William “Bill” Rainbolt, 33°, Restaurateur and Freemason, Valley of San Bernardino, California, Honored in the Pillars of Charity, Portrait Gallery, 2009 (Original oil portrait by Jean Pilk, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
It’s so easy to focus on the problems, the difficulties and our setbacks. In doing so, however, we are apt to miss the goal.
Two of the biggest problems that faced Freemasonry in the 1800s were “Cerneauism,” a clandestine form of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, and the anti-Masonic movement, caused by the abduction and disappearance of William Morgan in New York.
Fortunately for me, while the city of Asheville was cold and snowy, the Valley of Asheville was hot and alive with Masonic education.
The 2009 Biennial Session of the Supreme Council was a uniquely memorable event for many Masons, including “newbie” Bro. Ion Lazar, 32°, KCCH.
An essay in partial completion of the requirements of Scottish Rite Master Craftsman II—4°
Some of the best advice is simple and timeless.
“To any Masters worried about poor attendance at lodge meetings, I would suggest putting a dues increase on the agenda.”
LtCol Russ Jamison was on duty in the Pentagon when the terrorists struck on 9/11. He saved a piece of the building that Bro. Ian Modelevsky helped preserve in an heirloom ring.
Bro. Albert J. Bland, 32°, decided to become a Mason because of the bravery and kindness of an unknown guard at his POW camp in the Philippines. Bro. Bland’s story inspired Jason Orem to join the Craft this year.
Bill and Beverly Rainbolt are two of the most recent donors to be recognized in the Pillars of Charity Portrait Gallery for their generous support of the Scottish Rite children’s language programs.
It is always a pleasure to call your attention to books by Brethren, especially very good books and well-known Brethren. We have some excellent examples this month.
SGC Ronald A. Seale has appointed Roger Dale Barnett, 33°, as Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Orient of Kentucky.
SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, has appointed Dale Stephen Cain, 33°, Deputy for the Supreme Council in Alaska.
SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, has appointed Ill. Dale Irvin Goehrig, 33°, Deputy of the Supreme Council for the Orient of Florida.
SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, has appointed Joseph R. Manning, Jr., 33°, as Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Orient of Oklahoma.
SGC Ronald A. Seale has appointed Marlin Lee Mills, 33°, as Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Orient of Maryland.
SGC Ronald A. Seale, 33°, has appointed Harold Jackson “Jack” Yost, Jr., 33°, Deputy for the Supreme Council in West Virginia.
Three years ago, the Masonic Information Center created the Mark Twain Award, to “recognize Lodge leadership for asserting a uniquely Masonic identity both within the Lodge and throughout the community that is consistent with the Fraternity’s historic focus on education, self-improvement, good works, and fellowship.”
On March 7, 2010, the Valley of Greenville, South Carolina, held another successful “Massing of the Colors.”
The Valley of Omaha encompasses parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa and has the distinction of having among its membership the serving Grand Masters of two Masonic jurisdictions—Iowa and Nebraska.
A Publication of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction