Clifford, the Not-Quite-So-Big, Red Dog,
Showcases Colorado RiteCare Family Picnic
Clifford, a shorthaired point- er, has a bilateral cleft lip and pal-
ate. He was a popular attendee at our
recent Southern Colorado Cleft Lip
and Palate Family Picnic. Clifford be-
longs to Melissa, a nurse practitioner
in the Children’s Hospital Colorado –
Colorado Springs ENT Clinic. She is
the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic coordi-
nator. Children’s Hospital Colorado is
the flagship partner in our 12-member
Colorado RiteCare network.
More than 200 attendees came to
the picnic, including 37 children with
cleft lip, cleft palate, and/or craniofa-cial anomalies and their families. This
venue gave families an opportunity to
connect so they could share their experiences and learn from one another
with the on-site support of professional staff. Picnic activities included
a BBQ lunch, fishing, horseshoes, a
petting zoo, basketball, volleyball, a
playground area for little ones, and a
dress-up station for silly pictures.
This activity is one of 13 different
programs implemented in 2017 under
the Scottish Rite Foundation of Colo-
rado’s Community Benefit Grants pro-
gram. We began this program last Janu-
ary to support our Colorado RiteCare
partners in engaging more fully outside
the clinic in parent education and/or
community language and literacy en-
Examples of other activities in this
year’s program include:
• The Social Communications
Space Camp for children
with Autism conducted by
our University of Colorado-
Boulder RiteCare Partner at
the CU planetarium;
• Funding support for the
purchase of hearing screening
equipment by The Piñon
Project, our RiteCare Partner
in southwestern Colorado, and
• A pilot Treasure Chest
Program (early language
and literacy support) by
our University of Northern
Colorado RiteCare Partner.
These types and quality of programs
are one of several efforts by the Foun-
dation and our RiteCare Partners to
engage more fully with the community
in helping children communicate.
—Submitted by Stephen M.
Munsinger, 33°, SGIG in Colorado
(Above) Clifford, the short-haired
pointer, has a bilateral cleft lip and cleft
palate. (Right) Colorful thumbprints—
and one paw print—decorate this
thank-you card for the So. Colorado
Cleft Lip and Palate Family Picnic.
88-Year-Old South Carolina
Sojourner Works Diligently
for JROTC & ROTC Programs
Dedication to Americanism and Patriotism is not just a by-line with Ill.
I. Lewis Langley, 33°. This long-time Na-
tional Sojourner while at home in South
Carolina’s Upstate puts our youth first in
his thoughts. He continues to represent
National Sojourners and the Scottish
Rite every opportunity he gets while ex-
tending congratulations for achievement
and giving words of encouragement.
While he focuses on those kids who are
active in Junior ROTC and ROTC, he
always considers all youth in our high
schools and colleges for recognition.
He’s a spry 88, but eager as a 30-year old,
so many days more of being active are on
the horizon. Above, Ill. Langley (l.) is
seen presenting a Scottish Rite Award to
U.S. Air Force JROTC Cadet Sarah Flink-
ingshelt with Ill. William Turner, 33°, Gr.
Tyler of the Supreme Council. Below, Ill.
Turner is shown presenting the “Best In
Class” award to Cadet Abigail McCready
for her Color Guard at the 2017 Massing
of Colors in South Carolina.
—Submitted by William G. L.
Turner, 33°, Grand Tyler