On November 12, 2016, Valleys, Orients and Councils of Deliberations from both the Northern Masonic and Southern Jurisdictions will come together to celebrate the Scottish Rite. It is the first time the fraternity has held such a nationwide day of honor. The Central New York Region will meet in the Administration Building on the Masonic Care Community Campus in Utica, NY (2150 Bleecker Street) that afternoon for the conferral of the 32° on Brothers from the Valleys of Binghamton, Norwood, Syracuse and Utica. Running parallel to the conferral of the 32° will be a Ladies Program to be held in the lower floor of the Administration Building. Following the Degree, there will be a dinner in honor of the new Scottish Rite Brethren. We would love to see all that attend the Degree & Ladies Program that afternoon to attend the dinner.
A handsome, new jewel or medallion, similar to the one pictured here, is being commissioned. They will be available in November 2016, to all who have been made a Scottish Rite Mason. In the NMJ, each candidate receiving his 32° during 2016, will be presented this commemorative jewel free of charge. Our newly Knighted 32° Brethren will receive their commemorative jewels at the dinner so they are highly encouraged to attend.
The Days Details are as Follows:
1:30 PM Gathering & Registration of Candidates / Ladies Gathering
2:30 PM Opening / Ladies Program Begins
4:30-5:00 PM Degree & Ladies Program Ends
6:00 PM Social Time at Harts Hill Inn
6:30 PM Dinner
Running parallel to the conferral of the 32° will be a Ladies Program to be held in the lower floor of the Administration Building on the Masonic Care Community Campus. The Thirsty Painters combines a fun afternoon of refreshments with a painting class! A certified artist will be on hand to teach a 2-3 hour,fun filled painting class! During that time, the instructor will walk the ladies step-by-step and at the end of the afternoon, she will have her own masterpiece and be amazed that she created it!
Ladies - Please consider attending! Cost: $25 per person
Following the Degree, there will be a dinner in honor of the new Scottish Rite Brethren. We would love to see all that attend the Degree & Ladies Program that afternoon to attend the dinner. Newly Knighted 32° Brethren will receive their commemorative jewels at the dinner so they are highly encouraged to attend.
It will be held at the Hart’s Hill Inn - 135 Clinton Street, Whitesboro, NY
Cost: $30 per person
Dinner Choices: Roast Sirloin of Beef or Chicken Marsala
For the Ladies Program & Dinner, please see attached forms for reservation information.
Reservations are a must! Please see the attached registration forms for more details and costs.
Brothers from the Valleys of Binghamton, Norwood, Syracuse and Utica should consult with their Valley Office before mailing in these forms.
The Bodies of the Scottish Rite, sitting in the Valley of Syracuse, State of New York acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts and whose officers are:
Ill.·. John William McNaughton, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander
Ill.·. Gail N. Kemp, 33°
Grand Lieutenant Commander
Ill.·. Robert F. Ogg, Jr., 33°
Grand Minister of State
Ill.·. David P. Spencer, 33°
Deputy for New York State
ACTIVE MEMBERS FOR NEW YORK
Ill.·. Peter J. Samiec, 33°
Past Deputy for New York
Ill.·. Stephen R. Whittaker, 33°
Grand Master General of Ceremonies
Ill.·. G. Michael Morris, 33°
Ill∴ Steven C. Stefanakos, 33°
ACTIVE EMERITUS MEMBERS FOR NEW YORK
Ill.·. James F. Niehoff, 33°
Ill.·. Bruce Widger, 33°
Past Deputy for New York
Ill.·. Richard H. Welkley, 33°
Ill.·. Gary A. Henningsen, 33°
Ill.·. Fredrick D. Greene, 33°
Ill.·. Edward R. Trosin, 33°
Ill.·. Harold L. Aldrich, 33°
Past Grand Minister of State
Past Deputy for New York
Ill.·. P. Michael Nielsen, 33°
Ill.·. Carl F. Fahrenkrug, Sr., 33°
The Teddy Bear Golf Classic benefiting our Children's Dyslexia Center- Central New York located at the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany was held on August 5th, 2016. Enjoy some photos from the event.
Information from the 2016 Supreme Council Executive Session in Lexington
Ill.'. David A. Glattly, 33° selected to be the next Sovereign Grand Commander
Please forward this information to our 33rd Degree Club Members.
