From the Master of Kadosh (February, 2009)

posted May 14, 2015, 12:38 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 14, 2015, 12:39 PM ]
We’ve just been through January, completing another season of Installations. It seems like everybody I know was installed into at least one leadership position in the Masonic family. Some Brothers are especially involved and dedicated. I wonder how they do it. They must have a secret for slowing time or unlocking the power of organization and memory.
One such Brother is my immediate predecessor in office, Chuck Cowden. Chuck is a fairly new member of Scottish Rite yet he has employed his substantial skill and experience to help bring about significant improvements. As Master of Kadosh, he was always well organized, sending our reminders of meetings and activities. Each officer knew what was happening and what he was supposed to do. And Chuck knew what was happening in each Brother’s life, because that’s what a caring leader does. Be sure to give Chuck a word of thanks, and stick around because he’s always working on something good.
This is a great time to belong to San Jose Scottish Rite. Lots of things have changed for the better, for example:
We have new programs, such as the Lodges of Instruction, for those who like intellectual stimulation as well as good food and fellowship.
We cut the number of Officers in each of the four Scottish Rite Bodies. Now, Officers progress to the top quickly and have real duties to perform along the way.
We have new Degree rituals and new Degree Teams. This has been a tremendous challenge. Brothers are stepping up, getting involved, and enjoying the fellowship.
We have vastly improved dinners, and we hold them after the Stated Meeting, giving us time to enjoy the meal and the company.
The local management, in the form of the Personal Representative and Secretary, enthusiastically support the Masters of the Bodies, Degree Team Directors, Reunion Directors, and Committeemen.
If you haven’t attended a meeting or activity at Scottish Rite for a while, now is the time to pay us a visit. You will be pleasantly surprised at how different things are. And remember, you’re always welcome here!

Daniel Doornbos