Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Received an email this morning from "The Valley of Philadelphia's Best Friend," Illustrious Russell W. Baker, that I have to share with you.

Unless the Valley of Harrisburg receives 30 more petitions, WE, YOU, ME, US, OUR, Valley of Philadelphia is NUMBER ONE in new members for the Fall 2013 Reunion Season!

Congrats to everyone, our Membership Team, Recommenders, and Candidates (Yes, we couldn't have done it without you) on a great Fall Class!

Now, lets turn our attention toward the Spring. We've got a title to defend. . .

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and Happy Monday everyone!

Yes, it is the Monday after the conclusion of our Fall Reunion. The Holiday Season approacheth (Sorry, woke up in a Shakespearean type of mood this morning) and my post-Reunion work has just begun.

But, you know what? Your post Reunion work has just begun as well. What's that? What do I mean by your work? Oh come on now! You didn't really believe that all Scottish Rite was is going to Reunions, watching Degrees, eating delicious meals, enjoying fellowship and seeing my smiling face at the top of steps, did you? Well, I have to agree those are all good things but, NO, that isn't all there is! Far from it.

As we are now, post-Reunion you have a few chores to do as well. First: Candidates. Get one or two or three or how ever many you are able, for the Spring Class. Speaking of which, it will be named in honor of our Illustrious Valley Brother, Past Most Wise Master of Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix, current Orator of Benjamin Franklin Consistory and NEXT Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania, Robert J. Bateman, 33! Lets honor Bob with a large Class. To our new members, you were part of a very large Class, if each one of you got one or two Candidates, imagine how large the next Class will be?

Second: If you are not currently involved in our Valley this Spring could be your 'springboard' (Sorry. I had too. It works!) to getting active. We had a number of new Brethren take parts in our Fall Reunion Degree conferrals and we hope and expect that will happen again this coming Spring. So, it's up to you. You have time to mull it over but, seriously, give it some thought. A large or small or even a non-speaking part, once you get started, it can be the beginning of a great new happening in your life. Ask any of our active members how much fun and fulfilling it is to be a part of the 'team.'

Third: I'm leaving this one up to you. What will be your selected chore for your Scottish Rite experience? Only you know. But it might just be an idea that's worth giving a look at! Ask Bro. (Soon to be Illustrious)
Dan Scheetz. He took a membership program idea and built our Spring 2013 Class into an amazing success. Just don't let him talk you into seeing that his seat is fluffed.

To all our newbies: You have nice new name badge and a shiny new jewel. You are the last to receive that jewel too. Sorry but you cannot wear either of those items at your Blue Lodge. Nope. You can't. The ONLY place you can wear them is at a Valley Reunion or if you visit another Valley. So, you know what your next chore can be; getting our Spring dates on your 2014 Calendar NOW. They can be found by visiting

Now I know the next question from our new guys is; "When will I get my dues card?" Our dues cards are run by our governing Body, the Supreme Council, at the headquarters in Lexington, Massachusetts. I will order them this week. In the meantime should you wish to visit another Valley and garner some stamps in the old, well, new, passport, give me a call and I will give the Valley you plan to visit a heads up and you will be welcomed in the most fraternal of manners.

Okay, I believe I've said enough. I have a very busy week ahead. Oh, before I check out, we still have 5 tickets remaining for our "Christmas in Hershey" Family Life event. Want them? Bring or send me a check made payable to "Scottish Rite Bodies" and they're yours. How much? $7.50 per person!

Have a great Monday and even better week ahead!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and Happy Day Before!

Yes, tomorrow evening is the final installment of our 2013 Fall Reunion and we will greet our new Brethren as Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, 32nd Degree. I know I don't have to tell any of you what a momentous occasion this is in a Brother's Masonic career. Being a Scottish Rite Mason is something to be proud of. Scottish Rite is Freemasonry's most popular brand! There are more Scottish Rite Masons in the whole spectrum of Freemasonry than any other. This includes the York Rite, Shrine, Tall Cedars, Grotto, you name it.

I'm asking everyone to be sure to take the time to greet and congratulate as many of our new Brothers as you can. Nothing can take the place of a warm Brotherly greeting in the moment of celebration, and that is exactly what tomorrow evening will be, a celebration of and for our new Brothers and our Valley.

To our new Brothers that are a part of this group (that would be the Facebook group, for our Web Edition audience), after tomorrow you will be 'entitled to all the rights and privileges' of a Scottish Rite Mason and Valley of Philadelphia member. One of those 'rights' is your opportunity to become involved in our Valley and to contribute to its ongoing success. You have a unique opportunity to become a part of new and exciting adventure for our Valley coming this Spring as we bring back the live Cast of the 4th Degree, Master Traveler. This Cast will be made up entirely of members of the "Supreme Council N.M.J. 200th Anniversary Class." You will set the example for all our Classes going forward as well as record in our Valley history as being the first! Step up. Volunteer. Be a part of the team! Scottish Rite, much like anything else in life rewards you for what you bring to it.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday everyone. This is your friendly Valley Secretary bringing you joyous fraternal greetings and reminding you that I always have your best interests in mind.

So now you're thinking, "Okay Steve, what's up?" and I don't blame you, but, I just wanted to remind you that we are Brethren and we are, I hope, friends, before the following announcement causes you to have (undeserved) angst in my general direction.

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE: The Grand Banquet Room is CLOSED on Friday night, to anyone and everyone who does not have a dinner reservation or a pre-paid ticket.

Now what does that mean? The Temple's new caterer is very strict in her accounting of meals needed. She requires our reservation deadline to be at least 10 days prior to our meeting. She gives me a few days 'wiggle room,' to add for possible late editions. But, as of yesterday she called for the FINAL number. Which I gave her.

Therefore, be advised, and please everyone spread the word, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A DINNER RESERVATION YOU WILL NOT BE SERVED ON FRIDAY NIGHT, NOR WILL YOU BE ADMITTED INTO THE GRAND BANQUET HALL. Just showing up with the attitude of "everything will be alright," WON'T WORK! Our Stewards will not sell you a ticket as there is no meal or seat available for you. You will not be served without a ticket. No ifs, no buts. You had time to make your reservation. You were notified at the last dinner of this coming change and it has been publicized here, on my blog, and in The Double Eagle. No excuses.

