Monday, December 31, 2012

Dear Brethren and Friends:

As we say farewell to another year,
We all shake hands and spread about good cheer.
In our Valley, there is no doubt,
At midnight each one will shout,
Happy New Year to you and yours,
And everyone between our shores.

So hoist a hot cup and a sweet confection
To all the boys in the Lodge of Perfection;
To Michael and Gerry, Tony and Doug
We pass along a fellowship hug,
And don’t forget Joel, Mike and Joe,
Those appointed guys complete the show.

What a better way to beat the winter chill,
Than some warm fellowship from the fellows of DeJoinville;
Frank, Jeffrey, Tom and Pete,
Their brotherly attitude is sure to greet,
Russ and Harry are in there too,
And send along new year greetings to you.

Our cheer of course is far from thinning,
And so we’ll pass along the greetings of Kilwinning;
Jeff, John and John, Wagner and Lanckowski,
And Danny and the two Bills, Kingsbury and Klosz see?

Before the old year becomes history,
Roll out the greetings of the Consistory,
Ray, Art and Clay,
Send you greetings this day
Along with those of
Bob, Winton and Phil,
Send on their cheer to you and still,
There’s Jim, Rick, Fred and Steve
To send a smile on this New Year’s eve.

Greetings also come from our
Treasurer and our Trustees
and all the members of the Executive Committee

Here’s hoping this song
Gave you a positive reactionary,
As it was written by the Valley Secretary!

Happy New Year!
 As always, I pray the Grand Architect watches over all of you and your families.
Be of good cheer and have a great time this evening, but please, be safe.
 Sincere fraternal regards,
Steven A. Morrison, 33, Valley Secretary

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dear Brethren and Friends:

I hope this edition finds you and yours doing well and enjoying all the Holiday Season has to offer.

To our Jewish Brethren and their families that are currently celebrating and observing Hanukkah, we wish a very blessed and happy holiday!

I've had a few telephone calls regarding the Valley's now cancelled Holiday Celebration Dinner, which was to have taken place this Friday (December 14th) evening. This event was cancelled due to insufficient support. 

We thank everyone who sent in a check to attend the event. Your support of and continued interest in our Valley and its events is greatly appreciated. 

We are in the planning stages of a "Ladies Night" event for the Spring. Once everything is finalized details will be available.

It is my sad to duty to report the illness of Mrs. Cindy Zenzel, wife of Valley Brother, Daniel, and mother of Valley Brother, Christopher Zenzel. Please keep her and the family in your prayers. 

Anyone wishing to send a card, please call the Scottish Rite Office for contact information.

Supreme Council has released two holiday ornaments to adorn your Hanukkah bush or Christmas  tree this Holiday Season:

The brass ornament, costs $16.95

The ball ornament is available for $11.95

If you would like either one or both, send your check made payable to "Supreme Council," to Supreme Council, PO Box 519, Lexington, MA 02420.

Don't forget our Fall Special Rendezvous on Friday, December 21, 2012. Our Class Honoree, Ill. Jay W. Smith, 33, Right Worshipful Grand Master will be us, as will Ill. Russell W. Baker, 33, Active Member of the Supreme Council and Deputy for Pennsylvania.

The evening begins at 6:00 P.M.  with a delicious buffet dinner in the Grand Banquet Hall. The menu for dinner is: Caesar Salad, New England Clam Chowder, Prime Rib carving station, Boston Scrod, Roasted Potatoes, and Succotash. All for $20 per person. Candidates as always are free.

Following the meal, the Rendezvous opens at 7:30 P.M. at which time the 22nd Degree, "Prince of Libanus" will be presented in its new DVD format. The Valley Cast will present the 31st Degree, "Knight Aspirant," and then the Commander-in-Chief and the Officers of Benjamin Franklin Consistory will present the 32nd Degree, "Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret."

The Ladies are having an old fashioned "Family Game Night." All ladies are encouraged to bring along a favorite card or board game to share in a night of fun.

The deadline for dinner reservations is Wednesday, 19 December. You can make yours by calling 215-563-1814 or by email to or by clicking 'Going' on the Fall Special Rendezvous event page on the Valley's Facebook group (if you are a member of the group!).

Don't miss out on what is shaping up to be a great evening!

Well that will do it for this edition. As always I pray the Grand Architect blesses each and everyone of you and your families with all that is good!

God Bless Cindy Zenzel and be with her family at this time and always.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Steven Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary