The place, 709 SW 15th Ave in Portland, Oregon, home of the Sottish Rite in Portland. It was such a tiny ember glowing… maybe I should start at the beginning.
Portland has had its share of setbacks, Covid, etc., but the membership made up their minds and set a goal to make the Portland Valley better than ever and they worked very hard to accomplish their goal. Most especially Brother Nate Neff, 32° K.C.C.H. The membership had to deal with situation like members dropping out of the degrees up to and including the day of the Reunion. I was receiving reports of concerns even on Saturday. I shared my story with numerous Brothers that it was a good sign, because when I was coaching if everything went well during our last practice before a big game, I would be very worried. Sorry, I digress. On Saturday October 9, 2021, was Portland Valley’s first Reunion in about three years.
I walked into the Rite about 8:15 a.m. the class was in session going over the 5º through the 13º in the dining room. They had to move out of the beautiful Candidates Room because the class was too large. We raise thirty new Scottish Rite Masons, and we already have two more candidates ready to come in! Coos Bay, Eugene, Medford, and our Brothers across the river in Washington jointed us. After the lectures we went upstairs to watch the 4º, lectures on the 5º through 13º, into the Blue Lodge to watch the 14º, lectures on the 15º thought the 17º, then back to the auditorium for the 18º, lectures up to the 30º and back to auditorium for that conferral, one more lecture on the 31º, then finally the 32º. The degrees were Fabulous! The casts of all the degrees were a credit to the Scottish Rite. The Rite is known as the University of Freemasonry and Masonry as a whole and this was evident. The sage crew was fantastic, they did not miss a beat. Every scene was set up on time, like clockwork, it was very fluid and smooth. After the 32º I went backstage and the stage crew were smiling, joking, and enjoying the fantastic job they performed. Lighting & Sound did their usual fantastic job. Performing their last-minute mic changes and we need a light over here, and typical changes from the Directors. They managed all these changes with precision and Brotherly care. Wardrobe always looks like a circus time, where is my costume, what happened with my crown, this costume does not fit, and where are the socks? Then afterward the degree getting all the costumes up into the dryers while putting everything back in place and getting ready for the next degree team. It was another excellent job by our wardrobe crew!
Lunch was setup according to Covid regulations and everyone seem to enjoy the food and break. A big thank you to those who set it up. Security and sign in at the door were handled extremely efficiently and everyone was greeted with a smile and pleasant conversation, thank you Brothers! A super job was done by our class director who was also in the 32º to top it off. Then around 6:20p.m. it happened…
I was leaving the Rite and looked into dining room, and I saw numerous new members, K.S.A., Officers, and Body Heads. They were tearing down tables and setting up for Sunday’s rentals. That was when I notice that tiny ember grew into a very bright glow of Brotherly love. I am so proud of each and every one of you throughout the State. Scottish Rite Masonry in Oregon has a bright future! God bless each of you and your families!
Gary Kuney 33º S.G.I.G. in Oregon
P.S. A Brother should experience all of these degrees and experience the Brotherly love, the audience experience, all of this firsthand. In other words, come and watch the degrees and be an important part of our Fraternity!
Individual commitment to a group effort That is what makes a team work, A company work, A society work, A civilization work.
It’s again time for our Stated Meeting. Our meeting for October is on October 11th at 7:00pm. Our Executive meeting will be prior to the Stated meeting and will start at 5:30pm. Hope we will see many brothers there.
Tuesday night’s Stated Meeting of the Portland Valley resulted in a favorable ballot for eleven fine young Masons to join us in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry at the 250th Reunion of the Valley. The elected candidates should be receiving a welcome letter and packet in the mail shortly with additional instructions. Combined with the courtesy candidates that puts us at 29 new members to welcome in to the Orient at this Fall’s Reunion on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
The membership voted for an extension of the deadline enabling any additional candidates to submit their petitions up until the day of the Reunion. Please send notice to the Portland Valley office ASAP at email@example.com if you know of a candidate who is interested.
