Who are Scottish Rite Masons...

The Scottish Rite is an appendant body of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason may proceed after he has completed the degrees conferred in Blue Lodge. The Scottish Rite confers 29 degrees. The 33 degree is an honorary degree that is conferred by the Supreme Council for outstanding work in the community or Rite.

When we meet...

Our Valley meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month with the exception of June, July and August, at the Masonic Center at 521 North Street in Tumwater Washington, and have a program either at dinner or just prior to our meeting. Ladies are invited to all dinners. We invite all sojourners to visit and enjoy good Brotherhood. we have a dinner at 6:30 with the meeting to follow at 7:30 PM.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Cap and Ring Ceremony

by Kris Graap
December 10th was truly a memorable and enjoyable meeting, jointly held by the Valleys of Olympia and Hoquiam. Prior to the Cap and Ring Ceremony, Michael Bulloch (son of Br. Don) of the Olympia DeMolay Chapter gave a beautiful rendition of the “Candle Talk”, and received a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Caps and rings were presented by Personal Reps John Lenander and Don Watkins to almost a dozen new Brothers, assisted by Ill. Br. Don White, 33, VM Rick Bonnell, and Br. Bruce York, Director of Degrees. Br. Caspar LeBlanc provided an outstanding oration of “If your Ring could speak”, and each Brother and significant other stepped through the beautiful giant ring created by Br. Jerry Schroder several years ago. Each new Brother was also presented with the new text and initial quiz for the new Master Craftsman program and encouraged to participate by Valley program mentor Br. Rod Mason.

Prior to the meeting, it was truly wonderful to see the dining room almost full as we enjoyed a wonderful supper and fellowship. As a note, as the only “non-Sheltonite” I was honored and fortunate enough to sit among new Brothers Jerry Lingle,Russ Cooper, Fred Corbett and their ladies. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time (almost to the point where I had to be careful as to when to swallow my food!) I don’t know if there’s something in the water up in Mason County, but it’s obvious that the spirit of Masonry is alive and well up Hwy 101!

No comments: