From the Personal Representative (March, 2009)

posted May 14, 2015, 1:15 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 14, 2015, 1:50 PM ]

Brethren and Ladies,

Your Council of Masters has been showing some unusual energy, this first part of the year. Our first Council of the new slate of officers was February 7, and though we had some vacancies, there was a lot of enthusiasm and ideas passed around and polished for quality and user-friendliness.
For several years, now, we have been addressing the need for social functions that go beyond the Stated Meeting dinners, and some of these concepts are beginning to take shape. Chuck Cowden 32°, assisted by the members of the Santa Cruz County Club, has introduced the Night of Instruction that emulates the recently revived Traditional Lodge, where members dress formally, engage in a traditional Table Lodge observation, and attend to an address covering material of Masonic interest, from noted speakers on various subjects. Our first was an exploration of the fourth degree by Daniel Doornbos 32° KCCH, and our next will be by Ill. Arthur Porter, 33°, a member of Oakland Bodies, covering the life and works of Brother Robert Burns. This lodge will be on March 24. Please get your reservations in as soon as possible for the purposes of planning.
There are two more such events scheduled for the year 2009, one of which will be June 23, and then another on September 22. The meetings in March and June will be limited to Scottish Rite Masons, and the September meeting will be open to all Masons.
It has also been suggested that our Ambassador Program, which is also under the guidance of Brother Cowden might use the September meeting to introduce the beauties of Scottish Rite Masonry to the members of our several lodges whom we might like to encourage to join our Valley. The concept; formal attire, table lodge, Masonic interaction, etc., is attractive in that it is a little out of the ordinary and reaches back in time to some of the styles we associate with historic observances.  Please give these meetings your serious consideration and plan to make them a regular activity in our Valley.
Another idea that has been given some thought is that of a “tail-gate party” at one of the local college football games in our Valley. Both Stanford and San Jose State have been suggested as possibilities, and we’d like some feed-back from the membership as to your preferences. The final decision may be predicated on availability of suitable blocks of seats in desirable areas of the stadiums, but we’re starting early to make these preparations, and would welcome any input we may be able to get from the members.
The revival of the Friday Lunch Bunch resulted in a very nice turnout, this last month, and will, I trust, be continued for as long as we can keep it going. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy a good meal and have some casual interaction with other members. Let us know if you’d like to host one or two of the meals. My lovely wife, Hazel and Ruth Roberts are always ready to let the honors fall on others shoulders. 
The process is working, my brothers and ladies. Members are stepping up to solve problems that we have been facing for years, and having fun in the process.

Sincerely and fraternally,

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

The Rite Word - March 2009, Volume 3, Issue 3