May 06 New Member’s Mentoring/Orientation Session
All Member Information Meeting
8:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Doughnuts
9:00 a.m. Program
(Dress is casual - no shorts)
May 08 155th Annual Reunion
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
May 15 Guard’s Club Monday Dinner 6:15 p.m. /Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Four Bodies Annual Meeting 7:30 p.m.
May 22 Officers Public Installation
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Jun 05 Trustees Meeting 6:15 p.m. / Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
It’s hard to believe, but my two year term as Commander-in-Chief has come to its conclusion. The stress has been horrific! Remember - I had very long hair when I began, look at it now!
Truthfully, it has been a great two years. I would like to thank everyone who has attended or participated in a Scottish Rite event or degree during my term. Specifically, I would like to thank the following Brethren who have served as Officers under my watch, in particular, as a Presiding Officer - Thrice Potent Master of the Lodge of Perfection: Jack G. Dombrowski, 32° DSA and H. Bruce Naumann, 32°; Sovereign Prince of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem: Robert O. Boutell, 32° and James A. Nelson, 32º; Most Wise Master of the Chapter of Rose Croix: Carlton P. Jackson, 32° and D.B. Douglas H. Storey, 32° MSA; Consistory’s 1st Lt. Commander D.B. Garry L. Visconti, 32° MSA and 2nd Lt. Commander D.B. Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32° MSA; our Hospitaler Dick Freeman, 32° DSA and his sidekick Ill. Robert M. Tyrrell, 33°; our Treasurer, D.B. J. Michael Gates, 32° MSA; Sharon Fox, our Office Administrator; and finally Ill. James D. Swan, Jr., 33°, our Valley Secretary and his faithful partner Sharon. There have been countless others that I could acknowledge for their support and encouragement: Carl Fahrenkrug (Jr. & Sr.), Craig Cobb, Lynwood Bennerson, Gary Kall and Bob Tyrrell are but a few more. Thank you all for making it a great two years.
The one downside has been the loss of so many Illustrious 33° Brethren of the Valley of Syracuse: Bruce Widger, Bruce Ackerman, Bill Dupree and John Curtis. These Brethren represented the Best of the Best of Freemasonry and each labored for Lodge & Rite until the end. Their legacies and contributions can be found in each and every organization they belonged to. They left them better than they were found and it is our duty to continue in their memory. It is time for us to step up - let’s not let their hard work and leadership go to waste.
May finds us with the following events: Saturday, May 06 - New Member’s Mentoring/Orientation Session; May 08 - 155th Annual Reunion; May 15 - Guard’s Club Dinner and Four Bodies Annual Meeting; and finally on May 22 - Officers Public Installation. These will be my last events as CiC and I hope to see many of you there.
If you are a newer member of the Valley of Syracuse, I encourage you to attend the New Member Mentoring/ Orientation Session on May 8th, along with the first line signer of your petition. We hope to explain a few things about the Rite - customs, history, etc. as well give you a brief rundown on how the Valley operates. This Saturday morning program will begin at 8:30 AM with coffee and donuts and will conclude by 11:30. I hope you can make it.
Finally, I have one last favor to ask of you all. Please give your best efforts and attention to the Officers who will continue the great work of the Valley of Syracuse as you have done for myself and the Officers of the past two years. If we are to succeed, it will take all of us.
Ill.'. Richard J Powell, 33°
Commander in Chief
Please make plans now to reserve the evening of May 8th to attend the 155th AASR Annual Reunion. Social hour starts at 6:00 PM followed by Dinner at 6:30 and Program at 7:30.
I wish to thank the Degree Teams who took part in portraying the 16º and 18º on March 18th. Their performances were outstanding.
Don’t forget to make your reservation to attend the Guard’s Club Dinner on May 15th. The evening will begin at 6:15 PM with Dinner & Meeting followed by the Four Bodies Annual Meeting at 7:30 PM.
Finally, the evening of May 22nd will conclude this year’s social events with the Public Installation of Officers. As with other events, Social hour starts at 6:00 PM followed by Dinner at 6:30 and Program at 7:30.
