Nov 04 Executive Committee Meeting
Nov 09 Degree Conferrals at MMC
Valleys of Norwood, Syracuse, & Utica
Candidates Registration w/Coffee & Donuts 9:00 a.m.
Open 4 Bodies Meeting 9:30 a.m.
Confer 16° 10:00 a.m.
Confer 18° 11:00 a.m.
Lunch 12:00 Noon
Confer 22° DVD 1:30 p.m.
Nov 11 Veterans Program, Recognition & Awards Night
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Nov 18 Lodge of Perfection 9th Degree Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Nov 23 Degree Festival @ Valley of Rochester
Nov 25 4 Bodies Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments to follow
Dec 02 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Dec 09 Holiday Celebration at MMC with the Ladies
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Dec 16 L-O-P 9° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Dec 27 Holiday Luncheon (Friday)
Twin Trees III Restaurant
11:30 a.m. til?
Casual - Order from the Menu
Greetings my Brothers.
With the fall schedule in full swing, and winter fast approaching, we hope to see everyone in attendance for our fall degree season. We have already Conferred the 4th and 14th degrees. On the Trestleboard for November 9th is the conferral of the 16°, 18° and 22°. Registration is at 9 a.m, and will follow with the conferral of 16° and 18° at 9:30 a.m. The 18° will be done by the Valley of Norwood. Lunch will be at noon, followed by the 22nd degree.
On November 11th, we will celebrate Veteran's day with an awards program. Social will begin around 6, dinner at 6:30, with a program to follow.
On November 23rd, we will join the Valley of Rochester for their degree festival. This will be a one-day class, and will include the 4°,9°,14°,20°,31°, and 32°. We will carpool from Syracuse. Any brother interested should contact the office. Hope to see you there!
December brings us our Holiday program. On December 9th we have an outstanding program planned. December 27th brings our Holiday luncheon at Twin Trees in North Syracuse. Hope to see you there. See you in Scottish Rite.
Ill.'. Robert M. Tyrrell, 33°
Commander in Chief
There’s no doubt about it. The Fall season is upon us. I thought it would be fun to organize a trip on the Adirondack Railroad for some foliage viewing, however by the time you read this the leaves will be far gone. Perhaps a trip could be arranged next season. HOWEVER, please drive carefully. The little youngsters love to play in the leaf piles and we need to be on the lookout for them.
November looks like a very busy month. On the 9th we will confer the 16°, 18° and 22°. The 22° will be by a DVD. On the 11th, we will hold the Veterans Recognition & Awards night. November 23rd will be the Degree Festival in Rochester. On November 25th a Four Bodies meeting. Please try to be involved. Your help is needed. Just pick up the phone and call the office to volunteer. 452-7976
George A. Laird III, 32°
Most Wise Master
The Valley of Syracuse Fall program is in full bloom. The Lodge of Perfection has conferred the 4°and 14°and the Council, Chapter, and Consistory will be conferring the 16°, 18° and 22° on November 9th . All Brothers are welcome to attend and take part.
November 11th the Valley will be holding the annual Veterans Dinner, along with Recognition and Awards Night. Plan on attending this event where we give special honor to those who have given service answering the call to protect our freedoms. The second part of this night will be honoring those Scottish Rite Brothers who have given their time and talents to make this Valley successful. Contact the Valley office to make your reservations and join in the celebration.
November 23rd , the Valley of Rochester will be holding a Fall Reunion and conferring the 4°,9°,14°,20° in one day. For those who would like to attend, please contact the Valley office to make your intentions known.
The last two Scottish Rite items on the November calendar are on the 23rd at 7:00pm – the LOP rehearsal for the 9°, and on the 25th there will be a 4 Bodies Meeting at 7:30pm with refreshments to follow.
Brothers, I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday, and hope that you will spend the day in celebration with you families. We have much to be thankful for living in this country that offers us so much. Reflect on the joys.
Dave Barnello, 32°
It is hard to believe we are entering November already but our Masonic activities for the year are far from over. October was a busy month for the Lodge of Perfection with rehearsals and the conferral of the 4° and the 14°. Thank you to all the Brothers who took part in the excellent presentations of these Degrees and a special thanks to our Cast Directors Ill. Richard J. Powell, 33°, Ill. Gary S. Hartman, 33° and Distinguished Brother Garret A. Wikoff, 32°, MSA our Robing Room and Stage Manager. On Saturday November 23rd we will be traveling to the Valley of Rochester to present the 14° at their Degree Festival.
Just a reminder to mark your calendars for Monday November 25. There will be a Four Bodies Meeting @ 7:30 p.m..
As we all know Thanksgiving Day is November 28. You and your family are all invited to join the Masonic War Vets for their annual visit to our shut in Veterans who are unable to be home for the holiday. We will meet @ 9:00 a.m. at the basement level of the hospital in the community room. From their we will be escorted to the various floors to distribute gift bags of fruit, puzzle and game books, personal care items, robes etc. We are accompanied by Musicians and Shriner Clowns. Our Vets truly enjoy and appreciate us taking the time to visit them and show they are not forgotten. It is a great way to start the Thanksgiving Day and we are on our way home by noon. For many of us this has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition. This year try something new. You may find it gives new meaning to your Thanksgiving.
