From the Venerable Master (June, 2015)

posted May 31, 2015, 2:04 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 31, 2015, 2:04 PM ]

My Brothers and their Ladies and Families,

Just another reminder — the first event of the Lodge of Perfection will be the viewing of a great musical “MARY POPPINS”, ON SATURDAY, JUNE 6th. Join us for popcorn, nachos, hamburgers and hot dogs and a fun, family movie! Doors will be open at 6:00 m, refreshments will start at 6:30 pm and movie time at 7:00 pm. Bring your family, lodge brothers and friends. Come join us for fun and fellowship! THERE WILL BE NO COST. If you have not yet signed up, please call me at (408) 314-6124 and leave a message with your reservation. We want to make sure we have enough food for everyone. 
While surfing the web, I came across a very interesting Scottish Rite website. It was the Valley of Indianapolis and they have a cathedral. Before you take a big deep breath and say “WHAAA....”, it is not a church. It is one of the largest Masonic buildings ever constructed, built in 1927 and is typical of Neo-Gothic architecture. There is a picture of this building on the website and yes, my brothers, it does look like a church. However, it also looks somewhat like a castle. This building was built with every dimension (in feet) being evenly divisible by three. They have a 54-bell carillon, 15 pillars holding up the second floor and a ballroom of 99 feet square. If you think that this is unique, they also have a Scottish Rite Orchestra in residence that is still playing today. The orchestra was made up of Scottish Rite members until 2002 when music participation became a problem. It was then opened to the public and they now have a 47 musician orchestra. This is a great example of a Valley of Scottish Rite. Below is a link that you too can see this very impressive building. and look up Scottish Rite Cathedral in Wikipedia

Jack Harris
Venerable Master