From the Venerable Master (September, 2008)

posted May 5, 2015, 5:25 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 5, 2015, 5:25 PM ]

Brethren and Ladies

August was a good month and we had an excellent dinner.  It was also nice to be able to show up in casual dress for the last two months as is customary for our summer meetings.  September puts us back in our normal attire, sends students back to school, and officially has us looking forward to the autumn months.  (Perhaps not as profound a change as in other areas of the country, but still….)   J
September is also the month in which we observe Labor Day.  Although there are a variety of holidays celebrated in September based on religion, Labor Day is the only legal public holiday in September, which comes on the first Monday of the month in Canada and the United States. This year, Labor Day falls on September 1st which means our Labor Day weekend actually starts at the end of August.
On September 17th, “Constitution Day” is observed.  This is significant in that all Masonic Lodges are required to have a Constitutional Observance during this month.  There is a flyer elsewhere in this newsletter letting everyone know of the Constitutional Observance being put on by Zorah Grotto and to which all Masons, ladies, and friends are invited to attend.
The Valley of San Jose is part of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite which is governed by the Supreme Council.  How many of you know the full name of the Supreme Council?  Some of you may and some may not.  The official, full name of this Supreme Council is: “The Supreme Council (Mother Council of the World) of the Inspectors General Knights Commander of the House of the Temple of Solomon of the Thirty-third degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America.”  This name brings to light history, tradition, and accomplishment.
Leo Rosten once said, “I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”  Scottish Rite gives us that opportunity.  The work we do does matter, does make a difference, and does need you to be part of it.  It wouldn’t happen if we didn’t all work together to make it happen.  And, in the accomplishment of this, I think that “being happy” is a natural result.  Your presence matters.  Come down and join us and make a difference.  See you at the next meeting!

Bud Ramsey
Venerable Master