Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dear Brethren and Friends:

I hope this edition finds you well and recovering from your best Thanksgiving ever!

It is my unfortunate duty to announce that the Valley's Holiday Celebration Dinner which was to be held on Friday, December 14, 2012 has been cancelled. We did not have enough members participating to make the event happen. 

Those that sent in ticket orders will be reimbursed and we thank them for their support of and continued interest in our Valley and its activities.

A "Mother's Day" Ladies Night event is in the planning stages for the Spring. Stay tuned!

The Holiday Season is officially underway, and we want to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish Brethren and their families. Hanukkah is observed this year December 8th through the 16th.

By now you have no doubt heard all the hysteria regarding the Mayan calendar and how the world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012. Well, I'm here to tell you that, the MAYANS ARE WRONG!!!!!

Yes, that's right. They're wrong. Think about it. Our Fall Special Rendezvous is happening on Friday, December 21, 2012. Our Class Honoree, Ill. Jay W. Smith, 33, Right Worshipful Grand Master and our Illustrious Deputy, Russell W. Baker, 33 will be with us that evening. How can the world possibly end when we have such a huge event happening? It just goes to show you that the Mayans didn't read THE DOUBLE EAGLE and quite possibly weren't subscribed to "Across My Desk, the web edition!" So we'll give them a pass on this one.

Friday, December 21, 2012 is going to be a big evening for the Valley of Philadelphia. In addition to the R.W. Grand Master and the Deputy's visit, we will recognize our Class of 2012 33rd Degree Members and our 2012 Meritorious Service Award recipients as well as those Brethren that have recently completed their Scottish Rite Passports.

We will present the 22nd Degree, "Prince of Libanus" that evening by showing the brand new DVD production of the Degree, our Valley Cast will present the 31st Degree, "Knight Aspirant," and again we have a Cast full of first timers. Come out and support them! The Commander-in-Chief and the Officers of Benjamin Franklin Consistory will confer the 32nd Degree, "Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret."

The evening begins at 6 PM with our buffet dinner in the Grand Banquet Hall. The menu for the buffet includes; Caesar Salad, New England Clam Chowder, Prime Rib Carving Station, Boston Scrod, Roasted Potatoes and Succotash. The cost per person for dinner is $20. The deadline is Wednesday, December 19th.  Reservations may be made by calling 215-563-1814, by clicking the "Going" button on the Fall Special Rendezvous event page on the Valley's Facebook group page (If you belong. And if you don't, why not? You're missing instant updates to all that is happening in our Valley!) or by email to

The Ladies Auxiliary have a fun evening planned. They're asking all Valley Ladies to bring along   a favorite card or board game to share for a night fun and, yes, games!

Take a break from the hustle and bustle (and shopping) of the Holiday Season and join with us for the VERY LAST DAY of, no, not the world, but, our Fall Reunion!

If you cannot be with us, we want to wish you and yours a very Happy Hanukkah, a very Merry Christmas and of course a very Happy New Year too!

Don't forget the time is now here to apply for the Abbott Scottish Rite Scholarship! This general scholarship is available to Scottish Rite Masons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, their children, their grandchildren (if the the grandfather can claim the the grandchild as a sole dependent) and the young people of our Masonic Youth groups, DeMolay, Job's Daughters and Rainbow.

Individual scholarships are limited to funds available from donations to the annual Blue Envelope Appeal.

Applications may be obtained by writing to the Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520, or by email to and returned on or before MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013, in order to be eligible for submission.

2013 is going to be a busy year in the Valley of Philadelphia and we already have bunch of dates to put on your calendar.

Our Spring Reunion begins on Friday, March 18th with the Special Communication of Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection. The Reunion continues on April 19th, with the Special Convocation and Assembly of DeJoinville Council, Princes of Jerusalem and Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix, respectively. The Reunion concludes Friday, May 10th with the Special Rendezvous of Benjamin Franklin Consistory.

Our Annual Officers Training Conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at Tacony Masonic Temple, 4400 Magee Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. All elected and appointed Officers are expected to be there. Valley Committee members are encouraged to attend and ANY Valley member who is interested in getting more involved are welcome to attend too. For more information or to register your attendance, please call 215-563-1814, or email to For Valley Facebook group members, there will be an event page set up for the Conference as the date draws closer. You will be able to RSVP there as well.

Ill. Jeffrey S. Greene, 33, Most Wise Master and the other Officers of Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix, welcome you and your family to attend the Valley's Annual Memorial Service on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Gloria Dei (Old Swede's) Church, Columbus Boulevard and Christian Street in South Philadelphia. The Service begins at 3PM and as always a complimentary dinner will follow in the Church's Social Hall. Everyone is welcome, but to attend the dinner you MUST have a prior reservation. To make a reservation, please call 215-563-1814, or email to As we get closer to the date of the Service, there will be an event page on the Valley's Facebook group, where you can also RSVP your attendance.

The Valley's Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2013. That evening we will elect and install those that will serve the Valley for the 2014 Scottish Rite year, as well as recognize our 50 year members and present Abbott Scottish Rite Scholarship checks to deserving students.

