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Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite
Valley of Altoona
Spring Reunion – May 2, 2015
Ill. Vernon S. “Corky” Gutshall, 33° Class
7:30 AM “Hot” breakfast – Jaffa Dining Hall – All members and candidates are invited to attend at no cost. Eggs, bacon, home fries, toast, coffee, juice.
8:15 AM Registration – AASR Lodge Room – All Candidates must register and sign in
Member Registration at various entrances
8:30 AM Opening – Altoona Lodge of Perfection, 14°
Bro. Greg P. Mason, 32°, Thrice Potent Master, Presiding – AASR Lodge Room
8:45 AM 4° – Video – “Master Traveler” – AASR Lodge Room
9:15 AM Scottish Rite Moment – Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
Ill. Jack H. Speece, 33° – Presenter
9:25 AM Opening – Altoona, Council, Princes of Jerusalem, 16°
Ill. John D. Ream, 33°, Sovereign Prince, Presiding – AASR Lodge Room
9:45 – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM 14° – “Grand Elect Mason” – Full Ceremonial Form – Auditorium
Bro. Ronald L. Barndt, 32°, MSA – Degree Master
11:00 AM Opening – Altoona Chapter of Rose Croix, 18°
Bro. Gerald R. Fox, 32°, Most Wise Master, Presiding – AASR Lodge Room
11:15 AM 15° – “Knight of the East” – Full Ceremonial Form – Auditorium
Bro. A. Brady Appleman, 32°, Degree Master
12: 15 PM Lunch – Jaffa Dining Hall
1:00 PM Class Picture and Scottish Rite Instructional Moments – Scottish Rite Hats
Bro. James F. Hockycko, 32°, MSA – Presenter
1:30 PM Opening – Altoona Consistory, 32°, S.P.R.S.
Ill. John D. Kline, II, 33°, Commander-in-Chief, Presiding – AASR Lodge Room
1:45 PM 19° – “Brothers of the Trail” – Full Ceremonial Form – Auditorium
Bro. Robert Verbonitz, 32°, Degree Master
2:45 – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM 29° – Video – “Knight of St. Andrew” – AASR Lodge Room
3:45 PM Reception of Guests – AASR Lodge Room
4:00 PM 32° – “Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret” – Full Ceremonial Form – Auditorium
Ill. Ronald R. Yoder, 33° and Ill. Lloyd C. Sorge, 33° – Co-Degree Masters
5:00 PM Closing and Presentation of Pins
A very exciting day in Valley history and in the history of Scottish Rite Masonry in Pennsylvania is just around the corner! The Installation of officers and knighting ceremony for the KSA (Knights of St Andrew) will be held on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm. This will be an open installation. Friends and family are welcome to attend and witness some history in our great Valley. This will be the first KSA Clan to be chartered in Pennsylvania. Invited guests are also welcome to join in the meal that evening.
The following is the list of officers for the next two years:
Venerable Master: Jeremy Johnson
Senior Warden: K. Dwayne Kaufman
Junior Warden: Joshua Kline
Secretary/Treasurer: Timothy Brinkmeyer
Prior: George Griener
Marshall: Larry Bilatto
Captain of the Outposts: Jordan Settle
Sentinel: Robert Verbonitz
This is an historic event you’re not going to want to miss!
A limited number of tickets have become available for the Curve game. If there is anyone who is still interested in attending, please let Dwayne know as soon as possible. You can either email him at email@example.com, or call his cell and leave a message 814-330-8684.
The tickets for the Curve game have now been mailed out. They should arrive by the end of the week. If you do not get your tickets by the end of the week, please contact Dwayne Kaufman ASAP!
Also, be sure to read the letter. It contains the time information for when you can get food. You surely don’t want to miss that!
The response for the ballgame has been so strong that the deadline has been moved up as tickets are nearly gone. Get yours while you can!
Have a smart phone? Want to know where and when particular degrees are going to be performed? Want to connect with Valleys all across the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction? There’s an app for that.
The Northern Masonic Jurisdiction has released an app for iphone or android that lets you search for degrees, connect with the various Valley’s and their websites and connect with the Supreme Council. You go to your app store or google play and search for Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction and you should find it no problem.
Knowing when and where each degree will be performed is a great way for you to complete your degree experience while also meeting new friends and Brothers in other Valleys.
The April meeting is conducted by the Consistory and will have the honor of welcoming the Deputy for Pennsylvania, Ill. Russ W. Baker, 33°. The program for the evening will be on the ongoing efforts of the Scottish Rite and this Valley to leverage the internet and social media to increase enrollment and engagement.
It would be nice to see a good crowd at the meeting. Come on out and bring a friend…call someone who maybe doesn’t drive at night. Call the guy whose petition you signed…
See you on April 10th!
Hit a home run with your family and friends – take ’em out to the ballgame!
We’re headed to the ballpark on Friday August 1 @ 6pm for the Altoona Curve vs. Richmond’s Flying Squirrels.
The cost of a game ticket and pavilion picnic at the Altoona Curve Ballpark is normally $23 per adult and $18 for children, but the Valley of Altoona is sponsoring part of the cost so that you can get to watch the game and get a 2 hour buffet meal for just $5 per ticket!
This event is a way for the Valley to bring in new members. You are encouraged to bring along your non-member friends and family.
Buffet features: BBQ Ribs, Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Fillets, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw, Potato Chips, Baked Cookies and Beverages.
Tickets are limited and half are already sold! Even though the deadline is July 15th, sales end when the tickets run out. So, make your reservations and payment today!
Here’s how to get your $5 tickets
Call, email with your request or mail with your payment to:
Earl Hockenberry 900 Beulah Rd, Nanty Glo, PA 15943
email: firstname.lastname@example.org ph: 814-472-9234
Dwayne Kaufman 612 Vickroy Ave, Johnstown, PA 15905-3931
email: email@example.com ph: 814-269-5050
Make checks payable to “Valley of Altoona”. Cost is $5 per ticket and tickets will be mailed to you when payment is received.
The officers of the Altoona Chapter of Rose Croix will present “The Feast of the Paschal Lamb” in the AASR room at Jaffa Shrine on Sunday April 6, 2014 beginning at 3pm. This beautiful and poignant presentation serves as a memorial service for the members of the Valley who passed on during the preceding year. Full of symbolism, music and heartfelt words, this tribute to our departed and expression of the faith we have in the immortality of the soul is not to be missed.
A time of fellowship with light refreshments will follow the program. Members, family, friends and the general public are cordially invited.
Again this year, the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction will be awarding scholarships to worthy candidates. Applications are available online here:
Those meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply:
Applicant should complete the form and mail it to:Mr. John Biddle 809 Walnut Street Roaring Spring, PA 16673
Applications are to to Ill. Bro. Biddle no later than MARCH 1, 2014. Applications received after that date will NOT be considered.
Scholarship winners are usually announced around June 1st.