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Candidate Dues, Diplomas & More
May 11, 2017 to June 11, 2017
As is the same when you joined your blue lodge, there are many items and opportunities afforded to you when you first join. Please take some time to read about dues cards, diplomas, and more:
Dues Cards & Diplomas: Beginning in 2011, dues cards moved from an annual, paper card to a more permanent, plastic version. The plastic version will have your name, valley, and a barcode that can be scanned when you attend valley events. This, along with a beautiful 11"x13" diploma, is currently being prepared for you. and has a time table of approximately 4-6 weeks before reaching your doorstep.
Class Picture: The Valley of Boston chronicles each One Day Class with a photo of all of the candidates. Photos going back almost a decade are displayed in the office in Boston. You can own your own copy to remember the day if you so choose. Photos will be available to purchase through the photographer, David Fox, in the coming weeks.
Become a Worker: There are many prospects for you to become involved within the valley; more so than being an actor for the degrees you witnessed last weekend. Helping out on the production staff, the choir, the Consistory Guard and the Knights of St. Andrew are all excellent avenues. If you have anything that interests you, do not hesitate to contact a Presiding Officer for more information.
Fall Class Date Change
May 17, 2017 to June 17, 2017
On the back of the notice that was sent out a few months ago, we announced the dates for both parts of the 2017 Fall Reunion. Due to scheduling conflicts with Grand Lodge’s Open House, the first part of the class is being moved one week back. Mark your calendars for the 2017 Fall Reunion on:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Join a Committee this Summer
May 18, 2017 to June 18, 2017
Young or old. Rookie or veteran. The Valley of Boston provides ways to get involved in the rite and give back to your brothers. One of the most obvious ways is to engage yourself in one of the various parts of a degree day. You can be under the spotlight as an actor or running that light on the production crew. Many men choose to become an officer in one of the four bodies or other groups like the Consistory Guard or Knights of St. Andrew. However, there are two groups of men that often work behind the scenes and do some of the most important work in the Valley: the Family Life and Membership Committees!
The Family Life Committee, chaired by Bro. Michael Durocher, is comprised of some of the most dedicated people in the valley. They are constantly striving to plan a wide variety of events throughout the calendar year. Whether it's a classic event like Canobie Lake Park or daring to do something new like Kayaking down the Charles, Family Life does a splendid job of offering that mix of tried and true vs. fresh and exciting. It may seem hard to top past events like the Boston Symphony Orchestra or the Harlem Globetrotters, but this committee is always looking for those willing to plan something great.
During our Masonic journeys, we have all heard that "membership is the lifeblood of the organization." That is why we put such faith in the hard working men of the Membership Committee. Their efforts being primarily behind the scenes, these masons are always crafting new ways to reach out to their blue lodge brethren and show them the value of Scottish Rite. This can be a tricky process at times, but it never slows down our dedicated masons. Even as you read this, Chairman Bro. Terry Griffith and his team are researching and implementing new ways to reach out. Their task can seem challenging enough, but they are certainly up to it.
If you would like to get involved with one of these great committees, or even just want to offer your opinions or encouragement, send them a note! You can reach out to Michael Durocher for Family Life Committee and Terry Griffith for the Membership Committee.
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The Bodies of the Scottish Rite, sitting in the Valley of Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33°, of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts.