Oct 4 Executive Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Live meeting at Masonic Center
Oct 11 4° “Builder” (V) & 14° “Grand Elect Mason” (L) Conferral 7:30 p.m.
Live Meeting at Masonic Center
Refreshments to follow
Oct 18 White Hat & Recognition Night
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Live Event at Masonic Center
Oct 25 Consistory Degrees at Valley of Norwood 6:00 p.m.
22° “Prince of Libanus” (V) & 32° “Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret” (V)
Knighting Ceremony by Live Cast
Refreshments to follow
Nov 1 Executive Committee Zoom Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Invitation to come from Secretary
Nov 8 15° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Nov 15 Veterans Recognition Night
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Live Event at Masonic Center
Nov 21 (Sunday) KSA St. Andrew’s Day Brunch @Brae Loch Inn Cazenovia 11:00 AM
Nov 22 18° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Nov 27 (Saturday) Conferral of 17° & 18° 11:00 a.m.
Coffee 8:30 a.m.
Confer 17° “Knight of the East & West” Video 9:15 a.m.
Confer 18° “Knight of Rose Croix H.R.D.M.” 11:00 a.m. Live
Lunch after Degrees conferrals completed
Greetings, I will start this month’s article with a riddle. What weighed 8lbs.2oz. was 21” long and arrived on September 8,2021? The answer is Ivan Oleksii Egnaczyk, our 1st Grandchild. Thank you and congratulations to Sean and Emily for their hard work. We always tell our members that family comes first and foremost.
Our Masonic family is far reaching. I felt evidence of this at Supreme Council Session in Cleveland Ohio last month as Earl Tuttle, George Caswell, Carl Klossner, and Gordon Hubbell were to be Coroneted 33° Scottish Rite Masons. The warmth of the greetings we were met with was unbelievable. Everywhere we went we were congratulated by Men and women alike from the Scottish Rite Family as we were identified as Candidates by the credentials we wore. What a truly warm feeling to be treated this way. This is how we should always greet our Brothers, Sisters and the public, to lead by example how to treat one another as Masons should do. At the NYS dinner it was announced who the next candidates to be elected 33° are. Congratulations to D.B. William H. Toth II,32° M.S.A. for being chosen to be Coroneted in Louisville KY in 2023.
Special thanks to Garry and Lynn Visconti for hosting the Hospitality Room at the NYS hotel and Jim and Sharon Swan for organizing the NYS dinner event.
Check your Schedules for a road trip to the Valley of Norwood on October 25,2021 when the Consistory will open and confer the 22° ad the 32° and Knight the Class as S.P.R.S.
Our Family life events were a huge success, and we will look into more events in the near future.
D.B. Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32° MSA
Commander in Chief
email@example.com / (H) Ph. # 315-637-4143 / (C) Ph. # 315-632-1043
I'm excited about the upcoming year in Scottish Rite and all its challenges. I’d like to talk about the recruiting of new members. Memorial Lodge 648 has received input from a private donor who said he will pay initiation fees for as many as nine new members to join Scottish Rite. Perhaps some Scottish Riters from other lodges would consider doing this as an incentive as well. New members have fun engaging in social events while learning knowledge to improve themselves.
The Rose Croix degrees are scheduled to be conferred on November 27th. This includes the 17th & 18th Degrees. Right now I'm trying to get a cast together for the various parts. If you are interested contact me at 315 632-1395.
I also have 2 vacant officer’s positions in the Rose Croix line. Contact the office or myself for more information.
Richard E. Barrett, 32°
Most Wise Master
Greetings Sovereign Princes. Hope you are all staying safe and enjoying the crisp fall days. By the time you read this another session of COD will be in the books and I am sure it was up to its usual spectacular standards.
The Valley is busy prepping for live degree work so remember to volunteer as much as you can to help. As we get back to gathering together in person I would like to say that it will be good to see you all again.