Five new Candidates to become 33° Honorary Members of Supreme Council from the State of New York were also announced:
Alan P. Zdiamal, Valley of Binghamton
Gerald T. Wright, Valley of Schenectady
Lawrence Fiorenza, Valley of Rockville Centre
Phillip R. Hurwitz, Valley of Rochester
John Patterson, Valleys of Troy and Albany
Ill.'. P. Michael Nielsen, 33° has retired as an Active Member and was elected Active Emeritus Member.
Ill.'. Steven C. Stefanakos, 33° was elected an Active Member.
Congratulations to all!
Sept 12 14° & 30° Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.
Sept 19 Valley Fall Kick off Program “Bring a Brother Night at MMC
Candidates needed for September 24
Sept 24 Saturday Degrees Festival
Registration 9:00 a.m.
L-O- P Conferring 4° (V), 12° (V), 14° (L)
Consistory Conferring 22° (V), 30° (L) & 31° (V)
Luncheon at Noon
Sept. 26 Officer Training 7:30 p.m.
Oct 8 Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY Annual Walk-A- Thon
Register 9:30 a.m.
Chicken-Bar- B-Q 11:30 a.m. ‘til all gone
Eastern Star Campus
8650 State Route 69
Your support is needed and appreciated
Oct 10 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Oct 17 Consistory Confer 29° (V) 7:30 p.m.
Refreshment to follow
Oct 24 Recognition & Awards Night
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Oct 31 Knights of St. Andrew 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments to follow
I hope everyone has an enjoyable summer which included the presence of an air conditioner. While there have not been any Valley meetings or events besides the Teddy Bear Golf Classic in August, I have been busy with meetings preparing for the 2017 Supreme Council Session in Rochester, the 32° Scottish Rite Day in November and our Valley’s Degree Day (or “D” Day as D.B. Douglas H. Storey calls it below) in September.
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 in November. 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 Riters as part of a Historical Masonic Event.
So what is this 32° Scottish Rite Day? On the afternoon of Saturday, November 12th, we will participate in a nation-wide celebration of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite by both the Northern Masonic and Southern Jurisdictions. 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.
Please contact any Valley of Syracuse Officer, Member, or our office for additional details. Contact the office (315) 452-7976 or email@example.com 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. A letter with more details will be forthcoming to Valley Members concerning registration for the dinner , hotels and the ladies program.
Two other dates to remember for September are the 19th for the Valley Fall Kick Off “Bring a Brother Dinner and the 26th for Officer Training. Please make every effort to attend. Officers who will be unable to make an event should contact their presiding officer or the Valley Secretary and inform them of their absence.
I don’t like ending on a sad note but, earlier this summer we lost Ill. Brother Bruce H. Ackerman, 33°. If you managed to see Brother Bruce’s obituary you saw that he “was a Navy veteran of WWII and a Marine veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of THE CHOSIN FEW, an exclusive Fraternity of Honor of those who served in the Epic Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir Campaign in North Korea during November-December 1950.” Bruce was very active in Freemasonry - “He was raised in Port Byron Lodge 130 in 1962 and affiliated with the former Onondaga Lodge No. 802 in 1965. He served as Worshipful Master in 1971 and Trustee 1972-1975 and 1988-1991. He served as Empire State Mason Representative 1973-1975; Assistant Grand Lecturer 1975-1976; and District Grand Master of Onondaga District 1976-1977. During his term of office, he served as President of the Mid-State Region District Deputies Association. He was a member of Memorial Lodge No. 648 in North Syracuse at the time of his death. Bruce joined Scottish Rite in the Valley of Syracuse in 1975. He served as Thrice Potent Master of the Lodge of Perfection 1972-1973 and as Commander-in-Chief of Consistory 1991-1993. He was coronated 33 Degree Honorary Member of Supreme Council on September 24, 1991 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bruce also served as Patron of Onondaga Chapter #144 Order of Eastern Star 1970 and 1980.” Above and beyond all of that, and that is extremely impressive, Ill. Bruce H. Ackerman, 33° was an exemplary man, husband and father, one worthy of all to admire. He will be missed...
See you soon.
Ill.'. Richard J Powell, 33°
Commander in Chief
Summer has come and almost gone for 2016. Now is the time to start thinking about how you can participate in some of our degree work forthcoming which will begin within the next two weeks. September 24th is “D” Day and surely we will need your help in one form or another. Whether you can assist with a speaking or non-speaking part in one or more of the degrees being presented on that day, we need your help.
