Personal Representative

Greetings my brothers

As you all know, our Valley hosted a wonderful event for our ladies, families and friends, on March 23rd, at the DeMolay Center. This was our very first Ladies’ event and the theme was Digi-tal and Traditional Scrapbooking. Everyone came to have a great time and work on memorializing their most special events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, vacations and more. To help our ladies, experienced instructors were available with materials and ideas, all to make our scrapbook-ers achieve great results. 

Our organizer for this event brought everyone up to date with the latest techniques and information on what is hap-pening in the scrapbooking world. It certainly was a treat for all of us in attendance. 

For everyone who loves scrapbooking as much as our ladies do, one of their favorite things is to get together with their friends and work on their invaluable books. Social interaction, artistic inspiration, and friendly collaboration, as well as a time to be productive, was all part of this great experience. 

The nature of scrapbooking is usually a lengthy process. The effort of plan-ning and packing up your supplies works only if you get a chance at a large block of uninterrupted scrap time, which we were able to provide to our ladies. And to make things even better, we had tables where die-cut machines, Cricuts, and other larger tools were available for use during the event. 

Each lady was able to work on her albums, but no gathering is complete without a nice place and some kind of food. So, we took the opportunity to pamper our ladies with a large and comfortable environment, a nice lunch and enjoyable dinner. 

If your lady missed this event, have no worries, as we are planning another day full of fun in October. More information will follow soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email or give me a call. 

Fraternally yours, 

Frankie Rosario, 32° K.C.C.H. 
Personal Representative of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General in California 

Personal Representative’s Message

richard_woodBrethren,

Our Stated Meeting for February was a great success having in attendance the Grand Master John Lowe and his lady Becky, Past Grand Master David Decker and his lady Nancy, Most Worshipful and Deputy to the Supreme Council of the Orient of California Ill. Frank Loui 33°and all the Brethren of the Valley that are there to support us each and every month. It would be great if we continued to grow and had to move to the bigger Lodge room!!!

Many thanks to Yorba Linda Lodge #469 for their presentation of the Masonic Veterans Flag to the Grand Master, it was a very moving and meaningful ceremony. The Marines and Army members that spoke and gave their personal experiences and told what the flag meant to them added even more. We were given the good news that after their being around our Masonic Family a couple of these men will be putting in applications to join Yorba Linda Lodge.

We have a new caterer and the dinner received very good reviews so if you missed this one be sure not to miss the March Stated Meeting (we even had three different kinds of warm pie with ice cream). Our thanks to Honorable John Rider for finding this caterer for us, great job. Our thanks to our set up crew of Ill. Bob Hjorth, Honorable Gene Harp, and Honorable George Morton for their dedication and hard work every month. Don’t forget to bring your recyclables each month; Honorable Dave Price is working hard to make this program work. Our Pig Program is going strong so keep putting that change in the pig and take it to the meeting each month. Thanks for your efforts on both of these programs Dave. We are very grateful and thank Honorable Jack Slagel for being there when we needed the helping hand for pictures of our Installation and our Stated Meeting.

Our Super Breakfast is coming up on April 21 and after a stuffing party at Yorba Linda Lodge on Sunday February 10 attended by Bob McNamara, 32° KCCH Wayne Riche, 32° Wayne Folsom, 32° Ray Ramirez ,32° my wife Kristi and myself, you will be receiving your tickets for this important event. Please support this Super Breakfast, this is one of our major fund raisers for the Valley. Mark your calendars and bring your family and friends (more tickets are available when you need them).

March 4th will be Shrine Night and we are looking forward to seeing both Potentates that evening along with as many of you as possible. Maundy Thursday will be on March 28 followed by our Easter Services on Easter Sunday March 31. We will have special speakers at each event. Easter Sunday we will have, for the first time, a lady speaker, your attendance and support is always important. Dinner will be served on Thursday and a continental breakfast will be served on Easter. Please call for reservations for each event as well as all Stated Meeting Dinners.

GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

Fraternally,
Rick

Personal Representative’s Message – January 2013

raymond_godekeDear Friends and Brothers, I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits!

Most Worshipful and Illustrious William F Stovall 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General for the Orient of California has retired fr3om his office effective December 31, 2012. He served Scottish Rite Masonry for 12 years in that capacity. During his term of office, he also served as Chairman and President of the California Scottish Rite Foundation. In both capacities, Most Worshipful and Illustrious Bill truly has made a difference for our fraternity.

Effective January 1, 2013, Most Worshipful and Illustrious Frank Loui has been appointed as Deputy of the Supreme Council in the Orient of California. He and wife Jeannie are very active in the Fraternity. I think he just caught his breath after serving the Grand Lodge of California as Grand Master for the 2011 – 2012 Masonic year! I’m sure many of you know Most Worshipful Brother Frank and as such know he will serve our orient very well.

