Monday, September 8, 2014

 I ordered our 2nd Notice Dues Billing today. There are currently 526 members of the Valley that have not paid their dues yet. Which isn't too bad actually.
If you've yet to pay your dues, you will be receiving a Second Notice in the mail shortly When you receive your second notice, or before that, please pay your dues and REMEMBER to return your dues bill with your check! Please be sure to make your check payable to 'Scottish Rite Bodies.'
If you haven't paid your dues yet because you were the First Line Signer of three INITIATED candidates last year, I still need you to send in your dues bill. Just write, "Membership Builder" on the bill and once I confirm that, your dues will be remitted. Remember 3 or more INITIATED Candidates in the same year gets you FREE dues the following year and 25 INITIATED Candidates over the course of your Scottish Rite career, gets you LIFE membership!
Your bill should say that your dues are $87. This represents the $60 which stays here in the Valley and the $27 assessment, or dues to the Supreme Council. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT PAY YOUR SUPREME COUNCIL DUES YOU WILL BE SUSPENDED, EVEN IF YOU PAY YOUR VALLEY DUES!
Just as your Lodge must pay dues for you to the Grand Lodge, we must pay dues for you to the Supreme Council.
If your dues bill has an amount higher than $87, you are in danger of being suspended and losing your Scottish Rite Membership. Suspensions generally occur following the Valley's Annual Meeting in May (15 May 2015). If you're having trouble paying your dues and want to remain a member, please contact me in the Scottish Rite Office. We can work out a payment plan to keep you in the Valley. Please understand that the Valley can no longer afford to just remit the dues for those that are unable to pay. We can work out a plan though. Lets talk!
For those that have already paid, Thank You. For those that have yet to pay, I hope to hear from you soon.
To everyone, Thank You for your continued interest and support of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and the Valley of Philadelphia.

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