The Candidates eat for free at the Reunion, for all current members lunch will be priced at $10.00 for a sandwich, chips and beverages payable at the door during check-in.
Current members and any visitors from other Valleys will need to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to have lunch on the day of the Reunion. This includes any Ritual cast members who would like lunch.
Event parking at 633 SW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Due to the ongoing construction to the property containing our Temple’s parking lot, parking is being provided free of charge to Candidates and Scottish Rite members at in the City Center U-Park Parking lot across the street from where our original lot is. Entrance is on SW 14th Ave., free parking will be available from 7am-7pm.
Due to current requirements the festivities will be conducted in compliance with state health code for theater, restaurants, bars, and indoor dining. Masks are recommended whenever not eating, drinking, giving speeches to an assembly, or preforming in a theater cast.
Last night I observed the return of our precious degrees. Portland presented the 13th degree and all who were there were not disappointed. The excitement in the room during the performance and afterwards reminded me of my experience at my first reunion.
To all of our members, come and experience the fellowship, degree work, and be part of the audience. We are back, join us!
God bless all of you!
Gary Kuney, 33° S.G.I.G. in Oregon
September 2021 Stated Meeting, Tuesday September 28, 2021 at 7pm Notice of proposal to amend and update Portland Valley Bylaws
Doors open at 6pm, Officers requested to arrive as close to 6:15pm as possible. Please submit any items for the agenda as soon as possible.
There will not be a meal for this event, please plan accordingly.
Parking available at 1737 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97205
Our Sovereign Grand Commander has agreed to give the Orient of Oregon an extension for our Honours Ceremonies.
Saturday, April 2, 2022 will be the new date for our Honours, I am talking about a full script, dinner, significant others and wives are being invited! More schedule information will be sent out as the event details are determined.
The following weekend will be our Leadership Conference in San Diego. I want to encourage all Orient and Valley Leadership to attend. It will likely be the best Leadership Conference we have had so far. I will share more information as it comes in.
Thank you Brothers, I am very serious about making this the best 33° and K.C.C.H. we have ever done in Oregon. With your help we will pull it off.
I will leave with this final though:
You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things!
God bless all of you! Gary Kuney, 33º S.G.I.G. in Oregon
This message is very hard for me to write. I am postponing our Honors Ceremony for now. I found out that hospitals are overflowing and people are being turned away that need help. On top of that the recent Cave Degree resulted in a member contracting the virus.
As your leader in the Scottish Rite I must make decisions based on numerous details. Three of the most important details are everyones’ health, safety, and your families’ health and safety. Because of this our Ceremonies are postponed.
I just received today the scripts that have been modified by Ill. Brother Art de Hoyos. They will be used for our Honors Ceremony.
A huge thank you to all the Brothers who have worked so hard putting together our Honors Ceremony. I will be calling on many of you to help with the taping of the the ceremony.
Again, our Honors Ceremony has been postponed. Please contact the honorees and let them know. Thank you.
Attached is the latest update from the Grand Master of Oregon regarding the recent Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Governors’ health recommendations. Additionally the regulations on the Secretary of States site indicate further actions that are the responsibility for the Scottish Rite Centers across the state to be aware of for operations and they are included in their entirety as they are currently stated. In the event situations change over time this post will either be updated or replaced with more recent updates.
333-019-1025 Masking Requirements for Indoor Spaces
(1)(a) It is vital to this state that individuals wear a mask or face covering when in indoor spaces with other people (but not when in private residences). COVID-19 undergoes frequent mutations as it replicates, which over time has resulted in variants that are more transmissible, cause more severe disease, or have other features of public health concern such as decreased vaccination effectiveness. As of the time this rule was adopted, Delta was the variant making up more than 90 percent of sequenced specimens in Oregon. The Delta variant is approximately two to three times more infectious than early wild-type COVID-19 variants. There is emerging evidence that people infected with the Delta variant have similar viral loads regardless of vaccination status suggesting that even vaccine breakthrough cases may transmit this variant effectively.
