Dec 03 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Dec 10 Holiday Celebration at MMC With the Ladies
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Dec 26 Holiday Luncheon (Wednesday) 11:30 a.m. til ?? Casual
Twin Trees III Restaurant (Order from the Menu)
Jan. 07 Executive Committee 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 14 Spring Membership Night w/ Ladies & Guests Night
Social 6:00 p.m. / Dinner 6:30 p.m. / Program 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 Knights of St. Andrew Burns Supper 5:00 p.m. @ Coleman’s Restaurant
Jan. 28 Knights of St. Andrew Reboot Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments to Follow
Well the time is going fast. It seems that we just started the Masonic year and now we are 4 months into it. December does not hold much for the Consistory as there are many Christmas festivities going on for everyone and they families, so we kept it short. We have the Executive Committee meeting on December 3rd at 7pm. Don’t forget the Christmas Celebration Dinner December 10th . December 26th is the Holiday Luncheon with our ladies at Twin Trees III Restaurant at 11:30 am. Order off the Menu and this is a casual event. Come out and enjoy a great social event with good food and fellowship for all.
I have set the picnic committee which will be Ill James Swan, DB Garry Visconti, DB Lawrence Egnaczyk, DB Earl Tuttle, DB James Nelson, SP Kenneth Sterling and SP Caleb Haines along with their wives. We have started the planning process and will meet monthly to ensure that we have a great picnic on July 20, 2019. If you have any ideas that you would like to see for the kids or adults, please let us know. This will be a catered event to ensure that all members have a good time. This is just a start to Family Life Programs as we can expand from this to other family activities
I would like to wish that everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. I look forward to seeing you all in Lodge next year.
D.B. Garry L. Visconti, 32° MSA
Commander in Chief
Internationally recognized author Rudolph Steiner once stated, “The heights of the spirit can only be climbed by passing through the portals of humility.” Similarly, although less cited than the symbolic pelican of this degree, the eagle in the 18˚ per DeHoyos’s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide, “is an emblem of a wise man, because his wings bear him above the clouds, into the purer atmosphere and nearer to the source of Light, and within that Light his eyes are not dazzled.”
Steiner elaborates, “You can only acquire right knowledge when you have learnt to esteem it.” In other words, valuing what you learn means putting knowledge into action and arriving to a place of consistency and not complacency or delusion of grandeur (dazzle) in its practice and defense. Indeed, the milestones and degrees achieve in Masonry are only reminders of standards we have set for ourselves as we evolve into the future.
Personally, when I contemplate wisdom, I recall hearing lessons of the three Magi as a youth. Later I discovered that these were the same Magi whose earliest depiction shows them wearing Phrygian caps; a symbol of freedom and pursuit of liberty whose ancient use much like the Pileus was not only symbolic of manumission and civic duty, but whose message carried through to America in our use of Colombia as a national symbol of freedom prior to the Statue of Liberty. When conflated, I am reminded to protect our rights to freedom of religion and of those who find a heightened sense of their personal faith in the Rose Croix degrees. To our Knights of the Rose Croix, know that the faith spoken of therein is to teach a faith in ourselves, our fellow man, and G-d who is infinitely merciful and loving. Know that we are to have Hope in the triumph of Masonry, which shall help make all men one family and in the hereafter. And Charity, which relieves the distressed; Charity for the faults and injustices of our Brethren, and those who differ from us in opinion and charity in its highest and noblest sense of affection and love.
In conclusion, I hope all of you are seeking positive growth and transformation in your own lives and are healthy in the Holiday season while you gather with friends and family. I look forward to seeing you all at our Holiday Celebration December 10th, 2018 with your ladies for Social at 6:00 p.m., dinner 6:30, and program at 7:30 p.m.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
Caleb Haines, 32°
Most Wise Master
I want to wish a joyous and blessed Holiday season to all our brethren and their families. For those Brothers who can, consider inviting a Brother over to you home if they have no one to spend the celebrations with, sharing your time with a lonely Brother might be the most thoughtful gift you can give.
This year, we will be doing the 15th Degree, one which we have not done for a while. Through this month we will be recruiting our cast, and so we can get the parts out early to assist in memorization. We will be holding two rehearsals for this Degree prior to it’s conferral on Saturday, March 23rd .
I have been spending some time lately with a couple of my hobbies, drawing and painting and playing music. There are a lot of things which go into art, be it creating music or doing work with a visual medium, but one thing which can bring the level of art to a higher state is the use of contrast.
A drawing made of the same tonal values tends to be flat, and somewhat uninteresting, even if it is well rendered. The same with music, if you play every note at the same volume and in the same register, the music can blend into the background. Adding contrast, creating different levels of tone, makes all the tones used stand out more.
