Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dear Brethren and Friends:

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Tuesday!
Through the 'miracle' of rest, plenty of fluids (mostly tea and Theraflu), I am alive and well this morning and am ready to negotiate the ice coating the sidewalks and streets between my humble abode and the Ardsley train station! Take that, flu-like thing! Schools are opening 2 hours late, so I think I'll play it safe and leave a little later too.
Parts are out to those that will serve in our Casts this coming Spring, but there's still a place for YOU to get involved. Yes, yes there is! We're always in need of guys to help out with the Stage crew and with the Wardrobe Committee. Especially at the end of the night. Our Wardrobe guys can always use a hand putting the costumes away and if more volunteered to help out, drum roll please, the work would get done quicker! So if you're looking to be involved, please consider these opportunities.
If you're more interested in Cast work and didn't get a part this time around, let me or our Director of Work, Ill. Phil Janusz, 33 MSA know of your interest and we will be sure to get you started this coming Fall.
Our Spring Reunion is just around the corner and so is so many other things in happening in our Valley.
For instance:
Sunday, April 26th- Our Annual Memorial Service at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church. The Service starts at 3PM and a complimentary dinner follows, BUT, yes there really always is one, Reservations Are Required!
Saturday, May 9th-The Valley's Annual, 'You don't have to be an Officer' Officer's Training Conference! It's returning to the Jenkintown Masonic Temple (443 York Road) again this year. Fellowship, that's masonic talk for Coffee and Donuts begins at 0730AM and the Conference kicks off at 8:30AM. You need to register your attendance for this, but it is well worth your time and, you're outta there at NOON!
Friday, May 15th-Our MOST IMPORTANT gathering of the year, our Annual Meeting! This is the night we elect, appoint and install those who will serve in our four officer lines, approve our annual budget, recognize our 50+ year members, present Abbott Scholarship checks, present jewels to our outgoing presiding officers and so much more! It's an open event so even the ladies and your Masonic friends are welcome to attend too!
Sunday, June 28th- We're going back across the river for yet another Valley Family Day at Campbell's Field! Picnic, Baseball, Family Fun! Order your tickets NOW. I'm going, you going?
Saturday, July 11th-The Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Council of Deliberation at the Seven Springs Resort in the beautiful Laurel Highlands. A gaggle of us, will be traveling out there to see Valley Bros. Mike Bauerle and Russ Combs receive their Meritorious Service Award, plus we'll be there to support our 'Best Friend' Ill. Russ Baker, 33 host his last meeting as Commander-in-Chief of Pennsylvania. Valley Council members will receive their notice in the mail from the Council office, BUT, yes there it is again, all and any Valley members are welcome to attend!
Saturday, August 1st- The Valley's 2nd Annual Family Summer Picnic in the picnic grove at Canstatters! We had a small but dedicated group there last year and we had a GREAT time! There were games for the kids, yes of all ages, good food, both Lunch and Dinner too! Watch THE DOUBLE EAGLE for ticket info for this beginning with the March 2015 issue. I'm going. You going?
Friday, October 2nd-'Scottish Rite Night at Lodge No. 9' Our Membership Team is ready, willing and able to come to YOUR Lodge too to present their FUN and INTERACTIVE program on the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and the Valley of Philadelphia. Interested? Call the Office for details 215-563-1814.
Whew! Never let it be said that the Valley of Philadelphia doesn't have 'it' going on!
It's icy out there this morning, be careful!

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