Along that same vane, ask one of your Lodge Brothers to submit a petition and enjoy the degrees that day. One more degree on November 12th and they will be a member of the exclusive 32° Class of 2016.
This is the year, the year of excitement, when two Scottish Rite Jurisdictions come together to present the 32° on the same day. YOU will want to be THERE and be part of the celebration.
D.B. Douglas H. Storey, 32° MSA
Most Wise Master
I trust this is finding you well, rested from summer leisure time, and finding yourselves ready for the upcoming year. The time off we have offers us some time to recharge our batteries, maybe some time to reflect on the various events and lessons learned over the past year.
I know I am personally looking forward to this year as an opportunity to grow in knowledge and as a person. Our Scottish Rite program is certainly rich with opportunities to learn new lessons from degrees we have witnessed before, possibly pushing ourselves to take on a new role, doing a part in one of the degrees, considering taking on a leadership role in one of the bodies.
I’m looking forward to getting to see all of you as we resume.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
James A. Nelson, 32º
Greetings My Brothers,
I want to thank Jack Dombrowski for his leadership during this last year. I will do my best to follow in his footsteps.
I hope all of you had an enjoyable summer. We start out the fall session with a 14th Degree Rehearsal on Monday September 12th at 7:00 PM. On Saturday September 24th , we will confer the 4th Degree Video and present the 14th Degree Live. We have also been honored with a request from the Council on Deliberation to do the 14th Degree live on Saturday October 1st .
My Brothers, if there are any of you who have not seen this Degree, or have not seen it in a long time, I would suggest that you take one of these opportunities to be present for one of the Valley’s “Signature” Degrees.
The Children’s Dyslexia Center Walk-A-Thon will take place on October 8th on the O.E.S. Campus in Oriskany. It begins at 10:00 am with a chicken B-B- Q at 11:30am. Come on out and support our Learning Center.
I would like to extend an invitation to any of my Brothers who have not attended a meeting for some time. The Valley of Syracuse is “Alive and Well”. We would love to see you on the sidelines again.
On September 26th , there will be an Officer’s Training Class. I would ask that all of my Officers attend this meeting. It will begin at 7:30 PM.
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
I hope all of you are enjoying this summer in good health. Unfortunately we have had to say farewell to some fine members of our Valley in the recent months.
I am told there will be some changes at the Masonic Care Community. Most notably occurring at Wiley Hall. This may of interest to anyone planning to move to the Community in the near future.
I look forward to seeing you again as we start another Masonic year. Should you require any type of assistance , or are in need of our aid or sympathy, please contact Brother Robert Tyrrell, or myself.
See you in the Valley.
Dick Freeman, 32°
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
As I type we are completing our Summer Session at the Center and beginning to prepare for the new Academic Year which will begin in September.
We enjoyed another great year and Recognition Ceremony where we honored all of our children (nine of them will be leaving us , nine will be returning and we will be bringing in nine new children in the fall) and we were also happy to have our Scholars (all now certified tutors) speak about what the Center and Training have meant to them as educators, tutors, and parents of children with Dyslexia.
Our fundraising efforts are ongoing and I am sure that I will have seen many of you at the Annual Teddy Bear Classic Golf Tourney at Vesper Hills. It is always such a great time.
Boscov’s Gala Preview for a Great Cause
Boscovs is opening a store in Sangertown Square in New Hartford this fall and have offered non-profit organizations an opportunity to raise funds by providing tickets to their Gala Preview on Oct. 6th. They are available for a donation of $5.00 to the Dyslexia Center. If you are interested contact us directly or connect with a Board Member.
Save the Date
Our Annual Walk-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, October 8th
Join us for the Walk, Chicken Barbecue, Bake Sale, Bottle and Can Drive.
Sign in at 9:30 AM at the Center / Barbecue at 11:00 (pre orders welcome)
As always, We Thank You for your continued interest and support.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
Council of Deliberation A.A.S.R. New York Annual Session
The 2016 Council of Deliberation A.A.S.R. New York Annual Session is fast approaching. This year’s Session is Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel By Hilton Syracuse located at 6301 State Route 298 East Syracuse (Exit 35 at the New York State Thruway)
Your leadership team responded to your requests to change the location from previous years and to change the weekend it is held. They acted to improve the Annual Session.
