
Think about this when you pay your annual Dues. Your Scottish Rite Membership is making a difference.
Ill. James D. Swan, Jr., 33°
2013 Central City Bodies Member’s Annual Dues Notices Distribution Delayed
Your Valley office and the Supreme Council are diligently working to issue the 2013 Member’s Dues invoices. Hurricane Sandy delayed the distribution of our Annual Dues Notices; but I am happy to inform you that the invoices are now on their way to the Valley Office for distribution to you. I am writing this article on December 6, 2012 which means that by the time you read this article you may already have received your Annual notice.
BROTHERS TAKE NOTICE!! You now have gray plastic permanent Members Dues Card in your possession. Please make certain to keep that card with you.
What This means to you: you will no longer receive a new Dues Card each year. You will only receive an invoice statement. Please remit your Annual Dues to the Valley as soon as you can upon receipt of your 2013 Members Dues Notice. Please contact James Swan, Valley Secretary or Sharon Fox Administrative Assistant at (315) 452-7976 if you have any questions.
Yes, your annual Dues increased in 2013. This is because the Valley now pays $24.00 to Supreme Council and $6.00 to the New York Council of Deliberation in Annual Fees and Assessments.
2013 New Members Initiative
2013 is here. Scottish Rite Masonry in North America celebrates its 200th Anniversary in 2013. What more opportunistic time to become a Scottish Rite Mason?
All Masonic Brothers and their wives who are thinking about becoming a Scottish Rite Mason are invited to come to the Masonic Memorial Center, 648 Centerville Place on January 14, 2013, be the guests of the Central City Bodies, AASR, Valley of Syracuse for Social Time, Dinner, and to be part of the program to Kickoff the 2013 Spring Scottish Rite Degree program.
The 2013 Degree conferrals commence January 28, 2013 when the Lodge of Perfection confers the 4th Degree upon the members of the Carl F. Fahrenkrug, 33° Class. Increase your Masonic knowledge, enjoy the fellowship of Scottish Rite Masonry and be a part of Scottish Rite Masonic history. Contact the Valley office by phone at (315) 452-7976 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservations for the evening. Visit our web site at www.syr-aasr.org and check us out.
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.
2013 Burns Supper
In the fall, I began a new part-time job when my once full-time job reduced my hours. The result has been that I have had less time available as I work at 3 different places. The main victim, other than my family, has been the 2013 Burns Supper which had a tentative date of January 26th.
The formal Burns Supper will return in 2014 but in its place this year will be something a bit less formal and a lot warmer.
The Knights of St. Andrew are in the very early stages of planning for a summer event which may include the 29th Degree and what we might call the Burns BBQ. Please stay tuned for details as we go along.
Ill. Richard J. Powell, 33°
2nd Lt. Commander
Venerable Master, Knights of St. Andrew