Brethren and Friends:
I was reading back through the last issue of the web edition and I noticed a GLARING error!
In reporting to you about all that happened at the Council of Deliberation's Annual Meeting, I forgot to mention that we won for the 21st time, the Ill. Richard A. Kern, 33, Benevolence Award! This Award is presented to the Valley that has highest donation response to the Annual Blue Envelope appeal. Congratulations Brethren and Thank You as well!
Our Sovereign Prince, Bro. Steve Bradley is hoping to see you and your family on one of the two buses we have going to Autumn Day on Saturday, September 17, 2011. We have received a number of paid reservations for both buses, but there is still room for you. The buses will board at 9:00 AM at Tacony Masonic Temple, 4400 Magee Avenue and LuLu Shriners, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting. They will depart the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown for home at 4:00 PM. PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THIS CHANGE OF TIME. Originally they were scheduled to return at 3:00 PM but as the Autumn Day festivities conclude at 4:00, our Sovereign Prince didn't want anyone to miss out on anything. The cost per person is $23 for the trip. There is a reservation form in the Summer issue of The Double Eagle, but I understand that some folks don't like to cut up their Eagle (as the Editor, I have to say Thank You for your appreciation of my work!), so if you fall into that category, just send your check made payable to "Scottish Rite Bodies" to the Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520. Please put "Bus Trip" and either "Tacony" or "LuLu" on your check's memo line.
This is a great trip idea. You get to enjoy the beauty of the Masonic Village, eat all the food you can handle, shop the craft tables and the farm stand (mmm, apple butter) and then sit back and let someone else drive home. No high gas prices, no tolls, no traffic, just a great day in Elizabethtown and the fellowship of your Scottish Rite family. I'll bet you're reaching for the checkbook right now.
Don't forget our Fall Reunion starts in September this year. Friday, September 16, 2011 Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection, Ill. Robert J. Burns, Thrice Potent Master, presiding, will present the 4th Degree (DVD format), the 12th Degree (Scottish Rite Passport ALERT!), and the 14th Degree.
Our Class is named in honor of our Right Worshipful Grand Master and Active Member of the Supreme Council for Pennsylvania, Ill. Thomas K. Sturgeon, 33.
As of right now we have 14 Candidates for the Fall Class which is nice but I never consider our Class to be "successful" until we have at least 20. Do you have a Candidate (or two) yet? What are you waiting for? I'll bet there is a Brother (or two) in your Lodge, that you talk to at every meeting who isn't a Scottish Rite Mason. He needs you to bring up the subject in order for him to want to join our Valley. Tell him how much you and your lady enjoy coming to the Reunions, how much fun the evenings are, how different and enlightening our Degree work is, and how much better it would be with him as a member!
There is a Petition for Degrees and Membership in the Summer Double Eagle and you can always get one at Printable Petition.
To our non-Scottish Rite Brothers that might be reading this edition, you too can download a petition there as well. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call me in our office at 215-563-1814 or toll free at 866-834-3432. Let me just say, it is quite an honor to be a 32nd Degree Mason and even more so to be made one in a Class named in honor of the Grand Master.
Did I mention that the Grand Master will join us on Friday, November 4, 2011? Yes, I know, I just did, but I still had to get that out there. Yes, he will be with us that evening to welcome the members of his Class, plan now to come on out and welcome him. Hey, no excuses here. He's coming all the way from Pittsburgh and you, well most of you, live right here in the Delaware Valley.
Well that will do it for this edition of "Across My Desk, the web edition." Enjoy these cooler temperatures while we have them.
May the Grand Architect continue to watch over you and yours.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Steven A. Morrison, 33