Portland Valley Will Be Conferring the 31st Degree

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Tuesday the 19th of March, at 7:30 o’clock pm, the Portland Valley Scottish Rite will confer the 31st Degree of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, “Inspector Inquisitor”.

All Scottish Rite Members of the 30th° 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.

This Degree takes place in the Egyptian Court of the Dead and it is one of the most elaborate stage settings we have in the Temple’s collection.

The Duties of the Degree are; “Judge yourself in the same light as you judge others, consider both actions and motives.”

The Lessons of the Degree are; “The good man is able to portray himself and his actions positively and not simply assert the absence of wrong in his life. Justice and Mercy are two opposites which unite in the great harmony of equity. To aim at the best but be content with the best possible is true wisdom.”

Schedule
6:30 pm Dinner [Meatloaf]
7:15 pm Scottish Rite University Intro
7:30 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.

Newly Transcribed Letter From Albert Pike to Irving Washington Pratt. Compiled by Bro. Michael Robinson 32° KCCH

 

 

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May 27, 1879

My Dear Bro. Pratt.

I wish that, instead of talking to you across the continent by letter, I could walk this morning into Portland, and take you and Bro. Baily and a score of other dear friends by the hand. The desire to see Oregon again is very strong in me, as is the longing to pass a month in Puget’s Sound, and if our abominable Government would but borrow from some convict what little honesty remains in him, and appropriate to itself some remnant of worn-out consciences, so as to have a little common honesty and at least the rags of a decayed conscience and pay its honest debts. I would soon afterward be once more on the Pacific.

But after all, to get what is the one, not the chief object in life. I should be sorry to think it was: for, if it were, I should have lived to little purpose these last ten years.

I am so near three score and ten now, as to have no good reason to hope for more than five or six more working years of life; and in these, so far as I can I wish to labor in propagating the Rite, whose servant I have been for a quarter of a century. There are no more books to be prepared: and as we now have all the means for teaching the great truths that we proclaim, I must “take the field” and be the apostle of our Masonic faith while there is strength in me to do so.

What goes farthest to dishearten me is that our Brethren do not care to read. We have just reprinted, separately from the ritual, the several readings of the 32°, which will be sold for cost of printing, and which any 32° can buy. They contain the fruits and results of all my studies for twenty five years, much of it never known before to any one since the days that are forgotten. They represent an immense labor and have in them the very pith and manor and substance and essence of our doctrine. – and there is not one 32° in a hundred, or one 33° in twenty (active members of our Supreme Council included) who will even care to read them.

It would be a wise law to be enacted by the Supreme Council that a 32° asking for a patent, should be required to answer on his honor, after these readings have been a year within his reach, “Have you read carefully and thoroughly the Morals and Dogma? Have you read the readings of the 32°? Do you read the bulletin? and to provide that if his answer to either question is “no”, to refuse him a patent and the right to visit, and even the name of “Master of the Royal Secret,” which applied to him, is a lie.

But as among church members only about one in a hundred knows anything about the subjects on which he is required to profess a belief, and not more than one in a hundred care anything about questions which, many consider, are for the Reachers and Teachers only, it is unreasonable to expect more in Masonry.

This only is absolutely certain. It is not enough to write and print books. One in a hundred may read these: and where ten read them, nine of the ten will wonder what it all has to do with the making of money. The only way to reach the intellects is by the voice. Masons, will listen, and though most of them will soon forget what they hear, some few will and profit by it.

After all if we can take care of ourselves it is enough for most of us to work at, and if one can make even one other man wiser and better, God will not think that he has lived in vain. I have done more than that I know.

Always truly yours

Albert Pike

Bro. W. Pratt, 33°

 

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 Ralph S. Gens, 32° has passed to the Celestial Lodge.

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Brethren,
The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Brother Ralph S. Gens, 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 Gens was born in Berlin Germany on November 25th, 1924 and passed on January 3rd, 2019 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. His earthly remains are now resting in the eternal sleep at River View Cemetery. More information and a wonderful account of his life is available at; 
http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx…

Illustrious Brother Erin Lynn Endicott, 33° has passed.

