Message from the Commander in Chief

I hope each of you and your families are enjoying this beautiful and warm summer. Valley of Utica activities have been quiet since the Installation of new officers in May but much planning has been going on to begin our new Scottish Rite year this month.

We will start with a new approach by expanding our “Workers Outing” to become a “Member and Workers” Outing – Thursday, August 9th at the Roselawn from 4:30 – 7PM All our Valley members are invited to join in the Scottish Rite fellowship and great food. At the same time the function will serve as support for the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Details and the menu are now here on the website. For only $2.00 you will receive fabulous food and drink, a free raffle ticket for the 50/50 and the gratitude of having made a contribution to support the Scholarship Fund. I hope everyone will consider joining us and I look forward to greeting you all at the outing. (Please note this outing is for our members only and not a “Family” type picnic.)

This year we will be celebrating the Supreme Council theme of “200 Years of Brotherhood.” It is indeed a time to honor not only the grand history and traditions of both Scottish Rite and the Valley of Utica but also a time to renew our bonds of fraternal fellowship, and look forward to new opportunities to support our Scottish Rite Charities and the purpose of our great Masonic Fraternity. I would hope, in celebration of this theme, we will have a large class of new Candidates for the Scottish Rite Degrees.

I am pleased to announce that the Valley of Utica member classes, for this year, will be named in honor of Ill. Vaughn A. “Bud” Combs, 33° Past Commander in Chief, who will serve as Class Sponsor. Bud has been a tremendous asset to the Valley of Utica in many capacities, including serving as Commander in Chief for a total of three years. He is a dedicated brother and I can think of no one more deserving of this distinction. Let’s all put out our best efforts in obtaining new members in honor of Bud.

The Calendar on the website has been updated and the website will be continually updated with the latest dates and Valley of Utica news. Please visit frequently and keep current on your Valley events.The Presiding Officers and I look forward to our fraternal fellowship with all of you as we begin our programs and events for the coming year.

Wayne L. Allen, 32°, DSA
Commander in Chief

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