From the Master of Kadosh (November, 2015)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 1:58 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:31 PM ]

Greetings everyone!

November!  A month in which we are reminded to be thankful for all we have.  Our Fall Reunion is underway, starting with the 4th Degree, and, for the first time, the 6th and 7th Degrees, on October 27th.  The 6th through the 22nd conferred on October 30th-31st, and the remainder on November 6th and 7th.  We can be thankful for the further light that Scottish Rite has to offer.
Again I offer a bit of Masonic history/trivia for November.  On November 1st, 1922, the cornerstone of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, in Alexandria, Virginia, was laid.  As you know, this is an amazing edifice and well worth our support.  On November 4th, 1752, George Washington received his Entered Apprentice degree in Fredericksburg Lodge in Virginia.  On November 25th, 1813, the Articles of Union of the United Grand Lodge of England were signed.  On November 26th, 1737, a letter to the editor appeared in the New York Gazette newspaper, criticizing the secrecy of Freemasons and the words of the obligations' penalties (which were disclosed in a previous exposé of Freemasonry). This appears to have been the first anti-masonic effort in the colonies that were to become the United States.  On November 28th, 1884, Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, in London, England, the first research lodge in the world, received its warrant.  If you don’t know about Quatuor Coronati, feel free to ask me.  On November 28th, 1911, President-to-be Franklin D. Roosevelt (U.S. President 1933-1945) received his 3rd degree.  As before, there are other Masonic events of note that happened in November and I’ve only mentioned a few.  I hope this was of interest to you.
As Scottish Rite Masons, we should realize what makes a difference.  I want to share with you the following:

A Lesson

Author Unknown
This is something to make us stop and think.  Take this quiz:
  1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
  4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?  The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.  These are no second-rate achievers.  They are the best in their fields.  But the applause dies.  Awards tarnish.  Achievements are forgotten.   Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.  Here's another quiz.  See how you do on this one:
  1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
  6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Easier?   The lesson?  The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.
They are the ones that care and are making your world a better place!  We have much to be thankful for in our lives.  Let’s focus on that and let’s be sure to let those who make a difference in our lives know they are appreciated.  See you at our Tuesday night meeting and dinner!  I wish you a blessed and plentiful Thanksgiving!

Bud Ramsey, Master of Kadosh