On Saturday, January 12th we will have our first Advisory Council meeting of the year. While I expect all officers to be attendance, you should consider attending. This is an opportunity for you to participate in setting the future direction of the Valley. The officers to be installed on January13th will be providing us with their insight as to their vision for the Valley at that same meeting. Please come join us in this important event.

I am pleased to report the Christmas Party for the Children of the Language Center was a resounding success! Thanks to all of you who supported this special evening for the Children we serve. If you have the desire to support the Language Center financially, you can log on and make a donation on-line. A special thanks goes to Ruth Honer, Ruth Ketchersid and Fardowsa Mohamed who volunteered their time to help the evening go smoothly. We are truly fortunate to be associated with the likes of these three very special Ladies!

Consider this a reminder that applications for scholarships from the California Scottish Rite Foundation are due by February 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM. You can log on to the Foun-dation web site at www.casr-foundation.org to get further information and to download the application.

Get involved, my Brothers, you can make a difference.

Fraternally,
Ray

Personal Representative’s Message – December 2012

Greetings to all, I hope this message finds you in good spirits.

Ill. Raymond D. Godeke 33°I have it on good authority that we will have a very special guest at our Stated Meeting on December 3rd. While I am not at liberty to disclose his name, he rides in a sleigh drawn by a bunch of reindeer and his initials are Santa Claus! Please join us that evening as we welcome the children from the Language Center and their families to our Valley for an evening of fun, food and fellowship.

Another important event at our Stated Meeting on December 3rd will be the election of Officers to lead our Valley through 2013. Please be in attendance and cast your ballot. There is a breath of fresh air in the Valley of Santa Ana! Come out and be a part of it in December.

We continue to challenge our operating cost. Significant progress has been made thus far. An example is the move to The De-Molay Center at 303 W Lincoln in Anaheim. This saves us about $400 per and almost $5,000 per year! Other areas of focus are, switching as many members as possible to the digital version of our monthly newsletter and revising our telephone system and usage

One way that you can help the Valley is by becoming a member of the Century Club. This group supports the Valley by giving at least $100.00 to the Valley each year to offset our operating costs.

You may already be aware of this, but if not, Most Worshipful and Illustrious William F Stovall, Past Grand Master of Masons in California and Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Supreme Council in the Orient of California will be retiring on De-cember 31, 2012. He has been a faithful worker in the quarries of Freemasonry for fifty years. In addition, he has served as the Chairman of the Board and President of the California Scottish Rite Foundation since 2006. Please join me in wishing Most Worshipful Bill and his lady Bev, a hearty thank you and best wishes for the future.

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We are in a particularly Holy time of the year. Whether your faith is Christianity, Islam, Judaism or Hindu, we all recognize that Masonry brings together those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance. It is important that we keep in the mind the lesson of tolerance taught to us in the 30th Degree. May your family benefit from the lessons taught us by this Holy Season. Vicki and I are Christians and therefore celebrate the Christian holiday of Christmas. We therefore wish you a Merry Christmas.

May God Bless You and Yours, our Fraternity and the Good Old USA!

Get involved, my Brother, you can make a difference.

Ray Godeke

Personal Representative’s Message

Ill. Raymond D. Godeke 33°Greetings to all, I hope this message finds you in good spirits.

I wish to thank you for the reception you gave to me as Grand Pursuivant of the Grand Lodge of Free and Ac-cepted Masons of California and as Grand Master of the Most Illustrious Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of California. The food and fellowships was wonderful.

Our special events for September are:

  • Feast of Tishri to be held on the traditional date of September 15th at the El Bekal Shrine Center. Our special guest that evening will be Most Worshipful and Illustrious William F Stovall 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General. This will be his final visit to us as Sovereign Grand Inspector General as he will retire from that office on December 31, 2012. Please join me in welcoming our esteemed Brother that evening.
  • Super Breakfast to be held Sunday morning the 16th at the DeMolay Center. The hours are from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Come on out and visit with your friends and maybe even make new ones while supporting the operating cost of the Valley.

My Brothers and Friends, September is a special month in the history of our great nation. Each of the original thirteen states in the United States was invited to ratify the Constitution created in Philadelphia in 1787. The Constitution specified that nine ratifications would be sufficient to consider the Constitution accepted. Some states ratified quickly, others had to hold several conventions to accept the Constitution – though all eventually did. You might be surprised to learn that it was not unanimous!

September 17, 1787: The Constitutional Convention adjourns.

September 28, 1787: The Congress agrees to send the Constitution to the states for debate and ratification.

December 7, 1787: Delaware ratifies. Vote: 30 for, 0 against.

December 12, 1787: Pennsylvania ratifies. Vote: 46 for, 23 against.

December 18, 1787: New Jersey ratifies. Vote: 38 for, 0 against.