(b) COVID-19 infection is transmitted predominately by inhalation of respiratory droplets generated when people cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe. Studies show that masks and face coverings block the release of respiratory droplets into the environment and can reduce the wearer’s exposure to droplets. COVID-19 viral particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors. Indoors, the concentration of viral particles is often higher than outdoors, where even a light wind can rapidly reduce concentrations.
(c) This rule is necessary to help control COVID-19, reduce hospitalizations and deaths, and provide general health protection to people in Oregon.
(2) Nothing in this rule is intended to:
(a) Prohibit an individual or person from complying with a more restrictive local, state or federal mask requirement.
(b) Prohibit a person, including a business, from applying a more restrictive requirement.
(3) For the purposes of this rule, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Business” means an individual, organization or entity engaged in commercial, industrial, or professional activities.
(b) “Common or shared space” means an area where individuals may interact such as a restroom, breakroom, hallway, elevator, lobby, classroom, large room with cubicles, meeting rooms, conference rooms and any area open to the public.
(c) “Face covering” means a cloth, polypropylene, paper or other face covering that covers the nose and the mouth and that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face. Face coverings are not a covering that incorporates a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhalation, mesh masks, lace masks or other coverings with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents.
(d) “Face shield” means a clear plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin, and wraps around the sides of the face.
(e) “Fully vaccinated individual” means an individual who has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
(f) “Indoor spaces” means anywhere indoors, including but not limited to public and private workplaces, businesses, indoor areas open to the public, building lobbies, common or shared spaces, classrooms, elevators, bathrooms, transportation services and other indoor space where people may gather for any purpose. An indoor space does not include a private residence or a private automobile being used for personal use and that is not used for ride sharing.
(g) “Mask” means a medical grade mask.
(h) “Person responsible for an indoor space” means any person or governmental entity responsible for the activities within an indoor space.
(i) “Private individual workspace” means an indoor space within a public or private workplace used for work by one individual at a time that is enclosed on all sides with walls from floor to ceiling and with a closed door.
(j) “Public and private workplaces” means indoor places where people work, including but not limited to businesses, banks, food processing plants, manufacturing facilities, construction sites, warehouses and farms.
(k) “Public transportation” means any form of transportation open to the public including but not limited to trains, buses, trolleys, street cars, vans, school buses, airplanes, boats, ride sharing services. Public transportation does not include private vehicles unless the private vehicle is being used for public transportation such as ride sharing services.
(l) “Ride sharing services” means transportation services, whether public or private, where a driver transports an individual or a group of people in a vehicle and charges a fare or bills for services. Ride sharing services include, but are not limited to, taxicabs, Uber, and Lyft.
(m) “Transportation hub” means any airport, bus terminal, marina, seaport or other port, subway station terminal (including any fixed facility at which passengers are picked-up or discharged), train station, U.S. port of entry, or any other location that provides transportation subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
(4) Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask, face covering or face shield when in an indoor space unless the individual:
(a) Is under five years of age; unless an individual is using public transportation or in transportation hubs in which case an individual under two years of age is not required to wear a mask, face covering or face shield.
(b) Is sleeping.
(c) Is actively eating or drinking.
(d) Is engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask, face covering or face shield not feasible, such as when actively swimming.
(e) Is in a private individual workspace.
(f) Must remove the mask, face covering or face shield briefly because the individual’s identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement.
(g) Is practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level.
(h) Is performing, including but not limited to playing music, delivering a speech to an audience, and theater.
(5) A person responsible for an indoor space must:
(a) Ensure that employees, contractors, and volunteers comply with this rule within the indoor space.
(b) Make reasonable efforts to ensure customers, guests, visitors and other individuals comply with this rule within the indoor space.
(c) Post signs at every entrance to the indoor space that face coverings are required as described in this rule.
(6) Nothing in this rule is intended to prohibit an employer or place of public accommodation from making reasonable accommodations in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ORS 659.850 or applicable provisions of ORS chapter 659A.
(7) Penalties: An individual or person responsible for an indoor space who violates any provision of this rule is subject to civil penalties of up to $500 per day per violation.