Message from the Commander in Chief

It is hard to believe that we are at another Holiday Season already. It seems like the year of 2012 just began. We had a great Awards Banquet at Valentino’s on Oct 19th. My congratulations again to George Wineberg, 33° and Fred Rembetski , 32°, MSA on the receipt of their White and Red Hats. We also had the honor of presenting the Dinstinguished Service Award – “Blue Hat” to Bro. Terry Williams, 32°. Terry is a dedicated member, exceptional ritualist, and has given much service to the Valley of Utica. I congratulate him also on this well deserved honor.

Special guests of the evening were the members of Mohawk Valley Chapter DeMolay, who presented a proclamation from the Honorable, Robert Palmieri, Mayor of Utica, celebrating the Chapter’s 90th Anniversary. The Valley of Utica is proud to be the sole Sponsor of the Chapter continuously for all 90 years. The Officers of Mohawk Valley are impressive young men and we are honored to be supportive of them. They set fine examples of future leadership for the Masonic Fraternity.

On November 11, our Annual Veteran’s Banquet and ceremony will be held at Daniele’s – New Hartford. Details are here on the website and in the current issue of News and Views. Please come out and help honor our members who have served us and our Country with such dedicated patriotic service.

Our degrees will be starting in January. November 30th is the revised date for our Candidate and “Brother bring a Brother” Night. Scottish Rite is celebrating “200 Years of Brotherhood” with a special medal for each new candidate honoring this theme. Our class sponsor is Ill. Bud Combs, 33°, Past Commander in Chief. Let’s all make a special effort to assure a large class candidates for this special year.

Please save the date and take special note of the information on our All Masonic Holiday Benefit Party on December 14th. It will be a unique event of Masonic fun and fellowship, with great entertainment. At the same time it will serve as a fundraising benefit for the kids we serve through our Learning Center and the Ziyara Shriners Patient Transportation Fund. Comedian Randy Riggle is a Brother Mason, Scottish Rite member and Shriner. We are proud that we were able to have him bring his National
Touring “Nostalgic Christmas” Show to the Valley of Utica. If you are unable to attend this outstanding evening, I would ask that you at least please consider making a special donation for the benefit of these two fine Childrens Charities. Donations can be mailed directly to the Scottish Rite Office and can also be designated in Honor of someone or in Memory of a departed friend or family member. You may also make your donation online at At this time of Thanksgiving – what better way is there to say Thank You than helping the kids we serve.

We have many functions scheduled in the next couple of months. I hope you will consider attending and participating in as many as possible to fully enjoy your Scottish Rite membership. Please also visit our website at regularly. It is continuously updated with current information on all our events.

I extend to each of you, your loved ones and families, best wishes for an Enjoyable Thanksgiving; Wonderful Holidays and Happy New Year. May your celebrations, whatever they may be and however you observe them, be filled with love, kindness, fond memories, holiday traditions, and happiness.

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

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