Monday, April 21, 2014

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good morning everyone and welcome to Monday.
Unfortunately for me, Monday woke me up at 03:30 in the form of a throbbing headache and a serious stomach ache, which is still with me. So needless to say, the office is closed today while I get some bed rest and try to beat this thing off. I'm just hoping that this isn't the bug that has effected some many in our Valley and throughout the region.
This week is the BIG week in our Valley, another reason why this bug is so unwelcome with me right now.
Our Annual Officer's Training Conference is this coming Saturday at the Masonic Temple, 443 Old York Road in beautiful downtown Jenkintown. The doors open at 7AM and the sessions start at 8:30. We will have coffee and donuts available for you. If you haven't registered yet, please do by calling 215-563-1814. Why do you need to register? Well we have information handouts that we provide and an accurate count helps. If you have any desire or interest in being an active part of our Valley, this training is where and how you get started. Business casual (no coat, no tie) is the dress code and you're out of there by noon!
Our Annual Memorial Service is this coming Sunday at Gloria Dei, Old Swede's Church, Columbus Blvd & Christian Streets, in South Philadelphia. The service which memorializes our Valley Brethren lost over the past year, begins at 3PM and is open to Valley members and their families, of all faiths. As always we will have a complimentary dinner in the church's social hall following the service. Our Valley Prior, The Reverend and Illustrious William D. Hartman, 33 will preside and be assisted as always by the Officers of Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix. We hope to see you and your family there, BUT, you must have a reservation for the meal. You can do that by the Scottish Rite Office as well. If you do not have a reservation we cannot and will not guarantee you a meal. I do take attendance, and if I don't have you down, you won't be seated for the meal. Don't embarrass yourself or me, please.
If you are one of those folks that need a budget for the coming Scottish Rite year and haven't submitted your numbers yet, get that done today if possible. The Executive Committee meets this Thursday and our Valley's Finance Chairman, Ill. Frank Weckenman, 33 MSA would like to have everything finalized and approved for presentation to the Valley at the Annual Meeting on 16 May. So if you have a budgetary need, get your numbers into Bro. Frank today. If you need a budget, you're either an Officer or a Committee Chairman, which means you have a Valley Directory, he's in there, so you have his contact information.
Speaking of the Annual Meeting, that happens on Friday, May 16th. This is the Valley's MOST IMPORTANT night of the year, but is usually the least attended. Why? I'll never know. We elect and install our Officers, approve our budget, recognize our 50+ year members and present (if available) the Abbott Scottish Rite Scholarship checks to our Valley winners. A large portion of the meeting is open to the public, so you can bring your family, or a Masonic friend along with you. But of course, you need a dinner reservation. You can do that by calling the Scottish Rite Office.
And finally, we still have plenty of tickets available for our Family Day at Campbell's Field. The date is, Sunday, May 4th. The cost is $15 for ages 13 and up and $7 for 12 and under. We have 2 1/2 hours of food prior to and during the game in our own private picnic tent. The Riversharks are taking on the Sugarland Skeeters. This is always a great family day and usually sold out as well. But, this year tickets are moving a bit slow, so there's still time for you and your family to be a part of it. Get your check, cash or money order in now! Send it to Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520. Don't be that guy that said, "I wish I went."
Now if you don't mind, I feel like garbage, so I'm going back to bed. Have a great day everyone!

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