D.B. Douglas H. Storey, 32° MSA
Most Wise Master
I am currently preparing a course for Boy Scouts about the Golden Age of Comic Books. This is just meant to be a fun course for Scouts to take, but as I start researching this, I find that the golden age started in 1938 and ran through 1954. This puts the golden era in the years leading up to World War II and through the Korean War. Some of what pushed comic book sales was the desire to have something to do while overseas during down times, and with less access to radios, as well as having fantastical stories, it had illustrations which opened the doors for many who didn’t read well. It also helped those who enjoyed the radio programs to have an entertainment far apart from what their experiences where. Comics began a steep decline after 1954. In the early 50’s television started making a larger impact and probably had a hand in the demise of Comic Books, along with the subjects moving away from the Super Hero toward Westerns, Romance, and Horror.
The second period when Comics began a revival was known as the Silver Age. This started around 1959 – 1960, it saw a return of DC comic super heroes and ushered in Marvel Comics as a powerhouse. This Silver Age, has a number of reasons behind revived success. Yet, one of the biggest reasons was because of the Baby Boomer era, where children of those who fought in WWII started getting into an age where they would read comics on traveling journeys and the fathers who had remembered their own fondness for the Comics, would have things to help bridge the age gap, and give them some common grounds.
When I looked at that, I also thought of how Masonry has quite a number of members who are family, father and sons belonging to Lodges, and being active members in the Concordant Bodies, it struck me that we have some similar aspects to those two eras of Comics. Fathers can connect with their more mature aged sons through Masonry, and share the common bonds of Fraternity and community we know as Masons. Being in our Fraternity gives family members new opportunities to interact and connect through a common ground, and has the added benefit of helping pass along the desire of bettering ourselves, and leading our paths toward becoming better men.
Shared passions, despite differences in age, or maybe in part enhanced by the different generations, is one of things I know I truly enjoy in our Fraternity. Seeing men of different generations, different histories, come together for a common cause, and a desire to do good in this world, makes our Fraternity something valuable in our families.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
James A. Nelson, 32º
Greetings My Brothers.
Well Spring is finally here in Syracuse. We start May with our our 155th Annual Reunion Dinner on May 8th . We should be very proud of the fact that we belong to a Valley with such a rich History.
On May the 15th the Guard’s Club dinner will be held with a 4 Body meeting to follow. May 22nd the Public Installation of officers will take place. There will be a dinner with the Installation to follow, this a public meeting and open to family and friends.
As this is the last work article I will be writing, I wish to thank all who have helped me make this a successful year as Thrice Potent Master. May the Great Architect of the Universe watch over you and yours.
H. Bruce Naumann, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
The snow has stopped falling and the Robins are hopping around on bare ground ! Its time to start doing some traveling again.
There are Degrees taking place in Syracuse and the neighboring Valleys have scheduled their Spring Reunions. If you are not working on your Passport, you may like to consider a day trip to the Masonic Care Community in Utica. At last count there were about 2 dozen Masonic Brothers residing at Wiley Hall and the Health Pavilion.
Lastly…when shopping for that new Spring Wardrobe, stop by the Office and see Sharon for a new Teddy Bear necktie. In doing so you will be helping support the Children’s Learning Center in Oriskany. As always, if anyone is in need of our aid or assistance, give Bob Tyrrell or myself a call.
See you around the Valley,
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
As we move into Spring and the Easter Season we want to continue to express our appreciation for the support you all continue to give us.
This is a very busy time at the Center (is there ever a time that isn’t) as we begin to prepare the students for the end of their year; the scholars for completing their training; recruiting the new class of scholars and preparing for our Summer Program. We have added something new to our agenda this year in that I will be conducting a class for Advanced Training for Certified Tutors. That class filled up within two weeks. I will keep you apprised of how this new venture goes.
Our children and tutors are preparing for their Spring Break and we will be closed for the week after Easter. As soon as we get back in sessions we will be full swing for our End of Year activities and preparing for our Recognition Ceremony on June 13th. 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.
We Thank You All, again for your support. We hold special memories of John Curtis, who was a
long time Board Member and supporter of our program.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
Member Mentoring/Orientation Session
Greetings my Brothers,
Save the Date: On Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am a special informational program will be presented at Memorial Masonic Center, North Syracuse. A notification letter was sent out to all Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite Members along with the Reunion dinner reservation form. This is a reminder in case you may have misplaced your letter and would like to attend.
If you would like to attend this free program, please call the Valley office @ 315-452-7976 so we can plan for material to be distributed and coffee and donuts.
New Members Mentoring Program Chairman
Lawrence W. Egnaczyk; email@example.com
(H) Ph. # 315-637- 4143
(C) Ph. # 315-632- 1043