Tuesday, October 18, 2011, the Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M., of the District of Columbia, reenacted the laying of the cornerstone of the House of the Temple—exactly 100 years after the original ceremony. A full article on this historic event will appear in the January-February 2012 Scottish Rite Journal. Pictured left to right are: Bros. William Talbott Ellison, Jr., 33°, Deputy Grand Master of Virginia (Junior Grand Warden); J. David Moses Rozsa, 32°, Junior Grand Deacon of D.C.; Teko A. Foly, 33°, Senior Grand Warden of D.C. (Deputy Grand Master); Joseph S. Crociata, 33°, Deputy Grand Master of D.C. (Grand Master); James T. Feezell, 32°, KCCH, Junior Grand Warden of D.C. (Senior Grand Deacon); and Stephen J. Ponzillo III, 33°, Grand Master of Maryland (Senior Grand Warden). (Photography: Bro. Arthur W. Pierson, 32°, Pierson Photography, Falls Church, Va.)
I sometimes hear men say Freemasonry has nothing more to offer them and they have lost interest. They argue that it is not like it used to be in the good old days.
Monday, August 22, 2011, in Washington, D.C., saw the opening of the Supreme Council, 33°, for the Southern Jurisdiction of the USA, 210 years after it opened as the world’s first Supreme Council. The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry has grown to be the largest Masonic Rite anywhere, with Supreme Councils on every continent except Antarctica, and thirty-six of those Supreme Councils sent representatives to this biennial session.
We all could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have learned to live in the same box—or dare I say, the same Lodge! That’s our heritage as Freemasons!
Simon Kissam received his nutrition for months through a feeding tube after surgery to correct a serious intestinal problem. Then he needed the help of a Speech Language Pathologist to learn how to eat.
The Archives of the Supreme Council are quickly approaching a period of transition. Setting aside the out-dated technologies of the 20th century, it is the intention of Ill. Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, GC, Grand Archivist and Grand Historian, to update how our information is stored, insuring its availability for future generations.
While working as an intern at the House of the Temple, I saw a vast collection of beautiful Masonic and historical artifacts every day. However, the true beauty of the Temple lies in the architecture of the building itself.
The nineteenth century was the time of many prominent Masons, but Bro. Benjamin French was such an exceptional one that he requires special notice.
Necessary repairs to the back elevator at the House of the Temple lead to an entertaining treasure hunt that rediscovered some people and facts previously lost to Masonic history.
As Derring-Do rolled up his sleeves for combat, readers clearly saw on his right forearm … a square-and-compasses tattoo … Derring-Do is Bro. Dan! It’s not often in the world of comic heroes that one finds a brother Mason.
On September 23, 2011, the Valley of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, donated $1,500 to fund a Kansas University Medical Center RiteCare diagnostic outreach clinic for Ft. Leavenworth children and will donate another $1500 to fund a second clinic later in the school year.
On April 7, 2011, the Valley of San Antonio made their annual trip to Kerrville, Texas, for a stated meeting. This event is hosted annually by the Hill Country Scottish Rite Club in conjunction with Kerrville Lodge No. 697. They were treated to an excellent meal of catfish and all the fixin’s, and after dinner the Craft was set to labor.
Omaha’s 3rd Annual WalkRite for RiteCare was held on September 11, 2011, at Lake Zorinsky to benefit the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinic through the Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha, Nebraska. This year, over 150 families, walkers, and participants raised $12,000 for RiteCare programs and services while raising awareness about speech and language disorders which affect 14 million Americans
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