A fantastic evening occurred on June 13th at the Children's Dyslexia Center of Central New York located on the campus of the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany, NY. Proud parents watched as each child was recognized for their achievements in overcoming their dyslexia disability. Two children met all requirements needed to graduate from the program. Congratulations to them!
Ill. David Spencer, 33°, AASR, NMJ, & Deputy for the State of NY, spoke to the audience and the children about dyslexia and being persistent in overcoming obstacles. He cited several famous dyslexic people, from Muhammed Ali to Jay Leno and Albert Einstein, who did not let their dyslexia hold them down.
Refreshments followed the ceremony.
TEDDY BEAR CLASSIC
Benefit: Children’s Dyslexia Center-Central New York
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VESPER HILLS GOLF CLUB, TULLY, NY
FRIDAY-AUGUST 4, 2017
9:30 A.M. SHOTGUN START
$60 PER PERSON, $240 PER TEAM
Open to all-men and women
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To: Craig Cobb
115 Haverhill Drive,
Dewitt, NY 13214
Make checks payable to: CDC CNY-103
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The 2017 Gala to benefit the CNY Children's Dyslexia Center was held the evening of Saturday, March 11th at the Hart's Hill Inn in Whitesboro, NY. The evening was a great success, raising over $15,000 for the Center and everyone had a fantastic time.
Bruce W. Widger DVM, 92, of Marcellus, NY passed away on March 6, 2017. Dr. Widger was born on the family farm near Spencerport, NY to the late Horace E. Widger and Ina Lilleystone Widger. He was predeceased by his younger brother Kenneth Widger in 2005.
Bruce attended a one-room schoolhouse from grades 1-8 and graduated from Churchville High School. His youth activities included: Boy Scouts, 4-H, and FFA- which he was a State officer in 1941. He attended Cornell University, graduating in 1951 from the Veterinary College. At Cornell he was Chancellor of Alpha Zeta Fraternity and member of the Baptist Student Fellowship. While attending Cornell he met Mary Currie and they were married in October 1952.
After earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, Bruce came to Skaneateles to work with Dr. Robert Nichols. The next year he moved to Unadilla, NY where he bought the veterinary practice of Dr. Harry Sutton. In 1953 he returned to Central NY forming a mixed animal practice partnership with Dr. Nichols, which extended for twenty ?ve years. In 1978 Dr. Widger joined the Division of Animal Industry, he became the State Veterinarian in the New York State Department of Agriculture until his 1990 retirement.
Bruce also served in several leadership and participatory roles. He was a Trustee of Cornell University from 1961-1981 and remained an Emeritus Trustee. He was a longtime 7th degree member of the Marcellus Grange, Onondaga Pomona and New York State Grange.
Bruce was a member of Morning Star Masonic Lodge in Marcellus, serving as Master in 1961 and progressed through district leadership positions. Bruce was Grand Master of Masons for the State of New York during the years 1980-82. His Masonic membership also included leadership in both the York and Scottish Rite Bodies. As a 33rd Degree Mason, he was a member of the Supreme Council of Scottish Rite, and served nine years as Deputy for the State of New York.
Bruce was chairman of the Marcellus Town Zoning board for 16 years, a founding member of the Marcellus Rotary Club, a Trustee of the Skaneateles Saving Bank, Director of the Farmers and Traders Life Insurance Company and an officer of the Marcellus Historical Society. He was active in his local church, serving as a member of many committees.
During his retirement he actively participated in the ECHO Meals on Wheels program, as a Marcellus Free Library volunteer and in the Syracuse Mens Garden Club helping on Zoo Crew. His hobbies were caning chairs, making chair pads and latch hooking rugs for neighbors, friends, relatives.
Bruce is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Jane Milem, sons Byron (Jenifer) and Dwight (Michelle) Widger. Grandchildren Jeffrey (Erin) Milem, Rosanne Milem, Bonna (Paul) Gordon, Benjamin Widger, Theodore (Olivia) Widger, Martha Widger, Aimee (Casey) Hofmann, Sarah (Tyler) Creech and Zachary Widger. Great grandchildren Philip Milem, Isaac Hofmann and Marian Hofmann. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Philip Milem in 1994.
Visiting hours at Ryan Funeral Home, 44 East Main Street, Marcellus on Wednesday, March 8th from 3 to 6pm. 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Masonic service will be at 7pm and the Morning Star Lodge Masonic Service will immediately follow.
Memorial service will be Thursday, March 9th at 1:30pm, in the Marcellus United Methodist Church, 1 Slocombe Avenue, Marcellus, NY. Spring committal in Maple Grove Cemetery, Town of Ogden, near Churchville, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple Street, Marcellus,13108; Baltimore Woods, PO Box 133, Marcellus, 13108 or the The Masonic Learning Center for Children, PO Box 638, Oriskany, NY 13424.
The family has requested that, to the extent possible, Masons call after 5:00 PM.
Morning Star Lodge (46 East Main Street, Marcellus NY, 13108) will be open from 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Light refreshments will be available for those who may be traveling and want to refresh themselves either before or after the Masonic Service. A buffet with finger foods, coffee, tea, soda and water will be available.
There is parking available behind the Lodge and where behind Ryan Funeral Home. There is also a municipal lot on West Main Street just past St. Francis RC Church. It is about 2/10’s of a mile to the Funeral Home from the municipal lot. There is also limited on-street parking on Main Street and behind the Town Municipal Bldg.
The Valley of Rochester will once again present its College of Freemasonry on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Speakers include Shawn Eyer, Dr. William Moore, Aimee E. Newell and Thomas W. Jackson.
The Valley will also celebrate its 150th Anniversary that same day with a dinner. Details can be found in the flyer and registration form below.
The Valley of Rochester will be hosting the 2017 Supreme Council Session August 26th - 29th, 2017. The Valley of Rochester's website will be regularly updated with information on outings, restaurants and registrations. Click here to access the information or click on the "2017 Supreme Council Information" tab above.
The brothers attending the tiled morning session were treated to an excellent presentation of the 14th degree by the Valley of Syracuse. Saturday afternoon’s tiled meeting was the annual meeting, election of officers, and announcements for 2017 MSA.
The big event occurred in which 20 brothers were presented their MSA certificate, pin, and badge. They are:
Ill. David Spencer 33°, Deputy for the State of New York, started the evening off with a welcome to all, a prayer, and pledge. Following a delicious buffet, Ill. Stephen R. Whittaker 33° presented Ill. Linton L. Smith Jr. 33° the New York Council of Deliberation Award to a Scottish Rite Mason for Distinguished Military Service.
Talks were given by Masonic Youth groups: New York Order of the Rainbow, New York Order of Triangle Girls, and New York Order of DeMolay. (all Pictured). Each group receive a donation from Scottish Rite Charities.
Children’s Dyslexia Center-Central New York chairman, Ill. Stephen Park 33° welcomed all on behalf of the Center, acknowledged and thanked members of the Board of Governors, and introduced Linda Martin, Center Director, who presented Hunter Garramone, guest speaker. Hunter told what the center has done for him in overcoming his reading difficulties and discussed his future plans to enter into the Navy as an officer.
R.W. Deputy Grand Master Charles Catapano presented his remarks followed by Grand Master of Masons, Most Worshipful Jeffrey M. Williamson’s closing remarks
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