From the Wise Master (December, 2015)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 3:09 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 3:24 PM ]
In the last two Rite News Articles I was able to mention “How San Jose Scottish Rite got to both California and to San Jose”. For this month’s issue I was planning to mention “How the whole San Francisco Bay Area got Here”, but I have just about run out of this year’s Masonic time. The S.F. Bay Area story will have to wait for another news article. So, I am just going to wing it here and tell you about my life, both as Wise Master of San Jose Chapter Rose Croix and associated events.
I first want to say how proud I am to have been called to serve this office at San Jose Scottish Rite. When I received my First Degree at Washington Lodge in Lexington, Massachusetts a million years ago, I remember that right next door was the Scottish Rite headquarters for the Northern Jurisdiction of the USA. And I didn’t know much about Masonic Lodges, let alone the Scottish Rite, except that many of my teachers who wore the ring were really good guys—and I wanted to be part of that group and perhaps even to be able to contribute, in a small degree at least. Imagine, this no-account kid from Boston to have ended up here. Was it just good luck or perhaps a guiding hand! California—I didn’t even know where that was.
So lucky—to be a member of Mountain View DeAnza and Los Altos Lodges as well as Eastern Star, Past Masters, Sciots,  Scottish Rite and S.C. Valley Officers Association. And I have been able to participate in the great aerospace and defense industry and travel all about the Bay Area, the Grand Lodge, the whole state, the country, and to Japan. What a ride! 
But I’ve got to tell you it’s been a push, especially this year, and I did it because I wanted to tell myself that I am still alive and to try and make up for lost time. There are really great guys coming up in this officer’s Rose Croix Chapter and in the several other bodies as well to do the Work and to carry the banner. It probably won’t take them as long as it did me to learn the words, but I don’t forget them. And I would caution them not to get overly extended in associated officer’s positions lest they try to fly too close to the sun. With the latest up-surge in the economy, just the traffic alone is a difficult  barrier to overcome.
Thank you Lorrie, and thank you all for lending me a helping hand this year and I look forward to continue serving for the next million years (geologically speaking, of course).

Dell Bleiler, Wise Master