January 2, 1788: Georgia ratifies. Vote: 26 for, 0 against.

January 9, 1788: Connecticut ratifies. Vote: 128 for, 40 against.

February 6, 1788: Massachusetts ratifies. Vote: 187 for, 168 against.

March 24, 1788: Rhode Island popular referendum rejects. Vote: 237 for, 2708 against.

April 28, 1788: Maryland ratifies. Vote: 63 for, 11 against.

May 23, 1788: South Carolina ratifies. Vote: 149 for, 73 against.

June 21, 1788: New Hampshire ratifies. Vote: 57 for, 47 against.

June 25, 1788: Virginia ratifies. Vote: 89 for, 79 against.

July 26, 1788: New York ratifies. Vote: 30 for, 27 against.

August 2, 1788: North Carolina convention adjourns without ratifying by a vote of 185 in favor of adjournment, 84 opposed.

November 21, 1789: North Carolina ratifies. Vote: 194 for, 77 against.

May 29, 1790: Rhode Island ratifies. Vote: 34 for, 32 against.

On a more somber note, September 11th is the anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers in New York City. Let us not forget that date and pledge ourselves to hold this wonderful county of ours up as an example unto the world. An example that says “We may bend but we will not break at the hands of those who wish us ill will”.

Get involved, my Brother, you can make a difference.

Ray Godeke

“You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.. 

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” 

Attributed to Adrian Rogers, 1931

Personal Representative’s Message – August 2012

Ill. Raymond D. Godeke 33°Dear Friends and Brothers, I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits!

There is an important issue I need to share with you. Honorable Brother William (Bill) Sizemore 32° Knight Commander of the Court of Honour is no longer our General Secretary. His contributions over the past several years have helped us along in our journey. However, where we need to go will require the addition of strong computer and technical skills. Please join me in extending a heartfelt thank you to Brother Bill for his service to the Valley.

As for the present, until Most Worshipful and Illustrious William F Stovall 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General for the Orient of California appoints a new General Secretary, Brother Daniel R. Willerton 32° is working in the office to help with the transition. Please feel free to call the office if you need anything. Honorable Brother Bob McNamara 32° Knight Commander of the Court of Honour is working closely with Brother Willerton at this time.

At the Advisory Council Meeting on July 14th, Illustrious Brother Rick Wood 33° Inspector General, Honorary cleared up some scuttlebutt or rumors that have been circulating in the Valley. The first dealt with Brother Sizemore. The second deals with our meeting place. For those of you who were not able to attend the meeting, I have explained the issue with Brother Sizemore. With respect to the Valley meeting place, we are looking at alternatives to our current meeting location. One option that seems plausible is to meet at the DeMolay Center at 303 W Lincoln in Anaheim. Discussions are underway at the time of writing although no decision has been made. You may ask why we are looking for alternatives. Well, it is purely financial. Our Brothers at the Shrine have provided a nice meeting place for us but the cost is becoming onerous. If the change takes place, it will reduce our meeting cost by over 66% per month. We can not overlook such an option.

I hope this has helped clear up any confusion in the temple that may have existed.

Get involved, my Brothers, you can make a difference.

Fraternally,

Ray

Personal Representative’s Message – May 2012

Greetings to all, I hope this message finds you in good spirits.

Your Valley held a Maundy Thursday program on April 5th. We were most fortunate and blessed to have the Deputy Grand Master of Masons in California, Right Worshipful John Lowe, as our speaker for the evening. We are indebted to him for his inspirational presentation. This year we were able to have a formal Relighting of the Lights Ceremony on Easter morning. My compliments to our Venerable Master, Director of the Work and Chapter Rose Croix cast for the efforts put into the program.

The month of May brings our annual observance of Memorial Day. Here is a little background I found interesting on the Wikipedia.

―Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May (May 28 in 2012). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May.

The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) advocate returning to the original date, although the significance of the date is tenuous. The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address:

Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has con-tributed a lot to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.

Since 1987, Hawaii’s Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has introduced a measure to return Memorial Day to its traditional date.

After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress’s change of date within a few years. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

Get involved, my Brother; you can make a difference!

Thought to live by…. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 

Fraternally,

Ray

Something to Ponder: Personal Edifice

Considerable confusion may be avoided by keeping clearly in mind the fourfold use which Masonry makes of the

metaphor of architecture.

  1. The universe is viewed as one vast structure, which owes its existence to the Supreme Architect.
  2. Man, too, is a builder. He is engaged in the construction of personal character. For this sublime task he is supplied with abundant materials, worthy patterns and explicit instructions.
  3. Man is also commissioned to build an ideal social structure. The nature of the social order depends on the quality of the individuals composing it. Masons must, therefore, qualify as “living stones” of society to contribute to its betterment.
  4. There is still another structure that Masons are engaged in building – “that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

To keep these different projects clearly distinct is to avoid confusion. For the present, we must confine ourselves to the personal edifice. Masons are under obligation to build out of the material at their disposal a character worthy of the fraternity whose confidence and fellowship they enjoy. This is no simple undertaking. Human personality is a compound of many elements which, if effectively used, make for harmony and happiness;
conversely, for discord and grief.