Please put this important Scottish Rite Event on your Calendar and plan to attend. Friday evening’s program is an Awards and Recognition event. The Saturday MSA Banquet honors the Brothers elected to be Recipients of the New York State Meritorious Service Award in 2014 and 2015. Three Brothers from the valley of Syracuse, Lawrence W. Egnaczyk, David A. Barnello, and Kevin M. Cobb will be honored with that Award Saturday evening October 1, 2016. Invitations to this event have been mailed and the office also has a supply of invitations for any member who wishes to attend to use. Contact the Valley of Syracuse Office (315) 452-7976 for information.
The Valley of Syracuse will present the 14° Saturday Morning October 1, 2016 at 9:15 a.m. You must be a Scottish Rite Mason and you are required to register to attend the Saturday morning session. No charge for registration.
Ill. J.D. Swan, Jr., 33°
It is almost time for the Teddy Bear Golf Classic benefiting our Children's Dyslexia Center- Central New York which is located at the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany!
It is captain and crew format/ $60/individual/ $240/ team. Location is Vesper Hills Golf Course in Tully, NY on Friday, August 5th. Tee off time is 10:00 AM. There is a buffet following.
See the attached flyer for more information on entering or donating.
Ill.'. and R.'.W.'. Brother Bruce H. Ackerman died Saturday morning (6/25) at the VA Hospital. Calling hours will be Tuesday afternoon at Schepps Funeral Home, corner of Kirkville Road and Schepps Corner Road, Minoa, with a Masonic service and a Thirty-Third service to follow calling hours at 7:30 PM.
Bruce H. Ackerman, 88, of Minoa, NY passed away on June 25, 2016. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas C. and Stella B. Ackerman; brothers, Wendell "Butch", Kenneth "Spider", Charles and Thomas Ackerman; and sisters, Mary Squadrito and Paulette Ackerman.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Grace; son, David of Long Island, NY; brothers, Lyle of North Syracuse, Carl "Pudge" of East Syracuse; sisters, Patricia Sojdak of Baldwinsville, Sandra (Vincent) Potter of Kirkville, Linda Van Alystyne of Columbia, SC and Vanessa Kallet of Martville; and several nieces and nephews.
Bruce was a Navy veteran of WWII and a Marine veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of THE CHOSIN FEW, an exclusive Fraternity of Honor of those who served in the Epic Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir Campaign in North Korea during November-December 1950. He was a life member and Past Commander of the Korean War Chapter of Syracuse and Siman-Parise VFW Post #9596 of Collamer. He was also a life member of The Greater Syracuse Marine Corps League #224.
Bruce was an employee of Carrier Corp. for 37 years. He tired as Supervisor of Utilities in December 1990.
Bruce was an active participant in the Masonic Fraternity. He was raised in Port Byron Lodge 130 in 1962 and affiliated with the former Onondaga Lodge No. 802 in 1965. He served as Worshipful Master in 1971 and Trustee 1972-1975 and 1988-1991. He served as Empire State Mason Representative 1973-1975; Assistant Grand Lecturer 1975-1976; and District Grand Master of Onondaga District 1976-1977. During his term of office, he served as President of the Mid-State Region District Deputies Association. He was a member of Memorial Lodge No. 648 in North Syracuse at the time of his death.
Bruce joined Scottish Rite in the Valley of Syracuse in 1975. He served as Thrice Potent Master of the Lodge of Perfection 1972-1973 and as Commander-in-Chief of Consistory 1991-1993. He was coronated 33 Degree Honorary Member of Supreme Council on September 24, 1991 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bruce also served as Patron of Onondaga Chapter #144 Order of Eastern Star 1970 and 1980.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the R.H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel, 6530 Schepp's Corners Road, Minoa. Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 29, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pine Plains Cemetery in North Manlius.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mason Dyslexia Center of C.N.Y., P.O. Box 638, Oriskany, NY 13424-0638 or the Syracuse VA Hospital, 800 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210.
For a guest book, directions and florists, please visit
R.H. SCHEPP & SON
Date of Death: June 25, 2016
The calling hours, Masonic services, and Funeral for Bruce Ackerman who passed away on June 24, 2016 are as follows:
Tuesday June 28, 2016
Time: 4 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Funeral home and location:
R. H. Schepp & Son Funeral Home
6530 Schepp’s Corners Rd.
Tuesday Evening June 28, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Scottish Rite 33rd degree Ceremony
Immediately following the Masonic service
All are welcome to attend.
Wednesday June 29, 2016
At the Funeral home
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Pine Plains Cemetery in North Manlius.
w/ Full Military Honors
S & F,
Valley of Syracuse
We are Scottish Rite Masons in the Central New York State region.