Walter Cary Wilcox, “The Masons’ Boy” (Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Grand Lodge of California, F.&A.M.)
As this issue of the Journal reaches your hands we will be in the final stages of preparation for the biennial session of our Supreme Council in Washington, D.C., celebrating 210 years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. I realize that many readers of the Journal have attended previous meetings of the Supreme Council but, equally so, many have not. Permit me, therefore, just a brief overview of what is about to happen.
To those who have never had the luxury of attending Masonic Week, are not members of the York Rite, or are simply new to the Fraternity; this vast array of bodies can be extremely confusing and even intimidating. Since I fall in that middle group and know that my confusion is not unique, a synopsis of these bodies could perhaps be of some use to the “uninitiated.”
The Orient of Kentucky has donated $1 million toward rebuilding the House of the Temple and honoring one of their own.
In 1929, the Valley of McAlester built the largest fraternal stage in the nation, and its scenery is showing the wear and tear of age. The brothers, however, have taken the step of preserving their fraternal treasures through careful restoration.
In October 1878 Walter Cary Wilcox was about 4½ years old, alone, and orphaned. His mother was dead by yellow fever, and his father had died from injuries sustained in a steamship accident a few years earlier when Walter was five months old. During the final years of the 1870s, New Orleans, like most of the South, was ravaged by the epidemic. While Walter contracted the fever and eventually recovered, his mother lost her battle.
Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, was chartered in 1762 and has occupied the same lot since 1773. It is a “must see” for any Mason visiting Colonial Williamsburg.
The Supreme Council has created an Adopt-A-Book program as a new way for people to support the Rebuilding the Temple Campaign.
It has been some time since we have talked about The Magic Flute in these pages, and some of our newer members may not be familiar with the work. As to “why now?”—the first book below was published on March 22, 2011.
SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, has appointed MW John L. Farmer, 33°, as Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Orient of Wyoming replacing Ill. Robert W. Schrader, 33°.
At their May 2011 stated meeting, the Valley of Roanoke, Orient of Virginia, celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the chartering of its Lodge of Perfection on April 1, 1911.
The Armed Forces Scottish Rite Bodies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, (Armed Forces Consistory) have donated $1,500 to fund a University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) diagnostic outreach clinic for post children.
Bro. Frank Woodruff Buckles, 32°, KCCH, the last surviving American veteran of WWI, passed away on February 27, 2011. Ill. Walter Breuning, 33°, the oldest American man, passed away on April 14, 2011, at the age of 114.
The Orient of Virginia has held annual Conferences for the past 87 years; the most recent being hosted by Danville in September 2010.
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