May 02 CRC Rehearse 18° 7:00 p.m.
May 09 CRC Confer 18° 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments to follow
May 16 Guard’s Club Dinner 6:15 p.m. & Annual Meeting 6:45 p.m.
4 Bodies Annual Meeting w/election of Officers 7:30 p.m.
May 23 2016-2017 Officers Public Installation
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Install 7:30 p.m.
June 06 Trustees Meeting 6:15 p.m. / Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Happy 100th Birthday to Ill. Paul Fritch, 33°! Brother Paul turned 100 years old on Wednesday, April 13th. The Valley of Syracuse held a special luncheon just for that occasion last month, thanks to all who attended, I am sure Paul enjoyed it all.
On April 10th at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant, I had my long hair shaved off to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation - as of this writing, I have raised over $1100 for children’s cancer research. Kudos to the Brothers from Konosioni Lodge and Sue Kline from Ilderim Temple No. 15, Daughters of the Nile who also raised funds by having their heads shaved in the event. If you see them, congratulate & thank them. I thank you for your support.
In May, we have the 18° on the 9th and the Guard’s Club Dinner/Meeting on the 16th. We also have the Annual Meeting of all four bodies on the 16th. We will be electing the officers for Lodge, Council & Chapter that evening and we will be voting on some by-laws changes. On May 23rd we will have a public Installation of Officers with a dinner at 6:30, followed by the installation at 7:30.
Have you been interested in joining Scottish Rite but have not been able to make the Monday Degrees this Masonic season? Fear not! We will hold a marathon batch of degrees in the fall. On Saturday, September 24th, the Valley of Syracuse will confer 4°(v), 12°(v), 14°(L), 22°(v), 30°(L), and 31°(v). Taking these degrees will make you eligible for the 32°, which will be conferred in Utica on Saturday, November 12th. Call the Office for details. Members of this Spring’s class and those in the Fall will receive a special commemorative jewel to celebrate their receiving the 32° in November.
Spring has sprung, I hope you are all enjoying good weather when you read this.
See you soon...
Ill.'. Richard J Powell, 33°
Commander in Chief
I really enjoyed and want to thank everyone for their parts in our presentation of the Feast of the Paschal Lamb.
On April 11th CPJ will Confirm the the 15th degree at 7:30, refreshments will follow. April 18th will have Special Meeting with Refreshments to follow .
With Grand Lodge coming May 2nd and 3rd, some of will miss rehearsal for the 18th degree.Brother Larry Egnaczyk has set an alternate date for rehearsal.
Once again I am saying thank you for your help.
Till we see each other Peace.
Carlton Jackson, 32°
Most Wise Master
As I write this, in April, the snow is flying. Even though we have had a very mild winter, hopefully by the time you are reading this the snow and cold weather will have long been gone.
May 9th @ 7:30pm 18th degree conferral
May 16th @ 6:30pm Guards club dinner and meeting followed by All Bodies' elections
May 23rd @ 6:00pm Installation of Officers
Grand Lodge is meeting and lodges are electing and installing new officers. This is a good time to support your lodges. Give the incoming new master a kind word and offer to help him in his year. Sometimes the best reassurance is letting the new master know he is not alone.
Robert O. Boutell, 32°
With the end of the Scottish Rite year rapidly approaching, we know that the annual reports and election of officers are now upon us. The Lodge of Perfection has wrapped up the Lodge of Perfection degrees for this cycle, but this doesn’t mean our work is over. Please provide support to all the other bodies in the presentation of their degrees. Remember they were there for us in the presentation of our degrees.
The Valley now requires that you have your dues card scanned upon entering the meetings. This process assists the Valley office in meeting the reporting needs of Supreme Council and helps to log your points toward the Knight of the Double Eagle award.
Please get the word out to our Brothers who may have missed the last few meetings about how full our sidelines were and how impressive it was for the candidates. We would really like to fill the Lodge room. There is always room for more brothers on the sidelines!
Brethren please remember that our Learning Center needs our support and participation in the upcoming fund raising events. We have 2 major events coming up that need maximum support. The first is the Teddy Bear Golf Classic at Vesper Hills in August, and the second is the Walk-A-Thon at the campus in Oriskany later in October. Please keep in mind our center would not exist without donations from all of you and the generous people of central New York.
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 a while 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
We applaud our Commander in Chief, Illustrious Richard J. Powell, for again taking part in the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event of having his head shaved. The money raised from this event goes to fund research for children’s cancer worldwide.
There seems to have been an exceptionally high number of Brothers, and or family members undergoing sickness and distress issues this year. Please be aware that you are not in this alone. The Valley may be able to assist you.
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
I want to again say Thank You to all of you that helped to make our GALA such a wonderful success. At last report we had received over $18,000 in donations. We had over 90 people join us for a great evening and we look forward to an even bigger and better event next year.
I wanted to bring you a bit more news about Justin. What a great young man he is. He is ever cheerful, always ready to work and always makes his best effort. As he moves forward in Level II (a great accomplishment for a first year child) he strives to meet the challenges of more complex phonemes (sounds) and rules. At the same time he continues to work to keep those pesky reversals under control. I have no doubt that Justin will continue to move forward throughout the rest of this academic year.
This month I would like to let you know about some of the other things we do through the Center. Right now we are holding Information Sessions for the upcoming year of training for tutor/scholars. We held one the end of March and will hold another the evening of Wednesday, April 20th at 6:30 at the Center. If you know of anyone who might be interested just give us a call.
We also try to educate the public about Dyslexia and the importance of multi-sensory instruction. Last Saturday I met with a group or parents (mainly home-schoolers) from the Utica and Syracuse areas to talk about both of these topics. It was a great day for all of us.
Thank you for helping to give me the opportunity to share why what we do at the Center is so important.
FYI- Save the Date
2015-16 Recognition Ceremony
Wednesday June 15th at 6:30 PM
OES Campus Pavilion
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
One Day Scottish Rite Festival on Saturday, Sept 24, 2016
Reserve September 24, 2016 on your calendar. The Valley of Syracuse will confer the 4th, 12th, 14th, 22nd, 30th, and 31st degrees in a one day degree festival to provide the opportunity for our 2015-2016 candidates to receive 32nd degree on Saturday November 12, 2016 in the one day Consistory conferral commemorating Scottish Rite Masonry all across the United States of America.
Degree conferrals will start at 9:30 a.m., pausing at 12 Noon for lunch, and continuing in the afternoon.
This provides an excellent opportunity for Master Masons to become Scottish Rite Masons as part of a Historical Masonic Event. Be a member of a class of 32nd degree masons who received the 32nd degree at the Masonic Care Community in a regional conferral of the 32nd degree by a degree team composed of members of the Valleys of Syracuse, Norwood, Utica, and Binghamton.
Please contact any Scottish Rite Valley of Syracuse Officer, Valley Member, or the Valley of Syracuse office for additional details. Contact the office (315) 452-7976 or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a petition to take your degrees. Cost for a Master Mason to become a Scottish Rite Mason is $110.00 plus your annual member’s dues. Annual Member’s Dues in the Valley of Syracuse are $83.00 per year. Class members and their wife, or significant other will be guests at the four Valley combined Reunion Banquet Saturday evening November 12, 2016 following the degree conferral. Class members will also received a special jewel commemorating this special day.