From the Secretaries Table (June, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 7:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 7:17 PM ]

Brethren,

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the Scottish Rite Leadership conference in Seattle.  Besides having the opportunity to learn and share, there was also the time to meet and greet many other representatives from various Valleys and Orients.  Comparing notes about problems and issues was interesting to say the least.  Also, in May, I had the opportunity of representing Los Altos Lodge No. 712 at the Senior Warden’s Retreat in San Ramon.  I guess one could compare the two sessions and both were extremely valuable but for substantially different reasons.  If you have the opportunity to attend either of the sessions, I firmly recommend them to you.
On another note, we have begun the process of reviewing the historical documents that are the San Jose Scottish Rite.  There will be a very comprehensive section of our new web-site that will contain much of our history.  Fortunately we have thousands of pictures, articles, newsletters and the like.  Unfortunately, much of what we have is unorganized and lacking detailed information about the people, places and events.  If you have any available time to assist with some identification, please contact me.  In fact, we will dedicate some space in each future issue of the Rite Word to sharing some of the unknowns with you.  Also we will dedicate some of the web-site to mystery solving.  
Speaking of mysteries, I will give you the answer to the challenge of “MINO”, next month.
Thinking about Memorial Day, I received an appropriate reminder by e-mail that I would like to share:
When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of “empire building” by George Bush.
He answered by saying, “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.  The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return was enough to bury those that did not return.”
You could have heard a pin drop.
Lastly for this month, those who have been participating in our meetings and our ceremonies continually earn our respect and admiration.  Thank you for all you do to make the San Jose Scottish Rite such a warm and welcoming place to meet, act and part.  To those who have not been able to be with us, we miss you and would like to see you soon.  If we can be of any assistance in helping you with a ride, or a reminder of our meetings, please call my office and ask for me.  We will try to help in any way we can.

Robert D. Rowan, Jr. 
General Secretary