There is a lot of excitement and activities in The Valley so lets hope to see some old familiar faces but more importantly, some of the newer members coming out to events and enjoying some good fellowship.
On a personal note, when you pay your dues why not round up the amount and give to the charities? Every bit helps and is truly appreciated by those in need.
Stay safe everybody. God bless you all, Freemasons, our military and this great country.
James McNeal, 32º DSA
My Distinguished Brethren and Princes: With the Grace of the Great Architect, September brings the true beginning of our many Masonic outings, events and busy schedules for the ensuing year!! Dependent on the “Word’s” distribution schedule the Valley Fall Kickoff & Brother Bring a Brother Night should be just days away. I’m so excited for the opportunity to be with my fellow Scottish Rite Brothers and hopefully the opportunity to meet new Brethren interested in joining our productive and exciting journey in Scottish Rite at the Valley of Syracuse!
This also marks a time for change and great new leadership in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. As of the Annual Session of Supreme Council held in Cleveland, Ohio, New York’s very own Ill. Peter J. Samiec, 33° was named Sovereign Grand Commander, Ill. G Michael Morris, 33° will now serve as Deputy for New York State replacing Ill. David P. Spencer, 33° and Ill. Richard J. Powell, 33° has been elected as an Active Member of Supreme Council. We are also very proud to announce our Commander in Chief, D.B. Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, 32° and D.B. Earl L. Tuttle, 32° were coroneted 33° Honorary Members of the Supreme Council. Our deepest congratulations to these outstanding leaders for their accomplishments and dedication to our noble craft.
As we are starting a new Masonic year, I also thought it would be a good opportunity to explore the meaning and value of the Lodge of Perfection. Valley of Boston writes on its website: “The 4t through14th degrees are called the Ineffable Degrees because their principal purpose is the investigation and contemplation of the ineffable name of the Deity. The degrees amplify the legend of the Master Mason degree, and stories of the biblical era, leading up to the building of King Solomon’s Temple. These degrees are designed to impress more forcefully the teachings of the first three degrees. Each of our degrees takes it theme from one of the many names of
God, “God is Love”, “God is Merciful”, “God is Just”. Scottish Rite Masons know that they are not perfect, but that there is a path to Perfection.
In the Fourteenth Degree, the final and climactic lesson of the Lodge of Perfection is revealed, a belief in the ever living and true God and a deep reverence for His Holy Name. It is a profoundly religious degree, not dealing in a particular doctrine, but encouraging each of us to worship God at an altar of our individual choice. It is expressive of the deep spiritual roots of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and of our constant endeavor to attain that perfection of character embodied in our concept of a loving Heavenly Father, a personal God.”
As we all begin this new Masonic Year let us all reflect upon the lessons of the Craft Degrees and the Ineffable Degrees of the Lodge of Perfection and how they apply to our lives. Let us all strive to embody the lessons of our beautiful Craft.
Terry A. Byard, 32° DSA
Thrice Potent Master
Greetings Brothers! Labor Day has passed and the hummingbird feeder is back in storage till next spring. Dianne is canning tomatoes, and Syracuse just beat Ohio! I think Fall has arrived. It will be good to see activities reopening in our Valley.
Just to follow up on my “growing old” articles, as many of us are approaching 80, our goal is to remain upright and be grateful we made it this far. Very few of us at this stage still have all our original parts, but life is great and worth the struggle of growing old.
If anyone has an issue that you would like me to write about, please give me a call and discuss it with me.
Please continue to keep those in need… in our thoughts.
The Hospitalers Fund is always in need. If you are able to help, please send a check made out to Central City Bodies, and directed for the Hospitalers Fund.
If you are in need of some confidential assistance, please contact Bob Tyrrell or myself… We may be able to provide some type of help.
