From the Personal Representative (March, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 3:02 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 3:03 PM ]
Activity at the Scottish Rite Center continues to move at a fast pace, and we are always looking for additional help to move things along. Bryant Day has joined the staff on a part time basis, and is working on the much needed system improvements and also helping with other tasks.
Recently two past renters informed us they would not be able to use our facilities this year because we were not able to provide WIFI connections and improved audio- visual for their planned activities.  For just those two events, we lost about five times the amount it would cost to install the needed improvements so, thanks to the efforts of Bob Rowan, Dan Brothers, Bryant Day, and several contract workers, we will soon be equipped and ready.  This will make our facilities much more attractive to business renters, and with the help of Arlette Nelson, our Rental Manager, we should be able to do much better in this area.
We are also working to upgrade the facilities.  If you had walked out on the Balcony north of the main auditorium in the past, you might have noticed that the baluster posts along the balcony rail were set too far apart for safety (a violation of the building code).  While we could “get by” with a large mesh screening preventing small children from falling through the balcony railing, a mishap, if a child had managed to slip through the screening, would have put us in serious legal jeopardy.  We are working now to add additional baluster posts and make the balcony more attractive, as well as bringing it up to code. Additionally, we are considering a wind screen at the west end of the balcony to cut the wind and make the area more comfortable.
We still face a difficulty with respect to the cataloging of books in the library.  Bill Mundy and I are working on a solution for that problem.  Dalton Noland was working diligently on organizing the library when he decided to retire, and we really miss his efforts.  Meanwhile, thanks to Maury Dunbar, we continue to add to the Library.
The Clinic is very active.  Our reputation keeps us with applications from all over the area. This last month our waiting list (those preparing for therapy), rose from nine to twenty-nine children. We seem to be a victim of our own success. As word of our availability spreads and parents realize what excellent work our clinicians do, they come to us seeking help for their children.
Please note the changes in the times of our Stated Meeting and Dinner.  We have received many favorable comments on the new schedule, but are still trying to refine the agenda to make everyone comfortable. Let us know if you have any ideas, either as to the scheduling or the program. We are looking for ways to improve, and welcome your feed-back.
Please try to attend our Maundy Thursday celebration. It is uniquely Scottish Rite, and distinguishes us from all other branches of Masonry.


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

The Rite Word - March 2008, Volume 2, Issue 3