The Valley of Tampa celebrated Flag Day on Monday, June 13, 2016. An estimated 100 members (or more!) and their families joined in celebrating the United States Flag. A delicious barbecue dinner was served. The colors were presented by the Scottish Rite Guard. The audience was inspired by the Sweet Adeline’s presentation of patriotic songs and were further inspired by the presentation of a video showing the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Navy Seal Senior Chief Edward Byers, USN. Guest speaker for the evening was Colonel Derek Harvey, USA Ret. who gave a very informative and inspiring talk on the Flag.
It was a very enjoyable evening that was planned and emceed by Ill∴ Mike Beijar. Great job Mike!!
You are invited to join Lady Rebba and Ill. Dale I. Goehrig
on the Scottish Rite “Voyage of the Glaciers” Fundraising Cruise
from Anchorage (Whittier) Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
September 9-16, 2017
Cruise Itinerary: Anchorage – Hubbard Glacier – Glacier Bay – Skagway – Juneau – Ketchikan-Vancouver, BC
Stateroom Category Price*
Mini Suite (Cat. MB) $2264
Balcony (Cat. BD) 1949
Ocean view (Cat. OC) 1684
Inside (Cat. IB) 1039
*Prices as of 5/16/16 pp (per person), double occupancy. Taxes, port charges, and government fees are $215 per person. Other stateroom categories available. Please call for prices.**
20% pp fully refundable deposit due at time of reservation. Balance not due till June 26, 2017. If you purchased a future cruise credit on board a prior Princess cruise, no additional deposit is due. You will also receive an on board credit.
Optional Land Package
- 1 night in Fairbanks
- Riverboat cruise on Chena River
- 1 night at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
- 1 night at Mt. McKinley Wilderness Lodge
- Princess Rail Journey to Anchorage
- 1 night in Anchorage
Land package is approximately $1175 + tax pp based on category (as of 7/8/16)
Additional itinerary information for land package and cruise available at www.firstpicktravel.net
Make Your Reservation
by calling Jeff Pick, 32° KCCH
Tel: 941-993-0990 or email
2016 Foundation Cruise – “Cruising to Help the Children!”
It has been said that the best part of our fraternity is fellowship and assisting those less fortunate than ourselves. Put these two together and you have fun, fellowship, and fundraising with proceeds benefitting the 14 children’s language learning disorder clinics supported by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida USA, Inc. What has become an annual event started three years ago when brothers and their ladies along with friends of the Scottish Rite, joined Ill Dale I. Goehrig, Sovereign Grand Inspector General (SGIG) of the Supreme Council (SGIG) in Florida and Lady Rebba on the first cruise to raise funds for the Scottish Rite Foundation. The first cruise was seven days departing from Port Canaveral to the Eastern Caribbean and raised $3,500 for the Foundation. Last year a seven-day cruise to the Western Caribbean, raised $7,700.
This year we departed Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale and cruised for ten days to the Southern Caribbean and raised $8,800 for the kids. The first stop at Princess Cays in the Bahama’s provided a beautiful day where a sugary sandy beach met a turquoise ocean beach complimented by the hospitality of Princess Cruise Lines with lunch and refreshing beverages to keep cool. If desired, there were bungalows available, cabanas on the beach to stay out of the sun, or swimming, snorkeling, or simply sunbathing on the beach; absolutely a perfect way to start a Caribbean cruise.
The second stop took us to the island of St. Thomas where some enjoyed Caribbean sun and fun, while others toured Blackbeard’s Castle, St. Peters Great House and other points of interest. As many relaxed, others took on the arduous task of shopping, which is a big activity for tourist visiting the island. Of note, the island of St. Thomas was discovered by Columbus on his second voyage and was established as a trading post by the Dutch West Indies Company in 1657.
As the cruise continued, our next stop was the island of Dominica where the average temperature is 82° in summer and 77° in the winter months. More sun and fun at the beach for those who desired, shopping for others, and a special stop for many at Titou Gorge. In Creole meaning “little throat”, a small waterfall flows into a deep water filled gorge, flanked by rock walls that provide an intricate and breathtaking setting. This island was used as a location for two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, and At World’s End. Titou Gorge served as one of the locations utilized for an action filled run and jump into the gorge by Johnny Dep as Capt. Jack Sparrow!
The journey continued to the island of Grenada where a dry season is experienced in January through May with the rest of the year seeing a fair amount of rain. Annandale Falls, the Spice Gardens, and plantation tour were favorites for many while others enjoy the beach or relaxation on the Royal Princess. We boarded the ship at the end of the day and cruised to Bonaire, one of the ABC islands in the chain of the Leeward Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). Beautiful pink flamingos were plentiful and the harvesting of salt has been a major industry on Bonaire for over 350 years. It was hard to miss the towering “white mountains” that dot the landscape.
