From the Venerable Master (December, 2011)

posted May 23, 2015, 2:05 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 2:06 PM ]

Hal Leister
The Holiday Season

The Holiday Season has special significance for families throughout the world. It is a time when even the busiest individuals can take time out to be with and enjoy their families and have a sense of family togetherness with much excitement and laughter. Most people enjoy this season more than any other season of the year.  It is a time of connecting with love ones and friends. It brings to our memory wonderful times of the past. We realize one of life’s greatest assets is the bond that we have with others. Remember, the more fun you share with others, the more fun you have!  
The Holidays and the end of the year, also provide an opportunity to look back on accomplishments of the year and to give thanks for our families and friendships. It is also a time to look ahead to the challenges of the New Year. I hope that in looking back this has been a year of rewards and success for each one of you! I know that it has been a year of tremendous success for the San Jose Scottish Rites Bodies. We, working together, have conducted programs with much success. Our first annual Festive Board of Fellowship honoring The Grand Master of Masons of California was conducted in June and was well attended and a great success. Our Degree Teams, whose members are dedicated individuals, did an outstanding job in conferring the required degrees for our Fall Reunion. Much work and many hours were required to meet this challenge. A well-attended Maundy Thursday celebration was conducted; and “A very successful “Scottish Rite Night of Instruction” and agape were conducted in June. A trip to a Stanford football game and a wine tour were enjoyable for those attending.  Our San Jose Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language has helped approximately one-hundred fifty-six children during the first ten months of calendar year 2011. Forty-three children have received therapy and released; fifty-three are currently receiving treatment; and sixty were screened (screening does provide benefits with some children actually improving during the process and parents are informed of required treatment and sources). Our Clinic Christmas Party for the children was a great success.
The greatest gift of Christmas is LOVE. The above accomplishments reflect our brotherly love and our love for others! 
To all, I wish a very happy Holiday Season filled with family, friends and good cheers, and a New Year filled with happiness, health and many successes.

Hal Leister - Venerable Master