I would like to thank everyone in advance for your expected cooperation and understanding.

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday. Yes, it's snowing but RELAX, it isn't going to stick.

Can you believe our Fall Reunion is over, done, completed, this coming Friday? It is.

Kilwinning Chapter and Benjamin Franklin Consistory, will cap it all off with the 18th and 32nd Degrees. I am sure that they will both perform exemplary work and make us all proud as well as inspire both the Class and our usual gang of sideliners, and of course, Illustrious Brother, Cliff Hutchens.

As we welcome our new Brothers into our Valley as Sublime Princes, we hope that they will become active and participating Scottish Rite Masons among us. As always opportunity to become involved is always there, but this Class has the very unique chance to make history in our Valley.

Beginning this Spring we will return to actively presenting the 4th Degree, Master Traveler, with a live Cast. Yes, we're going to 'retire' the DVD. We hope to build this Cast from the members of the Fall Class, and going forward having the preceding Class cast the Degree for the next conferral. This could be the start of great tradition in our Valley.

Bro. Brian Skoff, has agreed to take on the role of Degree Master for this new adventure. He and I will be addressing the Class about this on Friday night, but, we have a number of our new Brethren in this group already (the Facebook group, that is to our Web Edition followers. You REALLY need to get a Facebook account!), and hopefully they will be interested in being a part of this new project.

If any of you are interested in taking part, please let us know.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

On this Veterans Day, I would like to thank not only my fellow Valley Vets, but everyone who has ever honorably worn our nation's uniform.

Thank you for your Service!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and Happy Thursday everyone!

I called our numbers in to the Caterer yesterday and she now has our 'official' count. But in 26 years in Freemasonry I know (as you probably do too) that we shouldn't just be "Free and Accepted," but also "Procrastinating" Masons as well.

With that in mind I reserved for an extra 10 possible reservations. I already have 1 of those gone. So that means that there are 9 left. Did you call in yet? You have 9 chances to avoid paying a late fee for your dinner ticket. Call TODAY, don't delay. Or you can email to, or the EASIEST way of all (Again, So Sorry, Web Edition Followers), click, "Going!"

See that, we're not just, "Pennsylvania Freemasonry's Best Kept Secret," but also the "Valley of Second Chances" too!

Have a great, try to stay dry, Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and Happy Day after the Deadline!

As of last evening we have 205 folks that have reserved for dinner on Friday, 15 November. Not as big a crowd as we had last month, but that's still not bad.

So, dinner reservations are over. Now comes the next phase, and that starts this evening with our 18th and 32nd Cast rehearsals. We have a few new guys in the 18th and we have two in the 32nd. But I'm sure our Degree Masters will bring out the very best in their respective Casts.

Have a great day everyone!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and Happy Dinner Reservation Deadline Day!

Yes today is the day. If you plan to have dinner with the Valley on Friday, November 15th, you MUST have your reservation into the Scottish Rite Office today! Call 215-563-1814, email it to, or click "Going" (Sorry Web Edition!) on the event page, Today!

I still have a number of Candidates that I have not heard from. Hopefully we'll get them in today too.

Today is election day in the region too. If your registered, make the time and go vote.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and welcome to the start of a new week! See what I did there? I avoided the whole, "It's Monday, yuck!" thing.

Today is Monday (yuck!) November 4th, the day before Tuesday, November 5th, which is. . .? Come on shout it out. Don't be shy. Yes, you got it, the November Dinner Reservation Deadline!

That's right if you're planning to attend the Special Assembly & Rendezvous on Friday, November 15th, and plan to have dinner with the Valley, you MUST have your dinner reservation made by tomorrow. If that doesn't happen, your reasonable $20 dinner becomes, $30! Yes, $30! Per person! Don't let this happen to you. Call 215-563-1814, email to, or (Sorry Web Edition Followers) click, "Going" on the event page, TODAY!

Our 18th and 32nd Degree Casts have their first rehearsal this coming Wednesday. The ball is rolling. The wheels are turning and all those other forward sounding metaphors are happening as we come upon our Special Assembly and Rendezvous.

This will officially end our Fall Reunion. For those that are still in pre-Bookend Concept mode, this means there is no meeting in December. I know a few folks are still confused and that is understandable as this is only our second run in the Bookend.

So, why am I mentioning that? Because it's time to start working on possible Candidates for the Spring 2014 Reunion! This Reunion will be special because we will honor our Valley Brother and the next Right Worshipful Grand Master of Pennsylvania, Illustrious Robert J. Bateman, 33! Lets show Bro. Bob our support by working towards a BIG Class in his honor now!

Have a great week everyone. Get your dinner reservation in, if haven't. If you have, THANK YOU. Check with your Candidate. Did he call in yet?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

I've been debating with myself as to whether or not to post this. Partly because it's been somewhat of an emotional issue for me. But, I feel you should know.

Our Valley Treasurer, Illustrious John H. Platt, Jr., 33, has been facing some health issues of late. This past week, he called and tendered his resignation as our Treasurer.

Bro. John served our Valley in an exemplary manner for a number of years. He served as our Soloist for our Annual Memorial Service too. Anyone who has attended that can attest to John's beautiful singing voice....

I've known John for 26 years, and he has been a great Brother and friend. I will miss working with him and wish him well going forward.

There will be cards at our Stewards tables on Friday, November 15th. Please take the time to sign one of them to wish our Illustrious Brother, good health and thank him for his many years of Service to Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite.

Folks, I noticed that I am beginning to receive orders for the Valley's Family Life event, "Christmas in Hershey." This is a good thing and I'm glad to see that our Valley membership is interested in the programs our Family Life Chairman puts together.

 Our ticket allotment has been paid for and ordered. Once I receive them in the office I will begin sending them out to those that have paid and ordered them.

