From the Venerable Master (April, 2010)

posted May 19, 2015, 2:06 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 19, 2015, 2:06 PM ]

Brethren and Ladies:

Freemasonry is based on the belief that each man can make a difference in the world by improving himself and taking an active role in his community.  It is a charitable, benevolent and educational fraternity.  Charity is at the heart of most Masonic activities.  Each year, Masons donate millions of dollars and thousands of hours to both small and large philanthropic causes. 
Masons were instrumental in establishing the public education system in the United States.  That’s one reason that San Jose Scottish Rite Bodies are proud to have contributed to the Masonic Student Assistance Program (MSAP).  The Grand Master’s Public Schools Presentation in our area will be held at 9:30 AM on April 1st at Borchardt Academy in San Jose as part of Public Schools Month in California.  It’s a great example of our ongoing commitment to public education.
We will be holding our semi-annual Reunion on Tuesday April 13th after the Stated Meeting starting with the 4th degree.  The 5th thru 17th degrees will be awarded on April 27 and the 18th through 32nd degrees on Friday, April 30th and Saturday, May 1st.  There will be a banquet honoring the new Scottish Rite Masons and their ladies on the evening of May 1st.  
As your Venerable Master, I encourage each of you to attend your Blue Lodge and talk up the Scottish Rite and further light in Masonry.  Come to the Reunion this month and take part in the Degrees.  If you would like to be part of a Degree Team or help out in other ways, please contact Bro. Hal Leister, 32° KCCH, Degree Director, or General Secretary Bro. Bob Rowan, 32° KCCH, for more information.  At a minimum, I hope to see you on the sidelines during Reunion activities to help welcome our new Scottish Rite Masons. 
Our formal Night of Instruction and Agape Dinner are scheduled for the evening of May 18th.  The Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of California, the Very Worshipful Allan Casalou, will be presenting a lecture entitled “The Entered Apprentice:  A Just and Upright Mason”.  Please come join us!
Last, but far from least, I would like to thank the members of the Monterey Scottish Rite Club for their hospitality in March when I had the opportunity to act as Installing Officer for their Annual Installation of Officers.  I would also like to thank Illustrious Roger Bibb 33° for assisting me as Master of Ceremonies for the event.  Thanks also to Bro. Richard Fisher, 32° KCCH, and his team, who, by the time you read this article, will have exemplified two excellent Ceremonies of Remembrance and Renewal:  one in Soquel and one in San Jose. 

Durward C. Ayre,   32° KCCH
Venerable Master