Personal Representative’s Message, March 2012

[dropcap]G[/dropcap]reetings to all, I hope this message finds you in good spirits.

March is special month. Why you ask? Well let me tell you why:

  • The Republic of Texas declared its independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836. (Excuse me will I overcome the emotion of mentioning the Great State of Texas.) It was also the 43rd birthday of Brother Sam Houston who served as the Republic’s first President.
  • That same date, 137 years later, the Vietnamese Peace Treaty was signed in Paris.
  • On March 3, 1931, the Star Spangled Banner became the official national anthem of the United States of America.
  • The Constitution of the United States of America went into effect on March 4, 1789.
  • The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836.
  • The U.S. Ninth Armored Division captured the Bridge at Remagen on March 7, 1945.
  • On March 9, 1790, Brother Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Reverend Ezra Stiles, wrote what became known as Benjamin Franklin’s creed…”I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. The he governs it by His Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable Service we can render to him is doing good to his other children.”
  • Brother Franklin D Roosevelt’s first radio fireside chat aired on March 12, 1938.
  • March 19th the Swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, Ca.
  • King George III succeeded to the throne of England on March 20, 1751.
  • On March 23, 1775 Brother Patrick Henry spoke the following at the Virginia. “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

I’m sure you noted that so many of our Brothers made the month of March special. Let’s honor their memory and Guard with our Lives, their legacy.

Brothers and friends, you may recall that our Childhood Language Center has a special recognition program. It is called the “365” Club. For a donation of that amount, you will become a member of the special group of people who contribute a dollar a day to support our number one charitable undertaking. Please make your check payable to Santa Ana Childhood Language Center and turn it in at the office..

If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Valley web site lately, I encourage you to do at your earliest convenience. The web site address is
www.ocscottoishrite.org. You will find the results of a lot of hard work by Andrew Todd 32°. Brother Todd has really taken the bull by the horns on this project. We owe him a serious debt of gratitude for his efforts on our behalf.

Have you given that petition for membership to your buddy yet? Time is running out to include him in the June Reunion class. His petition must be received by the Stated Meeting in May to eligible to be included in the June Class.

By the way, have you considered becoming a member in the Century Club? For a gift of $100 or more, you can become a member and help the Valley. WE have recently been most fortunate to have received the support of so many of our Brothers and Friends. We honored a few of them at our February Stated Meeting and will honor more at the March Stated Meeting. I must mention one at the risk of alienating others but Honorable John Rider 32° Knight Commander of the Court of Honor continues to go the extra mile for our Valley. I mentioned at the February meeting that he had donated almost $200 worth of table cloths for our use. In addition, Brother Rider has increased his financial support to the level of Silver Membership in the Century Club. Thank you, Honorable Brother, for your ongoing support.

Get involved, my Brother; you can make a difference!

Fraternally,

Ray Godeke

 

Personal Representative’s Message – February 2012

Ill. Raymond D. Godeke 33°[dropcap]G[/dropcap]reetings to all, I hope this message finds you in good spirits. Congratulations to the newly installed Line of Officers of your Valley for 2012! Let’s support these Brothers by our attendance at our Stated Meetings and other Valley events. I am particularly appreciative to those of you who attended the Annual Installation of Officers on Sunday, January 8th.

I am very proud of our new members. The Spring Reunion Class has adopted a project. That project is to provide transportation to those members of our Valley who for a multitude of reasons are not able to attend as they can not drive at night. Now that my Brothers and Sisters, is what Masonry is about! If you know of a Brother who is in such a situation, please get hold of Frankie Rosario at (714) 600-6914 or Mike Selix at (714) 322-5950.

Photos from the January Installation of Officers (click to view each full-sized image). Congratulations to the newly installed Line of Officers of your Valley for 2012!

Attendance at our Stated Meetings is something each of you needs to consider. We are blessed to have a hearty core of members who attend regularly. Oh I know there are conflicts in calendars, I have them as well. But, please try to attend and support the Valley by your participation. This is critical with respect to he Officers Corps. If you as an Officer of the Valley find that you can not attend a meeting or other function, it is your responsibility to call your presiding officer. Your attendance is critical to the success of the Valley.

I extend my compliments to the Officers who served the Valley for 2011. A good year in many ways but particularly since we
had 17 new members!

Get involved, my Brother; you can make a difference!

Fraternally,
Ray Godeke

Perspectives:
I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is ‘when you still have something on the ball, but you
are just too tired to bounce it.’