From the Wise Master (May, 2013)

posted May 26, 2015, 8:39 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 8:39 PM ]


We had our Scottish Rite Reunion last month and have conferred more degrees during it than most Scottish Rite bodies find possible.  I want to thank all of those who took part in any way and had an influence on the success of this Reunion, including those of you who showed your support as side liners.  This makes a difference to the candidates and we have reason to be proud of what we do.
I also want to welcome our new members and encourage them to participate and become active members.  We have openings on some of the Degree Teams and we are always looking to put together a team to confer some of the degrees that are currently only communicated.
I’ll also put out a call for help in inviting new members to join us.  There are many Masons in our Lodges who are not yet members of Scottish Rite and sometimes all it takes is for you to invite them.  Tell them about Scottish Rite and invite them to join you for our dinner.  They don’t have to be a member for that.  Please be sure to include their ladies.  When they see what an excellent job we do on our dinners and experience the camaraderie, they’ll have even more incentive to join.  (Don’t forget to make a reservation for them.)
And speaking of a call for help and being that it’s the month of May, let me say…  MayDay.  MayDay.  MayDay.  And why is that a distress signal and why three times?  I discovered that a mayday distress call is supposed to be used only in cases of “grave and imminent danger.” The correct way to signal mayday consists of three repetitions of the word mayday, then the name of the boat, and its radio call sign. Once this initial message is transmitted, a follow-up message should be transmitted that includes the word mayday again, as well as the boat's position, the nature of the emergency, number of persons aboard, and any other relevant information to assist a rescue effort.  The Mayday call sign apparently originated in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford, a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London.  He was asked to think of a word that would indicate distress and could easily be understood by all pilots and ground staff in an emergency. Much of the traffic at the time was between Croydon and Le Bourget Airport in Paris, so he proposed the word "Mayday" from the French m’aider. "Venez m'aider" means "come help me”.  I just thought you might find this interesting.  I did.  J
May is supposed to be a month of renewal…flowers bloom, romance abounds, and people find the joy of summer.  Come join us in our appreciation of each other.  See you on Tuesday night!

Bud Ramsey
Wise Master