From the Master of Kadosh (March, 2015)

posted May 31, 2015, 1:12 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 31, 2015, 1:12 PM ]

Greetings!

Maidin mhaith!  (Good Morning!)
Okay, so I’m not Irish.  But - it seems an appropriate greeting for March.  Often you’ll hear people use “Top o’ the morning!” But almost any Irish person will inform you that they have never, ever, heard even one of their countrymen utter these words.  There’s a lot of opinions of where the phrase came from and some find it annoying.  But what’s important, as far as I’m concerned, is that March 17th, St. Patick’s Day, is a “Feast Day” and that makes it worth celebrating.  
For a bit of “March” Masonic history/trivia - on March 3rd, 1753, George Washington was passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft in Fredericksburg Lodge in Virginia.  Also, March 6th, 1775 marked the beginning of what became a huge movement or organization in the US known as Prince Hall Masonry.  And on March 17th, 1848, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Washington DC was established.  Lastly, on March 24th, 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became a Master Mason and Sir Winston Churchill became a Master Mason on March 26th, 1902, in Studholme Lodge No. 1591 in London.  I know you’ll all sleep better knowing this.
I want to take a moment to call your attention to our Clinic.  In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated this program to help children with speech and language disorders. This led to the establishment of the RiteCare® clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.
Today, there are 178 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members like us, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.  Brethren, we should be proud of the work being done by our Clinic and I encourage you to consider making a donation to help support this effort.  
William Jennings Bryan said, “If a man measures life by what others do for him, he is apt to be disappointed; but if he measures life by what he does for others, there is no time for despair.”  Making a difference in the life of a child gives your life even greater meaning!  See you on Tuesday night!

Bud Ramsey
Master of Kadosh