SGIG Message


I hope this issue of our Rite News finds everyone well, and your New Year off to a great start. I can’t believe that we are already into 2022! Where did the holidays go? I guess sometimes we never slow down enough to see how fast time is passing us by. I suppose that is a consequence of staying very busy.

“Consequence” is a strange word. A quick Google search renders a definition of consequence as “a result or effect of an action or condition.” It can have either a bad or a good connotation, and almost everything we do will result in a consequence.

It seems to me that there should be more consistent consequences for the actions we make; swift and severe for the bad and just as swift and rewarding for the good. Today, we are seeing the consequences of our Lodges and Valleys doing better work. Men are getting involved in the fraternity and their communities. Programs and meetings are better attended, and officers are becoming proficient and progressing in the line. Good ritual is being presented to new candidates, and new petitions are being requested. These are just some of the positive consequences for an active Valley that cares.

As most everyone knows, I am not a fan of “one-day” classes. The consequence of not holding one day classes is that many men who work at night, work shiftwork, or who have family and work obligations that do not allow them to attend our regular four-to-six week reunions are unable to join the Rite. Not a good consequence. Therefore, on March 19th, the Baltimore Temple will be hosting a One Day Reunion, with the 4th, 14th, 18th, 30th, and 32nd degrees being presented. Presented on stage in our spacious auditorium, these degrees are performed in dramatic fashion and impart lessons of history, morality, and philosophy.

If you know of a man who would benefit from this opportunity, now is the time to inform him of this class and get him a petition. He will enjoy a day of fine degree work, meeting members of other Lodges from across the state, and leave as a 32° Scottish Rite Mason; a very good consequence of time well spent.

Sincerely and Fraternally,