Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Dinner Reservation Deadline Tomorrow!!!!!

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Tomorrow is our Dinner Reservation Deadline for our Dinner on Friday, 17 November.
Not in yet? Do so now.
If you miss tomorrow, you're welcome to come to the meeting, but you will not be able to join us for dinner. No ifs, No ands. No buts. No fooling. No exceptions.
Call Now! 215-563-1814.

Our New Sovereign Grand Commander to visit our Brethren in Arizona and Florida

Dear Brethren and Friends:

For any of our Valley Brethren residing in Arizona and Florida:
Newly installed Sovereign Grand Commander David A. Glattly, 33°, First Lady Monica Glattly, and Vice President of Charities Michael C. Russell venture to the great states of Arizona and Florida early 2018.
Commander Glattly's goal during this time is to meet with Scottish Rite Freemasons and their guests to discuss the future of the our fraternity and Freemasonry. The events are open to any Brother or Masonic family member who chooses to attend. All dates and locations are listed below.
Every dollar collected for these receptions goes directly to the Scottish Rite Benevolent Foundation. We hope to see you and gather together in fellowship, Brotherhood -- and to have a great time!
Questions? Email MaryAnn Bichajian or call 781-465-3326.
The Arizona date and location is:
Sun City West
Tuesday, January 30
11:30 am 
Briarwood Country Club
20800 N 135th Ave
Sun City West, AZ
The Florida dates and locations are:
Port St. Lucie
Thursday, March 1
11:30 am
PGA Golf Club - Wanamaker Room
1916 Perfect Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL
Wednesday, March 7
11:30 am
Spanish Wells Country Club
9801 Treasure Cay Lane
Bonita Springs, FL
Tuesday, March 13
11:30 am
Peridia Golf & Country Club
4950 Peridia Blvd. East
Bradenton, FL
The Villages
Monday, March 19
9:30 am 
The Waterfront Inn
1105 Lakeshore Dr. 
The Villages
Thursday, March 22
11:30 am
DoubleTree Suites
3050 N. Rocky Point Dr. West
Tampa, FL

Monday, November 6, 2017

Dear Brethren and Friends: 

First I want to thank everyone who's made their dinner reservations for our meeting on 17 November. Big help and I mean that. Thank You!
But, for those that haven't made your reservation yet, this coming Thursday, November 9th is your last chance to do that. Seriously. I won't take any reservations on Friday. Nope. Not one. I don't care what your circumstance or issue is or was. We have a deadline meet it or miss it. Yes, it has to be that way.
Also, we recently had an issue with a Brother and to keep that from happening again: If you click 'Going', call or email and tell me you're coming, YOU'VE MADE A DINNER RESERVATION. If you're just coming to the meeting, you do not need to RSVP. If you check in, a reservation will be made and you will be charged for the dinner. This is a decision made by the Valley's Executive Committee and you will be billed. Govern yourself accordingly. Thank You.
As always, Recommenders are reminded to check with your Candidate to be sure he called in too. This is your responsibility as his recommender. This is still a new experience for him. He's counting on you. Don't let him down.
I've received a few messages, calls and emails regarding Illustrious Bro, Dan Martin's email address from 32° Cast members. Yes the email address provided in your Cast assignment letter is Dan's email address; but, I checked with him this morning. He's having an issue with his phone presently and because of that, his email has been affected. 
Speaking of the 32° Cast: Your first rehearsal is this Wednesday at 7PM in CORINTHIAN HALL. Please make note of that change.
ATTENTION MEMBERS OF THE VALLEY'S HONOR GUARD: By now you should have received my letter letting you know that your presence has been requested at the 32° Cast rehearsals too. With the change of venue for this meeting (Corinthian Hall instead of Gothic) we're going to need everyone involved acclimated to the room; not too mention with the Right Worshipful Grand Secretary, our Active and the Chicago folks visiting we want to be sure to look sharp and professional in our manner of reception of Masonic/Scottish Rite dignitaries.
Hey, we still have PLENTY of tickets available for our Family Life event, 'Christmas in Hershey.' If you want some you better hurry. We always sell this one out. Ticket order forms are available in both the October and November issue of THE DOUBLE EAGLE and you can download one from the Valley website's Announcement page too.
Got to ask. Are you getting tired of my Holiday Party posters yet? Well, like I said, until that ticket stack gets thinner or gone, you're going to see them. Did you order your tickets yet? The Valley's Holiday Party is always an evening of fun. Don't miss it!
Get that dinner reservation in! Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

 I am sorry to have to announce that our upcoming Family Life event, Villanova vs Georgetown at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, March 3, 2018 has been cancelled.
We were forced to cancel this event due to attempted post contract price increase from the Wells Fargo Center.
Our Family Life Chairman, Ill. James Rae, 33° MSA works very hard to keep our Family Life Program alive and enjoyable for you and your family. He is actively searching for a new program to replace this.

