On February 2, 2018, Northeast Valley, KS, wel- comed a very interesting speaker about a topic that concerns many of our Scottish Rite brethren—
Alzheimer’s Disease. The guest speaker was Katherine Rivard,
LMSW (Licensed Master of Social Work). Ms. Rivard is Manager of , Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement of
the Heart of America Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The chapter’s offices are only a mile and a half from the Northeast Masonic Center, and all chapter services are free of charge
to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
Ms. Rivard gave each attendee a great book: Alzheimer’s
AWARENESS Guide. Her opening statement was enchanting,
“The first survivor of Alzheimer’s disease is out there, but we won’t
get there without you.” She discussed
the stories in this guide, including creating dementia-friendly communities and
partnering with community organizations that support that effort.
“When you or someone you love
is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any
type of dementia, it can feel like you’re
starting a journey you never wanted to
go on—crossing a bridge into unknown territory. I want you
to know that you are not taking this journey alone. The Alzheimer’s Association and this Heart of America Chapter have a
wealth of resources and support available, and I encourage you
to take advantage of it,” she said.
After her speech, Katherine spent time
answering questions from the brethren
and ladies. Personal Representative Ill.
David F. Kinzie, 33°, then presented Ms.
Rivard with a Certificate of Appreciation
for her visit and presentation.
—Submitted by Robert B. Anver,
32°, Director of Public Relations
Northeast Kansas Valley Hosts Speaker on Alzheimer’s Disease
The Valley of Taipei organizes two Reunions per year—in Taipei at the end of September and in Thai- land in April. Previously, the spring conferrals took
place in Bangkok or in Chiang Mai. This year for the first
time it was located in the famous beach resort of Krabi. The
brethren from Malaysia, under the leadership of Ill. Roy Tan, 33°, were in charge of
the organization. This successful meeting
gathered more than 100 members and 27
candidates who came from all over Asia. Six
degrees were conferred in long form: the 4°,
14°, 18°, 21°, 30°, and 32°. This year, brethren
from India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore,
Sri-Lanka, and Thailand participated in the
At the banquet concluding the weekend, Venerable Master Dupree Chia, 33°, presented to
the new members with information from the
Supreme Council. During the harmony, Deputy Norman L. Y. Pin, 33°, gave diplomas to the
newly awarded Knights of Double Headed Eagle.
The presence of Brethren from so many
countries makes the conferrals of the Valley of
Taipei a special and unique moment. The different cultures and
backgrounds of the members and the candidates always create
a rewarding experience for all. The members of the Valley are
now looking forward to the next Reunion, which will take place
in Taipei the last week of September 2018.
Spring Conferral in Thailand 2018