Mar 07 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Mar 12 Children’s Dyslexia Center, Central New York 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser 6:00 p.m.
Hart’s Hill Inn, 135 Clinton St., Whitesboro, NY 13492
Mar 14 CRC Rehearse “Feast” 7:00 p.m.
Mar 19 Feast of the Paschal Lamb Memorial Service
Ceremony 2:30 p.m.
Buffet Refreshments to follow Ceremony
Mar 21 CPJ Rehearse 15° 7:00 p.m.
Mar 28 LOP Confer 14° “Grand Elect Mason” 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments to follow
Apr 04 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Apr 11 C-P-J Confer 15° “Knight of the East” 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments to Follow
Apr 13 (Wednesday) Paul Fritsch 100th Birthday Celebration 11:30 a.m.
Reservations required 315-452-7976
Apr 25 Trustees Meeting 6:15 p.m. / Executive Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.
We kick off March like a lion on the 7th with our monthly Executive Committee Meeting. We have been trying to streamline the usual business so we can add things that work best with a group dynamic and still finish in a short time period. Any Member of the Valley of Syracuse is welcomed to attend. The Presiding Officer from each Body is required to attend and the second in line, asked to attend. Presiding Officers who can not be present should ask the second to attend in in his place. As a courtesy, I would ask those who can’t attend, for whatever reason, to notify myself and our Valley Secretary, Ill. James Swan in advance and in writing - email is the prefered method.
The Children’s Dyslexia Center, CNY will hold its 2nd Annual Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, March 12 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.
The Ceremony of the Feast of the Paschal Lamb will be held on Saturday March 19 at 2:30 PM. This annual ceremony honors those Scottish Rite Brethren who have passed on during the past year. Please join us and the families of our Past Brethren that afternoon. It truly is one of the most beautiful of the public Scottish Rite ceremonies. A buffet will follow the ceremony.
The Lodge of Perfection will present the 14° on Monday, March 28th. This Degree, in my opinion is one of the best presented degrees offered by the Valley of Syracuse. What will make it even more memorable for the candidates will be a full house of sideliners, please attend.
Coming up on Wednesday, April 13th, we will be holding a special luncheon on the occasion of Ill. Bob Tyrrell’s birthday. Also that day we will celebrate Ill. Paul Fritch’s 100th birthday. Details can be found elsewhere on this page. Take the day off to help Paul celebrate, I am.
See you soon...
Ill.'. Richard J Powell, 33°
Commander in Chief
The past two months event's were a thing of beauty. Attendance was up at our social and tiled gatherings. Let's continue the passion into the coming months as we will be presenting the Feast of the Paschal Lamb on March 19th with the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. A Buffet dinner will follow at 4:00 p.m.
April will be just as busy but let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, peace to all until we meet on the road to light.
Carlton Jackson, 32°
Most Wise Master
Every day is a day closer to Spring and the unofficial start, St. Patrick's Day, is almost here.
March 12th from 6-9 pm there will be a Learning Center Benefit at the Hart's Hill Inn in Whitesboro. A very good time to learn about the Learning Center and help them at the same time.
The Feast of the Paschal Lamb will be on March 19th 2:30-5:30 pm. Get your reservations in early!
The 14th degree will be conferred on March 23th @ 7:30.
With the coming of Spring comes rebirth, not only for nature but for us all. Strive to be the man you would want to meet. Clean in thought, speech and deed. A true and thoughtful friend. A good husband and father.
Robert O. Boutell, 32°
With the worst of the winter weather behind us it is now time to start helping the new class “March” forward towards reaching their goal of becoming a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret. I would like to thank all the brothers who participated in the February portrayal of the 7th degree.
The Lodge of Perfection will be conferring the 14th degree Grand elect Mason on March 28th.
As a reminder to all the newer members of the Valley we are always looking for new members to join us in portraying our degrees. Please see me if you have an interest in participating or if you have any questions as to what it is like to be on a degree cast. There are always many non-speaking parts along with the speaking parts. The more members on the degree cast the more of a lasting impression will be experienced by the candidate.
Please brethren remember to contact brothers you haven’t seen in awhile and help get them back to attending the exciting events we have planned for them.
May the blessing of the Great Architect be upon all of you, your families, and our nation’s military service members.
See you soon in the Lodge of Perfection!
Jack G. Dombrowski, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
Welcome to the month of March. We all look forward to the signs of spring, such as watching Robin’s on the lawn and the trees beginning to bud. Hopefully all of our seniors have had an easy go of it this winter.
I recently spoke with Brother Ron Waterbury who reported his wife is home and doing well after a bout of pneumonia. Our thoughts and Prayers to Ron and his Wife.
If any Brother is in need of our aid and sympathy, please contact Robert Tyrrell or myself ,we may be able to help. Stay healthy and don’t forget those “Blue Envelopes”
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
Since I am writing this on Groundhog Day and they say he did not see his shadow, you can decide if he was right as you read this in “early spring” or a winter storm.
We are almost done with our mid-year assessments and meetings with the families to discuss the children’s progress. It has been a difficult start, attendance wise, to 2016 with some school closings and terrible illnesses but we are persevering.