Well that will do it for this edition. I pray the Grand Architect continues to watch over all of you and bless you and your families with all the goodness there is to offer, not only through this Holiday Season, but also in the coming new year too!

Oh, I almost forgot! What sort of Navy Veteran would I be if I didn't remember the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, December 8, 2013? The Navy is going for it's eleventh straight victory this year. I'm sure all of our Valley Sailors and Marines will join me in wishing the Midshipmen a successful and victorious game! Oh and to our Valley Soldiers, good luck, you're going to need it!


Sincerely and fraternally,

Steven A. Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Our 2012 Fall Reunion continues on Friday, November 16, 2012 with the Special Convocation of DeJoinville Council, Princes of Jerusalem and the Special Assembly of Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix at the Masonic Temple. The 15th Degree, Knight of the East and the 18th Degree, Knight of Rose Croix will be presented.

The evening begins at 6 P.M. with dinner in the Grand Banquet Hall. The buffet-style meal will include a seafood entree as well as Chicken Marsala. The cost per person for dinner is $20, Candidates meals are free.

The Ladies of the Valley have an interesting and entertaining program scheduled featuring a one man presentation of "Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band."

Plan now to join with us. Call 215-563-1814 to make your dinner reservations. The deadline is Wednesday, November 14, 2012. All reservations made past the deadline or walk up non-reserved meals are $30 per person.

The Board of Governors of the Children's Dyslexia Center are pleased to announce their upcoming fund raiser, "The Art of Literacy" in conjunction with Barnes & Noble. This is the third such effort with Barnes & Noble to benefit the Center's mission of helping children overcome dyslexia.

The event runs at all Barnes & Noble bookstores from Saturday, November 17th through Wednesday, November 21, 2012. This period is extended until November 23, 2012 for all purchases made online at  Be sure to use ID CODE: 10821593

20% of your purchase price paid at any Barnes & Noble store will benefit the Children's Dyslexia Center of Philadelphia, a Scottish Rite Charity. This includes all books, magazines, and food at the store. This special ID CODE: 10821593 must be used at the time of purchase to earmark the funds to the Center.

If you shop online at during the event, up to 10% of your purchase price is donated. Buy your books, gift items, and Nooks on these days and earn a donation for the Center. Nook (e-reader) purchases are capped at a 5% donation. Remember when shopping online to use ID CODE: 10821593.

Be sure to tell your family, friends, Masonic Brethren, neighbors, co-workers, etc. about this event. Don't forget to tell them to use ID CODE: 10821593.

Members of the Philadelphia Center's Board of Governors will be present at the Barnes & Noble at 300 Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem, PA from 10 A.M. until 3 P.M. on November 17, 2012 to promote the event. Come on out and greet them and do some holiday shopping! Don't forget ID CODE: 10821593!

Thank you for your assistance and participation in this fund-raising event!

Don't forget ID CODE: 10821593 must be used in order to donate funding to the Philadelphia Children's Dyslexia Center.

Share the gift of reading this Holiday Season!

This Sunday, November 11, 2012 is Veteran's Day. We would like to offer our sincere "Thank you for your Service," to all of our Valley member Veterans as well as any of our Veterans and including those currently serving!

The Valley's Holiday Celebration Dinner is scheduled for Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway at US Route 1. The event runs from 6-10 P.M.

The evening begins with the Social Hour at 6 P.M. featuring a cash bar. During this time our Ladies Auxiliary will have their gift basket Silent Auction to benefit the Children's Dyslexia Center of Philadelphia, a Scottish Rite Charity.

The Radisson's delicious Continental Buffet will be served at 7 P.M. After dinner, a special entertainment program featuring music of the "Doo Wop" era will be presented.

The cost per couple for this event is $75 or $38 per person. Please note that this is a prepay event. There will be no tickets sold at the door. The deadline for ticket purchases is Friday, November 30, 2012. Make your check payable to 'Scottish Rite Bodies' and send it to, Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520. Be sure to put "Holiday Celebration" on your check's memo line.

The Fall Reunion concludes on Friday evening, December 21, 2012. That evening we will be joined by two very special guests. Our Fall Class Honoree, Ill. Jay W. Smith, 33, Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania and Ill. Russell W. Baker, 33, Active Member of the Supreme Council and Deputy for Pennsylvania. 

That evening we will debut the new DVD version of the 22nd Degree, Prince of Libanus, and our Valley Cast and the Officers of Benjamin Franklin Consistory, will present the 31st Degree, Knight Aspirant and the 32nd Degree, Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret.

Also we will be making special presentations to our 2012 33rd Degree Class as well as our 2012 Meritorious Service Award Recipients and a number of Brethren who have completed their Scottish Rite Passports.

Plan now to be with us for this most special evening.

Well that will do it for this edition. Please keep our Brethren in New Jersey and New York who are recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy in your prayers. I do not have any information regarding Masonic relief efforts, but you can always check with the Masonic Service Association for more information as to how you can help.

I look forward to greeting you on Friday, November 16th or at any one of our upcoming events. If I don't see you, on behalf of me and mine to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincere fraternal regards,

Steven A. Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary