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.

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

2017 vs 1957 by Walt Johnson 33°,G.C.

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I’m speaking “Masonic” when I think about what has happened in the last 60 years with respect to finances. It is my opinion that we have failed to keep up with the times as we’ve experienced them. As an example, when I became a Master Mason the dues at the lodge were about $40.00 per year. A new home was about $30,000 and a new automobile was about $2,500. Now in 2017 that automobile sells for about $30,000, about 12 times the 1957 price and those dues I mentioned are only up about 3 to 4 times in the same period. The Masonic lodge and all the other concordant bodies have been subjected to the same pressures as all other entities. The difference is that most everyone yearly adjustments to stay up with those pressures.

The result as we are experiencing it today, is the Masonic and Masonic related organizations are suffering to the extent that some are being forced to sell their properties and then merge with others. Some of these units are doing much better mainly because of wills and bequests that have come their way in years past. It is my opinion that the heyday of generous wills and bequests is waning and will continue to do so.

There is no organization that I know of today that survives with their members paying from $6.00 to $12.00 per month which is close to the actual amounts being paid by us. It’s my observation that our members think little of going to a nice restaurant with their wife and spending at least $100 for dinner and libations. I’m not suggesting we stop going to a nice restaurant for dinner or stop doing anything else, but it is certainly time to examine our poor habits of supporting our Masonic activity. The bottom line of all this is that we should be paying something in the neighborhood of $30 to $40 per month for dues. Country clubs, social clubs and athletic clubs,

which many of us belong to, will cost from $100 to $600 per month. Compare the value we derive from our Masonic membership and the value received at other memberships. We are currently the custodians of the greatest fraternity in the world. One day the young men of today will have an opportunity to be the leaders and the success they will enjoy depends upon how and when we confront this problem.

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Walt Johnson 33° Grand Cross, Executive Director for the Orient of Oregon.

Important Message from the PR of the Portland Valley Regarding the Sale of our Building

Dear Brothers,

Nearly my entire career as a Scottish Rite Mason in the Portland Valley has been dedicated to keeping our historic building. Believe me when I say that everyone on the Executive Board is equally dedicated and has fought very hard as well. 

Today, I spoke with our S.G.I.G and asked if he would allow me to give the decision regarding the sale of our historic building to the membership and he has graciously allowed me as the PR of the Portland Valley to make that decision. 

On Tuesday we will present what we are up against financially and allow our membership to vote on this difficult decision to keep or sale our building. 

Let me state that regardless of how the vote on Tuesday goes, I am dedicated to serving our membership to the best of my ability and in whatever capacity I’m allowed to do so. I have never forgotten that I work for you my brothers and I know that you put a great deal of trust in me and the Portland Valley leadership to ensure that we are here for many years to come.  

I would like to give great thanks to our S.G.I.G. and the Executive Board for all of their hard work and support on this issue. They have all worked tirelessly and had a lot of sleepless nights regarding this issue and they deserve our gratitude for their efforts.

I look forward to seeing all Portland Valley Scottish Rite members on Tuesday for this historic vote.

Spes mea in Deo est
Larry Roberts 
32° KCCH
Personal Representative Portland Valley Scottish Rite

The Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity

We learn, beginning in our Blue Lodges, that charity along with making good men better are among the primary foundation stones of being a Mason. As Scottish Rite brothers we build on that foundation, and in Oregon one of the cornerstones of charity is the Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity.

The mission of your Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity is providing financial assistance to our Universities and other institutions that help young Oregon children who have a verity of communication needs.

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During this past summer, your Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity provided funding for more than 350 children to attend special camps where masters-level students, studying to become SLP’s (Speech Language Pathologists), acted as camp counselors. The SLP students gained hands-on experience assisting children afflicted with Autism, Apraxia (speech sound disorders), dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy who were non-verbal, and who had expressive and receptive disorders.

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The Speech and Language Charity seeks out opportunities to provide service to children statewide. A recently funded research project at Portland State University was a Distance Learning or Telecommunications program. This program successfully provided therapy to young children with stuttering issues in a number of areas around Oregon (See attached map).

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The Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity is working diligently to increase service to Oregon children who struggle with communication and are now reaching more children than ever before in its long history. This holiday season, remember that the Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible and welcome.

In Brotherhood,
Bill Anton 33°
President

Portland Valley 17th° Conferral

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Tuesday the 19th of September, at 7:30 pm, the Portland Valley Scottish Rite will confer the 17th Degree of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, “Knight of the East & West”.

All Scottish Rite Members of the 16th° 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 17th Degree are; “To work, to reflect and to pray. To hope, to trust and to believe. To teach the truths that are hidden in allegories and concealed by the symbols in Freemasonry.” The Lesson of the degree teaches; “An army of martyrs have offered up their lives to prove their faith or benefit mankind.”

Schedule
6:00 pm Body Head Meeting
7:00 pm Dinner [Bratwurst & sauerkraut]
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.