One note however, you do not need to let me know what date you are planning to go to the Park. These tickets can be used on any date the Park is open during the "Christmas Candy Lane" promotion. I only provided you with the dates in The Double Eagle and on the flyer, so that you could check your calendars as to whether or not you and your family would be able to participate.

Speaking from personal experience, if you're still on the fence about going, yes, it can be cold, and yes, the rides at the Park are limited if you compare to the rides open throughout the summer season, but the Park is beautifully decorated, they have their "Sweet Lights" attraction which you can drive through after dark, and the shops all have some beautiful holiday items for decorating your home. My family and I have gone every year, we really enjoy it, and of course, THE CHOCOLATE!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

VOLUNTEER UPDATE: My recent plea for two additional members to join the Reception-Stewards Committee has been heard! Well, by one, but heard just the same.

A BIG Thank You and Welcome to the Team goes out to Valley Brother,Frank J Lorine!

Bro. Frank, we're all looking forward to seeing your smiling face at one of the tables outside the Grand Banquet Room on November 15th. Thank you again!

We are still in need of one more member for the Committee and yes, we still looking for volunteers for our NEW Prompters Team! 

Are you one of the guys we're looking for? Call 215-563-1814 to volunteer or for more info!
Dear Brethren and Friends:

Hey, don't look now, but the word is out about our earlier dinner reservation deadline!

Yes, the phone rang off the hook yesterday and I expect it will do the same today.

If you haven't clicked "Going" or called or emailed in yet, don't delay! November 5th will be here before you know it.

Have a great Thursday everyone! Trick or Treat!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning everyone! It's Wednesday, 30 October. If you're coming to the 15 November Special Assembly and Rendezvous, the dinner reservation deadline is 5 November. Not time for the virtual kettle drums yet, but I'm warming up.

Call today, beat the rush. Or you can click on the events tab above, (Sorry Web Edition folks this is just for the Facebook group!), click on the Fall Special Assembly and Rendezvous, and then click "Going" and guess what? You've made a dinner reservation! How easy is that?

Again, if you click "Maybe" you have NOT made a reservation. The caterer charges us per dinner ordered. That being the case, I can't order a dinner based on the idea that you might be there to eat it. So, if you are actually coming, get your reservation made by 11/5 or pay, okay I lied, hit the kettle drums, BUM, BUM, BUM, BUMMMMM, you'll pay $30 for your dinner!

Still looking for volunteers for prompters and more especially for 2 guys to join our Reception-Stewards Committee. Interested? Call 215-563-1814 (Sorry
Jeffrey Lees) for more info or to sign up.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and happy Tuesday everyone!

Have you made your dinner reservations for the Special Assembly & Rendezvous yet? If you haven't remember, time is shorter now. You must have your reservation in by 5 November. That isn't too many days from today. Don't miss the deadline if you plan to be with us!

We're still looking for prompters. What's that you ask? Well a prompter is a guy who sits on the sideline during the Degrees with a copy of the script and when a Cast member forgets a line. . .that's right, he 'prompts' them with the word they're looking for! How hard can that be? As a prompter, you'll be listed in the Cast list in the Reunion Book, be introduced with the Cast when the Degree is complete and, get that all satisfying feeling from just being involved! The only obligation other than attending the Reunion is attending the rehearsals. How tough can be? Are you that guy that would like to get involved? This is the job for you! Call the office for more info or to just volunteer!

We're still looking for two more guys to join our Reception-Stewards Committee as well. This job has so many different facets to it, from stamping Passports, to selling Scottish Rite regalia, working with the dinner ticket or parking validation sales, to checking in our Candidates. It's a jump in and roll up your sleeves and be part a team task. Sounds like you? Call the office for more info or to get signed up.

Like I always say, make this Tuesday twice as nice by doing something kind for someone! Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good morning and Happy Tuesday everyone.

Well as you've probably noticed by now, I posted the Fall Special Assembly & Rendezvous yesterday. If you have 'clicked in' yet, please do so soon. Our deadline this time around is Tuesday, November 5th. You don't want to miss it. Remember, when checking in, if you're bringing your lady or another guest, be sure to post that on the event wall. If you require a fish dinner or if you have dietetic (gee I hope I spelled that right), post that as well. NOW FOR THE DISCLAIMER: For those of you reading this on "Across My Desk, The Web Edition," you're going to have to call in your reservation to 215-563-1814 or by email to

So, what did you think of the new Caterer? Did you enjoy the meal or not so much? I'd be really interested in your opinions. We have an Executive Committee meeting Thursday night and no doubt, I'm sure to be asked for feedback. If you have any, please let it in the comments below. Thanks!

I've been receiving a lot good feedback from the Class members regarding their initial experience in the Valley. So far all of it has been positive. Congrats to everyone, Cast Members, Committee Members, Officers, and yes, even the guys on the sidelines for making this past Friday a memorable evening for our new Brothers.

Out of our 88 Candidates, we have 83 active in the Class, which means we have 5 guys (sounds like a burger joint) in line for the 2014 Spring Class, which will be named in honor of Valley Brother, Orator of Benjamin Franklin Consistory, and lets see he's going to be something else soon, oh yeah, soon to be Right Worshipful Grand Master, Bob Bateman, 33! Yes, our Spring Class will be named in honor of our Illustrious Brother, Bob. Be sure to mention that when discussing our Valley with Prospects. While Bob is serving as Grand Master, every Valley will have a Class named in his honor. We, as his Valley, should have the largest. Lets make it happen!

Have a great Tuesday everyone. Make it a "Twosday," which means make it twice as nice by doing something kind for someone.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Happy Sunday everyone!

I don't like to name names because sometimes you forget someone and that is never my intention. But sometimes I feel it is very important to let those responsible know that they're appreciated.

Our Casts on Friday evening did a great job. As did our Support Teams in, Make up, Marshals, Reception-Stewards, Stage Crew, and Wardrobe.

