Portland Valley 21st° Conferral

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Tuesday the 20th of February, at 7:30 o’clock pm, the Portland Valley Scottish Rite will confer the 21st Degree of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, “Noachite, or Prussian Knight”.

All Scottish Rite Members of the 20th° or higher are welcome to attend. Visiting Brethren will need current dues card showing membership in the Scottish Rite. Attendance is exclusively for members of the Scottish Rite, as with all of our events, this is not open to the public.

The Duties of the Degree are; “Be humble and modest, trusting in God. Be steadfast and courageous in the face of adversity”
The Lesson of the Degree is; “The downfall of evil is certain. A free and independent judiciary is necessary to human progress. Journalism should be fair, just and responsible.”

Schedule
6:45 pm Dinner [Meatloaf and mashed potatoes]
7:30 pm Scottish Rite University Intro
7:45 pm Degree
After the degree there will be a cast party and Social in the Members Lounge.

Confirmations on Facebook of attendance will not be counted for dinner. Please RSVP by email to officemanager@portlandsr.com for dinner reservations by no later than 11:00 am on the Monday before the event. Any requests that come in after the cut off will go on the standby list.

Illustrious Bro. Thomas Duane Winbigler 33° has Passed Away.

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Brethren,

The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Illustrious Brother Tom Winbigler, 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.

Illustrious Brother Thomas Duane Winbigler, 33° (Teacher/Coach) was born on December 9, 1924 in Longview, Washington. He was a member of McKenzie River Lodge #195 and received the Hiram Award in 1998, he was an Honorary Past Master. He received the 32° on May 4, 1985 in the Eugene Valley Scottish Rite. He was Invested KCCH on October 18, 1993, Coroneted Inspector General Honorary 33° October 3, 2001, and in Portland on November 3, 2001. He was also a member of Al Kader Shrine. He died on February 2, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon.

His funeral will be ‪at 10 am on Tuesday the 6th of February‬ at Musgrove Mortuary 225 S. Danebo in Eugene.

2018 Sweetheart’s Dinner at the Portland Scottish Rite

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Please join us for the…
2018 Sweetheart’s Dinner at the Portland Scottish Rite on February 6th

The Dress Code is Semi-formal, with a 1950’s flair. We’ll have raffle prizes, presentations, a themed photo booth and live music from the “Voice” of Frank Sinatra, John English!

6:00pm Cocktails and photo booth in the banquet hall
7:00pm Officers and ladies introductions
7:05pm Buffet opens & Live Music starts
7:45pm Valentines presentation
7:55pm Raffle winners announced
8:00pm Live Music continues
9:00pm Closing Remarks

Dinner is $20 per person and features:

Braised Brisket & Brown Mushroom Gravy, roasted parsnip and squash with chipollini onion confit with waldorf salad (apple, raisin, celery, walnut)

RSVP today: officemanager@portlandsr.com

Brother Commander “Swede” Nels H. Edlund 32°, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor has Passed.

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Brethren,

The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Brother Commander “Swede” Nels H. Edlund, 32°, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, 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 and fellow bartenders mourn the passing of a great man, bartender and Mason.

Nels Hilmer Edlund, 32°, KCCH, affectionately known as Swede, passed away the evening of Friday January 5th, 2018 at the home of his son, at the age of 88. Swede was the long time bartender and active member of the Portland Valley until transportation and recent health issues made attendance more difficult over the last few years. Brother Edlund was originally a Blue Lodge member of Southgate Lodge No. 182 and later of Cornerstone Lodge No. 157 in Portland Oregon. He joined the Portland Valley Scottish Rite in May of 1974.

Further information on the funeral arrangements and memorial services will be provided as soon as it is available.

Brother Commander John E. Otterstedt, 32°, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor has Passed.

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Brethren,
The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Brother Commander John E. Otterstedt, 32°, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, 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.

John Edwin Otterstedt was born March 1, 1938 in Portland Oregon. He received the 32° May 14, 1978 in the Portland Valley. He was invested with the KCCH on October 9, 1995. He rebuilt the pipe organ at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Portland. He affiliated with Eugene Valley on February 3, 2009. He was Raised a Master Mason in Orenomah Lodge #177, he later affiliated with McKenzie River Lodge #195 and Beaverton Lodge #100. He was a Teacher. He Died on January 5, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

PR’s Address to the Portland Valley at First Stated Meeting of the Year.

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Dear Brothers,

As we once again welcome a New Year which brings with it a message of hope and the dawning of a brand-new chapter in our lives and that of the Portland Valley, it is a great opportunity to reflect and reinvest in our future. It’s one thing to sit down and create a long list of New Year’s resolutions, and it’s quite another to have the self-discipline to follow through with the necessary labors to secure them. If we are to accomplish the great work—we cannot only dream, we must act, not just plan but also believe in the worthiness of our pursuits.

We should always remember that freemasonry’s main purpose is to transform lives. We are here to symbolically rebuild Solomon’s temple within ourselves so that the spirit of God may dwell within us. There is no more important task for which we give our time and effort than the building of this temple.

The work we do here is of extreme importance. Our charities ease the suffering of others, our brotherly love solidifies the belief that all of mankind can live in harmony regardless of religion and political leanings. Our duties are to God, our families, our brothers, and mankind. We are Knights whose birthright is of an ancient and noble line of honorable men. They have shown us the way and it is our duty to ensure that we continue in this noble pursuit so when we leave this world for the next, we’ve left the Portland Valley legacy better than we received it.

I ask all brothers of the Portland Valley to stand with me in this New Year to ensure that the Portland Valley stays true to its purpose and to work diligently in the pursuit of our beloved Scottish Rite.

May God bless you all and bless the Scottish Rite.

Larry Roberts 32° KCCH, Portland Valley Personal Representative. Member of Modesto Lodge 206, Esoterika Lodge 227 and Research Lodge 198.

Portland Valley “State of the Rite Table Lodge”

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Greetings Brethren,

On Tuesday, January 2nd we will be having the State of The Rite Meeting for the Portland Valley done as a Table Lodge.

We will have short reports by various officers on the status of projects in the works, balloting on candidates as well as discussing the upcoming Degrees and calendar events.

Dinner will be just $15 and it’s Taco Tuesday!
Please RSVP for dinner by emailing officemanager@portlandsr.com

Schedule
6:00 pm Social
7:00 pm Table Lodge Meeting (Lodge of Perfection Opening)
Refreshments to follow.