From the Venerable Master (May 2020)

posted Apr 29, 2020, 5:53 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

We just passed through the time of Lent and Easter. Life may seem dark, but we are looking forward to resurrection of social life, and ascendance to better times.

Technology brings people, friends, brethren together in these difficult times. Google Hangouts, Skype, Webex, Zoom, they all have a way for us to see each other on a computer monitor, tablet or your phone, in either full or for private use a somewhat limited free form. We have had lodges conducting virtual meetings to approve the bills, and we had a few social hang-outs, trying to cheer up Brandon that holds the lonely station over at the Masonic Center, and kindly also here.

We will leverage technology more and more, and as we explore it for social and valley business usage, creativity for ”virtual” events will spark. If you need help getting you going on these technologies, please reach out to us.

“From the ice they are freed, the stream and brook,

By the Spring's enlivening, lovely look;

The valley's green with joys of hope.”


Brother Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Amalia Lodge, Weimar, Germany) wrote these lines back in 1808, while Europe was in turmoil in the Napoleonic wars, after the official dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. Let us all keep our hope, and help each others, as much as possible.

We all will learn from this current situation: Learn about how to use technology and be efficient in our ways of communication. Save time previously spent on commutes on the road, and use that time for recreation, or maybe to read up in the Master Craftsman Program.

While the future seems uncertain, we are looking forward to seeing you all, virtually, via technology, and fingers crossed, in person soon.