Congratulations and Thank You:
Yasser Al-Khatib, Len Bezar, Robert Burns, Bill Mervin, Tom Wible, Skip Leopold, Bob Wasko, Ray Wasko, Christopher David Zenzel , Joe Brunelle, Brian Skoff, Scott Hilsee, Rob Kaiser, Andrew Dobson, Russ Combs, Dan Martin, Jason Jordan, Mark DeMatteis, Fred Kopetz, Brynell Wallace-Rogers, Douglass Hocker, John Jackson, Jeffrey Lees, Bill Brown, Jime Rae, Jim Wakeley, Barry Epstein, Norm Greene, Josh, Paul Noble, Joe Calabrese, Rich Jones, Bob Crotts, Steve Rashkow, Joe Sbaraglia, and Phil Janusz!

I hope I didn't forget anyone. If I did, consider yourself mentioned too, but do me a favor and post your name in the comments, that way you're remembered and acknowledged.

Great job again guys. You make our Valley as great as it is!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

With apologies to my fellow Scot, Rod Stewart, "Tonight's the night!" And it is going to be all right!

Tonight is the big night for 88 Brethren who will become members of "Pennsylvania Freemasonry's Best Kept Secret!" Be sure to take a minute or two and greet as many of them as you can. They will all be wearing the white "Candidate" name tag with their name. Use their name when you greet them. Nothing makes someone feel better than to be called by their name. Lets be Brotherly to our new Brothers!

Good luck to our Casts tonight. We all know you guys will be fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing Bro.
Bill Mervin, in his first 'starring' role!

Have a great Friday everyone and an even better weekend, and I'll see you tonight!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good morning and Happy Day Before!

That's right our Fall 2013 Reunion begins tomorrow evening. We have a large Class and a large turnout expected.

Tomorrow evening's meal will be the Valley's first encounter with the Temple's new Caterer as well. I know a few of you have already sampled their fare as have I, but here's to hoping that this is the start of good and 'tasty' relationship.

We have a large Class. It is extremely important that each of us, whether an Officer, Cast Member, or just one of those smiling faces on the sidelines, do our very best to make this a great experience for our new Brethren. I don't have to tell you how special our Valley is and what it means to each of us that are active in it, but we want to be sure that our Candidates are made to feel, first, welcome, and secondly, and probably the most important, appreciated. They are bringing numbers to our membership for sure, but they are also bringing new vision, new ideas, and new talents. We want them to become active members among us. Whether they choose to get involved in our Officer lines, Degree Casts, serve on a Committee or simply be another one of those smiling guys on the sideline, it is important that they know that the opportunity is there and that they are most definitely welcomed to it, however they choose to pursue it.

Get up during the intermissions. Go introduce yourself and shake a hand or two. They're your Brethren. Treat them like a Brother. Who knows, you might even make a great new friend.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Reunion Week-Wednesday Update

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and welcome to Reunion Week Wednesday!

Today is and has been traditionally our dinner reservation deadline, but our new caterer has different requirements regarding how she would like to have our counts. So, yesterday I had to give her our dinner count. I gave her a count of 244 persons. That number included the 46 Candidates that did not confirm their attendance. I also ordered additional 12 dinners for our usual group of Brethren that seem to ignore our deadline each and every Reunion. Don't ask. I don't get it either.

Remember Brethren, the Executive Committee has voted to increase the cost of walk up dinners, or dinners sold with no reservation to $30 per person. Most especially with this large crowd, this will be strictly enforced. Pass the word. Make sure our Brethren know. This rule has been in The Double Eagle since it was passed by the Executive Committee, but you'll won't believe how many claim to have never 'heard' of it. We actually had a Brother threaten to take me "outside" once when the Stewards told him he had to pay more because he didn't have a reservation. Of course I convinced him that wouldn't exactly be smartest thing he ever did.

Tonight our Casts will have their 'dress' rehearsal. They don't actually dress in costume, but tonight is when they finalize, the wheres and hows of presenting the Degrees at the meeting. Good luck guys have a great rehearsal for what will surely be great conferrals on Friday night!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and welcome to Reunion Week Tuesday!

Okay first question. Do you have a dinner reservation made yet? You do? Good. Thanks. Now the second question. How about all those guys you usually sit with at dinner and during the meeting? Or and more importantly, how about your Candidate? Remember this a new experience for him. Do they have their reservations made yet? Not sure? Can you do me a big favor and check with them? I'd appreciate it and that would help me to smooth what is appearing to be a bit of a bumpy road with the new Caterer. I know with a group our size that that there would be some glitches and the like the first time out, but with a Class this big, and with our usual large attendance, it could be a lot easier for all parties concerned if we have everyone's cooperation. Thanks!

As I said, we have a large Class, but would you believe the line is already forming for the 2014 Spring Class? It is! I've spoken to a number of Brethren that are very interested in becoming Scottish Rite Masons, but cannot do it this Fall. They've agreed to petition now and go into our queue for the Spring. Remember, I sent out 434 petitions to prospects. We've got 88 Candidates in this Class. That means that there are still a lot (hey, it's too early to do the math! Excuse me.) of possible Candidates out there. I sent an introductory letter and a petition to newly raised (between January and June 2013) Master Masons in Districts A, B, C, D, E, 6, 8, and 36. Chances are one or more of those guys are in your Lodge. Talk to him. Ask him if he got the petition and if he has any questions, and let him know that you'd be very happy to assist him. You never know, we could very well repeat this success in the Spring. Lets keep it going!

Well I have a busy day ahead. You're going to call in your reservation, if you haven't already, and so are your buddies, and of course your Candidate's going to call too. I'll be there waiting to hear from you and them! 215-563-1814.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and since I don't know the rest of that poem, he discovered, Ameri. . .the Dominican Republic! For those of you who have this Holiday off, have a good one!

While we're on the subject of 'discoveries,' 88 Philadelphia region Master Masons will discover "Pennsylvania Freemasonry's Best Kept Secret." this Friday when they become members of the Valley of Philadelphia.

