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Feast of Kadosh – A Tremendous Success at the Valley of Tampa

May 2, 2015

Feast of the Kadosh The Valley of Tampa held their first annual Feast of the Kadosh on Saturday March 28, 2015 at the Tampa Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Tampa Florida, celebrating the founding of the Knights Templars on January 18, 1119.

We were honored to have with us, Ill Ronald A. Seale, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander and his wife Sunny, Ill Dale I. Goehrig, 33° SGIG in Florida and his wife Rebba; Ill Jack Jones, 33° GC and MW James W. Ford, 32° KCCH, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Florida and his daughter Tracey Williams, who enjoyed a wonderful meal with 192 members of the Scottish Rite, their families and friends.

One of the highlights of the evening was the re­enactment of the Chinon Parchment, which details the Pope absolving Jacques DeMolay and the Templars of the charges that the Church brought against them and restored them as members of the Church.

This re-enactment was written by Brother Michael L. Canavan, 32°, Valley of Northern New Jersey after studying the copy of the parchment that was purchased by the Grand Lodge of New York. The members of the Degree team are all Senior DeMolays and Past State Officers of Florida, Mary­land and Illinois.

During the evening’s events, the brethren joined in proposing toasts to our Grand Commander, Sovereign Grand Inspector General, Grand Master, the United States of America and the founders of the Knights Templar. The evening finished with the Tyler’s Toast.

Ill. John Drewett, 33°

General Secretary

Valley of Tampa, Florida

Ill. Dale I. Goehrig Elected to the GWMNMA Board of Directors!

August 10, 2014

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association serves nearly two million Freemasons in the United States through fifty-two Grand Lodges, i.e., fifty states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It was created in 1910.

A twenty-one member Board of Directors represents the fifty-two Grand Lodges with only Past Grand Masters being eligible for election. Each Board member serves a three-year term. The Board meets twice a year. The Officers of the Board oversee Memorial business when the Board is not in session. The day-to-day operations of the Memorial building and the Association are handled by a paid, professional staff located at the Memorial.

We are very proud that Ill. Dale I. Goehrig, 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General in the Orient of Florida has been elected to the Board of Directors of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. He will serve in this capacity until February 22, 2017.


June 3, 2014

Trustees                      January 17, 2015 (Saturday)

 Lake Worth                 January, 28, 2015 (Wednesday)                    

 Panama City               February 27, 2015 (Friday)                           

 Jacksonville                March 6, 2015 (Friday)                                 

 Fort Myers                  March 18, 2015 (Wednesday)                                   

 Council of 400            July 17/18, 2015 (Friday/Saturday)              

 Orlando                      July 24, 2015 (Friday)                                               

 Trustees                     July 25, 2015 (Saturday)                               

 Supreme Council        August 23/25, 2015 (Sunday/Tuesday)

 Tallahassee                September 3, 2015 (Thursday)                      

 Ocala                          October 5, 2015 (Monday)                            

 Tampa                         October 12, 2015 (Monday)                          

 Miami                          November 18, 2015 (Wednesday)                

 Key West                    November 19, 2015 (Thursday)                    

 Pensacola                   December 3, 2015 (Thursday)                      


2013 Orient of Florida Honor Men

August 18, 2013

Honorary Inspector General

Fort Myers

  • Barry Paul Thrasher
  • David W. Wolffe


  • Carl Edward Bruton, Jr.
  • Stuart Donald Zalonz

Lake Worth

  • Richard Lawrence Morris
  • Seymour Lawrence Friedman


  • Taleb Atala
  • William Michael Barlow
  • Charles William Fossler
  • Herman Gonzalez


  • Gary Hubert Blanton
  • Wilbur Dale Green


  • Robert Louis Jeter
  • Joseph Meyer Levitt
  • Robert James Morrow
  • George Neven

Panama City

  • Arthur Talmage Bazzel


  • Jimmie Lee Lindt


  • Stephen Marc Slepin


  • Gerald Eugene Goacher
  • Don C. Hawley
  • Coleman Lyles Hill
  • Richard Grant Hoover
  • Gerald Monroe Lee

Knight Commander Court of Honor

Fort Myers

  • Cecil Oren Akin
  • Edgar Floyd Lanham, II
  • Charles W.. Machell
  • Bojan Micorad Stricevic


  • Marshall Daniel Fullwood
  • Danny Ray Griffith
  • Robert Renfroe Johns
  • Hubert Maston, Jr
  • Garrett Ewing Newman, Jr.
  • Michael Gilbert Pease
  • Albert Clayton Vandiver, Jr.

Key West

  • James Edward Hansen

Lake Worth

  • Ira Stuart Alderman
  • Wayne Raymond Angstrom
  • Joel Case
  • Lester Edwin Jones
  • William Edgar Owen, Jr.
  • Thomas Robert Taylor


  • Albert Joe McDonald
  • Victor Jose Mendez
  • Luis Telesforo Meurice
  • Hector Mirable
  • Juan Miguel Roque
  • Stephen Gary Rosean, St.
  • Philip Andrew Slack


  • Otto Johnston
  • Edward Curtis Jones, Jr.
  • Robert Joseph Moynihan, III
  • William Carman Wagner, Jr.


