Nov 07 AASR Trustees 6:15 p.m. / Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Nov 12 One Day All USA Regional Reunion @ Masonic Care Community Utica
Confer 32° 2:00 p.m. / Special Ladies Program 2:00 p.m.
Dinner @ Hart’s Hill Inn Whitesboro
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Nov 14 Veteran’s Recognition Night
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Nov 21 Scottish Rite Encampment Program 7:30 p.m.
32° Lecture Presentation from old ritual
Refreshments to follow
Nov 28 Knights of St. Andrew - St. Andrew’s Day Observance 7:30 p.m.
Dec 05 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Dec 12 Holiday Celebration with the Ladies
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Dec 28 Holiday Luncheon @ Twin Trees
November is finally here. The nation-wide celebration of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite by both the Northern Masonic and Southern Jurisdictions will take place on Saturday, November 12th in the auditorium of the Administration Building on the Masonic Care Community Campus in Utica. That afternoon, we will see a joint conferral of the 32° by the Valleys of Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton and Norwood at the Administration Building on the campus of the Masonic Care Community. Running concurrently with the degree will be a Ladies Program and the day will be capped off with a festive dinner at the Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro. Class members and their wives, or significant others will be our guests at the four Valley combined Reunion Banquet that evening, following the degree conferral. Class members will also received a special jewel commemorating this special day.
Have you registered for the event? A letter with more details was sent in late September to Valley Members concerning registration for the dinner , hotels and the ladies program. Information can be found on the Valley website (www.syr-aasr.org). Please contact any Valley of Syracuse Office (315) 452-7976 for additional details.
Thank you to all who participated, sponsored someone, donated or just ate chicken for the Children’s Dyslexia Center Central New York at its Annual Walk-A- Thon on Saturday, October 8th at the Eastern Star Campus in Oriskany. You have assisted in keeping this great educational facility running!
November events include the following: Trustees & Executive Committees will meet on Monday, November 7th. On Monday, October 14th, the Valley of Syracuse will recognize our Veterans with Social Time at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and a Program at 7:30 p.m. The program will be t”The Ring that Went Around the World,” which we have not seen presented at Scottish Rite for a few years. It’s an original piece crafted by Ill. Sandy Samson, 33° and if you have not yet seen it, you should. November 21st, I will do a presentation on the Scottish Rite Encampment and the Knights of St. Andrew will do their St. Andrew’s Day Observance on November 28th.
I hope that everyone enjoys a very nice Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
See you soon.
Ill.'. Richard J Powell, 33°
Commander in Chief
The “Degree Day” that occurred on September 24th successfully ended for the ALL USA Class of 2016, making all members of the class eligible to receive their 32° on November 12th in Utica.
Thanks to all who supported the Children’s Dyslexia Center Walk-A-Thon held on October 8th. Join us in recognizing our Veterans on Monday, November 14th. We will present “The Ring that Went Around the World” for the first time in some years. It is a wonderful program.
The leaves are flying - enjoy the beautiful foliage this month!
D.B. Douglas H. Storey, 32° MSA
Most Wise Master
Most of you who know me, know that I have a long time association with the Boy Scouts and Scouting’s Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow. I have found Masonry and the lessons taught in Scottish Rite to have strong ties to the principles found in Scouting.
I believe this is no accident or coincidence. Many Scouting leaders have been Masons, including one of the founders of the BSA, Daniel Carter Beard. The co-founders of the Order of the Arrow, Carrol Edson and E, Urner Goodman were both Masons as well. The teachings in the Order of the Arrow are many, though the primary teaching is giving service above self, taking the extra step beyond doing a good turn or being helpful, by going out of your way to do good works for other people. It teaches servant leadership, and taking on these tasks with a smile.
The more time I spend with Masons, sharing time and thoughts and principles of life with them, and the more degrees I watch or participate in with Scottish Rite, I see how the principles I grew up with in Scouting for the last 48 years are echoed in Masons. Our methods may vary, but the principles come through strong, and reinforce a way to have a happy and fulfilled life. If you know a Scout leader, invite them to join Masons, and if they are already Masons, invite them to join Scottish Rite. It is only right that we reach out to those who already share in our values, and they would likely appreciate the lessons we can teach.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
James A. Nelson, 32º
Greetings My Brothers.
Well Fall is upon us with Winter not far behind. I hope this article finds each of you healthy and well.
We find 4 events on the schedule for November. On November 12th the 32 Degree will be portrayed by the Valleys in the region at the Masonic Care Community. As we portray the 32 Degree it will also be portrayed in every Valley in the Northern and Southern jurisdiction. After the Degree there will be Banquet held at the Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro. This is an event that may not happen again, so take the opportunity to be part in this one of a kind event
On November 14th we will have our annual Veterans Recognition Night. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm with a social hour starting at 6. On the 21st we will have a Scottish Rite Encampment at 7:30pm with refreshments after the meeting.
Last but not least, the Knights of St. Andrew will meet on November 28th at 7:30pm. The last meeting was poorly attended. Please come out and support the effort that is being put forth to rebuild this Organization.
In closing, I would like to wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time with Family and Friends and be thankful for all you have.
May the Great Architect keep you and yours safe and well until we meet again. Please take a moment each day and say a prayer for the Men and Women in our Nation’s Military.
H. Bruce Naumann, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
The leaves are swirling around as I begin this article, and colder weather will soon be arriving. Our Officers are in the process of calling every member in the Valley of Syracuse, to reconnect and update your current status. Let them know if you don’t like driving at night, or have difficulty getting around, and we can help arrange a ride. Another option is to write us a letter, which will be read during communications. We would enjoy hearing from everyone.
We currently have about two dozen Brother Masons living at the Masonic Care Community in Utica. As the Holiday season is fast approaching, I ask that you keep all of them in your thoughts.
I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving
See you in the Valley.
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
What a busy time for everyone. Many of you were involved with Council of Deliberation and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share some of our history and participants with you. We are ever so thankful that you have allowed us to be what we are today! Your support at our Teddy Bear Classic and the Annual Walk-a-Thon is a huge part of allowing us to do what we do. We have a Bookfair with Barnes and Noble in New Hartford coming up on October 29th. Give us a call if you would like more information.
The Center is back in full swing with eight new children and ten returning children. We have four new scholars and six certified tutors, two of whom donate their time to tutor one child each. We are very fortunate to have them participate in our program. I always enjoy the time I spend with the new children during their pre-assessment and look forward to their progress throughout the year.
I would like to tell you about some of the far reaching effects of our program. We recently held a CEU (Continuing Education hours for our certified tutors to help them get the required hours to maintain their certification) day. One of the certified tutors who teaches in an area school and has continued to tutor one of our earlier participants was able to let us know that this young man has been inducted into National Honor Society after attending our program. She also worked with a young child at her school who was designated to go into special education classes if her schoolwork did not improve. After spending time with this child, using our program, the school was “pleased” to see that the child was making excellent progress and was able to stay in the mainstream classroom. Our success is not just at the Center- an ongoing goal.
Thank you again for being who you are as Scottish Rite Masons.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424