From the Commander of Kadosh (January, 2019)

posted Jan 2, 2019, 2:26 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

It comes to the point of the year when terms are up, and our new officers are to be installed on January 29th. This, like the tides that come and go, means it is time for brother Naresh to lead our body. He is an abundantly qualified brother that I know will lead the body superbly, and look forward to his year with full support.

The fondness I hold when looking back at what the Valley of San Jose accomplished this year is nothing short of amazing. The state wide reunion not only brought in new members, but showcased the talents of our fraternity on epic levels. There were so many helping hands, and I would be remiss if I didn't say a big thanks to Jeff Toone for his tireless efforts throughout. 

The festive boards are always a wonderful time to hone our works. Brother Cowden has always done nothing short of excellent when orchestrating these events. These times let us break bread, converse with our brothers getting to know them better, and open our minds to new learning and thoughts. If you have have never been, I strongly suggest you attend the next one that we have.

Our Language Clinic, which is why we exist, is here to help.  With three licensed clinicians, the Valley of San Jose was able to help 140 children this year with our continued funding. Through these works we touch the world exponentially. I always suggest if one has not visited to see our good works, stop by and arrange a visit through the Secretary. There are truly miracles that happen just on the other side of the break room doors.

We find that in Middle English Januarie, from Latin Januarius, 1st month of the ancient Roman year, is from Janus the Roman god. In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus (/ˈdʒeɪnəs/; Latin: IANVS (Iānus), pronounced [ˈjaː.nus]) is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. While we must not forget the past, let us each step through the doorway of the new year to a world of possibilities as if exiting the cave in Platos allegory. For where we go one, we go all.