Leon Bulriss, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
On October 5th I visited the Childrens Learning Center in Oriskany, for the annual fund raiser. Support for these young kids is just as important as the care for our older Brothers. Please be generous when your “Blue envelopes” arrive.
The status of Willard Bahn, Raymond Harvey, and George Black at the Masonic Home in Utica remains pretty much the same.
I recently spoke with Freman “Buzz” Chase, and he was happy to report that his leukemia is currently in remission, and may be attending some of the upcoming degrees. I am also happy to report that Rolf Schewedes is out of the hospital and recovering in Fayetteville. Chuck Davenport says that his Dad, Charles Sr. remains positive in his struggle with cancer and he appreciates all of our Prayers and support.
Please let me know of anyone in need of our aid or sympathy.
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
It is hard to believe that we are starting our 8th full year of service to Central New York. We have 22 children attending the Center this year. 11 of the children are continuing their work and 11 are just beginning.
We have 7 certified tutors and 3 scholars who will be working with the children this year and we are off to a good start with wonderful attendance at the Parent Orientation Session.
We have already had some great activities with the Annual Timothy O’Connor-Slater Walk on October 5th at the Center. On the Same Day we had a Chicken Barbecue, Bake Sale and Can and Bottle Drive. If you missed the day and would like to contribute we can always accept donations. On November 2nd we plan to have our second Book Fair at Barnes and Noble in New Hartford. It’s a great way to combine some of your holiday shopping and helping the Center. Watch for more information.
Since October is Dyslexia month I wanted to share some information provided by The International DYSLE IA Association®:
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services.
What causes dyslexia?
The exact causes of dyslexia are still not completely clear, but anatomical and brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a person with dyslexia develops and functions. Moreover, most people with dyslexia have been found to have problems with identifying the separate speech sounds within a word and/or learning how letters represent those sounds, a key factor in their reading difficulties. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods, students with dyslexia can learn successfully.
How widespread is dyslexia?
About 13–14% of the school population nationwide has a handicapping condition that qualifies them for special education. Current studies indicate that one half of all the students who qualify for special education are classified as having a learning disability (LD) (6–7%). About 85% of those students have a primary learning disability in reading and language processing. Nevertheless, many more people—perhaps as many as 15–20% of the population as a whole—have some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words. Not all of these will qualify for special education, but they are likely to struggle with many aspects of academic learning and are likely to benefit from systematic, explicit, instruction in reading, writing, and language.
Dyslexia occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. People with dyslexia can be very bright. They are often capable or even gifted in areas such as art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, math, mechanics, music, physics, sales, and sports.
In addition, dyslexia runs in families; parents with dyslexia are very likely to have children with dyslexia. For some people, their dyslexia is identified early in their lives, but for others, their dyslexia goes unidentified until they get older.
What are the effects of dyslexia?
The impact that dyslexia has is different for each person and depends on the severity of the condition and the effectiveness of instruction or remediation. The core difficulty is with word recognition and reading fluency, spelling, and writing. Some individuals with dyslexia manage to learn early reading and spelling tasks, especially with excellent instruction, but later experience their most debilitating problems when more complex language skills are required, such as grammar, understanding textbook material, and writing essays.
People with dyslexia can also have problems with spoken language, even after they have been exposed to good language models in their homes.
There is so much more to be learned by all of us regarding the issues making reading difficult for our children. For more information you can online to: www.interdys.org
My thanks, as always, for all of your support.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
Happy Thanksgiving / Happy Hanukkah
Family Celebrations are important to all of us. This year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are celebrated together. What a festive time for Families to gather to give thanks and blessings for the bounty they enjoy. College students are home for their first break from studies. Parents and Grandparents gather around the harvest table with their families for the traditional Feasts of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.
The Valley Office Staff, on behalf of all of the Officers and Members of Central City Bodies A.A.S.R., Valley of Syracuse wish everyone Happy Holidays. May peace and goodwill be the toast of this special Season.
Please take care when you travel to be with your families and have a safe Holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to all,
Scottish Rite Degrees One Day Class
A one day class conferring the degrees required to become a 32° Scottish Rite Mason is scheduled Saturday November 23, 2013 at the Valley of Rochester. The meeting is at Damascus Shrine Center, 979 Bay Rd., Webster, NY 14580. Candidates for the degrees must be present prior to 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in becoming a Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Syracuse by participating in this one day class please submit your petition to the Valley of Syracuse Office no later than November 14, 2013. Fee for taking the degrees is $110.00 and must accompany the petition when it is submitted. Transportation by car pooling from the Masonic Center will be arranged and provided. Please call the Valley office at (315) 452-7976 if you desire additional information.