An Evening of Fun, Fellowship, and Fundraising at
the Alexandria, VA Scottish Rite Friends Dinner
The Scottish Rite Valley of Alexandria, VA, hosted
a Friends and Family Charity
Dinner on April 2, 2017. The
ballroom was filled with ambiance and buzzing with excitement. The number of attendees
had grown from 150 people
at our 2016 dinner to 195 in
2017. Our profit from the event
increased from $18,000 to
$29,000, all of which went directly to the House of the Temple and our RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program (SRCLP) charity.
The afternoon began with a social hour featuring a harpist
and a session on how to taste and discern fine scotch while
attendees participated in a 50/50 raffle and a guessing game.
During the dinner hour, Ill. Jim Cole, 33°, Lt. Grand
Commander and SGIG in Virginia, offered some inspiring
remarks, and we viewed a video about the good work done at the Summer RiteCare Clinic at the James Madison University which
was narrated by MW and Ill. Ed Cohen, 33°, the Personal Representative in Alexandria. After a wonderful dinner and at the end of
the silent auction period, attendees were given the opportunity to bid on highly sought-after live auction items. Multilevel sponsor-ships from our members, local lodges and businesses are also received and make a big difference in the dinner profits.
A focus on charity, fellowship, and fun permeated the event from its earliest planning phase through the end of the evening.
Building on our success, we are already planning the 2018 Alexandria Scottish Rite Friends and Family event which we hope will
be even more spectacular. —Submitted by Bro. Tim Shrum, 32°
(Clockwise from top) Ill.
James D. Cole, 33°, Lt. Grand
Commander and SGIG in
VA, offers remarks. A George
Mason University student
entertains guests with harp
music. Ill. Ed Cohen, 33°,
Personal Rep., narrates a video
about the RiteCare SRCLP.
New Way of Holding Reunions in Salina, Kansas
The Valley of Salina is trying a new model for staging Reunions—
we’re going to the candidates instead of
having them come to us. In November
2015, the Valley had to leave the local
Masonic temple (and its stage), and
after our move to a smaller facility, Salina could not hold a reunion. But the
money saved from maintaining the old
building offset the cost of taking the Reunion on the road. Since we had a core
of active members in Manhattan, we
asked Lafayette Lodge No. 16 (about 75
miles east) to host our Reunions.
Due to a burst of energy in Russell, KS,
the Valley moved the Fall 2017 Reunion
there (60 miles west). We had been aver-
aging two or three candidates,
and the opportunity to gain
seven new members in Rus-
sell made moving it inviting.
Then Brethren in far western Kansas were asking us to
consider coming to Goodland ( 4. 5 hours). SGIG Ill. Hugh W. Gill
III, 33°, Personal Rep. John A. Reynolds,
33°, and Exec. Secretary James R. Winn,
KCCH, all jumped at the opportunity.
After the Reunion, we held the Feast
of Tishri. Due to overwhelming response, we had to move the dinner to
a local convention center! The attendance was the greatest we have seen in
the Valley in over 20 years.
Moving our Reunions facilitates the
reaches of the Valley of Salina far more
efficiently. This model also is promoting
excitement with our current members.
We secured two reinstatement requests
and eleven new Knights of St. Andrew
applicants. In our world, this is a land-
slide and something on which to build.
—Submitted by John A. Reynolds, 33°,
Personal Rep., Valley of Salina, KS
Due to high turnout, the Valley of Salina had to
move a recent Feast of Tishri to a convention center.