We do the same things in our degrees. We typically have contrasting characters, characters who show good sides or bad sides to their thoughts and beliefs, and it is the dark contrasting with the light which helps to allow the light to shine all the brighter.
We find in most relationships, that there are such contrasts as well. Friendships, marriages, being parents, all have times of strain or difficulties. While we don’t necessarily welcome these strained times, the joy of these can be found in reconciling the differences, and because of those more difficult times, the better days shine through in radiance.
So I wish you all the proper contrasts within your lives that the full glory of the brightest days can enlighten your world to its best levels. I also wish that these holiday celebrations are such that they are only of the most brilliant and best type of light.
James A. Nelson, 32º
Welcome back brethren!
As the cold winds of winter quickly approach, I want to first say I hope you all have had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving that you were able to spend with those that matter the most in your lives. For some, that means family, for others that means friends, for others, it means merely giving back to the communities that we so faithfully try to serve in our everyday lives. I would like to say thank you to all those brothers that were able to make it to the Veterans Affairs here in Syracuse to help give back to those veterans that have sacrificed their blood, sweat, and tears to make this country the greatest one on the face of the earth. Whether you were able to make it out in person, or just donate some time and possibly DVDs to the VA, I want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
December means we will likely have snow and cold weather. It is also a relatively slow month for the Lodge of Perfection. So slow in fact, we don’t really have very much going on. The Valley of Syracuse is having a Holiday Celebration on December 10 th and a Holiday Luncheon on December 26 th . And that’s pretty much it. I will be unavailable to make any meetings in January and February because of work, but I am leaving the Lodge in the graceful hand of Brother Terry Byard. He has my full support and utmost respect for the job that he has done as my Deputy. The lodge is in great hands.
Lastly, I would like to wish you all a very blessed Holiday season, and the happies of New Years!
Thank you for the continued support and all the challenges and fellowship that comes along with it! Hope to see you all soon!
Ken Sterling, 32°
Thrice Potent Master
Welcome to My World
Notes from the Children’s Dyslexia Center CNY
Happy Holidays! Can you believe that it is that time of year already?
First item of news is the Walk-a-Thon; it was a great day and a great fund-raiser. We had many families and young people attending and walking. The Rainbow Girls have chosen our Center as their project this year and several of the girls came to walk and raise funds directly. It was fun to see everyone here. We raised a wonderful amount of money through our ads, the walk sponsors, the chicken BBQ and our bake sale. If you missed it this year, we hope you will be able to join us next year.
All the children and tutors are off to a great start (despite one round of a nasty flu that has gone around). Having a minimum of 12 children and 6 tutors (and all of the family members who accompany the children) at the Center each day keeps Gineal and I very busy. We have had many calls for information, received several new applications and I have had meetings with all of the parents. Fall is always busy as we settle in but this year seems even busier.
I was fortunate to attend the International Dyslexia Conference in Connecticut the end of October. Because it is within driving distance our Board graciously allowed our two supervisors to attend with me. The three of us were able to attend a total of 24 sessions over the three days and we obtained a great deal of information and reinforcement material that we can now share with the other tutors at the Center.
I have exciting news about Glenn. You will remember that he came to us as a 4th grader with almost no basic reading skills and minimal knowledge of the alphabet. His tutor told me this week that Glenn is taking ownership of almost 1/3 of the alphabet and can sound out some one syllable words on his own. What a wonderful accomplishment for this extremely bright young man whose brain fights him in all his efforts to put sounds and letters together. I will gladly be bringing you more news of his accomplishments throughout the year.
As always, we invite you to visit Monday through Thursday, from 1 to 6PM. We have children from 3-6 every day. Just give us a call. A reminder: The GALA fundraiser which will take place on Saturday, March 9th at Hart’s Hill in Whitesboro.
We are eternally grateful for all of your support and continued interest in our program.
Linda L. Martin, Director
Phone- (315) 736-0574
Mail- Children’s Dyslexia Center- CNY
PO Box 638
Oriskany, NY 13424
Greetings my Brothers,
The Central City Bodies A.A.S.R.Valley of Syracuse is extending an offer to present programs to your Blue Lodges for your Brother Bring a Friend events. If we can assist in helping to build your membership please let us know. We have Lodge Ambassadors that are willing to present programs that may be of interest to your members and their Ladies.
We also have several programs that non-Scottish Riters are able to attend. You can contact me or the Valley Secretary at 315-452-7976.
Lodge Ambassador Initiative Chairman
D.B. Lawrence W. Egnaczyk,32`MSA; firstname.lastname@example.org
(H) Ph. # 315-637-4143
(C) Ph. # 315-632-1043
MSA Recipients Announced
On behalf of the officers and Members of the Valley of Syracuse I am pleased to announce three (3) S.P.R.S. Scottish Rite 32⁰ Masons, members of the Valley of Syracuse were recognized and honored by the Council Of Deliberation A.A.S.R, New York September 29, 2018 when elected to receive the New York State Council of Deliberation Meritorious Service award and the accompanying “Red Hat” at its 2018 Annual Convocation.