Yes, after Friday's deadline we officially have 88 Candidates in the "Supreme Council, NMJ 200th Anniversary Class." The coveted, 'Class Predictor Award' goes out to our Sovereign Prince. Bro.
Jeffrey Lees, MSA, who wins it for being the closest without going over. Sorry, Bro. Mike McKee, you were two short of your prediction. Bro. Jeff, enjoy your award, which is nothing more than bragging rights, so settle down everyone.

Now on to more serious issues. If you haven't called in yet for your dinner reservations please do so now! Our new caterer is has shortened our deadline without telling me about it, initially. I have complained to the Superintendent and he has assured me that he will speak with the caterer, but your assistance now will be greatly appreciated. If you know of any other Brethren who cannot read these words as they're not members of our group or subscribers to my blog, please contact them and tell them to call in as well. I would like to have everyone in the count by this time tomorrow morning if possible. Also MANY of our Candidates have not checked in yet. If you're a recommender, it is your DUTY to insure that your Candidate has called in. I
have begun calling the Candidates myself, but your assistance would be a great help.

This Wednesday is the last rehearsal for our Casts prior to Friday's Degree work. Good luck and Thank you again to all of our first timers. To those of you who haven't decided to get involved in YOUR Valley yet, keep an eye on our Casts this Friday, it may inspire you!

Have a great Monday everyone. I will be busy putting the final touches on the November issue of The Double Eagle, which goes to print tomorrow and hopefully answering the telephone and taking the final dinner reservations!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall Class Deadline Friday!

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Happy Deadline and Holiday Weekend Friday everyone!

Yes, the Fall Class Deadline has arrived. When I left the office last evening we had 81 Candidates for our Class. Valley Brother and Orator of Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection,
Mike McKee, picked up two more at his Lodge's October Stated Meeting last night, so that gets us up to 83! Now I know I just mentioned a 14th Degree guy and I usually cap that off with a, "Calm down Cliff," as I know how excited my Illustrious Peer gets whenever I refer to Members of the 14th Degree, but as it is a Holiday weekend, I'll say, "Go for it Cliff!" Who am I to downsize his Holiday spirit?

Okay, so now we have 83 Candidates! Wait, not so fast. That's right I have another Brother coming in the office today to drop one off and Valley Brother and Master of Ceremonies of DeJoinville Council,
Yasser Al-Khatib, messaged me that he had just put one in the mail, which gets us up to 84! WOW! If that doesn't get you in the Holiday spirit, I don't know what does!

I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this Class as large as it is. But, our work is far from done. We've got the numbers which is fantastic, but now we have to 'keep' them. Lets get these guys active and involved in our Valley, because that is truly where growth comes from. Each of you know how much our Valley has to offer, or we wouldn't be so enthusiastic about it. Share that feeling with our new Brothers. I've called this Class historic, but it's up to all of us to make that history realized.

Well, enough preaching. It's Friday! And a Holiday Friday to boot. Have a great Holiday Weekend everyone! If you haven't gotten your dinner reservations in yet, please do and spread the word to others.

Wait. What's that? What do I mean, "Holiday Weekend?" Oh come on now! All right, for those who don't know, this Sunday, is 13 October, the 238th Birthday of the Greatest Fighting Force the World has ever known, THE United States Navy!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday, the day before the Deadline!

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good morning and good Thursday everyone! It's going to be wet around here the next few days. Leaves are falling and roads are wet and you know what that means. Be careful!

As of right now I have 78 petitions processed, but I understand that there is one waiting in the Scottish Rite Office and two more are in the mail on their way to the Office, so if you're keeping up with me, we'll have at least 81 Candidates in the Fall Class!

Tomorrow, (reasonable facsimile of kettle drums time again) BUM, BUM, BUM, BUMMMMM, is DEADLINE DAY! So if you haven't gotten a Candidate yet, you're on the clock!

I spoke with Amy, the caterer yesterday. Seems she and I have a bit of a disagreement regarding when I turn in our counts to her. Traditionally we've given the Temple Caterer, our count on the Wednesday prior to the Friday meeting. She wants our count in on the Wednesday, the week before! So yesterday was technically our reservation deadline. I gave her an estimated count. Hopefully we'll be okay. But, this is your advance notice that in November our reservation deadline will be, Tuesday, November 5th. Please make a note of it. This information will also be in the November issue of The Double Eagle.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday Morning Update

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good morning and good Wednesday everyone!

We're sitting at 77 Candidates for our Fall Class this morning with Friday's petition deadline looming. Will we reach 80 or more? Who knows, but the clock is ticking.

I noticed yesterday that our large Class is a little slow on the draw. Very few of our Candidates have called in to confirm their attendance. I know that deadline isn't until next week, but it would be nice to have some sort of early projection as to what our dinner count might look like. If you're a recommender, please contact your Candidate or Candidates and remind them to call in. Thank you.

Our Fall Reunion actually begins this evening. Yes, you read that right. Tonight is the first rehearsals for the 16th and 20th Degree Casts. If you're in one of these Casts, please do your very best to make the rehearsal. We have a lot of newbies in the Casts and it is important that we have good rehearsals.

Well, will today's mail (sounds like a great name for a men's clothier) have more petitions coming in? We'll see. The deadline approacheth. Tick. Tick. Tick.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tuesday Mid-Morning Update!

Dear Brethren and Friends:

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE: Okay for those of you already on your coffee break, take that sip and swallow it before reading this Update any further. Go ahead, I'll wait. Done? Good, and here we go. . .

Petitions Nos. 73, 74, 75, and 76 are here!

Thanks to Bros. Dan Scheetz and Gaetano Romano for their efforts! 

So now, Bro. Andrew Dobson
 has No. 77 and he'll be dropping that off at tomorrow night's Cast Rehearsals.

77, can you believe that? We're getting 'one day class' numbers without even having one! Who says that's the only way to insure a large Class? Leaves a little something to said about TRADITION!

Hey Mike McKee! 90 just might be doable Bro!

Deadline Week Update-Tuesday morning

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday everyone!

Well, we're one day closer to DEADLINE Friday, and we have yet another Fall Class Candidate Count Update. As of last evening we have 72 Candidates for the Fall Class and we've already received Petition No. 1 for our 2014 Spring Class. WOW!

