Monday, July 7, 2014

Good Morning and Great Monday everyone!
Well it's here. This Saturday is the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation's Annual Meeting. This year's meeting is at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in the 'sweetest place on Earth.'
All Valley Elected Officers, Past Presiding Officers, 33rds and MSA's are Members of the Council and have received a notice for the meeting from the Council and if able should try to attend the meeting. Valley Members who are not who are not Council members are welcome to attend the meeting as well.
The meeting begins at 1:30 PM and is presided over by the Deputy for Pennsylvania, the Valley of Philadelphia's 'Best Friend,' Ill. Russell W. Baker, 33.
Following the meeting is the Annual Banquet, at which time two of our Brothers, Past Sovereign Prince and current Hospitaler of Benjamin Franklin Consistory, Steve Bradley, 32 and our Valley's Makeup Director and member of the Reception-Stewards Committee, Norman Greene,32, will receive the Meritorious Service Award! In order to attend the Banquet you must have purchased tickets from the Council office. At this point I would imagine it is probably too late to order tickets, but if you wish to try, give me a call in the Valley Office today at 215-563-1814 and I will give you the Council's phone number and you can call and try to purchase tickets if you want. If you have a Valley Directory, the Council's number is in there on the 'Freemasonry in Pennsylvania' page.
If you are coming for the meeting and do not have or plan to get a room at the Lodge, we will have a hospitality room there and you're welcome to come hang out before and after the Council Meeting.
Congratulations again Bros. Norm and Steve! Looking forward to celebrating your well deserved Awards!
Don't forget our Valley's Family Summer Picnic on Saturday, 26 July at the Canstatter! Tickets are still available. We're going to have a great day, filled with fellowship, activities and games for the kiddos, and some for the adults as well. Lunch and Dinner will be served . Yes you read that right. TWO Meals! All for the low, low, low price, of $15 for Adults and $10 for those 12 and under! All you need to bring is a table cover, your lawn chairs if you don't want to sit at a picnic table all day, your favorite board or card games, and your SMILE.
Area Master Masons are welcome to come for FREE! That's right, FREE. They only need to pay for their families. Have you shared this information with a Masonic friend yet? I have two Master Masons coming. Did my part. Yep, I did. Not bragging, just saying.
The ONLY thing that can make this event better is having YOU and YOUR family there! Send your check, made payable to, 'Scottish Rite Bodies,' to the Scottish Rite Office, Masonic Temple, One North Broad Street, Philadelphia. PA 19107-2520, TODAY!
Any questions or concerns about the picnic? Call me at 215-563-1814 and I'll be glad to answer them.
It's going to be a HOT one today. Don't forget to stay cool and hydrated, check on the elderly, little kids and pets.
Have a great week and I hope to see you with our Valley Delegation this Saturday in Hershey!

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