Portland 2023 Spring Reunion Canceled

Hello Brethren,

I am saddened to be the messenger of this unfortunate news.
The Providence Park Stadium just scheduled a Thorns game for the Friday night we were to hold our Spring Reunion and they also added a Timbers vs Seattle Sounders game on that Saturday.

When the stadium increased to 25,218 seats in 2019, with no additional parking for their patrons, they completely outgrew the capabilities of the neighborhood to accommodate the attendance with the tiny number of parking spaces available around us. As a result with typical games for Thorns and Timbers all the parking in the area is completely gone four hours beforehand, but with Sounders games the neighborhood parking fills up much earlier and it is utter chaos and traffic jams are constant throughout the entire day. The ART was unable to broker any deals to get us additional parking so we would only have the 20 spaces in the parking lot they have been renting for us over the past four years at Rack Attack directly across the street from the stadium.

Due to consistent conflicts for scheduling on weekends in the coming months this forced us to make the difficult vote last night to cancel this Reunion at the Stated Meeting. Even if we had gotten our old small 60 space parking lot at the ART back by this time it would still be an insurmountable problem as I mentioned due to the increase of over 25,000 people in the neighborhood every time an event is held at the stadium.

The earliest available dates that there are no other conflicts for a Friday and Saturday with the Stadium, other Valleys, Appendant and Concordant Masonic Bodies, and our pre booked event rentals is in July. Without any air-conditioning in the theater it will be too warm to use the auditorium by then. We have tried single day and multiple week Reunions in the past, but they were very difficult for the casts and crew and that resulted in most of the participants saying they would not want to do it that way again.

Over all Brethren I am sorry we were not be able to find a suitable solution to reschedule this Reunion in the near future. I appreciate those cast and crew members who were willing to step up for roles in this one, we will just have to make the next one all the better because of it.

We will be holding a Reunion in the Fall of this year, the date of which has yet to be finalized. Our three candidates will be receiving notifications providing alternatives for curtesy conferrals should they want to begin to get their degrees sooner. The few of you who purchased meals in advance should have them refunded shortly.

Fraternally,
Br. Nathan Neff, 32°, K∴C∴C∴H∴
Orient General Secretary
Oregon Scottish Rite

Portland Valley Ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal, next Tuesday, March 7th, 2023

Please come next Tuesday and help pay homage to our departed Brethren over the past year and join in the spirit of renewal for our Fraternal bonds. Please RSVP for meal(s) by clicking here. 45 meals are still available, get yours while they last. No vegetarian entrees have been requested by membership to date and the deadline has now past to order them.
This event is for all Scottish Rite members and their guests, the widows and families of our departed members, and all Masons and their accompanied guests.

Agenda:
• 5:30pm Doors open
• 6:00pm Dinner service begins
• 7:00pm Ceremony commences

As with all our events, this is not open to the general public.

Free parking provided by the ART for the Remembrance Ceremony is available behind the Morrison Plaza building from 5pm-10pm at 633 SW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

This Friday Coffee and Donuts at the Portland Valley Scottish Rite 10am

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Greetings Brethren All,

Starting this Friday February 3rd at 10:00am the Portland Valley will once again begin hosting an informal event for members and Mason guests.

Come join us for Coffee & Donuts in the Membership Lounge!

This will be an excellent opportunity for any members who have difficulty getting down on Tuesdays evenings to come in, hangout and catch up on Fraternizing with fellow Brethren. We might even have a 33rd or two on hand to expound on the greater mysteries of the mystic bond. This will be a bi-weekly event, the next one to be held on Feb. 17.

Just a heads up to the early birds, there won’t be anyone available at the building until 10:00am just in case you typically like to show up early.

S&F,
Bro. Nate Neff
Orient General Secretary

Passing of Illustrious Brother Stanley Schmidt, 33°

Brethren,

The roll of the workman has been called and, one Master Mason, Illustrious Brother Stanley Schmidt, 33°, I.G.H., 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 vice 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 Stanley Eugene Schmidt, 33°, Inspector General Honorary, was born on December 14th, 1927, in Harrington, Washington, and passed to the Celestial Lodge on November 30th in Portland, Oregon. Brother Stan was initiated in Rose Lake Lodge No. 89, A.F.&A.M. of Idaho, affiliated with Orenomah Lodge No. 177, A.F.&A.M. of Oregon (Consolidated with Tigar Lodge No. 207, June 1998 under the new charter as Tigard-Orenomah Lodge No. 207), and later with Beaverton Lodge No. 100, A.F.& A.M. of Oregon. Brother Stan served as Worshipful Master in 1985, District Deputy to the Grand Master from 1986-90, Junior Grand Deacon 1990-91, Junior Grand Steward 1991-92, Grand Orator 1992-93, Grand Lodge Education Committee Chair 1993-95, and Grand Lodge Programs Committee Chair 1996-2007.

