GREETINGS TO ONE AND ALL,
I hope this issue of our Rite News finds everyone well and enjoying the “Dog Days” of summer. As summer starts to wind down, your Scottish Rite starts to prepare for our fall and winter activities.
The Fall Reunion will be named in honor of Illustrious William D. Dula, 33°. Brother Bill was a very active member of both the Baltimore and Susquehanna Valleys. He was a member and Past Master of Aberdeen Lode No. 187. He was raised in 1992 and became a Scottish Rite Mason the same year. He was invested as a Knight Commander, Court of Honour in 1999 and coroneted an Inspector General, Honorary in 2003. Bill also served the Grand Lodge of Maryland as Worshipful Senior Grand Steward in 2002 and Deputy Grand Marshal in 2021. Bill’s wife, Patricia, passed away in May of this year as the result of a fall. She was a very active member of Victory Chapter, OES, in Aberdeen as well as the Grand Chapter of Maryland. A large fall class would be a fitting tribute to Brother Dula and Sister Pat.
This Reunion will present 13 Degrees for those attending. I know that you will find each one interesting, informative, and inspiring. You have probably heard that the Scottish Rite Degrees present a system of morality, which is veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. In these degrees you will find this definition perfectly presented for your consideration. Each Degree presents a continuation of the Three Degrees received in the Craft Lodge when first becoming a Mason. In today’s world, we need more men who live by the morality taught in our Masonic Degrees. We need men who have character, honor, integrity and share a concern for their families, Brothers, and the communities in which they live.
There are many activities at the Scottish Rite in Baltimore and around Maryland. Most of these are open to family and friends including lunches, dinners, as well as our annual Lobsterfest, Bingo and Christmas Program – the list goes on and on. Come see for yourself – the Scottish Rite has a lot to offer every member and their family.
I look forward to seeing you in one of our six Scottish Rite Valleys in the near future. Now, may I wish you all the Blessing of good health and much happiness always.
Sincerely and Fraternally,