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Dear Brethren,
The roll of the workmen has been called, and one Master Mason, Illustrious Brother Erin Lynn Endicott, 33°, Inspector General Honorary, Past Grand Master, 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.

Notice from the Grand Lodge of Oregon:
Most Worshipful Brother Endicott was born October 5, 1942. He joined the Navy after graduating from High School in 1960, and was stationed aboard the USS Topeka, CLG #8. In 1962 Erin married Barbara Bennett in Elgin, Oregon. Following their marriage they moved to the San Francisco Bay area. After being discharged from the Navy, Erin and Barbara remained in the Bay area for several months, eventually moving to Bothell, Washington. They moved many times over the next several years, and in October 1966 he was hired as a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad. In May of 1973 he was promoted to Engineer, and retired due to an injury in November 1989.

M.W.Br. Erin was a Life Member of both Grande Ronde Valley Lodge No. 56 and his home Lodge of Cove Lodge No. 91 where he was raised to Master Mason on April 3, 1991. He was Worshipful Master of Cove Lodge No. 91 in 1997, and was presented with a Hiram Award at Cove Lodge in 2006. In Grande Ronde Valley Lodge No. 56 he held the offices of Junior Warden, Senior Warden and Worshipful Master. (He was Initiated to the Baker Valley of the Scottish Rite in 1991, Honored as a Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 2001 and Coroneted as an Inspector General Honorary in 2005.)

Erin is survived by his wife Barbara, their three children, Jon, Cinda and Pamela, and numerous grandchildren.

A Memorial Service is pending and information will be shared as soon as the family has a chance to make the arrangements. Erin was a kind man and will be missed by many. Please remember Barbara and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Portland Valley: Ceremony of Remembrance & Renewal

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On Tuesday March 5th, 2019 the Portland Valley Scottish Rite will be having our Annual Ceremony of Remembrance & Renewal.

This Ceremony is observed by Scottish Rite Rose Croix Chapters around the world and is considered to be a mandatory meeting for all Scottish Rite Members. During this ceremony Scottish Rite Freemasons remember and honor their Brethren who have passed to the Celestial Lodge in the previous year and commemorate the dignity and divine origin of mankind.

This observance is to strengthen the ties of brotherly love, past and present. Particularly highlighted are the ideals of Rebirth, Freedom and Fraternity.

Schedule
Doors: 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm [Braised Brisket & Brown Mushroom Gravy]
Ceremony 7:30 pm

Invited Guests of Scottish Rite Members and all Masons and their loved ones are welcome, the preferred attire for the occasion is formal. As with all our events this is not open to the public.

Please RSVP for you and your guests if you plan to attend dinner by Email at officemanager@portlandsr.com.

Portland Valley Will Be Conferring the 29th Degree

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Tuesday the 19th of February, at 7:30 o’clock pm, the Portland Valley Scottish Rite & the Portland Chapter of KSA will confer the 29th Degree of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, “Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew”.

All Scottish Rite Members of the 28th° 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; “Reverence and obey Deity. Serve the truth. Protect virtue and innocence. Defend the people against tyranny.”

The Lessons of the Degree are; “Ideas and instructions wax and wane in the great cycle of time which is but change.”

Schedule
6:30 pm Dinner [Chicken Medallions]
7:15 pm Scottish Rite University Intro
7:30 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.

Portland Valley Sweet Hearts Dinner

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Please join us for the…
2019 Sweetheart’s Dinner at the Portland Scottish Rite on February 5th

The Dress Code is Semi-formal. We’ll have raffle prizes, presentations and live music!

6:00pm Social and Cocktails in the banquet hall
7:00pm Dinner & Entertainment

Dinner is $25 per person and features:

Braised Brisket & Brown Mushroom Gravy, roasted parsnip and squash with chipollini onion confit with waldorf salad (apple, raisin, celery, walnut) [Vegetarian option available by request.]

RSVP today: officemanager@portlandsr.com