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Honors Weekend 2019

October 7, 2019

The Coronation and Investiture of our newly elected Orient-wide Honorees will again take place at the Valley of Tampa on the weekend of November the 9th and 10th.  The Ceremony of Coronation for new 33° Inspectors Generals will take place the morning of November 9th, the Ceremony of Investiture of new Knights Commanders of the Court of Honour will take place the afternoon of the 9th, and in the evening of the 9th will be the Celebratory Banquet.  The KCCH Investiture Ceremony will be open to family, friends, and fellow brothers!  That means many who in the past were not able to gain admission will be able to witness the KCCH Investiture. 

Additional information is available from this information sheet. Please complete and return the registration form if you wish to attend. Reservations are due by October 15th!

The 2019 Inspectors General Honorary-elect from the Orient of Florida:

  • Fort Myers – Richard William Bayly
  • Jacksonville – Kenneth Lomax Lowery
  • Jacksonville – Garrett Ewing Newman, Jr.
  • Jacksonville – Brian Ray Poole
  • Lake Worth – Roy Dean Strohacker
  • Miami – Wayne Franklin Foote
  • Miami – Richard Edward Lynn
  • Miami – Luis Telesforo Meurice
  • Miami – Philip Andrew Slack
  • Ocala – Robert Joseph Moynihan III
  • Orlando – Gary James Bergenske
  • Orlando – Ronald Brian Blaisdell
  • Orlando – James Robert Hamilton
  • Orlando – Edward Michael Sexton
  • Panama City – Archie Gene Maynard
  • Pensacola – Kenneth Karl Eichorn
  • Tampa – James J. T. Blum
  • Tampa – Arthur Gary Cavanaugh
  • Tampa – Robert Dale Davidson
  • Tampa – Casey Alan Fletcher
  • Tampa – Michael Roger Pender, Jr.

    The 2019 Orient of Florida Knight Commanders of the Court of Honor-elect:

    • Fort Myers – Thomas A. Elliott
    • Fort Myers – John Allen Herman
    • Fort Myers – Robert Starkey Holland
    • Fort Myers – Kenneth Robert Jordan
    • Fort Myers – Peter Michael Kolthammer
    • Fort Myers – Robert John Lippek
    • Fort Myers – Robert Lee Miller
    • Fort Myers – Jeffrey Michael Nowak
    • Jacksonville – Robert Watterson Alexander
    • Jacksonville – Raymond Muntaz Ali
    • Jacksonville – James Richard Billberry
    • Jacksonville – Todd Mark Connor
    • Jacksonville – Jimmy A. Dorsey
    • Jacksonville – Larry Heyward Elkins
    • Jacksonville – Larry Mark Hecht
    • Jacksonville – William Raymond Holly, Jr.
    • Jacksonville – John William Howard
    • Jacksonville – Gerald Bard Tjoflat
    • Jacksonville – Martin Douglas Wiggins
    • Key West – Antonio Estenoz III
    • Key West – Jose Carmo Peixoto
    • Key West – Jesseray P. Van Houten
    • Key West – Jason S. Vidal
    • Lake Worth – Mark Raymond Angstrom
    • Lake Worth – Robert Clark Gibbons, Sr.
    • Lake Worth – William E. Staats
    • Lake Worth – Ramon Mark Voils
    • Miami – Richard Lee Brown
    • Miami – Brian Mark Chartrand
    • Miami – Barry I. Deutsch
    • Miami – Carlos Miguel Hernandez
    • Miami – Juan Carlos Gironda Mamani
    • Miami – William Lee Popham, Sr.
    • Miami – Oscar Rondan
    • Miami – Steven Lee Rushefsky
    • Miami – Dale Andrew Spear
    • Miami – Kenneth Lee Whiting, Jr.
    • Ocala – Victor Dean Campbell
    • Ocala – James Roland Kriebel
    • Ocala – Gary R. Moore
    • Ocala – Richard Hugh Trout II
    • Ocala – Glenn Edward Wyatt
    • Orlando – Harry Gilbert Brumley III
    • Orlando – Michael J. Catello
    • Orlando – Alex Ayham Darwich
    • Orlando – Christopher James Durie
    • Orlando – Barry Alan Rosenthal
    • Orlando – Charles Russell Shiery
    • Orlando – Sean Alec Stenson
    • Orlando – Chester Joseph Tokar
    • Orlando – Thomas Lee Turlington, Jr.
    • Panama City – John Charles Cluxton
    • Panama City – Danny Lee Farmer
    • Panama City – Daniel Joseph Hinz
    • Panama City – Joseph Curtis Smith
    • Panama City – Fred William Werner
    • Pensacola – Gene Paul Bodkin
    • Pensacola – Alex Carambas
    • Pensacola – Alan Bruce Cox
    • Pensacola – James Eric Draeving
    • Pensacola – Robert Alan Matteson
    • Pensacola – Johnnie Steve Mick
    • Pensacola – Edward H. Scheye
    • Tallahassee – Hector Guillont-Rivera
    • Tallahassee – Neils H. Hesse
    • Tallahassee – Richard Thomas Sirmons
    • Tampa – Frank Stuart Albinson
    • Tampa – Herbert Hunter Atwood
    • Tampa – Paul David Barber
    • Tampa – Donald William Cowart
    • Tampa – Charles Ray Jordan
    • Tampa – Robert L. Thomas Phillips
    • Tampa – Alessio Ruggiero
    • Tampa – Steven Jon Silvers
    • Tampa – Jeffrey Morris Snyder
    • Tampa – William Allen Sorbie
    • Tampa – Richard Reed Whitmyer
    • Tampa – Gregory Lamar Wynn