I am returning checks to those that have ordered tickets to this event.
As always, Thank You for your continued interest in Scottish Rite Freemasonry, our Valley and its events and programs.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Our Dinner Reservation Deadline plus!

Don't forget tomorrow is deadline day for dinner reservations for the Valley dinner on Friday, 27 October. Call 215-563-1814 or email to today! Absolutely no reservations will taken after tomorrow. No exceptions!
Also please know; by order of the Executive Committee, if you make a dinner reservation and do not cancel it before the deadline, you will be charged for the dinner or dinners you've ordered.
Keep an eye on this page this coming Friday for your chance to get in early on reservations for our Friday, 17 November meeting. This is the evening that the Valley of Chicago will be visiting with us. We are expecting a big crowd that evening; with a large turnout from our own Valley, our Chicago Brethren and their Ladies, along with visitors from surrounding Valleys in our region. Priority will be given to our members and Chicago first, but the sooner we have everyone in the better we'll be prepared to accommodate everyone. I want to thank you now for your expected cooperation. The deadline for reserving dinners for that meeting will be Thursday, 9 November. Please wait until I post that am accepting reservations. Thank you.
The Valley's Holiday Party is right around the corner. It's on Friday, December 2, 2017 at the Cannstatter. Tickets are just $35 per person and that includes, a complimentary 2 drink Social Hour with hors d'oeuvres followed by a delicious buffet dinner. DJ Bill Scheivert is back again this year to entertain everyone. Bill loves performing for our Valley. How do I know that? When I inquired if he was available he told me that he already had another party booked for the same night as ours but was going to give it to one of his other guys so that he could work ours, Nice!
Order your tickets soon! Send your check made payable to 'Scottish Rite Bodies' to the Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 191072-2520.
Our BIG Fall Family Life event is 'Christmas in Hershey.' This is a popular outing each year and we always sell out our ticket allotment. I have tickets available in the office and you can get some NOW for only $12 per person. The nice thing about this event is, you can go any day or time you want during the promotion, which I believe runs from November 11 until January 1. You want to be sure to check with the Park's web site at or call 1-800-242-4236 to check the Park's availability for the date you want to go. Some days the Park's hours are different as well.
Remember Brethren: Our Family Life ticket purchases are subsidized for the use of you and your family only. We define family as: you, your spouse, you children and or grandchildren. It's not fair to your Brethren if you 'extend' your family. Please remember that.
Flyers to order your tickets are available on our Valley web site at or in your October and the upcoming November issues of THE DOUBLE EAGLE.
While on the Valley's Announcements page, you will also see advertisements for the Holiday Party and the BIG Spring Family Life event, Villanova vs Georgetown at the Wells-Fargo Center on Saturday, March 3, 2018!
Again, tomorrow is the meal reservation deadline. Did you remember to make yours? Candidate Recommenders are reminded to check with your Candidates as well. Thanks!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Valley's Family Summer Picnic!

Dear Brethren and Friends:

The Valley of Philadelphia's annual Family Summer Picnic happens on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in the picnic grove at Canstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114.

The picnic begins at 12 PM and runs until 5PM. Lunch and Dinner will be served. The lunch menu includes: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans & French Fries. The dinner menu includes: Fried Chicken, Eggplant Parmigiana, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Cucumber Salad, Tomato Salad, & Corn on the cob.

Tickets cost $15 for ages 13 and up and $10 for 12 and under. We will activities and entertainment all day, and our Membership Team will be on hand to talk to your Master Mason guest who can come for FREE. No tickets will be available at the door. Master Mason guests must have a ticket and their families are welcome for the regular admission price. Download your ticket order form at

Bring your own table cover, lawn chairs, cards, board games, whatever you like! This is a rain or shine event.

Make your check payable to 'Scottish Rite Bodies' and send it to the Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520.

Hope to see you and your family there!

Friday, July 7, 2017

It's Council of Deliberation Weekend!

Dear Brethren and Friends,

COD weekend is here.
If you're planning to attend the Annual Convocation tomorrow, the meeting begins at 1:30 PM at the Valley Forge Hotel & Casino. Dress code is business suit or sport coat and tie.
If this will be your first time attending COD, when you enter the meeting look for our Commander-in-Chief and myself as we will be saving rows of seats for our Valley. Traditionally all the Brethren sit together in groups by Valley.
If you're a member of the Council of Deliberation (Presiding Officers, Elected Line Officers, 33°'s Past Presiding Officers and MSA's) and have registered to attend the luncheon 'before the meeting or if you're just a Valley member who happens to get there early, stop on by the Council's Hospitality Room. Bro. Norman Greene III, 32° MSA and myself are your hosts from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.
I truly hope we will have a LARGE delegation in attendance. Nothing to do tomorrow? Looking to escape the 'honey do' list? Come on out!