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
On November 12, 2016, Valleys, Orients and Councils of Deliberations from both the Northern Masonic and Southern Jurisdictions will come together to celebrate the Scottish Rite. It is the first time the fraternity has held such a nationwide day of honor. The Central New York Region will meet in the Administration Building on the Masonic Care Community Campus in Utica, NY (2150 Bleecker Street) that afternoon for the conferral of the 32° on Brothers from the Valleys of Binghamton, Norwood, Syracuse and Utica. Running parallel to the conferral of the 32° will be a Ladies Program to be held in the lower floor of the Administration Building. Following the Degree, there will be a dinner in honor of the new Scottish Rite Brethren. We would love to see all that attend the Degree & Ladies Program that afternoon to attend the dinner.
A handsome, new jewel or medallion, similar to the one pictured here, is being commissioned. They will be available in November 2016, to all who have been made a Scottish Rite Mason. In the NMJ, each candidate receiving his 32° during 2016, will be presented this commemorative jewel free of charge. Our newly Knighted 32° Brethren will receive their commemorative jewels at the dinner so they are highly encouraged to attend.
The Days Details are as Follows:
1:30 PM Gathering & Registration of Candidates / Ladies Gathering
2:30 PM Opening / Ladies Program Begins
4:30-5:00 PM Degree & Ladies Program Ends
6:00 PM Social Time at Harts Hill Inn
6:30 PM Dinner
Running parallel to the conferral of the 32° will be a Ladies Program to be held in the lower floor of the Administration Building on the Masonic Care Community Campus. The Thirsty Painters combines a fun afternoon of refreshments with a painting class! A certified artist will be on hand to teach a 2-3 hour,fun filled painting class! During that time, the instructor will walk the ladies step-by-step and at the end of the afternoon, she will have her own masterpiece and be amazed that she created it!
Ladies - Please consider attending! Cost: $25 per person
Following the Degree, there will be a dinner in honor of the new Scottish Rite Brethren. We would love to see all that attend the Degree & Ladies Program that afternoon to attend the dinner. Newly Knighted 32° Brethren will receive their commemorative jewels at the dinner so they are highly encouraged to attend.
It will be held at the Hart’s Hill Inn - 135 Clinton Street, Whitesboro, NY
Cost: $30 per person
Dinner Choices: Roast Sirloin of Beef or Chicken Marsala
For the Ladies Program & Dinner, please see attached forms for reservation information.
Reservations are a must! Please see the attached registration forms for more details and costs.
Brothers from the Valleys of Binghamton, Norwood, Syracuse and Utica should consult with their Valley Office before mailing in these forms.