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


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Summer's just around the corner, but we've still got things happening!

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Well I'm just home from the Valley's Annual (You Don't Have To Be An) Officer's Training Conference. Our elected and appointed Officers, Valley Committee Chairmen, Committee members, and Valley Brethren just interested in getting further involved were in attendance.

The Conference was a half day format and a lot new ideas were brought to the forefront. This annual conference is a vital part of our Valley's year. From whence new leaders emerge!

During my portion of the Conference I covered  "The Valley and Social Media," wherein I discussed our Valley's Facebook group and fan pages, our Google+ page, our Twitter account (@PhilaScotRite) and of course, "Across My Desk, the Web Edition." To those Brethren making their very first visit the to Web Edition, I say, Welcome!

Your humble narrator is even more humbled this day, as I was paid a compliment that went right to my heart.

A Brother who is a recent transfer into our Valley, attended the Conference today and he mentioned that one of the reasons that he wanted to get more involved in the Valley of Philadelphia is because, he came once to visit and the next time he came back, I greeted him, (as I do all members, candidates, ladies and guests) and I had remembered his name. 

As wise man once told me that if you want to let anyone know that you understand and truly care about them, don't ever forget their name. I took that advice to heart and following today's comment by that Valley Brother, I know how it feels! Thank you Brother John Jackson!

So, what's next for the Valley of Philadelphia? Glad you asked!

Our Annual Meeting is Friday, 17 May 2013 at the Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520.

This probably the MOST IMPORTANT meeting of our Scottish Rite year.

The evening begins with a buffet dinner in the Grand Banquet Hall at 6 PM. The Menu for dinner includes; Caesar Salad, Cream of Asparagus Soup, a Prime Rib carving station, Boston Scrod, Roasted Potatoes and Lima Beans. All for $20 per person. The Deadline for dinner reservations is Wednesday, 15 May. Call 215-563-1814, Email to, or you can reserve through the Valley's Facebook Group Page, "Valley of Philadelphia, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Members Only!"

The Scottish Rite Bodies open in Joint Session at 7:30 PM at which time the proposed budget for the 2013-14 Scottish Rite year will be presented for approval. After that an election will be held for the Officers of Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection, DeJoinville Council, Princes of Jerusalem, Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix, Benjamin Franklin Consistory, a 32nd Degree and a 33rd Degree At-Large Member of the Executive Committee and a Trustee.

After the election the Joint Session will close and we will welcome the Ladies and other Guests into Gothic Hall for the installation of the elected and appointed Officers, recognition of our 70, 65, 60 and 50-year members, presentation of the Past Thrice Potent Master's, Past Sovereign Prince's, Past Most Wise Master's and Past Commander-in-Chief's jewels and the announcement and presentation of the Valley of Philadelphia's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Who is the honored recipient? You'll have to attend to find that out!

Don't forget the Valley's 4th Annual Family Day at Campbell's Field on Sunday, 9 June!

This Valley Family event features a half hour of food before the game and an hour and a half of food during the game. The game? Yes, that's right, the game, featuring the Camden River Sharks vs the York Revolution.

Tickets are still available, but we have sold this event out for 3 straight years! Tickets are $12 for those 13 and up and $6 for 12 and under. Make your check payable to "Scottish Rite Bodies" and mail it to, Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520.  

If our track record holds true, we'll sell out this year too! Send for your tickets today! Don't strike out!

It's not too early to begin thinking about our 2013 Fall Class!

The Class which has been named the "Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction 200th Anniversary Class," begins on Friday, 18 October and concludes on Friday, 15 November. The Degrees to be conferred during this Reunion haven't been selected, but once they are, they will be posted here at the Web Edition. Stay tuned!

Well, that will do it for this Edition. As always, I pray that Grand Architect watches over you and yours.

Hope to see you this Friday at the Annual!

Sincere fraternal regards,

Steven A. Morrison, 33
Valley Secretary