From the Master of Kadosh (February, 2015)

posted May 31, 2015, 12:43 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 31, 2015, 12:43 PM ]


I want to thank the members of the Scottish Rite for allowing me the privilege of serving as Master of Kadosh for the San Jose Consistory.  I will do my best to contribute to our having a good year.  Since success comes from support of the officers and members as much as from the presiding officer, I know I can count on your support as I have in the past.  We have much to be proud of and a great legacy to live up to.
For a bit of “February” Masonic history, on February 11th, 1988, a group of Masonic Leaders met with President Ronald Reagan where the Grand Master of Washington DC presented him a certificate and both the Scottish Rite and Shrine made him an honorary member.  Also, on February 22nd, 1910, there was a meeting held in Alexandria, VA, of  Masonic Representatives from 26 Grand Lodges (although all were invited) which resulted in the George Washington National Memorial Association being formed and the adoption of a resolution to erect a memorial to George Washington. This is an amazing edifice and well worth our support.
February is a special month...with Valentine’s Day giving focus to relationship and romance.  
Please take advantage of this time to show our ladies how important and special they are to us.  Their support makes possible all we do.  And the relationship of the Brethren in Scottish Rite should be an example for others to want to emulate.  It is, in my experience, very much an exemplification of who best can work and best agree.
Worshipful Don Locke, Past Master of Willow Glen-Fraternity Lodge No.399 who passed to the Celestial Lodge Above some years back, once shared with me that he was handed a slip of paper by a candidate on the night he was to be initiated.  It said simply, “Freemasonry is kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, piety and concern for the unfortunate, resistance toward evil, help for the weak, forgiveness for the penitent, love for one other and above all, reverence and love for God. Freemasonry is many things, but most of all, Freemasonry is a way of life.“  
These are great words for all of us to keep in mind.  See you at the Stated Meeting!

Bud Ramsey
Master of Kadosh