Valley of Salem News
The Sutton Lodge of Perfection is requesting men to step forward to become officers of Perfection. There are currently have 3 vacancies which Ill. Judson Greene, would very much like to see filled by guys willing to put in the time and effort to learn new parts and become strong officers for Perfection.
Join Aimee E. Newell, the Museum's Director of Collections and curator of the exhibition, to learn about the Scottish Rite's French roots, its founding in America two centuries ago and its evolution into one of the most popular American fraternal groups during the 1900s. The exhibition includes photos, costumes, and Scottish Rite props, many of which have never previously been on view. Free. Saturday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.
The Massachusetts Consistory member jewel is unique among those presented within the Scottish Rite. It was custom-designed to represent the lessons learned and principles inculcated in Scottish Rite degrees. The jewel illustrates the strong link between Massachusetts Consistory and our Scottish Rite heritage. It also emulates our close ties to Blue Lodge Masonry and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
The jewel proudly displays the Teutonic cross, an emblem of the most ancient chivalric orders dating back to the year 1191. The Teutonic Cross is...
Read more to learn about the new Consistory jewel.
As you know we all took an obligation to take care of our Brothers and in many cases we haven't done a very good job. In these difficult economic times many of our Brothers really need our assistance.
Commander McNaughton recognized that as Masons we need to live up to our obligations and make funding available to those truly in need. Through the Blue Envelope Appeal, the Supreme Council Almoners Fund has given more than $2,000,000 to Brother Masons in need, particularly those affected by the recent floods and tornadoes.
Scottish Rite Masons are committed to making a difference in the lives of our Brothers.
If you know of a Brother Mason in true need, please contact your Valley Secretary and he will pass it on to an Active Member or the Deputy for Massachusetts. We will be there to help, should the need arise.
Scottish Rite ~ The Fraternity that Cares!
Two Christmas ornaments are available for sale at the Scottish Rite NMJ Shop. First is a 200th anniversary 3-inch custom brass ornament, depicting the anniversary logo with the square and compasses and the double-headed eagle. The price is $15.00 and ships for $1.95.
The second is a glass globe, 2.6 inches in diameter, showing the Scottish Rite double-headed eagle. Sale price is $10.00 and ships for $1.95.
To purchase these keepsakes of this era in Scottish Rite Fremasonry, visit the Scottish Rite NMJ Shop.
Do you like history? Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a curator or a librarian? Come join the staff of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library and find out.
Masonic Work Day
Saturday, January 25, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library
We are looking for eight volunteers to spend the day helping us with collections-related projects. Projects may include: inventory of object and library collections; housing and numbering objects and archival collections; computer data entry.
No experience needed. Training and lunch will be provided.
Please note that most projects will require prolonged periods of standing and/or sitting and that exposure to dust and/or mold is possible. Most projects will consist of repetitive tasks.
We are accepting registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email Aimee E. Newell, director of collect ions, with your name and contact information to sign up, or with questions.
If you can't make it on January 25, but would like to learn more about volunteering on a regular basis, please let the staff know.
On Friday, September 27, the new Heads of the Valley of Salem bodies were installed. Ill. Mark C. LeBeau, 33 was installed as Thrice Potent Master of Sutton Lodge of Perfection, Ray Randall, 32 became Sovereign Prince for Jubilee Council Princes of Jerusalem, and Mason W. Russell, 32 was installed as Most Wise Master for Emmanuel Chapter of Rose Croix. All supporting officers, both elecgted and appointed were also installed by the team of Ill. James M. McCulloch, 33rd, Ill. Donald M. Moran, 33rd, Ill. John R. Blaney, 33rd, and Ill. John R. Elwell, 33rd.
The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library announces a call for papers for its symposium, "Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism," to be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the museum in Lexington, MA.
The symposium seeks to present the newest research on American fraternal groups from the past through the present day. By 1900, over 250 American fraternal groups existed, numbering six million members. The study of their activities and influence in the United States, past and present, offers the potential for new interpretations of American society and culture. Diverse perspectives on this topic are sought; proposals are invited from a broad range of research areas, including history, material and visual culture, anthropology, sociology, literary studies and criticism, gender studies, political science, African American studies, art history, economics, or any combination of disciplines. Perspectives on and interpretations of all time periods are welcome.
Proposals should be for 30-minute research papers; the day's schedule will allow for audience questions and feedback.
Proposal Format: Submit an abstract of 400 words or less with a resume or c.v. that is no more than two pages. Be sure to include full contact information (name, address, email, phone, affiliation).
Send proposals to: Aimee E. Newell, PhD, director of collections, Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, by email or by mail to 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421.
Deadline for proposals to be received is September 3, 2013. For more information about the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, visit http://www.nationalheritagemuseum.org/. For questions, contact Aimee E. Newell as above, or call 781-457-4144.
In honor of the jurisdiction's 200th anniversary the Supreme Council has published a new history book called A Sublime Brotherhood. The much anticipated volume is now available for purchase. The 200-page lavishly illustrated work traces the history of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction from 1813 to the present. It is a "must-have" volume and a great souvenir of our bicentennial celebration. You can order your copy now at the Scottish Rite NMJ web store. The price is $33 plus $7 shipping. They are going fast, so don't wait.
We are sad to report the death of our Soverign Prince, Carl A. Wold. Our sincere condolences are extended to Dorothy and all the family. Visitation at Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, 4 Common St., Stoneham, Thursday, May 2nd, 4-8 P.M. with a Masonic Service at 6:30. A graveside service will be held in Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield on Friday, May 3rd at 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Aleppo Shrine www.alepposhriners.com, 99 Fordham Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887 or the Knights Templar Educational Foundation, 186 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02111.
The degrees in Lexington this weekend have been cancelled due to impending weather. The Presiding Officers prefer to air on the side of caution, as the safety and security of our members is our primary concern.
No make-up date for this class has been announced yet. No details for rescheduling are currently available. As soon as decisions are made, we will make announcements via e-mail, our webpage, our social media outlets, and through our Valley voicemail for all to see and hear.
To everyone in the Scottish Rite family: please be safe. The tendency during times like this is to be skeptical of the forecast ahead. As it is truly better to be safe rather than sorry, we hope each of you takes time Saturday to be with your families and your loved ones.
Scottish Rite will be here for you soon enough. Thank you for your continued patience in this process, and we look forward to seeing you in the near future!
Christopher D. Rooney