From the Venerable Master (November, 2013)

posted May 30, 2015, 2:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 2:17 PM ]

Happy Thanksgiving from Lodge of Perfection,

November is officially the month for giving thanks for freedom and especially for those who fought and drafted the Constitution that enumerated our rights as a free people.  We should also give thanks to those who continue to fight to preserve our freedom and especially those who paid the ultimate price for freedom.  Many of those involved were Freemasons.
Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of the year.
Many of us were taught the origin of Thanksgiving Day to be the harvest celebration the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. Early celebrations took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.
Please remember to make reservations IF you plan to attend the Stated Meeting dinner.  Adequate food preparation is determined by accurate reservations.  It is also important to cancel the reservation if adverse circumstances occur.  Our thanks to Angela who makes the arrangements for the dinners along with her many other duties for the Scottish Rite.
We are in the midst of our Fall Reunion.  Initially there were Eight candidates for the degrees, however, two had to drop out due to unforeseen circumstances and will continue during the Spring Reunion.  Please schedule your time to support our degree teams as they confer the various degrees.  Candidates are truly impressed when there is an audience observing the work.
Continue to support your Craft Lodge and spread the knowledge of Scottish Rite Masonry, our events and charities.
The Holiday season is just beginning.  Plan ahead and when traveling be alert and safe.

Slainte Mhath
B.J. McCuiston, KCCH
Venerable Master, Lodge of Perfection