From the Venerable Master, March 2012

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]reetings from the Lodge of Perfection. This is wonderful month for the Irish as we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Also, almost every Masonic dinner will have corned beef and cabbage. Is that good?

Our Stated Meeting this month will honor EL Bekal Shrine and their members. Our Secretary, Bill Sizemore, 32⁰ KCCH, is this years’ Potentate, so he will become Illus-trious Bill Sizemore at our meeting. Plan to attend and honor our Shrine Nobles.

The February Stated meeting had the first presentation of the Century Club pins and that was highlighted by David Kussman, 32⁰ KCCH, receiving a silver one designat-ing his cumulative donation of $500. At dinner, Jack Slagle, 32⁰ KCCH, presented a brief presentation on the 32⁰ that was informative and well received. After dinner, the Knights of St. Andrew lead by First Knight, James Segerstrom, 32⁰, knighted four of our brothers.

For those enrolled in the Master Craftsman program or those who are interested, were are going to start a Master Craftsman group here that will be able to teach, help, mentor and administrate the course. John Rider, 32⁰ KCCH and I are going to co-chair the group. It will initially meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Shrine Center. If that is a conflict for some of the participants, other times will also be available. This will start in March. Let me know at of your interest at macsquest@aol.com or call the Office for additional details.

And last, but not least, this will be the last Scottish Rite News edited by Gary Whitlock, 32⁰. A job change necessitates this move. He has done an excellent job and made many changes that have improved the SR News. Our new format was his idea and his help with the emailing the publication has reduced our costs. We wish Gary well and we will still see him as a member of Santa Ana. Our new editor will be Daniel Willerton, 32⁰ and you can email him infor-mation for the April SR News at danielwillerton@yahoo.com.

See you on March 5th,

Bob McNamara, 32⁰ KCCH

Venerable Master

From the Venerable Master, February 2012

Bob McNamara, 32⁰ KCCH Venerable Master[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ooking ahead for the next few months, we are going to have a busy time. In February, the Stated Meeting will feature a Knighting Ceremony by the Knights of Saint Andrew. This is always an impressive ceremony. And secondly, our Personal Representative will award the new Century Club pins that are bronze, silver and gold de-pending on the cumulative level of contributions.

March’s Stated Meeting will honor our El Bekal Brothers. This year’s Potentate is our own William (Bill) F. Sizemore, 32⁰ KCCH. Many of the Shriners are also members of our Valley.

April will be a very busy month. Maundy Thursday will be observed on April 5th with the Deputy Grand Master in attendance. A dinner is planned for 6:30 followed by the ceremony of extinguishing the lights. Then on March 8th, Easter Sunday, we will serve a continental breakfast at 9 am followed by the ceremony of relighting the lights. On the 14th, out sec-ond Advisory Council Meeting will take place at the El Bekal Shrine Center at 9 am and the next day, April 15th, our first Su-per Breakfast of the year will be served at the Shrine Center. It will be under the supervision of Commander Waine Richey and the Council of Kadosh.

May will be a relatively quiet month with nothing planned for our Stated Meeting on 7th.

June will feature our Spring Reunion Class. It will begin on Friday, the 1st at 7 pm and will continue at 7am Satur-day the 2nd. All five mandatory degrees (4th, 14th, 18th, 30th and 32nd) will be presented and the rest communicated. We need candidates so start looking for some good Masons that you think would be good Scottish Right Masons. Our Stated Meeting on the 4th will be the Cap and Ring Ceremony for our new 32⁰ Scottish Rite Masons.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Bob McNamara, 32⁰ KCCH
Venerable Master