Medford Valley Barking Party (Woof Woof)

Medford Valley Barking Party

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Some of the Medford Valley Brothers got together last Friday to improve the “Curb Appeal” of the Medford Scottish Rite Center.    Our project was to remove some old and dying shrubbery on the parkway in front of our Centers parking lot and bark the area to present a neat and clean appearance.  The weather in Southern Oregon can be brutal around this time of year and, it lived up to its reputation.  However, the scorching temperature and the hot sun, did not deter us from the task at hand.

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Brothers Ed Davis and Don Wetzel joined me in the initial clearing out and cleanup of the old and dead shrubbery as well as leveling out of the area preparatory to the barking.  We were later joined by Illustrious Brother Jim Westerfield and Brother Chuck Fustish for the barking phase of the project.

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While waiting for the bark to be delivered, we enjoyed a delicious Abby’s Pizza and much needed cold drinks to cool off after an exhausting morning of rototilling, pulling, chopping, raking and bagging.

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After lunch everyone got busy distributing and raking the bark to finish the area.

A much appreciated “Thank You” to all the Brothers involved in this project and for their enduring the harsh elements to make the Medford Scottish Rite Center an attractive venue for present and potential tenants and renters.

By the end of the day everyone was totally exhausted but, the result in the end was well worth it!   Well done my Brothers, you were awesome!

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Fraternally,

Bruce A. Kundert, K.C.C.H.
Personal Representative
Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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Bruce A. Kundert 32° KCCH Personal Representative Medford Valley Scottish Rite

The 1927 Event: Part 5 by Michael D. Robinson 32° KCCH

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About the author:

Michael D. Robinson 32° KCCH, earned his degree in History at Colorado State University. He was the second Master Mason Raised in Esoterika Lodge #227, and the first member Raised in that Lodge to serve as Worshipful Master. He was presented with the Hiram Award by Esoterika Lodge in 2012, and was elected Master in 2013 and 2014. He served as District Deputy for District #13 in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and was appointed Grand Historian for 2018-19. He is also serving as Historian for Research Lodge #198 and Eugene Lodge #11. Brother Robinson received the Scottish Rite degrees in 2010 and was the recipient of the “Novus Astorum” from the Portland Valley Scottish Rite that year. He was appointed Historian of the Scottish Rite Orient of Oregon in December of 2014. In March of 2015 he was made Secretary of the Eugene Valley, and Director of the Work for that Valley in January of 2017.

Congratulations to Medford Valley

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On Monday June 3rd the Medford Valley 4th Degree Cast and supporting crew successfully completed their qualification review for this degree.

Congratulations to our Director of the Work, Honorable Roland Kari and the Degree Director, Illustrious Robert Stark for their leadership and direction to bring this hard-working casts’ goal to fruition.   Special thanks and appreciation to the cast members who have spent many nights working to perfect their parts.  To all involved; a hardy well done!

The Medford Valley had the honor of being the first Valley in the Orient of Oregon to pass the 4th degree required testing and we are working on additional degree qualifications in the near future.  Excellent work my Brethren; it does make a difference to the new candidates who are seeking more light in Masonry through the degrees offered by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.  The 4th degree is the first of the degree experiences they will receive and a properly done and inspirationally presented degree experience will inspire them to continue their journey of personal development throughout their remaining journey to excellence of character.

We were pleased to receive and appreciated the support of our SGIG Illustrious Gary Kuney, Orient PR Illustrious Bill Anton and PR of Portland Valley Honorable Larry Roberts for their efforts to review our Valleys work.  On behalf of the Medford Brethren; thank you all!

Fraternally yours,
Bruce A. Kundert, 32° K.C.C.H.
Personal Representative
Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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Bruce A. Kundert 32° KCCH Personal Representative Medford Valley Scottish Rite

Roland W. Lakey, 32°, K.S.A has Passed to the Celestial Lodge Above

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Brethren,
The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Brother Roland W. Lakey, 32°, K.S.A. has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.

Brother Roland William Lakey was born on September 19th, 1949 in London, England and passed to the Celestial Lodge on Friday, June 7th, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. He was a 5 year member of Portland Valley Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, a Knight of the Portland Chapter of the Knights of Saint Andrew, and a Blue Lodge member of Washington Lodge No. 46, A.F. & A.M. of Oregon.

He expressed a final wish for a funeral pyre as his sendoff but as that may be difficult to fulfill information on memorial and funeral arrangements will be sent when available.

The 1927 Event: Part 4 by Michael D. Robinson 32° KCCH

 

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Michael RobinsonAbout the author:

Michael D. Robinson 32° KCCH, earned his degree in History at Colorado State University. He was the second Master Mason Raised in Esoterika Lodge #227, and the first member Raised in that Lodge to serve as Worshipful Master. He was presented with the Hiram Award by Esoterika Lodge in 2012, and was elected Master in 2013 and 2014. He served as District Deputy for District #13 in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and was appointed Grand Historian for 2018-19. He is also serving as Historian for Research Lodge #198 and Eugene Lodge #11. Brother Robinson received the Scottish Rite degrees in 2010 and was the recipient of the “Novus Astorum” from the Portland Valley Scottish Rite that year. He was appointed Historian of the Scottish Rite Orient of Oregon in December of 2014. In March of 2015 he was made Secretary of the Eugene Valley, and Director of the Work for that Valley in January of 2017.

Brother Donald H. Cameron, 32° has Passed to the Celestial Lodge Above

Brethren,

The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Brother Donald H. Cameron, 32°, has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught him to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.

Brother Donald Hugh Cameron was born in Portland, Oregon on March 11, 1926 to Donald and Doris (Webster) Cameron.  Don passed away in Nehalem, Oregon on April 20, 2019 at the age of 93. He was a 64 year member of Portland Valley Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and a Blue Lodge member of Sherwood-Midday Lodge No. 164, A.F. & A.M. of Oregon. Br. Don was the founder of Hollywood Lights, Inc., a theatrical stage lighting company he owned and operated for over 30 years and that was responsible for the most recent upgrade of the theater lighting in the Scottish Rite auditorium in the 1990s.

More info & obituary at; https://www.tillamookheadlightherald.com/obituaries/donald-hugh-cameron/article_bfb855ac-6c33-11e9-8593-c3941a0c0118.html