In the Scottish Rite he was Initiated as a Perfect Elu in the Oregon Lodge of Perfection No. 1, Knighted in the Ainsworth Chapter of Knights Rose No. 1, Knighted in the Multnomah Council of Knights Kadosh No. 1, and Invested as a Master of the Royal Secret in the Oregon Consistory No. 1 of the A.&A. Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Portland Valley, Orient of Oregon, on May 14th, 1977. Elected Knight Commander of the Court of Honour on October 16th, 1989, Invested on November 11, 1989, Honored on November 19th, 1989, he served as Commander of the Multnomah Council of Kadosh No. 1 1990-91, he was Coroneted an Honorary Inspector General 33° in Seattle, Washington on November 16th, 1997. He was President of the Education Foundation and there is currently a $5,000 scholarship awarded annually by the Foundation to a first-year students entering college in honor of Brother Stan and his wife Jayne.

Brother Stan is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Education, held a Master of Education in Administration from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Washington State University. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at the University of Idaho. He began his early professional career in northern Idaho as Superintendent, teacher, and coach the Rose Lake School District No. 35. After six years he accepted the position of Director of Forensics and speech teacher at Jefferson High School in Portland where he taught for ten years, and at Portland Community College in the position of Director of Forensics and subject-area chairman of the Communications Department from 1986-1990. He was also an adjunct professor of speech at the University of Portland from 1987-1993.

Other memberships: he was Chairman of the precinct committeeman for the Republican Party in Kootenai County, Idaho, from 1951-1953. President of the Kootenai County Teachers Association, from 1953-1954, the North Idaho Education Association from 1954-1955, the Oregon Speech Association from 1960-1961, the Oregon Community College Speech Association from 1971-1972. Member of the Northwest Communications Association, the American Forensic Association, the Oregon Speech Association where he served as President, the Speech Communications Association, the Western Speech Communications Association, the Oregon Retired Teachers Association, the American Rose Society, and the Portland Rose Society where he won Best Rose Garden for the Portland Grand Sweepstakes award in 2003. Member of the Shrine, and President of the Tualatin Valley Shrine club in 1991, Group Leader of the Guides from 1998-2006, Member of the Order of Quetzalcoatl, member of the Allied Masonic Degrees, the Royal Arch Masons, the Royal Ark Mariners, the Royal Order Scotland, the York Rite Sovereign College, the Red Cross of Constantine where he was the Recorder from 1993-1997, Director of the Work from 1989-2001, Sovereign for 2000-2001, in the St. Laurence Conclave. Member of the Order of Eastern Star where he was Worthy Patron in 1953, and 1970. Member of the York Rite Knights Templar where he was Knight Commander of the Temple of the Grand Encampment, member of the Cryptic Masons of Oregon where he was Grand Orator in 1994-1995, and Illustrious Master in 1997, member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, and a Royal Rosarian.

Great Architect of the Universe, you have called our Brother home. Let the loss of our brother increase our affection for those who are still with us and make us more punctual in our performance of those duties that Friendship, Love, and Honor demand. Be with us now and sanctify the solemnities of this occasion to our hearts, that we may serve you in spirit and understanding. There will be a memorial service for Illustrious Brother Stan on December 14th, 2022. More details will be provided when they are available.

In Memory of Ill. Bro. Stan Schmidt

Passing of Brother John D. Baldwin, Jr., 32°

Brethren,

The roll of the workman has been called and, one Master Mason, Brother John D. Baldwin, Jr., 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 vice 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.

Worshipful Brother John David Baldwin, Jr., 32°, was born on February 17th, 1925, in Portland, Oregon, and passed to the Celestial Lodge on November 22nd of 2022. Brother John was a Life Member and Past Master of Sunnyside Lodge No. 163 A.F.&A.M. of Oregon. In the Scottish Rite he was Initiated as a Perfect Elu in the Oregon Lodge of Perfection No. 1 on November 19th, 1996, Knighted in the Ainsworth Chapter of Knights Rose No. 1 on November 21st, 1996, Knighted in the Multnomah Council of Knights Kadosh No. 1 on November 23rd, 1996, and Invested as a Master of the Royal Secret in the Oregon Consistory No. 1 of the A.&A. Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Portland Valley, Orient of Oregon, on November 23rd, 1996.

Great Architect of the Universe, you have called our Brother home. Let the loss of our brother increase our affection for those who are still with us and make us more punctual in our performance of those duties that Friendship, Love, and Honor demand. Be with us now and sanctify the solemnities of this occasion to our hearts, that we may serve you in spirit and understanding.

His viewing will be at 11am, and his memorial service will be at 12pm at the chapel at Lincoln Memorial Park, 11801 SE Mt. Scott Blvd, on Sunday, December 4th, 2022.

Portland Valley Holiday Party & 2023 Officer Installations Tuesday Dec. 6th at 6:30pm

Our newly Elected & Appointed Officers of the Oregon Lodge of Perfection No. 1, the Ainsworth Chapter of Knights Rose Croix No. 1, the Multnomah Council of Kadosh No. 1, the Oregon Consistory of Masters of the Royal Secret No. 1, and Portland Chapter of Knights of Saint Andrew for the Portland Valley will be installed at a joint installation at the Holiday party next Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

All Elected Officers will be installed in person on Tuesday, all Appointed Officers are also requested to attend to be installed at this ceremony.

Festivities begin at 6:30pm, all Officers are requested to arrive by that time.

Throw on your handsomest ugly Holiday sweater, bring your significant other, and come join in the annual Holiday Party!

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served for your dinning enjoyment and there will be holiday themed cocktails to bolster your wassailing.