Jun 05 Trustees Meeting 6:15 p.m. / Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Jul 15 Annual Masonic Bodies Scholarship Presentations 5:00 p.m.
Masonic Memorial Center, 648 Centerville Place, North Syracuse, NY
Aug 04 Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY Annual “TEDDY BEAR CLASSIC”
CAPTAIN & CREW FORMAT GOLF OUTING
Vesper Hills Golf Course, Tully, NY
10:30 a.m. SHOTGUN START
Aug 21 Valley Trustees Meeting 6:15 p.m. / Executive Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Aug 27-29 Supreme Council, 33⁰, N.M.J. Biennial Session in Rochester, NY
First I would like to thank the Brethren for the opportunity to serve as your Commander in Chief. I have large shoes to fill following Ill Richard Powell but I will do my best to do so. Rick has done an outstanding job the past 2 years with new programs that he arranged. Thank you, Rick, for your leadership.
Thank you to all who took Officer positions this year. I look forward to working with you to continue the good work in the Valley.
We are going to start out over the summer with Supreme Council being held in Rochester August 26 thru 29, 2017. We have several of our members helping Jim Swan in Registration and Rick Powell in Tiling. Thank you to all who have volunteered to help with this.
I am looking forward to an exciting 2 year, we have some degrees scheduled that have not been performed in a while and have been asked to do some Degrees with our neighboring Valleys.
I hope that everybody has a great summer.
D.B. Garry L. Visconti, 32° MSA
Commander in Chief
As our 2016-2017 year come to a close, I would like to extend a hardy and sincere CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME to our new Princes of the Royal Secret and urge them to attend and participate in the Valley of Syracuse upcoming events. Please join us in the TEDDY BEAR CLASSIC golf outing at Vesper Hills Golf Course on August 4.
Our 2017-2018 Kick- Off dinner will be on September 11. Past Most Wise Master, D. B. Douglas H. Storey, MSA, has asked me to pass along the following message:
“Since this is my final column as Most Wise Master for the ROSE CROIX BODY of the
Central City Valley of Syracuse, I wish to thank all those Scottish Rite Brothers who graciously have played a part in the portrayal of the 18° on March 18th and the Feast of the Paschal Lamb Ceremony on April 8th. Last but not least, I wish for the best success for our incoming officers for 2017-2018.”
Have a GREAT SUMMER and look forward to seeing you all in the Fall.
Ill. Gary H. Kall, 33°
Most Wise Master
As we near the end of events and activities and enter into our dark period, so we may recharge our batteries and have time to spend on other pursuits, I find it puts me in a reflective state of mind.
I recently watched a movie called A Dog’s Purpose. It was a very touching and enjoyable film. In the opening portion the dog asks the question “what is the purpose of life?”. While this is from a dog’s point of view, mostly, it is a question I think we all have asked at some point in our lives. This caused me to think also about a film I saw many years ago, City Slickers. City Slickers is about men going through a bit of mid-life crisis, and going to a ranch. During one scene in that movie Mitch Robbins (played by Billy Crystal) is taken with how tough, yet some how, serene Curly (played by Jack Palance) is, how Curly is satisfied with his life in a rugged outdoors, filled with hard work. Mitch asks Curly “What is your secret, what is the secret to life?” (Please note, this is from memory, so it isn’t an exact quote). Curly holds up one finger and says “This”. Of course it left Mitch puzzled, and Curly goes on to explain that it isn’t what he holds as his secret that is the answer, it depends on yourself to figure that out. It is the one thing that you hold dear, that you hold close and helps define what your meaning of life is. It can be specific, or more general. It is ultimately what makes you happy, gives you a sense of fulfillment. It is what you hold close, that special passion, person, interest or ideal, which gives meaning and depth to all other things.
I think many of us in our Fraternal Order, regardless of which body we are most involved with, can find that “one thing”, that special something, which gives us the secret to our life, the purpose to our life. We talk of it often, either directly or symbolically, it is ultimately the aspect of our brotherhood which binds us the closest. I find the emblem we use to illustrate it, and remind us of it, to be one I have always been very fond of. We call it the mortar of Brotherly Love.
While we all have diverse passions, be it ritual, giving leadership, giving help to a distressed worthy Master Mason or their family, or even just sitting on the sidelines and contributing in fellowship, the secret is we have a love for our Brothers. We care, even for those we don’t personally know, because we have this brotherly love. John Lennon wrote “All You Need Is Love”, the Bible writes many things about love, including that love is the greatest of all things. How rich our lives become when we grasp “the secret”, and we all engage in spreading the cement of brotherly love.
