GREETINGS TO ONE AND ALL,
I hope this issue of our Rite News finds everyone well and reflecting upon the Blessings of a wonderful holiday and that your New Year is off to a great start.
Your Scottish Rite has had a very busy winter. The Christmas chocolate party was a huge success and was enjoyed by many Brothers and their families. I would be remiss if I did not say thank you to the men and ladies of the Frederick and Baltimore Valleys who spent hours and hours on the delicious foods, decorations, train garden and other untold finishing touches! All of these things mean that Spring must be just around the corner. The Albert Pike Lodge of Perfection meeting will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. The Baltimore Spring Class orientation will be on March 11, 2020. This season, 13 Degrees will be presented on stage in full costume. If you have not seen some of the work being presented, I invite you to bring along another Scottish Rite Brother and enjoy an excellent presentation followed by a fine dinner.
I want to say congratulations and thank you to the newly elected and installed officers of our seven Valleys. If I may be of assistance to you in any way, I am only a phone call away. Our newest Valley, in Charles County, recently organized a trip to the beautiful House of the Temple for a tour and presentation. What a surprise it was to have over 30 Brothers and family members come to visit on a Saturday morning. Bro. Dan Matsumoto, 32° did an outstanding job of explaining the many rooms and displays on exhibit to all. The morning concluded with a very nice brunch. Thank you to all for attending, and a special thank you to Dan! I encourage our Personal Representatives to consider a similar event for their members and prospective members. The House of the Temple makes a wonderful first impression of the beauty of the Scottish Rite and its works.
In closing, I again thank each of you for the many things you continue to do in support of your Scottish Rite. Now, may I wish you and your families the Blessing of good health and much happiness now, and always.
Sincerely and Fraternally,