    Ill. Dean Resch, 33° of Panama City elected to receive Grand Cross

    August 21, 2019

    Upon nomination of Illustrious Richard Hoover, Deputy of the Supreme Council in Florida, Illustrious Dean M. Resch of the Valley of Panama City, Florida was elected unanimously by the Supreme Council to receive the honor and decoration of Grand Cross.

    Ill. Resch was born in New Jersey and grew up in Middletown.  He was drafted into the Army in 1965 and after basic attended military police training.  He served 7 months at Ft. Monroe VA after which he was assigned to Vietnam where he served 13 months.  He was later accepted into flight training and received his wings in 1968.  His assignments included Korea, Germany and Vietnam/Laos.  He became an CH-47 Chinook instructor pilot and aircraft commander.  His decorations include Distinguished Flying Cross (3), Bronze Star, Air Medal (23), Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/palm.

    In 1990 Ill. Resch joined the FAA with assistance from a longtime friend and Scottish Rite Brother.  He managed all flight operations for the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta without accident or incident.  He joined the U. S. State Department in 2006 and went to Baghdad, Iraq as an aviation security advisor to the Chief of Mission (Ambassador).  He was asked to help out by his Scottish Rite Brother. 

    Ill. Resch has been very active in many areas of his community a few of which are Past President of Boys and Girls Club, Past Vice-President of Children’s Advocacy Center, Adult Advisor to the Bay County Teen Court, Senior Member of the Bay County Public Safety Council, retired member of U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and a Covenant Care Hospice end stage volunteer at the Clifford J. Sims Veterans Home, usually accompanied by his faithful dog Tebow which the Veterans enjoy seeing.     

    Ill. Resch entered the Masonic Fraternity in 1976 and is a Past Master of Daleville Lodge #903, Daleville, AL and Acacia Lodge #16, Commonwealth of Virginia.  He served as District Deputy Grand Master, Masonic District 6, Virginia for Grand Master James Dean Cole, our new Sovereign Grand Commander.  He is a member of Pythagoras Lodge #358, Panama City Beach, FL and is a York Rite Mason and Shriner. 

    Ill. Resch became a Scottish Rite Mason in 1976 in Dothan, AL.  He demitted to the Panama City Valley in 2001 and became very active.  He was Coroneted a 33rd Degree in 2011 and is currently serving Ill. Hoover as the Personal Representative in the Panama City Valley.  He is a continuing personal donor to the Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida as well as a being a major fundraiser for the Foundation. 

    One of Ill. Resch’s finest qualities is that he stays in regular contact with many Brothers who are having health problems, he helps to keep their spirits up and he is also known to offer financial assistance.  He does all this while undergoing his own weekly cancer treatments.  In the last year Ill. Resch has had the added duty of guiding the Panama City Valley through its reconstruction from the destruction caused by hurricane Michael last October as well as helping to see that the Brothers of his community received needed assistance.        

    Valley of Lake Worth Fall Reunion

    August 18, 2019
    Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction

    The Valley of Lake Worth will be holding their Fall Reunion on Saturday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th at Bykota Lodge # 333, 421 Jennings Ave. Greenacres (map).

    The Degree work will commence at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday the 26th with conferrals of the 4°, 5°, 6°, 12°, 14°, and 18°. A light breakfast and lunch being served both days

    On Sunday the 27th, degree work will resume at 9:00 a.m. and the following degrees will be conferred: 30°, and 32°. Following the degree work, there will be a Consecration.