Then last night, Valley Brother and member of our Reception-Stewards Committee,
Andrew Dobson, messaged me to let me know that he has Petition No. 73 in his hands! Way to go Bro. Andy!

Our Sovereign Prince, Bro.
Jeffrey Lees, MSA is predicting 80, Bro. Mike McKee, Orator of Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection, is predicting 90, and we have one guy that seems to think 100 is possible with so few days left. I don't know about predictions. I predicted 70 and we've beaten that so, the question I have now is, DO WE HAVE YOUR CANDIDATE'S PETITION YET???

Monday, October 7, 2013

It's Deadline Week!

Good Morning everyone and welcome to DEADLINE Week! That's right. This Friday, 11 October is the deadline for Candidates to submit petitions for our Fall Class.

Speaking of our Fall Class, as of this past Friday we had 68 Candidates. Now I say 'had' as I had received telephone calls and emails from Brethren letting me know that more petitions were in the mail. This Class is going to be in the mid-70's or even higher.

Our Cast rehearsals begin this week as well. We have a number of first timers in our 16th and 20th Degree Casts. It's great to see newer members stepping up and getting involved. We always share that with every Class when they first join the Valley that opportunity for involvement is there and these Brethren are taking it. We're glad to have them on the team!

I know THE DOUBLE EAGLE says the deadline for dinner reservations is next Wednesday, 16 October, but I am asking everyone if possible to get yours in by Tuesday 15 October. The Masonic Temple's caterer is asking to have my count by Wednesday and as it appears we're going to have a large crowd your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Have a great week everyone. Yes, it's deadline week. Do you have a Candidate yet?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Dear Brethren and friends:

Just about everyday I post something 'blog-like' on the Valley's Facebook group, "Valley of Philadelphia, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Members Only!" which means if you do not have a Facebook account or you are not a member of our group, you are missing these posts which contain information regarding our Reunions and other events, along with some mild quirkiness.

Now, I understand that social media isn't for everyone. So beginning tomorrow, 7 October 2013 my Facebook group posts will be shared here.

Stay tuned!

Sincere fraternal regards,

Steven Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fall Reunion Update

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Hope you all had an enjoyable Summer with your families and friends.

We had a great Summer in the Valley of Philadelphia. We have two new MSA's and three new 33rds!

Congrats again to Bros. George Burns, MSA and Jeff Lees, MSA. Also kudos go out to our 2014 MSA nominees, Bros. Norman Greene, 32 and Stephen Bradley, 32. Bros. Norm and Steve will receive their well deserved awards at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, this coming July! Way to go guys!

Congratulations to our new Illustrious Brothers, Phil Janusz MSA, Jim Rae, MSA and John Wagner.

While we were in Washington, DC for the 200th Anniversary Session of the Supreme Council, we learned that four Valley Brothers had been nominated and elected to receive the 33rd Degree in 2015 in Indianapolis. Those Brothers are; Bill Greet, Ed Neilson, Dan Scheetz and Tom Toscani. Best wishes to them!

Our Fall Reunion begins on Friday, 18 October with the Special Convocation of DeJoinville Council, Princes of Jerusalem. Our Sovereign Prince, Bro. Jeff Lees, 32, MSA and the other Officers look forward to welcoming all Valley members and their Ladies and of course the members of our Fall Class!

Speaking of our Fall Class, it is named in honor of the Supreme Council's Bicentennial, "The Supreme Council 200th Anniversary Class." This Class will be the absolute LAST Class to receive the 200th Anniversary Member's Jewel. Yes, Philadelphia region Master Masons, I'm talking to you! Petitions are ALWAYS available at

The evening starts with dinner in the Grand Banquet Hall at 6:00 P.M. The Masonic Temple has a new Caterer. The Members of the Valley's Advisory Committee attended a taste test hosted by the Caterer, and I all can say is everything was delicious! Starting with the Fall Reunion we will go back to serving a sit down dinner. That's right, no more buffet!

Following dinner, Bro. Lees will open DeJoinville Council. The Degrees to be conferred that evening are the 4th Degree, Master Traveler, the 16th Degree, Prince of Jerusalem, and the "Valley's Signature Degree," the 20th, Master Ad Vitam. We have an entirely new Cast this time around for the Degree, with one exception, Past Commander-in-Chief, Ill. Dan Martin, 33, reprises his role as General Mordecai Gist. It will be great to see this new Cast of upcoming Valley stars in action. Plan now to be with us.  You can call 215-563-1814, email to, or our NEW email address, or in you are a member of the Valley's Facebook group, "Valley of Philadelphia, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Members Only!" you can 'one click' your RSVP soon.

The Fall Reunion will conclude on Friday, 15 November, with the Special Assembly of Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix.
The Degrees scheduled for that evening are the 18th, Knight of Rose Croix and the 32nd, Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret.
The evening will be opened by our Most Wise Master, Ill. John Wagner, 33 and closed by our Commander-in-Chief, Ill. Arthur Becker, 33, MSA.
So, will that be it for the Fall? As far as our Degrees and Candidates are concerned, yes, but our Family Life Chairman, Ill. Bro. Jim Rae, 33,MSA has again planned a return to a Valley Holiday favorite, "Christmas in Hershey." Stay tuned to the web edition, The November Double Eagle and of course the Valley's Facebook group for information on ticket ordering.
Well, that will do it for this edition. As things develop they will be posted here.
As always, I pray that the Grand Architect watches over you and your family.
Sincere fraternal regards,

Steven Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary


Sunday, July 14, 2013

PA Council of Deliberation Postgame Wrap up

Dear Brethren and Friends:

We had a great time at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Deliberation. So good to see so many Valley of Philadelphia Members present.
 Our 16th Degree line wins the 'bragging rights prize' with our Sovereign Prince, Jeffrey Lees, MSA, High Priest, Tom Wible, Junior Warden, Russell Combs, Master of Ceremonies, Ill. Harry Rutter and Master of Entrances, Yasser Al-Khatib being present.