The bright side of this time of year is that we are hearing from the parents about how well their child is doing in school and the fact they the children are enjoying independent reading at home. These are things that we strive for with the children to achieve through the hard work of the tutors and the children themselves.
Justin did extremely well in his assessment in both real words and non-words. The real-word section deals with just that, real words. The non-word sections highlights how well the child uses the tools they have been taught at the Center when they are presented with unfamiliar reading material. By looking at both areas we are able to assess how well the child and tutor are doing with achieving the basic principles of reading and how well they are using them. Needless to say, it is in great part due to the support you provide, which makes this possible!
Again, Please Save the Date!
We hope to see you at the second annual GALA on March 12th at Hart’s Hill Inn in New Hartford. Lots of good food and fun will be happening as we celebrate: Building Blocks to Reading
We are pleased to have The Marketing Firm of Utica, NY as our Event Sponsor and Entertainment by Syracuse comedian, Nick Marra (sponsored by Oriental Faxton Lodge). We will also be providing the opportunity to Experience Dyslexia®
Please Join us for Good Food, Good Fun, Good Fellowship
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
Central City Bodies, A.A.S.R. Celebrates Ill∴ Paul C. Fritsch, 33°’s 100th Birthday
All Masonic Men are invited to join Central City Bodies, A.A.S.R. Wednesday April 13, 2016 to celebrate Ill∴ Paul C. Fritsch, 33°’s 100th Birthday. He served as Valley Secretary for ten years starting October 1977 and retiring May 1987.
The luncheon will be held at the Memorial Masonic Center, 648 Centerville Place, North Syracuse, NY 13212-2366 commencing at 11:30 a.m. Reservations for the Luncheon are required. Cost is $10.00 per person. Make your reservation with Sharon L. Swan, 5910 Tuller Rd., Cicero, NY 13039-8663. All checks payable to Sharon L. Swan, please. Deadline cutoff date for reservations is April 8, 2016.
This is a men only event. No gifts please. Congratulations comments are welcomed.
“Feast of the Paschal Lamb” Saturday, March 19, 2016
In keeping with ancient custom, and in accordance with the Constitutions of the Supreme Council, each Chapter of Rose Croix should observe the Feast of the Paschal Lamb by an appropriate ceremony. Traditionally, this day of obligation was Maundy Thursday. In deference to the Maundy Thursday rites of the churches, another day should be designated for the ceremony.
The Feast of the Paschal Lamb is neither the Feast of the Passover nor the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, although it commemorates both holy days. The Jewish Feast of the Passover commemorates the escape of the Hebrews from Egypt, when God, smiting the firstborn of the Egyptians, passed over the houses of the Israelites. Thus the blood of the paschal lamb, which had been used to mark the houses of the Israelites, has symbolized redemption. For observance of this Feast, Jesus gathered his disciples in the night in which he was betrayed. In their midst he instituted the sacrament which Christians revere as The Last Supper.
Chapters of Rose Croix observe this beautiful and symbolic celebration of the Feast of the Paschal Lamb as a memorial service, honoring our Brethren who have passed to their eternal reward during the preceding years. In spirit, we seem to sense their presence at the Mystic Banquet as we seek to strengthen the ties of brotherly love which bind our hearts in holy remembrance.
This public ceremony will be presented by the Central City Chapter of Rose Croix at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon March 19, 2016 at the Memorial Masonic Center, 648 Centerville Place North Syracuse, NY 13212-2366.
Buffet refreshments will be served in the dining room following the Memorial Ceremony. Please contact the Valley 0ffice (315) 452-7976 if you have any questions.
2016 – 2017 Scottish Rite Scholarship Applications
To all applicants: The deadline date to submit your completed applications to the Valley of Syracuse is April 1, 2016.
That means in the office by close of business on April 1, 2016. Applications received after April 1, 2016 will not be considered. No exceptions.
Call 315-452-7976 if you have any questions
Request for Assistance
To our Scottish Rite Members and their Spouses. This is a request from your Valley Secretary for assistance to complete an assignment received from the Sovereign Grand Commander. The office is commencing a project that complies with his directive to make personal contact with all or as many as possible of our Valley Members at least once per year.
We are seeking volunteers to work with our office staff and Valley Officers to contact a prepared list of members by telephone. Each volunteer will be assigned ten to twelve names to make personal contact with, complete a short list of questions, and then to report their results to the Valley office. This project requires use of your personal telephone to make the assigned calls.
We plan to kick this program off during the month of March 2016. Anyone willing to assist the office please contact Mrs. Sharon Fox, Office Administrative Assistant at (315) 452-7976 Monday thru Thursday.
Morning Coffee and Conversation
Reminding everyone that at the Masonic Memorial Center, 648 Centerville Pl., North Syracuse. Tuesday March 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. will be Coffee and Conversation at the building with your Masonic friends. Beverages and doughnuts will be supplied. Take the opportunity to get out of the house during a morning each month.
Call the Scottish Rite office to let us know you are coming. All Masons and their significant others are welcome. Sponsored by Central City Bodies Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Syracuse. If you read this article you are welcome to attend. Dress casual.
Contact the Valley Office at (315) 452-7976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
J.D. Swan, Jr., 33º