    Valley of Pensacola Fall Reunion

    August 18, 2019
    Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction

    The Valley of Pensacola will be holding their Fall Reunion on Saturday, October 5th and Saturday, October 19th at the Scottish Rite Center 189 West Airport Blvd. Pensacola (map).

    The Degree work will commence at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday the 5th with conferrals of the 4°, 5°, 7°, 8°, 9°, 10°, 11°, 12°, and 14°. A lunch will be served at 12:10 p.m. and the day should conclude by 4:00 p.m.

    On Saturday the 19th, degree work will resume at 8:00 a.m. and the following degrees will be conferred: 18°, 29°, 30°, and 32° ending by 3:00 p.m. There will be a luncheon served on Saturday the 19th at 12:10 p.m.

    Valley of Panama City Fall Reunion

    August 18, 2019
    Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction

    The Valley of Panama City will be holding their Fall Reunion on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th at the Scottish Rite Center, 1332 Fortune Avenue, Panama City (map).

    The Degree work will commence at 7:00 p.m. on Friday with conferrals of the 4°, 5°, and 6°.

    On Saturday, degree work will resume at 8:00 a.m. and the following degrees will be conferred: 9°, 10°, 14°, 18°, 30°, and 32° ending by 4:00 p.m. There will be a luncheon served on Saturday.

    Valley of Fort Myers Fall Reunion October 5th and 6th

    August 18, 2019
    Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction

    The Valley of Fort Myers will hold their annual Fall Reunion on Saturday, October 5th and Sunday October 6th at the Valley Scottish Rite Center near the airport – 10868 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida 33966 (map).

    The Reunion will kick-off with Breakfast and Registration at 7:00 a.m. on the 5th, with the 4th degree starting at 8:30 a.m. The degrees that will be conferred on the 5th include: 4°, 5°, 8°, 14° and 18°, with lunch served at 12:15 and the day concluding by 5:00 p.m.

    The schedule for Sunday, October 6th starts with Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and the conferral of the 22° at 8:00 a.m. The degrees that will be conferred on Sunday include: 22°, 24°, 29°, 30°, and 32°. Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. and the degree conferrals will wrap up by 4:15 p.m.

    For more information, contact the Valley office.

    291st Reunion of the Valley of Tampa November 2nd and 3rd

    August 18, 2019
    Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction

    The Valley of Tampa will hold their 291st Reunion on November 2nd and 3rd at the Tampa Scottish Rite Center. This year’s Reunion will honor Ill⸫ Hollis Tucker, 33°, Ill⸫ Clyde Lonicker, 33°, and Ill⸫ Charles Levan, 33°.

    Registration of Candidate will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. The following degrees will be conferred; Saturday: 4°, 5°, 12°, 14°, 16°, 17°, 18° and on Sunday: 21°, 22°, 25°, 29°, 30°, 32°

    For additional information, check the Valley website.

    Valley of Orlando Fall Reunion October 12th and 13th

    August 18, 2019
    Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction

    The Valley of Orlando will be holding their Fall Reunion on October 12th and 13th in Winter Park at the Winter Park Masonic Lodge.

    Continuing their tradition of conferring all 29 degrees during their two reunions, the Valley will be portray the 4°, 5°, 9°, 10°, 11°, 14°, 17°, 18°, 19° on Saturday, October 12th, and the 23°, 25°, 26°, 28°, 29°, 30°, 31°, 32° on Sunday the 13th.

    This is a great opportunity for Scottish Rite Masons from across the Orient of Florida to complete their passport, and to gain more insights into the lessons of the Scottish Rite.

    The degree work will commence at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and immediately after our divine service on Sunday (approximately 8:00 a.m.). We invite all Scottish Rite Masons to join us for our Reunion to meet Brothers and renew old friendships.

    SGIG Dale Goehrig to Retire, Ill. Rick Hoover to be Deputy

    December 12, 2017

    By John W Borsa Jr.

    Ill. Dale I. Goehrig 33° Sovereign Grand Inspector General in the Orient of Florida will retire his post as of December 31, 2017.The popular Scottish Rite Official and Past Grand Master will term out after serving as the head of Scottish Rite in Florida since 2010. The announcement was made at the Biennial Session of the Supreme Council this past August in Washington D.C. He succeeded the late Ill. Brother Robert L. Goldsmith, 33° and governed over one o the largest Scottish Rite Orients in the United States.

    Ill. Goehrig plans to remain active in the fraternity.


    Ill. Rick Hoover,  33°, Grand Master of Masons in Florida has been named by the Sovereign Grand Commander to fill Ill. Goehrig’s position as Deputy of the Orient of Florida. Welcome aboard Ill. Hoover!!

    Valley of Jacksonville Spring Reunion

    April 21, 2016

    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