We had a fantastic turnout on Friday, November 4th to welcome our Right Worshipful Grand Master, Ill. Thomas K. Sturgeon 33, and our State Deputy, Ill. Russell W. Baker, 33. Russ has been our Active for a few years now, this was his first official visit to the Valley of Philadelphia as State Deputy. It was a special night having both with us. Also visiting us that evening was our Right Worshipful Grand Treasurer and Active Member of the Supreme Council, Ill. Jeffrey W. Coy, 33. We hope all three enjoyed their visit with us.
Congratulations once more go out to Ill. Leonard R. Bezar, 33 on receiving his 33rd Degree Jewel and Crown and to Bros. Paul J. Mandelaro and James C. Rae, 32, MSA on receiving their Meritorious Service Jewels and their red MSA Caps. Also congratulations and thank you to Ill. Carl D. Homan, 33 on his recognition for his many years of dedicated leadership and service to our Valley.
Our Degree Casts did an excellent job on the conferrals of the 27th, 31st, and 32nd Degrees. We had a number of new faces in the Degree Casts which is always a great thing. The 27th Degree has a large cast and it was great to see so many Brethren taking part. We are expecting to present the 30th Degree during the Spring 2012 Reunion. It too has a large Cast. It would be nice to see some more "first timers" take part. If you're interested call the Scottish Rite Office and I'll get your name out to the Director of Work, Ill. David T. Reppert, 33, MSA.
Speaking of Illustrious Brother Dave, this coming Spring Reunion will be his swan song. Work and School commitments are going to take up his time, so Dave has announced his "retirement" for the time being. Special thanks go out to Ill. Robert J. Burns, 33, who will take over this most important role in our Valley.
Illustrious Bro. Reppert's loss will also be felt in our Degree Casts. Dave is known for taking large parts and sometimes 2 or 3 parts in the course of one evening. We are truly going to need some Brethren to step up to the challenge. I take parts from time to time as my duties as Valley Secretary will allow, and I can tell you this - the Degree Casts have a great time working together at the rehearsals and on the floor the evening of the conferral. Come on, step up and volunteer to get involved, I promise, you won't regret it.
Okay so the Fall Reunion is over. Now what's next for the Valley of Philadelphia?
Well, we still have tickets available for our next Family Life event, "Christmas in Hershey" The promotion runs from November 18th through December 31st at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA. We do not have a particular day like we had in the past. You pick the day that's best for you and go have a great day with your family.
Tickets cost $5 per person and include $5 worth of "Chocolate Bucks," for you to spend in the Park's shops.
Make your check payable to "Scottish Rite Bodies," and mail to the Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520.
Our next "EVENT" in the Valley is our Holiday Celebration Dinner on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast, 2400 Old Lincoln Hwy at US Route 1, Trevose, PA.
The evening begins with the Social Hour at 6PM featuring two cash bars. There will also be "Chinese" and Silent Auctions held to benefit the Children's Dyslexia Center of Philadelphia.
The delicious Continental Buffet dinner will be served at 7PM. After dinner keyboardist, Craig Satchell will entertain us with his holiday music selections.
Okay, now here comes the IMPORTANT PART: This is a pre-pay event. Which means NO tickets will be available or sold at the event. All tickets for the Holiday Celebration Dinner must be purchased by Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from the Scottish Rite Office. The cost per person is $20. The December issue of THE DOUBLE EAGLE, will include a coupon for you to clip out and send in to get your tickets, or you can send your check in now. 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. Please be sure to put "Holiday Dinner" on your check's memo line.
We want every Valley member and their lady to enjoy this event, but if you do not have pre-paid tickets, DO NOT embarass yourself by just showing up at the Radisson Hotel. You will NOT be admitted. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Just a note to let everyone know, the Scottish Rite Office will be closed this Friday, November 11th in observance of Veteran's Day. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all of my fellow Veterans for their service to our Country.
Well that will do it for this edition. Get your check in for the Holiday Celebration Dinner! REMEMBER-No ticket, No admittance!
Our Spring 2012 Reunion begins on Friday, March 16, 2012. Start talking your Master Mason friends NOW!
I want to wish each and everyone of you a most joyous Thanksgiving. I pray the Grand Architect watches over you and yours until the next time we meet.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Steven A. Morrison, 33