 Our Consistory line was represented by Commander-in-Chief, Ill. Arthur Becker, MSA, Second Lt. Commander, Ill. Jeff Greene, Orator, Ill. Robert Bateman, RWDGM, Chancellor, Ill. Winton Hewitt, Master of Ceremonies, Philip Janusz, and Captain of the Guard, James Rae, MSA being present.

 Our Most Wise Master, John Wagner, represented the 18th Degree line.

The Officers of the Coordinate Bodies present included, Trustee, George Burns, Valley Treasurer, Ill. John Platt and myself. Also in attendance were Past Commander-in-Chief, Ill. G. Kent Hackney, Past Most Wise Master, Ill. Len Bezar, Past Most Wise Master, Ill. Matt Dupee, Past Sovereign Prince, Chas Pierro, Make up Director, Norman Greene, Reception-Stewards Committee Member, Andrew Dobson, and Valley Marshal, Skip Leopold, MSA

 There were ten Valley Ladies in attendance as well.

 Congratulations again go out to our two new MSA Recipients Bro. George Burns and Bro. Jeff Lees. Also to our 2014 MSA Nominees, Bros. Steve Bradley and Norman Greene. Our Brothers will receive the Award at next year's Annual in Hershey.

We did not bring home any awards this year, but we did receive recognition at the meeting as Ill. G. Kent Hackney, took his station as the Council's Master of Ceremonies, Ill. Harry Rutter gave the report for the Council's Finance Committee, Bro. Yasser Al-Khatib was recognized for his work in developing the Scottish Rite phone app, and myself as web master of Council's web site (

Congratulations and Thank You again to all of our Valley Brothers who attended the Annual Meeting for their support of our Valley!
As always I pray that the Grand Architect watches over you and yours.
Sincere fraternal regards,

Steven Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Council of Deliberation, Dues, Fall Class, etc.

Dear Brethren and Friends: 

First I hope this finds you enjoying the Summer! 

This coming weekend is the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation. This year's meeting will be held at the Seven Springs Resort in Seven Springs, PA.

Valley Brothers, Jeffrey Lees and George Burns will receive the Meritorious Service Award. This is a great honor for our Brothers. Congratulations to them and thanks for their continued outstanding service to our Valley.

Bro. Burns currently serves the Valley as a Trustee. He has served on the Reception-Stewards Committee in the past and has been seen in a Degree Cast or two.

Bro. Lees, is our new Sovereign Prince of DeJoinville Council, Princes of Jerusalem. Jeff is one of our Membership Committee's Associate Coordinators, and he is probably most famously known as our Valley Organist.

Due to the Council meeting, the Valley Office will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, 11 July and Friday, 12 July and will reopen on Monday, 15 July.

By now you have no doubt received your bill for dues for the 2014 Scottish Rite year. 

This year's dues are $87, which represents the $60 dues to the Valley and the $27 'assessment' or dues to the Supreme Council. Just as your Lodge must pay dues to the Grand Lodge for you, we must do the same to the Supreme Council.

When paying your dues be sure to include your dues bill with your check. I use the bill when posting the dues batch to our membership system, and our Auditors use the dues batches when comparing our dues run report. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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.

Our Valley has a great program in which we pay the dues of a member who is the first line signer on 3 petitions in one year. However, the three candidates must be initiated in that year in order for the recommender to qualify for the free dues. If you find yourself in this situation, simply write "Membership Builder " on your dues bill and send it in to the office.  Remember, being the first line recommender on 25 new members earns you LIFE MEMBERSHIP in the Valley!

You can also pay your dues by credit card by visiting the Member's Center on the Supreme Council web site, . You will be required to set up an account using your email address or your nine digit Scottish Rite member number, which can be found on your dues card. If you do not have a card, call 215-563-1814, and we'll get one ordered for you. 

Also on this year's dues bill you will notice that we've added two new funds that you can choose to donate to when paying your dues. In the past we've had the Learning Center Endowment, which will remain, but this year we've added the Almoner Fund and the Equipment Fund.

The Valley's Charity Fund has been used to pay the rent of the Children's Dyslexia Center since the Center opened. This means that our available charity monies can be somewhat limited. This situation has raised the awareness that we needed to create a fund to assist Valley Brethren in distress, this is what the new Valley Almoner Fund will do.

Our Valley's staging props, costumes, officer's collars and aprons are starting to show their age and normal wear and tear are beginning to take their toll. To solve this problem and fund new purchases as needed we've created the new Equipment Fund.

Your consideration of either or all of these funds when paying your dues, is greatly appreciated. As with the Learning Center Endowment fund, you may donate to the Almoner Fund or the Equipment Fund at anytime during the year.  As always donors to our Valley funds will be officially recognized in an upcoming issue of The Double Eagle.

Speaking of  The Double Eagle, with our Summer 2013 issue we will be unveiling a new format! Keep an eye out for our new look publication!

Yes, it is Summer, and you may or may not have had your vacation yet, but that doesn't mean that it isn't time to begin thinking about our 2013 Fall Class. 

Our Fall 2013 Class has been named in honor of the Supreme Council's 200th Anniversary. This historic Class will be the very last Class that will receive the 200th Anniversary Member's Jewel, and they will also receive a special Valley name badge.

Our Fall Reunion will begin on Friday evening, 18 October. The 4th Degree, Master Traveler (DVD) will be presented along with two Degrees, to be announced.

The Reunion will conclude on Friday, 15 November, at which time Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix and Benjamin Franklin Consistory will present the 18th Degree, "Knight of Rose Croix," and the 32nd Degree, "Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret," respectively.

While we're on the subject of the Fall, be sure to keep an eye on The Double Eagle, and our Valley's web site calendar, for information regarding our next big Family Life event, "Christmas in Hershey!"

Well, that will do it for this edition. Have a safe and enjoyable Summer. If you are attending the Council of Deliberation meeting this weekend, travel safely and I'll see you out there.

As always I ask the Grand Architect to keep you and your family in His care. 

