From the Venerable Master (August, 2008)

posted May 3, 2015, 7:27 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 3, 2015, 7:28 PM ]

Brethren and Ladies

August is a rare month in which there are no National holidays that are observed throughout the United States. However, that doesn’t mean that people haven’t adopted August as a month to bring attention to their favorite causes. Did you know that August has been designated National Immunization Awareness Month, National Win With Civility Month, and Neurosurgery Outreach Month. It contains National Elvis Week and National Resurrect Romance week, perhaps for those who have forgotten to observe national girlfriend day, which is on the first day of the month.  I’m sure you all feel better knowing that August has some significance.
I want to thank all of you who attended the barbeque last month.  I also want to thank those of you that cooked your own steak or chicken, and those of you that were willing to do the cooking for others.
We have a Reunion coming up in October and we’ll be putting on the degrees using the new scripts.  This is an opportunity for all the brethren to come down and see the degree teams do “new work”.  It is also an opportunity for you to see something new.  If you think the Reunion is just for new candidates, you’re wrong.  That’s why we call it a “Reunion”…it’s a reunion for all of us to come together and review the deep rewards that the Scottish Rite ritual has to offer.  This would also be a great time for you to invite brethren in your blue Lodge that aren’t members of Scottish Rite to submit a petition.  Then, when they come to receive their degrees, you can accompany them and witness the new degree formats yourself!
I really want to compliment the Scottish Rite members of the Valley of San Jose on your support of our Childhood Language Disorders Clinic.  This makes a difference in the lives of so many children.  Samuel Johnson once said, “Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.  He that labors in any great or laudable undertaking has his fatigues first supported by hope, and afterwards rewarded by joy...To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.”  We at Scottish Rite, in helping young people surmount the difficulties they are facing, have reason to be proud.  What better legacy can we leave than to help make a difference in the lives of these kids.  I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!!

Bud Ramsey
Venerable Master