On Monday, December 14th, members of the Valley of Syracuse, presented a Radio Play version of the 7th Degree, Provost and Judge, on Zoom for its members. Originally adapted as a Radio Play by Ill. Richard J Powell four years earlier, it was well suited for the Zoom meeting format. The Degree was very well received and the members enjoyed socializing online as well.
In the month of December, the Valley of the Hudson laid wreaths at the graves of John Homa, George Clinton, Daniel Carter Beard, James West, and Robert R. Livingston.
Beard and West, Brother Freemasons were instrumental in shaping the Boy Scouts of America, our own John Homa was a WW II hero participating in the D-Day invasion, George Clinton a former Vice President of the United States, and Robert R. Livingston, a founding father of the United States. Each one of these men are our fraternal Brothers of which three of them are named after bodies of the Scottish Rite in our Valley.
Due to Covid-19 and the location of where Brother Livingston is buried the Valley also donated two poinsettias which will be used in his honor during the Christmas eve service at the Episcopal Church where he is buried.
As a leadership team, we have decided that each December we will continue to participate in this tradition and honor these great men.
My thanks to the LOP, Chapter, Council, and Consistory for participating in this endeavor.
Bob Siebold, 32°, MSA
Commander in Chief
This past summer, Bro. Steven M. Giordano was presented the 2020 John D. Homa, 32º Distinguished Military Service Award at a Valley of Rochester event.
Brother Giordano served with the US Army Special Forces in Vietnam and has a total of 12 military recognition awards. Among them include 2 Purple Hearts, the Meritorious Service Medal for saving lives and the Jungle Operation Medal for 240 days of combat activity in one year.
Congratulations Brother Steven!
Photo left to right: Ill. Mike Morris, 33º, Active Member of Supreme Council; Sublime Prince Steven Giordano, Homa Award Recipient; Ill. Stephen R. Whittaker, 33º, Active Member Emeritus of Supreme Council; and RW William Edwards, DDGM, Monroe District
On October 10, 2020, the following New York State Scottish Rite Brethren were elected to receive the Meritorious Service Award. Congratulations to all!
Valley of Buffalo Myron Jaroslaw Deputat
Valley of Jamestown Jerry Lynn Park
Valley of Rochester Bryant Allen Dunham
Paul Oliver McLaughlin
Valley of Binghamton Joseph Goldman
David Jeffery Karre
Valley of Syracuse Stephen Grice Maddox
Terry Alan Byard
Valley of Utica Michael V. Smith
Valley of The Hudson Maurice “Murry” Cohen
Valley of Troy James Cobb
Valley of New York City Brian Joseph Dannecker
Valley of Rockville Center Louis Saavedra