Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning and welcome to Tuesday!
First, I want to take a minute "Welcome Home," Bro. Andy Dobson. We were all praying for you during your recent hospital stay and I'm sure the prayers continue on.
Second, Thank You to each of you who responded to my call for Cast Members yesterday. If you haven't signed up yet, but are still thinking about it, not to worry, we still have time. Don't cheat yourself. You might be thinking, "I can't do that." Get that thought out of your head. We had a few guys that were nervous or 'on the fence' prior to taking parts and you know what? They're back, eager, ready and willing to do it again!
Ask any of our Officers, or any of the guys that have served in the Casts. You are guaranteed at least three things by taking a part. 1. You'll have a great time working with the Brothers. 2. You'll make a few new friends. 3. Nothing will make you feel quite the way that sense of accomplishment does after the Degree has been presented. Talk about a confidence booster!
As much as I want to see even more of you sign up for the Fall Reunion, and again, you are encouraged to continue to do that, we still have our Summer events happening.
But, before we get to the Summer: Our Membership Team is already working on the Fall Class. They have a "Scottish Rite Night," at Hackenburg-Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 19 on Thursday, June 12th at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia. If you're able and available come on out to support our guys. I'm sure Bros. Dan Scheetz and Yasser Al-Khatib would love to see your smiling face in the place!
Now where was I? Oh yes, Scottish Rite in the Summertime!
Don't forget the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation's Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 12th at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. This is Pennsylvania's annual gathering of the Valleys. There aren't any Degrees conferred, but it is your opportunity to see and hear all about what is happening in Scottish Rite in the Keystone state!
The meeting usually opens around 1-1:30 in the afternoon. So you can drive out for the day and sit with our Valley. It always looks good for the Valley to have LARGE delegation in attendance. You don't have to stay at the hotel, but you are welcome to do that if you choose. I will say that the Hershey Lodge is very expensive even with our 'discount.' If you're not a Council member, once we receive our notices, I will let you know so that if you're interested in staying at the hotel, I can assist you with that. As always we will have a hospitality room there as well. Be sure to stop by if you do come out. We always have a good time.
If you're interested, in the evening following the meeting, there is a banquet. You will have to purchase tickets for that. I don't have the cost details yet, but once I do, I will post them here along with information on how you can purchase tickets. Should you wish to go.
It will be at that banquet that two of our Valley Brothers, Past Sovereign Prince of DeJoinville Council, current Hospitaler of Benjamin Franklin Consistory and NEW Executive Committee At-Large Member, Steve Bradley and our Valley's Make up Director and Acolyte of Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix, Norman Greene will receive the Meritorious Service Award! Congratulations again guys!
Our next Summer event is going to be FUN, FUN, FUN! Not to say the PA COD meeting isn't, but this is a first time event that you do not want to miss!
Our Valley's first ever Summer Family Picnic happens on Saturday, July 26th, 12 to 5 PM in the picnic grove at Canstatter Volkfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia PA 19114. Tickets are $15 for those 13 and up and $10 for those 12 and under. Your tickets get you two meals. Yes, lunch and dinner! We have activities for the kiddies all day and our NEW Sovereign Prince, Bro. "Aloha Tom," Tom Wible is planning some fun things for the 'older' kids too!
All you need to do is bring a table cover. Other than that, you can bring your lawn chairs if you want, your favorite board games or deck of cards. This is a make your own fun sort of day. But it will be a fun day!
If you plan to attend send your check made payable to "Scottish Rite Bodies" to the Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520.
I don't have tickets yet, but once I do, I will get them out right away, Speaking of which, I am looking for a printer that can do a two perforation ticket, as we need to have a tear off for the lunch and one for the dinner. If any of you know of someone you can recommend give me a call at 215-563-1814. Thanks in advance!
It's that time of year again. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, this Friday is Memorial Day weekend. Which means the return of my "Summer Fridays." I take my vacation days in Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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