Distinguished Brothers Carl F. Fahrenkrug, 32⁰ MSA, James A. Nelson, 32⁰ MSA, and William H. Toth, II, 32⁰ MSA received their symbolic Red Hats during the Valley of Syracuse Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony Monday evening October 22, 2018 at the Masonic Memorial Center in North Syracuse. They will be honored at the 2019 Council of Deliberation September 28, 2019 when they are presented their Meritorious Service Award Jewel and Plaque.
Please congratulate these three very deserving Scottish Rite Masons for election to receive this recognition when you next see them.
The festive Holiday Season is upon us once again. The traditional greetings of “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!” have given way to the now socially acceptable greeting “Happy Holidays!”.
Whatever your preference, the Officers of Central City Bodies, and the staff at the Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite Office extends their sincere Holiday Greetings to all who take the time to scan and read our Scottish Rite page each issue. To the leaders in the four Bodies of Scottish Rite in the Valley of Syracuse this year thank you for the support and assistance provided to your office staff.
To all of our fellow Scottish Riters wherever you may be this Holiday Season; our prayers and thoughts are with you. May your travels all be safe. Please make certain to remember our Valley Members on Active Duty in the Military in your thoughts and prayers.
On behalf of D.B. Garry L. Visconti, 32º MSA Commander-In-Chief, Central City Consistory, S.P.R.S. Caleb W. Haines, 32º, Most Wise Master, Central City Chapter Rose Croix, D. B. James A. Nelson, 32º MSA, Sovereign Prince, Central City Council Princes of Jerusalem, S.P.R.S. Kenneth D. Sterling, 32º, Thrice Potent Master, Central City Lodge of Perfection and your office staff; Mrs. Sharon Fox, Mrs. Sharon Swan, and Ill.·. James D. Swan, Jr., 33º, Valley of Syracuse Secretary, Happy Holidays!
2019 – 2020 Scholarship Applications Available
Applications to apply for 2019 – 2020 Academic Year Supreme Council, AASR Leon M. Abbott Scholarships and New York State Council of Deliberation Scholarship Aid are now available for pick up at the Central City Bodies, A.A.S.R. Valley of Syracuse Scottish Rite Office (315) 452-7976, mailed to you from the Valley Office, or online. Go to the Valley of Syracuse Web site www.syr-aasr.org for the links to obtain the information on line. Application titled “Application for Scottish Rite Scholarship Aid Leon M. Abbott and/or NYS Council of Deliberation”
To all applicants: The deadline date to submit your completed applications to the Valley of Syracuse is Monday April 1, 2019. That means in the office by close of business Monday April 1, 2019. Applications received after 4:00 p.m. Monday April 1, 2019 will not be considered.
New Applications must be used. There is one combined Application for 2019- 2020. The Combined Application must be used. Graduating High School Seniors may apply again this year.
The members of our Youth Groups; Triangle, Rainbow, and DeMolay; are eligible to apply for financial assistance. Students who complete the program at the Children’s Dyslexia Centers in New York State may also apply. Nine applicants from the Valley of Syracuse received financial assistance from this program for the 2018-2019 scholastic year. Congratulations and best wishes to them.
Please contact the Valley Office at (315) 452-7976 if you have any questions or require assistance and information.
2019 Member’s Dues Notices
You will have received by the date you read this article, or you will receive in the very near future the Annual Member’s Dues notice to pay your 2019 Central City Bodies, A.A.S.R., Valley of Syracuse Member’s Dues. Please contact the Valley office if you have any questions or believe that the invoice you received is incorrect.
As a reminder to all, Supreme Council stopped issuing a new Member’s Dues Card annually replacing it with a plastic permanent Member’s Card several years ago. Please remember to keep your permanent card with you. If you have lost or misplaced your permanent Member’s Card, please contact the office to obtain a new one.
Contact phone number for the Valley of Syracuse Office: 315-452-7976
Jim Swan: email@example.com
Sharon Fox: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact us whenever assistance or information is needed.
Knights of St. Andrew Reboot
The Knights of St. Andrew are reorganizing and invite all members of the Valley of Syracuse to join in our reboot. Jewels will soon be available for all paid members to wear at Valley functions and will be available to order at our January 28th meeting. New benefits of membership will include early notices for Chapter sponsored events such as the Burns Supper as well as a discounted cost for those events. Regular membership is available to all members in the Valley and Emeritus membership is available to MSAs & 33rds. Come to our meeting on January 28th for more details or email Rick Powell rjpowell @ syr-aasr.org