From the Personal Representative (November, 2008)

posted May 13, 2015, 1:13 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 13, 2015, 1:14 PM ]
Our new Grand Lodge year is underway, and the enlightening and inspiring experience of our annual convocation is now history. Some may think that statement was offered in jest, but I assure you, brethren and friends, that I thoroughly enjoyed the three day convention of Masons from all over the state.
Some of the matters that really got my attention when I read over the legislative package were resolutions I thought never would or should have reached it to the floor. Nevertheless, they did, and provided some of us with some very enjoyable discussions. Two dealt with the reinstatement of former members that never should have been considered by their respective (ex) lodges for return to membership, and two dealt with the subject of Prince Hall recognition that has been fait accompli for several years and which Grand Lodge Staff are dealing with on an intelligent and deliberate basis. The four resolutions (out of fifteen submitted) while providing some enlivened discussion were simply a waste of our time, and the brothers who submitted them were ill advised to even write them up. Well, so much for my opinion, but it is an example, my brethren, or the negative effect some poorly thought out legislation can have. It reflects poorly on the brothers and their lodges when something such as this happens.
On a brighter note, Saturday, October 4, the Santa Clara Valley Officers, Association hosted its annual Grand Master’s Reception at our facility. It was the first time this has been done here, and I believe all who attended were favorably impressed. Most worshipful Larry Adamson, our newly installed Grand Master, was at his best, and gave an inspiring speech about the future of Freemasonry, which, according to his information, looks quite rosy. One of the most impressive things I observed about his officers. Corps was their youth. For years, most of our Grand Masters have tried to emphasize age and experience as prerequisite for filling the chairs in the Grand Lodge line, but Most Worshipful Adamson has obviously stressed youth and its effect on the future of the Craft. It remains to be seen how this idea plays out but it certainly refreshing to see the young members do their work. I, for one, believe it will produce positive results.
Speaking of membership, the reception of the Grand Master, here at the Scottish Rite Center has, in itself produced some positive results. Three Master Masons approached various members of SJSR and asked for petitions. The very fact that they were exposed to an event at the center, and the favorable impression we made on them prompted them to seek out membership. This is amazing, and tells me that there are more possibilities for membership that we are overlooking daily than any of us can appreciate. Look around you, brethren. The field is ripe for harvest, and all we have to do is make ourselves available. If we present ourselves well, the applications will come to us, but we have to be available to these brothers and let them know of the advantages to membership in our order.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for your attention.
Sincerely and Fraternally,

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

The Rite Word - November 2008, Volume 2, Issue 11