Have a wonderful summer. Live. Laugh. Love.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
James A. Nelson, 32º
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Ken Sterling, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
May is here and the fragrance of apple blossoms is everywhere. Another Masonic year is winding down fast. St. John’s day will be here soon. If you plan on visiting and taking part in the festivities at the Masonic care community in Utica, make sure you allow time to visit the residents there.
If anyone is in need of our aid or assistance, Give Bob Tyrrell or the new Hospitaler, D.B. Doug Storey, a call.
See you around the Valley, and don’t forget the Blue envelopes,
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
I hope that last month’s April Showers have brought you beautiful May Flowers!
This continues to be a very busy time at the Center as we continue to prepare the students for the end of their year. We have begun our post-assessments for the children and the (seemingly endless) end of year paperwork required to maintain our credibility and certification.
We have seven applicants for the upcoming class for Advanced Training for Certified Tutors and two applicants for the Initial Level Training. The Center will be an even busier place next year as all but two of these scholars will tutor on site. We expect to have 9 of our children return next year and we plan to bring in up to 14 new children in the fall. We know there will be changes but we will be planning for all eventualities as there will be no room for error in our room and time scheduling.
We are in the final stages of planning for our Recognition Ceremony on June 13 th . It is always a wonderful time of sharing and honoring the children and tutors and we feel fortunate to have the use of the Pavilion and services on the Eastern Star Campus. Please feel free to contact us if you can join us that evening- the program will begin at 6:30 with a light lunch after.
Our continued gratitude and appreciation for all that you do to encourage and support our work!
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
From The Office
The 2016-2017 Valley of Syracuse business year is rapidly coming to a close. Our regularly scheduled meetings and events for 2017-2017 are completed. On behalf of your office staff we thank and congratulate the 2016-2917 Valley Officers for providing the Valley membership quality programs and events.
Ill Richard J. Powell, 33⁰ completed his two years as our Commander-In- Chief in May. He and H. Bruce Naumann, 32⁰ Thrice Potent Master, Lodge of Perfection, James A. Nelson, 32⁰, Sovereign Prince, Council Princes of Jerusalem, and D.B. Douglas H. Storey, 32⁰ MSA Most Wise Master, Chapter of Rose Croix were our Valley leadership team for 2016-2017. Thru their efforts much was accomplished during the year. All are to be congratulated for what was accomplished. If you have followed our monthly reports and articles in the WORD I am sure that you can appreciate the efforts of our Valley Bodies Leaders and their officers this past year.
A very LARGE THANK YOU to all who assisted in any way to present the Scottish Rite Degrees and their messages to our new members this past year.
Another page in the book of time has turned and we now move forward to 2017-2018 business year in the Valley of Syracuse. Please congratulate our new Valley leaders as the step forward into their leadership roles for the next year.
We meet on Monday evenings from September thru May each year. Our monthly schedule is published each month in the WORD. All Valley members will receive the 2017 – 2018 Valley meetings and events schedule in the next few weeks.
Your office staff thanks everyone for your cooperation and timely support this past year and we wish each of you a happy and safe summer season in the upcoming weeks.
Relax, be safe, and we will greet each of you in September.
J.D. Swan, Jr., 33°
Valley of Syracuse Obituary Notices
In memory of Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite whose deaths were reported to the Valley office January 2017 thru May 2017.
Wesley K. Lane, 32⁰ February 19, 2017
Robert Hamilton, 32⁰ February 27, 2017
Dr. Bruce W. Widger, 33⁰ Active Emeritus Member March 3, 2017
Lawrence J. Andrews, 32⁰ Notified March 10, 2017
John S. Curtis, 33⁰ April 5, 2017
Robert W. Brown, 32⁰ April 15, 2017
Alois Engler, 32⁰ April 20, 2017
Richard W. Holland, 32⁰ May 1, 2017
The Secretary thanks all who inform the Valley Office when a loved one passes away. We follow the local Syracuse Post Standard newspaper each day to record the deaths of our current and former members. The Secretary is particularly thankful to those who report the passing of our current and former Members now living outside of the immediate surrounding area of Syracuse whose obituary notices do not get published in the Syracuse Post Standard newspaper.
Teddy Bear Golf Classic to Support Children’s Dyslexia Center, CNY
Friday, August 4th
@ VESPER HILLS GOLF COURSE, 4291 Octagon Rd., Tully, NY 13159
Registration: 9:30 a.m. / Shotgun Start: 10:00 a.m.
Captain & Crew Format / Mixed foursomes welcome
$60.00 per person / $240.00 per team
Open to all-men and women
Food at the turn / Buffet to follow
Send reservations by: Friday-July 28,2017
Make checks payable to: CDC CNY-103
Send Reservations to or for more information Contact:
Craig E. Cobb
115 Haverhill Dr.
DeWitt, NY 13214