The final stop was in Aruba (“A” island of the ABC’s) and the Port of Oranjestad, known for its impressive Dutch Colonial architecture offering tours to the California Lighthouse, ostrich or butterfly farms, and the Baby Natural Bridge; a must see island highlight. Whether you wanted to relax, see the beauty of these islands, or soak up the sun, good times were had by all.
While not yet finalized, the next cruise being considered is to Alaska, possibly in September of 2017. When finalized, detailed information will be published so booking can begin and we can continue “Cruising to Help the Kids!”
Submitted by Ill. Chester King, 33°
The Valley of Jacksonville held its 245th Spring Reunion on April 12 and 14–16, 2016. Eight new 32nd Degree Brothers received the degrees of the Rite and were made Masters of the Royal Secret
Below are several pictures of Jacksonville Valley Scottish Rite Brothers in costume at the Reunion. The following degrees were conferred:4o, 5o, 14o, 18o, 21o, 29o, 30o, 31o, and 32o .
Submitted by Ill. Corbin Elliot, 33o
Brother Fred Wright, 32° and other brethren from the Valley of Fort Myers visited Englewood, FL Lodge 360 on February 16, 2016 as representatives of the Supreme Council to recognize Br. Paul Katrenak, 32°, for his completion of the Master Craftsman Program.
The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman Program is a course of study offered to 32nd Degree Master Masons under the guidance and leadership of the Supreme Council, 33rd degree, of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, in Washington DC. The Program is designed as an advanced education in the Symbolism, Ritual, History, and Philosophy of Freemasonry and the Scottish Rite.
In the photo below, Br. Fred Wright (left Center) presents Paul Katrenak (right center) the Scottish Rite certificate for successful completion of the Master Craftsman Program. Far left is Worshipful Stoney Stonecipher Master of Englewood Lodge and far right is Illustrious Harry Schafer, 33°, President of the Englewood Scottish Rite Club.
Submitted by Brother Fred Wright.
Eleven of our Canadian Brothers made the trip south to Panama City and attended both days of our Spring Reunion. On Saturday during lunch “Team 24” called up Ill. Resch, our Personal Representative, General Secretary, Master of Kadosh and eight members of our Knights of Saint Andrew and made them honorary members of “Team 24” and presented them with lapel pins and baseball caps. In a special presentation our Valley was also given a Canadian flag. In return the Valley of Panama City presented “Team 24” a 33rd Degree cap to be displayed in the Valley of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
After lunch and our portrayal of the 21st Degree the lodge room was set up and the 24th Degree was demonstrated beautifully and with great drama. Portraying King Solomon was none other than the Deputy of the Supreme Council for Saskatchewan, Ill. William C. Fitzsimmons. The team was assisted by eight members or our Knights of Saint Andrew who filled in non-speaking parts.
It was a wonderful Reunion with our Canadian visitors and a large turnout of our own members totaling approximately 95 in attendance. We were also thrilled to have some members back in the Valley who had been unable to attend in some time due to illnesses which made it really like a Reunion.
On March 14, 2016 The Valley of Tampa held an impressive ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal honoring those members who have made the transition from this transitory existence to one of endless duration.
The ceremony of The Mystic Banquet and The Extinguishing and Relighting of the Lights was conducted with precision and dignity.
The Cast which performed the ritual in a precise and proficient manner were as follows:
Wise Master Joseph A. Gonzalez, 32° KCCH
Senior Warden Jerome E. Murray, 32° KCCH
Junior Warden Walter Schoepf, 32° KCCH
Prelate Ronald P. Lupien, 32° KCCH
Secretary Kenneth P. Scott, 32°
Almoner Lynn C. Raposa, 32° KCCH
Master of Ceremonies Scott McAlister, 32° KCCH
Orator William C. Sundquist, 32°
Guardian of the Temple Steven J. Silvers, 32°
Senior Deacon Billy D. Schmidt, 32°
Soloist Brian D. Campbell, 32° KCCH
Organist Robert D. Davidson, 32° KCCH
The Celebration of Remembrance and Renewal is a Scottish Rite nonobligatory festival held on, or as near as possible, the vernal equinox
The words of this ceremony speak to the hearts and minds of all men. But words alone do not suffice. It is our actions which speak louder than our words. Intention without action is of little value.
The Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal, including the Mystic Banquet, is not a religious observance. It is neither the Feast of the Passover nor a Sacrament of Holy Communion.
It is an observance, a sublime celebration of Rebirth, Freedom, and Fraternity.