Mar 04 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
NOTE: SCHEDULE CHANGE
Mar 16 SATURDAY AT MASONIC TEMPLE UTICA
Register 9:00 A.M. / Open 9:30 A.M.
Confer 16° 10:00 A.M. / Confer 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
Apr 01 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Apr 08 Consistory Degree Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Apr 15 Consistory Degree Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Apr 22 Consistory Degree Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Apr 27 Valley Reunion- All events at the Memorial Masonic Center
Candidate registration 9:30 a.m.
Open Consistory 10:00 a.m.
Confer 24° “Prince of the Tabernacle” 10:30 a.m.
Lunch 11:45 a.m.
Confer 31° “Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander” 1:00 p.m.
Confer 32° “Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret” 2:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Program After Dinner
Apr 29 Trustees meeting 6:15 p.m.
Executive Committee 7:15 p.m.
I congratulate Bro. Larry Egnaczyk and the officers of the Chapter of Rose Croix for hosting another fine Sweethearts’ dinner and the cast and crew of the 14th degree. The Valley of Syracuse earned its reputation for excellence in ritual work and continues to live up very high standards. Thank you, Brothers, for your hard work.
Brothers, please pay attention! The schedule for March changed from what we released last fall. The 16th and 18th degrees will take place in Utica at 9:00 AM on March 16. We will meet at Memorial Masonic Center at 7:30 AM to carpool on March 16. If you arrive any other Saturday you will miss the carpool for Utica.
Another change in March is a change from our tradition. The Chapter of Rose Croix will present the Feast of the Paschal Lamb on Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 PM. The Feast is open to the public and is our Scottish Rite’s annual memorial service. A buffet meal will follow the presentation.
My time as Commander-in-Chief will run out soon. New officers will be nominated and elected at our annual meeting in May. This is a very good thing. Our work as Scottish Rite Masons shares one of the qualities that makes our nation great. We act on the principle that no man owns any office and the Rite continues smoothly as one leader makes way for another leader to do his best. Said another way, the first 200 years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry prepares us for the next 200 years and on into the future.
Ill. Lynwood Bennerson, 33°
I want to acknowledge the office staff in our Valley for their assistance in helping to make the Sweetheart Dinner such a Special event! Thank you Sharon,Sharon and Jim.
It was a great honor to recognize a dedicated Brother who has cared for his sweetheart with such dedication and selflessness. I am referring to W:. Robert Bowles, this years’ recipient of the Sweetheart Award. The music program after the presentation was enjoyed by all. Good job and thank you again to Hugh Jones for topping off a special evening!
On Saturday, March 16th 2013 The Valley of Syracuse along with the Valley of Norwood will present the 18th degree at the Valley of Utica.I hope my work schedule will allow me to attend this event.
March 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm there will be a rehearsal for the Feast of the Pascal Lamb.
The Ceremony will be presented on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm. A buffet meal is to follow service. This is a time to remember our Dear Brothers that have passed from us this past year. We reach out to their families and show our support to them. We let them know that our Fraternity is there for them when they need our help. This is one of the few times the public has an opportunity to see our Craft at work. I am hoping for a good turn out from the members of our Valley in Syracuse, especially the line officers.
We are trying the earlier time on a Saturday to allow for better attendance from those who have to travel longer distances to be with us. Let’s pray for good travelling weather!
Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32° DSA
Most Wise Master
The unofficial predictor of the end of winter woke up, ventured outside, and could not find his shadow, which means according to legend - we will be seeing an early spring this year. Might the migration north by the snowbirds begin early? Not likely. Remember, we live in central NY and the length of winter depends more on the direction of the wind than that of the life of a celebrity mammal. So hang in and hang on. Meanwhile - looking into the month of March, the calendar indicates spring will arrive on the 20th. March this year seems to have no lack of days marked off already with events or days that have special meaning. We will be setting or clocks ahead, wearing green, wearing red, changing seasons, and celebrating the holiest days of two religions.
The Valley of Syracuse will also be occupying dates on the calendar. Two very important dates are Saturday, the 16th where we will be traveling to Utica to join with that Valley in the conferring of the 16th and 18th Degrees to the current incoming class of Brothers. Plan to join in on that day of fellowship. Travel will be by carpool. The second date to remember is Saturday, the 23rd. The Chapter of Rose Croix takes great pride in presenting and hosting the Feast of the Paschal Lamb program which is presented as a memorial service, honoring those brethren who have passed to their eternal reward during the past year. Those of you who have not had the opportunity to be part of this impressive celebration should make a point to attend. And of course, those who have participated in past celebrations are certainly encouraged and invited to attend again.
Looking forward to our time together.
Dave Barnello, 32°
Greetings my Brothers.
March is a quite month for the Lodge of Perfection. Our required degrees are complete and our new Brothers now move on to the 16° and 18° in the Council Princess of Jerusalem. These will be given in Utica on the 16th of March. Please note that this is a change from the date that is printed in Trestle Board for the Valley of Syracuse. Looking forward to seeing you in Utica.
Please remember to keep the victims of Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook Elementary and all those serving in our Armed Forces in your prayers.
DB Gary Kall, 32° MSA
Thrice Potent Master
Notes from the Children's Dyslexia Center
Though it may not always look like it Spring is on its way. We can tell at the Center because it often feels that we may not have time to get all of the things done that we want or need to before the end of the academic year. The end of the year for our children and tutors comes at the end of May with our Recognition Ceremony at the beginning of June.
We have completed our mid-year assessments and family meetings and many of our tutors are getting ready to take their children to the next level. Some of our newer children and the scholars are still working on the initial level as they try to become more familiar with their “rules and tools.” The advent of slippery roads and area schools cancelling after school activities on several days has not made our forward progress any easier but we will persevere and opportunities to make up sessions was offered over the President’s Week break.
Now, to bring you up to speed on Ryan. Although Ryan succumbed to the flu during the beginning of January he has been working hard at the Center and in school. He also continues to wrestle and has participated in several large meets this winter.
Due to his age and grade level Ryan is presently working on Level IV but still doing review on levels II and III. We find that having to go back and re-address concepts from the basic levels is an ongoing issue for many of our older children since they did not have the chance to “own” those concepts in the formative stages of reading.
This often creates the ongoing conundrum when we accept our children at the Center. If we can get the children in their earlier grades it often makes the process easier for them but if we don’t get the older children soon enough it is likely to take them even longer to get the basics.
Although it be wonderful if they all got what they needed as they were beginning to read we know that is not always the reality. Thank you for creating this Center which has given the ability to read to so many children.
Linda Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
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 SATURADY 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 are Due
This is a friendly reminder to all of our Scholar Students and their family members. Deadline to submit your “Application for NYS Council of Deliberation Scholarship Aid” to the Valley Office is Thursday March 21, 2013 before the office closes at 4:00 p.m. Applications received after March 21, 2013 will not be considered. Please make certain that your applications are completed and signed and that all other requested information is included with your application.
Also, graduating High School Seniors are eligible to apply for assistance this year. This is the first year for this change in New York State. Please contact the Valley Office (315) 452-7976 in you have any questions or require assistance completing your application.