Continue to follow safety guidelines…
Dick Freeman – 315-837-4962
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
As you read this we are back in the Center full-time, using the same protocols we followed last year. We were the only Center able to tutor our children face-to-face (across 5ft tables, behind plexiglas dividers, wearing clear masks). It was a major accomplishment on the part of the staff, Board, children and families that we completed the year with no major COVID issues and that we were able to enjoy an in-person Recognition Ceremony to celebrate all.
What a fun time was had by all at our very successful Golf Tourney- it never disappoints. We hope you will plan to join us next year.
This year we plan to welcome 9 new students and welcome back another 9. We have two new scholars (practitioner trainees) and 5 returning tutors. As always, it will be a busy time. It is my plan to have seen many of you at COD and that many if you will have been able to participate in our Walkathon fundraiser.
There are no words to Thank You all for your continued support…
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
KSA: St. Andrew’s Day Brunch
The Knights of St. Andrew would like to welcome everyone back & will celebrate St. Andrew Day (and 62 days until the Burns Supper) with a Brunch at the Brae Loch Inn in Cazenovia, NY on Sunday, November 21st at 11:00 AM!
Brunch will begin at 11:00 AM and cost will be $33.00 per person. Wives/significant others/guests are invited. This event is open to all! Make your reservation now!
This event is open for all! A great opportunity to introduce non-Scottish Rite Brothers to the Rite! Or non-Masons to the Fraternity! Dress is Kilt or business casual.
The Brae Loch puts out a great spread for its brunches and Cazenovia is lovely in the fall. Come out and make your reservation for the Burns Supper (to be held at Colemans on 1/22/22). Make your check out to the “Knights of St. Andrew” and mail them to Richard Powell, 4717 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY 13215. Be sure to write "St. Andrew’s Brunch" in the memo area of your check.
Reservations are due no later than October 30th, 2021.
News from Supreme Council in Cleveland
Congratulations are in order for several members of the Valley of Syracuse and others.
Illustrious Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, Illustrious Earl L. Tuttle, and Illustrious George N. Caswell, all members of the Valley of Syracuse were coroneted 33° Sovereign Grand Inspector’s General Honorary Members of Supreme Council 33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, United States of America at the recent Supreme Council Session in Cleveland, OH
D.B. William H. Toth, II, 32° MSA was elected to receive the 33° in 2023 in Louisville, KY.
Illustrious G. Michael Morris, 33° Active Member was elected the new Deputy for New York Scottish Rite Masons and Ill∴ David P. Spencer retired as the Deputy and moved to Active Emeritus Status.
Ill∴ Peter J. Samiec, 33° was elected Sovereign Grand Commander, Supreme Council 33° Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, United State of America
Ill∴ Richard J. Powell, 33° and Ill∴ John R. Patterson, 33° were elected Active Members of Supreme Council, 33° Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, NMJ, United States of America.
Our New York State Scottish Rite Leadership team in New York State is ready.
2022 Member’s Dues
Prior to September 15, 2021 you should have received the invoice for your 2022 Member’s Dues from Supreme Council. A new Member’s Card is included in the envelope with the invoice. If you have not received both the Dues invoice and your new Member’s Dues Card please contact the Valley Office 315-452-7976 immediately.
SPECIAL INVITATION TO ALL AREA MASONIC LODGES AND MASTER MASONS
Central City Bodies, A.A.S.R., Valley of Syracuse Invites YOU
To a Masonic Lodge Outreach and Scottish Rite “Rite on the Road” Degrees Conferral Program
What: A Scottish Rite degree conferral program to confer the 4° “Builder”; the first Scottish Rite degree starting a Master Mason’s journey to become a 32° Scottish Rite Mason in a Master Mason’s Home Lodge and Community.
Where: At a Masonic Lodge building in your Community
When: On a scheduled date at a convenient time selected by your Masonic Lodge.
A Membership Team representative from Central City Bodies, A.A.S.R., Valley of
Syracuse will make contact with your Masonic Lodge or you may contact the
Valley of Syracuse Office for more information - Phone: (315) 452-7976 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org