Tonight is the night! The most important evening of the Valley's year.
The Annual Meeting is tonight. I know the weather doesn't look all that great, and I do have a theory on that, but I'll keep that to myself.
This evening we will elect, appoint and install those Officers who will serve Philadelphia Lodge of Perfection, DeJoinville Council Princes of Jerusalem, and Kilwinning Chapter of Rose Croix. We also elect and install a both a 33rd and a 32nd Degree At-Large member of the Executive Committee and a new Trustee.
We have a number of 50, 60, 65, and 70 year members whom we will also recognize this evening, if they are in attendance.
Our Finance Chairman, Ill. Frank Weckenman, 33 MSA will present the proposed budget of the 2014-15 Scottish Rite year. This budget has been approved by both the Finance and the Executive Committee.
We will open all four bodies in joint session, hold the election, take action on the budget and then close. At that time we will welcome the ladies and other guests into Gothic Hall for the open installation of our new elected and appointed Officers.
We will also present our outgoing Presiding Officers, Bro. Gerry Sealy, Bro. Jeffrey Lees, MSA and Ill. John Wagner, with their past Thrice Potent Master's, Past Sovereign Prince's and Past Most Wise Master's jewels and certificates.
We thank our soon to be "Pasts" for their service to our Valley as they progressed through the chairs. Congratulations!
Be careful coming in tonight. Get and early start if you can. Remember, you can get into the Convention Center Garage (1324 Arch Street) by 3PM.