From the Personal Representative (January, 2009)

posted May 13, 2015, 5:19 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 13, 2015, 5:20 PM ]
Illustrious Leo Mark told me when he stepped down from this job almost two years ago that there would be some good days and some days not so good, but what he failed to pass along to me was how rewarding it would be to work with all the brothers, the clinicians, the families of the clients, the families of the members, the staff, and all the others who have been such an important part of my life these past two years.
As many of you know, one of my first proposals was to try to reinvigorate the process of liaison with each of the lodges to develop a coordinated effort to keep the lodges aware of our activities and to make us aware of what they are doing. I’ve often expressed the feeling that if Scottish Rite does not reach out to our constituent lodges, we can’t expect the lodge to reach out to us. The idea of a lodge liaison program is for Scottish Rite to be a support system for the lodges.
My problem has been that I have not been able to identify a brother who has been willing to take over the daunting task of acting as a liaison for the lodges and coordinate that effort. Recently, however, two brothers have stepped up to fill two important positions in this process. Illustrious Roger Bibb has agreed to assume the position of Coordinator of Clubs, and Brother Chuck Cowden has agreed to take over the job of coordinating the Ambassador program.
Through the Ambassador Program, we will be able, through our representatives in the various lodges, to assist in degrees where needed, to recognize newly raised Master Masons with a symbol of our appreciation for their work, encourage members of our blue lodges to consider continuing their search for light in Masonry and expanding their circle of awareness by joining Scottish Rite, and to continue or even intensify their participation in the activities of their own lodges through mutual support and encouragement. Chuck will, I am confident, make a difference in our ability to communicate with our lodges.
There are a couple of other brothers that need to be recognized for their work in behalf of Masonry. Brother Dory Taylor of Friendship Lodge #210 is to be seen almost every-where there is a third degree in the Santa Clara Valley. He even took on the job of coaching a candidate, Bro. Jim Arnold, of San Benito #211 through his degrees. Brother Arnold lives in San Jose, but wanted to join his father’s lodge in Hollister, and Bro. Dory helped make it all possible. Thanks Dory and congratulations Brother Jim. The other brother, who deserves our thanks, is Brother Wayne Heimsoth, of Three Great Lights Lodge #651 who puts out a periodic email newsletter, keeping the valley up to date on as many events as are brought to his attention, which are numerous. If you haven’t been on Wayne’s mailing list, contact him and subscribe. It’s valuable information and much needed in the valley. Wayne is also to be congratulated on his election to the position of Potentate of Asiya Shrine, a well deserved recognition of his tireless work for the good of Masonry.
These are some of the things we get so much joy from in Masonry. 
I trust your year will be pleasant and prosperous, and may the dove of peace and joy light upon your shoulder without leaving a mark.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Bob Winter - Personal representative of the Deputy of the Supreme Council in California

The Rite Word - January 2009, Volume 3, Issue 1