From the Venerable Master (June, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 8:49 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 8:49 PM ]

Brethren and Ladies

If you missed the May meeting, you missed a good one.  The dinner was excellent and the mariachi band was great (not as “loud” as some and was really enjoyable).  We were also able to recognize a couple of brethren that achieved the 50 year mark in Scottish Rite.  Congratulations my brothers!
It amazes me that we are already heading into June.  This year is going very quickly and there’s a lot happening.  If you haven’t joined us in awhile, you should come down and experience it for yourself.  Our Tuesday night meeting starts at 6:00 PM, is followed by social “hour”, and then dinner…all of which will make you glad you came.  And while we’re in our meeting, the ladies gather together to socialize and do a program of some sort.  Then we are all together for the social aspect.  So ladies, come and be with us.  We really enjoy having you there.  
So what’s so special about June?  Well, there are lots of reasons to celebrate June.  For example on June:  3rd, First US Spacewalk; 5th, World Environment Day; 9th, Donald Duck’s Birthday; 14th, US Flag Day; 15th, Father’s Day; 26th, Toothbrush Invented!!  There’s more, but I thought that was enough for now.  And, of course, a really BIG reason to celebrate is June 10th because it’s our Stated Meeting and Dinner!  
I want to thank all the officers for keeping a positive attitude.  Author Herm Albright once said, “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”  I’ve found this to be true and I try to maintain a positive attitude.   I think many of you have seen the letter from our General Secretary, Bob Rowan, indicating that we can use more people for the degree teams, etc.  If you think you’d be interested, step forward.  There are large parts, small parts, and parts that require no ritual memorization.  Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”  But this isn’t hard work, its fun.  And this is an opportunity to build your future moral and Masonic edifice.
Here is a great quote from page 14 of "The Lion's Paw", by Carl H. Claudy. “This is a holy place,” he began. “That Altar - the Altar of Freemasonry - is God's Altar. Freemasonry teaches the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. At that Altar men take their vows and become brethren. From that Altar radiates a sweetness, a helpful spirit of light that makes the whole world better. To it the sore in spirit come for never failing comfort. By its light men compose their differences and forgive each other their wrongs.”  And such is the nature of who we are.  I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Bud Ramsey
Venerable Master