Monday, October 15, 2012

Our 2012 Fall Reunion at the Starting Line!

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Our Fall 2012 Reunion begins this Friday evening, October 19, 2012, with the Fall Special Communication of Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection.

The evening begins with a buffet dinner in the Grand Banquet Hall, at 6:00 P.M. The cost per person is now $20. Dinners must be reserved by this Wednesday, October 17th. All non-reserved dinners will now cost $30 per person. Don't let this happen to you! Call 215-563-1814 today! 

Our Fall Class, also known as the "Ill. Jay W. Smith, 33, Right Worshipful Grand Master Class," will receive the 4th Degree, Master Traveler (DVD) and the 14th Degree, Grand Elect Mason. 

Our Lodge of Perfection Officers are working hard to put on a fantastic Degree. Be sure to be here to support them and welcome our new Valley Brethren!

The Ladies will have a seasonal program on how to make a corn husk wreath.

It will be a great night of Scottish Rite fellowship. Don't miss out. Call 215-563-1814 or you can email your reservations to or if you are a member of our Valley's Facebook group, you can click on the "Going" button on the Fall Special Communication event page to confirm your reservation. How easy is that?

This Saturday, October 20, 2012, the parents of the students of the Philadelphia Children's Dyslexia Center, a Scottish Rite Charity, present, "Fall Fest," at the Tacony Masonic Temple, 4400 Magee Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 

This fund raising event sounds like it will be a great time for all those who attend, while raising money for the Center's continued efforts to assist area kids with dyslexia.

The event runs from 7-11:00 P.M. and will feature food, beverages, a sports memorabilia auction, a DJ and Irish Dancers. There will be a 50/50 and you can purchase tickets for the "Cooler of Cheer" raffle! 

Tickets to the event are $25 per person. Contact the Scottish Rite Office at 215-563-1814 for more information

The Supreme Council's Bicentennial Membership Jewel is now available!  To get one, send your check for $25 (made payable to "Supreme Council") to; Supreme Council, PO Box 519, Lexington, MA 02420. Be sure to include your shipping address with your order.

Any (32nd or 33rd Degree) Scottish Rite Mason in a Valley of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction can wear this jewel. Candidates for the Scottish Rite in those Valley's between the Spring Class of 2012 and the Fall Class of 2013 will receive the jewel and do not need to purchase one.

The Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Children's Dyslexia Center, a Scottish Rite Charity, present their annual "A Toast to Reading" on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the William Penn Inn, Rt. 202 & Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd, PA 19436.

This year's event will honor the memory of event founder and Valley Brother, Ill. Thomas Hopkins, 33, and salute the Honorable Dennis O'Brien, Philadelphia City Councilman, who was instrumental in securing the location of the Center at the Philadelphia Academy Charter High School. 

Hot and Cold Hors D'oeuvres and wine will be served. The event runs from 7-10:00 P.M. and tickets are $75 per person. For more information on this fund raising event call, 215-563-1814.

Help us continue the important work of helping kids to read by attending one or both of these great events!

Our Fall Reunion will continue on Friday, November 16, 2012 with the Fall Special Convocation of DeJoinville Council and the Fall Special Communication of Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix.

The 15th Degree, Knight of the East, featuring a Cast filled with many new members and first time floor workers will be presented, as will the 18th Degree, Knight of Rose Croix, which will also have a large contingent of new Cast members. Plan now to be there to support them and meet our new Valley members!

The Ladies program that evening will feature a one man show, "Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band."

The Valley's Holiday Celebration Dinner is set to happen on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway at US Route 1 in Trevose, PA.

The Social Hour with a Cash Bar begins at 6:00 P.M. during which time the Valley's Ladies Auxiliary will host a silent Gift Basket Auction to benefit the Philadelphia Children's Dyslexia Center. You can browse the baskets and 'silently' bid on your favorite and help a great cause

Dinner will served at 7:00 P.M. featuring the Radisson's delectable  Continental Buffet.

After dinner, a special musical program featuring the music of the "Doo Wop" era will entertain us.

This is a pre-paid event and tickets will not be available at the door. If you wish to go, send your check, made payable to 'Scottish Rite Bodies,' to; Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520. 

Our Fall Reunion concludes on Friday, December 21, 2012 with the Special Rendezvous of Benjamin Franklin Consistory. Our Fall Class Honoree, Ill. Jay W. Smith, 33, Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania will be our special guest that evening.

The Degrees to be presented that evening include, the 22nd Degree, Prince of Libanus (DVD), the 31st Degree, Knight Aspirant and the 32nd Degree, Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret.

With the busy activity of the Holiday Season, be sure to put this date on your calendar now to be with us as we welcome our Right Worshipful Grand Master!

As you know our Valley is on Facebook with both a 'fan' and a 'group' page. We are now proud to announce that we also have a Google+ page and a Twitter account as well. If you are on Google+, please add our page to your circle. If you have a Twitter account, please follow us at @PhilaScotRite.  Through these social media opportunities in addition to "Across My Desk, the Web Edition," you can keep up to the minute on all that is happening in our Valley.

As you can see we have a lot of things happening this season and we're only at the Starting Line! 

I pray the Grand Architect continues to watch over each and everyone of you.

Don't forget to call in your dinner reservations!

Sincere fraternal regards,

Steven Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary