Over 80 participants today for the New York Council of Deliberation Leadership Forum! Every Valley was represented and the presentations were top notch. Thank you to all who attended.
The Children's Dyslexia Center Central New York holds an Annual Gala Fundraiser each March to benefit the Center. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2021 Gala which will be the 7th, will be Virtual. It will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Below, you will find information on the event which includes a live performance by Illusionist Leon Etienne. He is known throughout the world for his Magic Rocks Show.
In order to participate complete the information on the sheet. Once registered, an email link will be sent with login information for the Zoom event.
The Valley of Rochester Presents College of Freemasonry on Saturday March 27, 2021
“Legends and Myths in Freemasonry”
We are excited to inform you that the College of Freemasonry will be taking place on March 27th at 9am. While the realities of COVID have us conducting the meeting via zoom, this has not prevented us from putting together a nationally renowned panel of speakers to present on some truly fascinating topics. This is an amazing opportunity to expand your own masonic knowledge and to hear some truly pre-eminent researchers talk about their area of expertise.
This year’s topic for the College is “Legends and Myths in Freemasonry” and we have three prominent masons presenting.
Brother Michael Poll:
The Unique Louisiana Scottish Rite Craft Lodge
Brother Michael Poll is the owner of Cornerstone Book Publishers and the Editor, Fellow, and Past President of the Masonic Society, and a New York Times Best Selling Author and Publisher.
Right Worshipful E. Oscar Alleyne:
The Count St. Laurent: Exploring the Myths, Evidence, and Role of the Legendary Mason
RW E. Oscar Alleyne is the Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of New York, a well-known author and international speaker, a Fellow and Vice President of the Philalethes Society, and Fellow and VP of the Masonic Society. He holds a Doctorate from the New York Medical College and is the Chief Program Officer at the National Association of County and City Health Officials.
Ill. Thomas W. Jackson, 33°: Thomas W. Jackson Award for Excellence
The college will conclude with the presentation of the Thomas W. Jackson Award for Excellence in Masonic Education award presented by Ill. Thomas Jackson himself, and accompanied with a talk on his thoughts on Masonry. In 2007 the Valley established the Thomas W. Jackson Award for Excellence in Masonic Education in honor of Ill. Thomas W. Jackson 33° who has been a worldwide champion of Freemasonry, education, and a strong supporter of the College of Freemasonry since its inception. The Award recognizes individuals who have taken the message of Freemasonry and transformed it into an educational inspiration at a regional, state, or national level.
This Free Event will take place on March 27th at 9am on Zoom.
ZOOM ID: 942 0186 2229 OR Link
Due to COVID, the Valley of Syracuse was not able to host their Knights of St. Andrew Burns Supper at Coleman's Irish Pub so they went virtual! They had nearly 50 registrants with multiple people online with each, so close to 60 online from all over New York State - Syracuse (of course), Binghamton, Albany, New York City & Rochester AND a Piper from Illinois (Thanks Steve Scaife)!
Thank you to all who attended and participated! It was a great time! Can't wait to do it again in person in 2022!
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