  • Shaun Scott Arner
  • Thomas Kent Bryson
  • Joe Ellsworth Gerard, Dr.
  • Kenneth Lee Gregory
  • Marion Kenneth Merideth
  • David Michael Rosenthal
  • Dominick Frank Tesoriere
  • Paul Wayne Tinsley
  • Frank Delano Walker
  • Bruce Allen West

Panama City

  • Keith Alton Hartless
  • Michael Lynn Miller
  • Robert Thales Shipman


  • Oscar R. Ferrell
  • William Jerald Garner
  • James Robert Kickliter
  • Otto Edgar Thiergart


  • Adrian Patrick Dillon
  • Roger Lowell Van Landingham, Jr.


  • Arthur Gary Cavanaugh
  • Casey Alan Fletcher
  • William Bates Garrett, Jr.
  • Dale Duane Goodson
  • Wallace Eugene Lacy
  • Norman Franklin Newcomb
  • Benjamin Joseph Raposa
  • Fern Edward Street
  • William Andrew Van Dyke, III
  • Theodoor Antoon Vreuls

Ill. Goehrig Honored by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey

May 4, 2013

Receiving Award

On April 24, 2013, the Grand Lodge of New Jersey bestowed the distinguished honor of Honorary Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey on Most Worshipful Dale I. Goehrig, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Florida and Sovereign Grand Inspector General in the Orient of Florida, of the Supreme Council of the Southern DivisioAwardn of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

In addition, the Grand Master of Masons in New Jersey, Most Worshipful Glen Trautman,  presented Most Worshipful and Ill. Goehrig with the Daniel Coxe Medal for distinguished service to the Craft.

The Daniel Coxe Medal is a high honor given, by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey to only a chosen few who have made a profound impact on the Fraternity. Congratulations to Ill. Goehrig on this prestigious award and honor.

The Fruits of Your Labor – Your Foundation at Work

October 2, 2012

Recently, my wife and I had the honor of attending an open house at the Speech Language Pathology Clinic at the All Children’s Hospital in Saint Petersburg. My wife started a conversation with a lady in attendance. The lady asked my wife what connection we had with the clinic and when my wife told her we were there representing the Scottish Rite the lady became very excited and told us an inspiring story about how the Scottish Rite assisted her family in time of need. I asked permission from her to use her story on our web site and in our brochure. She was gracious to grant that permission. Below is the email that she sent me a week later.


Patrick C. Palmer

Special Assistant to the SGIG

In the Orient of Florida


Dear Mr. Palmer,

I was so delighted to meet you, your wife, and the other two gentlemen in attendance at the Dedication & Open House of the new Child Development and Rehabilitation Center of All Children’s Johns Hopkins in St. Petersburg on Thursday, September 20, 2012. To be able to personally thank all four of you for the generosity that was displayed to our family nearly 20 years ago was very gratifying.

My husband, Steve and I are the very proud parents of three wonderful children. Our eldest, James, who is now 23 years old, was born autistic. He began receiving the services of Speech therapy at All Children’s Hospital at the age of three. After approximately one year of therapy, it was clear that much more work was necessary and our insurance carrier denied any further payments. That left us in the perplexing circumstance of desiring the very best for our son, yet not being in the position to supply the much needed help merely due to a financial hardship. As you can well imagine, this was heart-breaking to us.

We were informed by All Children’s that there might be financial assistance available to us through your organization, the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida. We were given the information, filled out the paperwork and quickly were notified that we qualified for a percentage of the costs. The gratefulness we have for this donation of “love” towards our son and his future cannot simply be expressed in this letter. It made all the difference in his life. Had he not received these services, it is entirely possible that James would not be the man he is today. Not only did he learn to speak clearly, but he learned to express his thoughts and ultimately became a voracious reader and speller. He is an avid historian, digesting book after book on his very favorite subjects, WWI and WWII during all his free time. He graduated from high school, even took several college classes and has worked for Publix Grocery stores for 3 years. He is a respected and hard working employee.

Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. We talk kindly whenever given the opportunity to share about this organization that so generously assisted our family at a time of need. To finally meet some members, people who work diligently to raise the funds to serve others like ourselves, was thrilling, to say the least. Thank you! We are eternally grateful. If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely and gratefully,

Mona and the Tomlin Family (Steve, James, Melissa and Patrick)

Cooking From the Heart

October 31, 2011
Cooking from the Heart at Grand Lodge

The SGIG and Rebba at Grand Lodge

Rebba Goehrig, the First Lady of the Scottish Rite in the Orient of Florida, has initiated an exciting project that promises to be a popular method of raising much needed funds for the Scottish Rite Foundation.

The ladies of the Orient of Florida have contributed their favorite recipes and a cook book has been published that is sure to be one of the most comprehensible books of this type ever published. The book is appropriately titled “Cooking From the Heart.” Four Hundred Seventy One recipes have been contributed covering the entire spectrum from appetizers, beverages and dips to Cookies, Candies and Miscellaneous. Also included are cooking and nutritional tips. The various types of food are indexed and alphabetized to facilitate easy access to a desired recipe.

The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida will receive all profits from the sale of the books. The cost of the books is $20.00. This equates to a cost of 4.2 cents per recipe, a bargain that is difficult to beat!

Books are available at any Scottish Rite Valley in the Orient of Florida. Give the Secretary of your Valley a call to reserve your copy.


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