From the Commander of Kadosh (November 2017)

posted Nov 10, 2017, 9:31 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite

At our last meeting we learned that Ill. Ronald A. Seale, 33°, the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the U.S.A. was going to come to Sacramento, California in October for his final visit as S.G.C.  “Ronnie” is a wonderful Grand Commander who has guided our Scottish Rite craft for two multi-year terms and this would be his last in that capacity. Well, I just wasn’t about to miss this Grand Scottish Rite reception event!

I left a day early to stay with my sister in the Grass Valley area and then would hop down to Sac for the meeting, and with the smell of smoke still lingering in the air from some of the many Northern California fires still raging. There was lots of traffic on  the road and it was some fun trying to find the Scottish Rite building in South East Sacramento for my first time even though I had directions. But the building and property site were gorgeous and located right adjacent to a bend in the American River.

Many of my friends were already there and there was an open bar for refreshments and conversations. The dinner hall was enormous and well lighted. I counted thirty large tables and well over 200 attendees. Ill. Seale then arrived and all of the S.R. Valley dignitaries welcomed him. Invocation and dinner was next. The prime rib feast with all the fixings was enjoyed while background piano musical interludes enhanced the meal which was served by a group of young DeMolay boys. After dinner—prayer and an enjoyable piano recital were followed by an “on stage dinner representation” of a traditional October “Feast of Tishri” with toasts by all as appropriate followed by a standing ovation from everybody.

Next came the 50 year member patent and blue cap presentations to nine older worthy long time Scottish Rite brothers that was presided over by Ill. Frank Loui 33° S.G.I.G for California and with Ill. Ronald A. Seale, 33° S.G.C. doing the each actual capping. A history of each of the nine recipients was read describing their life, family, business, military and long years of service to the fraternity. Ill. Seale then gave a very nice and stimulating talk of his time in office and prospects for the future. He has a commanding presence and a most articulate way of presenting Masonic subjects—“he talks with great knowledge and sincerity from the heart”.

What an evening, this one was special, and he graciously signed my 300th year Masonic Grand Lodge anniversary history presentation boxed book. It really made my day.

Dell Bleiler, Commander of Kadosh