From the Venerable Master (October, 2008)

posted May 13, 2015, 12:57 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 13, 2015, 12:58 PM ]

Brethren and Ladies

The first frost usually occurs in October but I haven’t noticed any in our neck of the woods.  This is the month that farmers are usually finishing up the harvesting of most crops and the cold weather doesn’t come to stay.  There are still many warm and sunshiny days.  Poets have been inspired to sing the praises of October and Indian summer, while kids are inspired to sing the praises of Halloween and candy.
October is also the month in which, on the second Monday in October, schools and various organizations celebrate Columbus Day.  This holiday honors Christopher Columbus' arrival in America on Oct. 12, 1492.  Ask me. I remember.
Please note that there has been a shift in the scheduled times and dates for our reunion.  Look for an update elsewhere in this newsletter.  It is very important that the brethren attend (either to help or simply be present to show your support).  It makes a difference to our new initiates to see you there on the sidelines!
My year as Venerable Master is going by very quickly, but I have to say I am really enjoying myself.  I appreciate the brethren and ladies that come out to our meeting and dinners.  I enjoy the fellowship, the conversations, and the general good time that everyone, including me, seems to be having.  All this and we continue to do good work that makes a difference in the lives of others …. especially in the lives of those children that are helped by our Clinicians in the Childhood Language Disorders Clinic.  They are dedicated and we are very proud to support the work that they do.  I want to extend my personal thanks to each of them and to all of you who contribute time, energy, effort, and finances to this meaningful endeavor.
Andrew Carnegie once said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.  The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”  Scottish Rite provides us with the means to do that.  We have achieved “uncommon results”.  Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”  And, as I have said before, the work we do is worth doing.  I hope all of you continue to take part in this great and glorious work.  See you at the next meeting!

Bud Ramsey
Venerable Master