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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

News From The Valley of Fort Myers

March 17, 2016

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.



Team 24 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada visits the Panama City Valley.

March 17, 2016
       It all started when our Brothers Ill. Dean Resch and Mark Krautheim met a couple of Canadian Brothers on a cruise they were on together.  It culminated when “Team 24” from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada demonstrated their 24th Degree during our 138th Reunion on March 11th and 12th.  Things finally came together and with permission of our Sovereign Grand Inspector General the plan was set. 

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.

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The picture above shows on the front row Panama City members who participated in non speaking roles and back row is “Team 24” from Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada
Submitted by Ill. Sam Fischer, 33°

2016 Remembrance and Renewal

March 15, 2016

The Broken Column

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.



SGIG Jacksonville Visit

March 8, 2016

On March 4, 2016, Illustrious Dale I. Goehrig, 33o, S.G.I.G. in Florida, visited the Valley of Jacksonville and dubbed several new Knights of the Double Eagle.

Pictured bottom right below, after the ceremony were Ill. Goehrig, second from right, with, from left, Illustrious Brother David Yarborough, 33o, General Secretary of the Valley of Jacksonville; Illustrious Brother Robert K. Beaty, 33o, Personal Representative to the S.G.I.G. in Florida; and Illustrious Brother Charles R. Cooper, 33o, Master of Kadosh of Jacksonville Consistory.

Knighted that evening in a most impressive ceremony by Illustrious  Goehrig were: Brothers Thomas Olsen, Christopher Lanham, David Colson, Richard Gibaja, Troy Parker, Harold Hunter, and Henry Webb.

Submitted by Brother Corbin Elliott, 33o

Memorial For Ill. David Eschrich, 33°

February 12, 2016

On January 25, 2016 the Tampa Scottish Rite conducted a Scottish Rite Memorial Service for Ill. And MW David Eschrich, 33°. It was an impressive and moving ceremony that was conducted with dignity and solemnity. The following members of the Tampa Scottish Rite participated in the ceremony:

Speakers: Ill. John Drewett, 33°, Ill. Louis King, 33°, Ill. Rick Hoover, 33°, Ill. Louis Ortt, 33° and Ill. Patrick Palmer, 33°.

Scottish Rite Guard: Henry Echezabal, 32°, Rodney Kohler, 32°, Ken Warner, 32° KCCH, Sam Pesola, 32°, Charles Walter, 32°, Leonard Smith, 32° KCCH and Ken Balsley, 33°.

Knights of Saint Andrew: Chuck Osborne, 32°. William Sundquist, 32° and Robert Phillips, 32°.

Bagpiper: Rob St. John, 32°.

Soloist: Brian Campbell, 32° KCCH.

Organist: Robert Davidson, 32° KCCH

Paraphernalia: Lynn Raposa, 32° KCCH.

Even our SGIG, Ill. Dale I. Goehrig, 33° took part in the ceremony by presenting the widow with a rose to close the Memorial Service.

            Photographs by Brother Nick Paull, 32° KCCH

The Scottish Rite Memorial for
Ill. David Eschrich, 33°
Tampa, Florida Scottish Rite Masonic Center
January 25, 2016

The Guard looking stately and tall
Marched solemnly into the hall
And a silence of respect fell over the place
They bore the flag and the banner
In a dignified and majestic manner
They were the epitome of style and grace

Then the mourners’ one by one
Entered to the beat of a drum
Splendid in tuxedo with gloves of white
And at a precisely measured pace
They reached their assigned place
It was a most solemn and inspiring sight

Then with a most impressive flair
They comforted the family there
With words that eased their grief and tears
Uplifting prayers of submission
Enabled them in their mission
To honor a friend and brother of many years

The bagpiper played a mournful song
And the soloist melodiously strong
Sang a stirring rendition of the Lord’s Prayer
And the audience was duly impressed
And their hearts were richly blessed
With the sympathy and caring that was there

Then the speakers in unison arose
Went to the altar and left a rose
As a symbol of love for a remembered friend
Their duties now were complete
And the memories rich and sweet
Caused grieving hearts to heal and to mend.

So, David Eschrich was remembered
And for those who were assembled
The night seemed to rapidly and fleetingly pass
And the ceremony ended that night
At the venerated Tampa Scottish Rite
With dignity, solemnity and a touch of class

Patrick C. Palmer

South Broward Scottish Rite Club

January 30, 2016

The South Broward Scottish Rite Club meets monthly at the Piccadilly Cafeteria in Hollywood. The club has been meeting at this location for several years now and decided to thank the restaurant for being a gracious host. On January 27, 2016 a beautiful eight foot gold fringed United States Flag topped with gold eagle was presented by the club to the restaurant manager in appreciation for all the cooperation that has been received. It is hoped that it will proudly serve as a patriotic symbol of our nation for all the civic groups that meet there. The flag is adorned by a plaque that reads:
Presented to Piccadilly Cafeteria by the South Broward Scottish Rite Club January 27, 2016.

Seen above (L-R) are Ill. John W. Borsa Jr, 33°, Hollywood Piccadilly General Manager Chris Klutcharch and Club President Hilliard Silver, 32°

Photo by Ill. Stanley T. Mykytka, 33°

John W. Borsa, Jr.
Hollywood, Florida

The Coronation

November 12, 2015

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, Twenty Two Masters of the Royal Secret were coroneted 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Masons. The following poem  commemorates the occasion:

The Coronation

The Grand Commander assumed his station
And a hush suddenly fell over the class
They were filled with an anxious sensation
That something profound was about to pass

Their hearts and minds were open receivers
And they waited with bated breath
They were men of faith and devoted believers
Of an order they would defend till death

The mysteries revealed to them on that day
Were profound, esoteric and inspired
From the moment the Chaplain knelt to pray
Till the proceedings that day were retired

And the men went away that November day
With euphoric feelings of self worth
For they had learned their fears to allay
And to enhance their existence on earth

Now designated as Inspectors Honorary
They donned white hats with pride
With a determination to live in Harmony
And to take life’s setbacks in stride

All honor to the venerated Scottish Rite
Leading its devotees in the narrow way
Turning good men from darkness to light
May it continue forever and a day

Patrick C. Palmer
Coronation Ceremony Tampa, Florida,
November 7, 2015

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)