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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

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