Sincerely and fraternally,

Steven Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dear Brethren and Friends:

If you were at yesterday's fourth Annual (SOLD OUT) Valley Family Day at Campbell's Field, no doubt you had a nice time. If you weren't there, you missed, said nice time. But, never fear, we have another great Family event on the horizon.

That's right, our Family Life Chairman, soon to be Illustrious Brother, Jim Rae, 32 1/2 MSA is finalizing the details for the Valley to return to "Christmas in Hershey" this coming holiday season. This has been a great event for us in the past and due to its popularity we're bringing it back. Believe me, you do not want to miss that!

Stay tuned to this page and of course, THE DOUBLE EAGLE for updates and ticket ordering information.

So what's next you might ask? Well for our Officers, 33's and MSA's, and any Valley member that may wish to attend, the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation's Annual Meeting at Seven Springs, July, 12-13, 2013. Yes, I know, you haven't gotten your notice yet. Our Illustrious Deputy has informed me and the other Valley Secretaries that they will be out soon. As many of our Masonic/Scottish Rite Degrees emphasize virtues, don't let us forget that all important one, PATIENCE!

I have had a few inquiries from Valley members who are non-Council members about attending the COD Annual. Yes, you are welcome and even encouraged to attend. No, you will not receive a notice as you are not a member. Once the notices are received, I will post that information here. If you are interested in going, call me in the Scottish Rite Office at that time and I will provide you with the information relative to the hotel, the annual banquet, etc.

Even though the Summer is just beginning and we're all hearing motions to go dark throughout the season in our various Lodges and other Masonic Bodies, our membership efforts NEVER go dark! Be sure to discuss Scottish Rite membership with that Masonic Brother. Let him know that our Fall Class, named the "Supreme Council, 33, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction 200th Anniversary Class," will begin on Friday, 18 October. This Class is the very LAST Class that will receive the Supreme Council's 200th Anniversary Membership Jewel. This Class will also receive a commemorative 200th Anniversary Class name badge as well.

Speaking of commemoratives, yesterday at the ball game a number of us were wearing the blue Valley of Philadelphia t-shirts we sold 4 years ago at Reunions. A few Brethren inquired as to how they could get one. Well like I said, we sold those 4 years ago and they're gone. But if we have enough interest, I can look into having a new shirt designed and made available. Let me know by calling the Scottish Rite Office (215-563-1814)  and we'll see if the response warrants a new shirt offer.
Well that will do it for this edition. Stay tuned throughout the Summer as I will keep you updated as developments happen.
Have a safe and enjoyable Summer. Don't forget our upcoming Fall Reunion, get a Candidate, or two, or three or. . .
May the Grand Architect continue to watch over you and yours.

Sincere fraternal regards,
Steven Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary

Monday, May 27, 2013

Remember and be Thankful

Brethren and Friends:  Today is Memorial Day, that American holiday when we pause to remember those that gave their lives to protect all that we hold dear. If you served our country, Thank You. If you are participating in Memorial Day events in your area today to honor those that served, Thank You. If you encounter and Active Duty Service Member or Veteran today, don't forget to say, Thank You.

Our Spring Reunion and our Annual Meeting have come and gone and now we turn our attention to our 2013 Fall Class, but before we do that, lets take a moment to congratulate our new
 Officers and thank our now past Officers. Thank you Ill. Ray Brown, Past Commander-in-Chief, Ill. Jeff Greene, Past Most Wise Master, Ill. Frank Weckenman, Past Sovereign Prince, and Bro. Mike Bauerle. Past Thrice Potent Master. Congratulations to our new Commander-in-Chief, Ill. Art Becker, Most Wise Master, Bro. John Wagner, Sovereign Prince, Bro. Jeff Lees, and Thrice Potent Master, Gerry Sealy. Our Valley has a long tradition of dedicated Masonic leaders and all of these Brethren are now recorded among them.

Our next Valley event is our fourth annual Family Day at Campbell's Field on Sunday, June 9, 2013.
Tickets are still available for this event, which includes the River Sharks taking on the York Revolution in exciting Atlantic League Baseball action! We have the Party Tent picnic area for the day, serving you a half hour of food before the game and an hour and half of food during the game. Tickets cost $12 for those ages 13 and up and $6 for those 12 and under.
This great family program has sold out the past three years and no doubt it will again this year. Do you want to go? Send your check made payable to "Scottish Rite Bodies," along with how many tickets you need to the Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia. PA 19107-2520. Come on out with your family and enjoy a great day of baseball and Scottish Rite fellowship!
Our Membership Team, which did a fantastic job in recruiting a large Class this Spring, have begun their work towards doing the same for the Fall Class. Our guys are visiting William Penn-Harmony Lodge No. 52 on Friday, June 7th at the Masonic Temple. If you are able and available, go on out and support our Team.



Our Fall Class begins on Friday, October 18, 2013.  The Class is named in honor of our Supreme Council's 200th Anniversary.
Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection will preside over the evening at which time the 4th Degree, Master Traveler, plus two other Degrees to be announced will be presented.
The Fall Reunion concludes on Friday, November 15, 2013 when Kilwinning Chapter of  Rose Croix and Benjamin Franklin Consistory will present the 18th Degree, Knight of Rose Croix and the 32nd Degree, Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret respectively.
Now is the time to begin speaking with that Masonic friend about the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. All members of the Class will receive the Supreme Council's 200th Anniversary Membership Jewel along with a commemorative Valley of Philadelphia name badge.
The Fall 2013 Class marks the completion of the yearlong celebration of our Supreme Council's Bicentennial year. They will be the last Class to receive this beautiful and historic Masonic jewel. If you are a Philadelphia region Master Mason, don't miss out. Call our office at 215-563-1814 for more information on how you can take that next step in your search for further light in Freemasonry by becoming a Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of "Pennsylvania Freemasonry's Best Kept Secret," the Valley of Philadelphia!
Well that will do it for this edition. I wish each and every one of you and your families an enjoyable, relaxing and safe Summer and pray that the Grand Architect continues to bless and watch over you all.

Sincere fraternal regards,
Steve Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary