There’s An App For That

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.

Valley Welcomes Our Deputy: Ill. Russ W. Baker

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!

Join Us At The Curve!

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: ph: 814-472-9234

Dwayne Kaufman 612 Vickroy Ave, Johnstown, PA 15905-3931
email: 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.

Feast of the Paschal Lamb – April 6th at 3pm

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. 

Abbott Scholarships – DEADLINE March 1

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:

  • A Scottish Rite Mason of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction
  • A child of a Scottish Rite Mason of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction who is a high school senior or is currently enrolled at an accredited college or university, who has attained a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • A member of DeMolay, Rainbow or Jobs Daughters in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction who is a a high school senior or is currently enrolled at an accredited college or university, who has attained a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

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.

Officer Training Program & Executive Board Meeting

All officers and prospective officers should attend the annual Officer Training Program and all members are encouraged to attend to learn how the Valley works, what is in the works and offer your ideas on Valley programs.


Officer Training Program/Executive Board Meeting

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Jaffa Shrine Center – 9:00 AM


Tentative Agenda:


8:30 AM                      Coffee/Donuts


9:00 AM                      Welcome – Ill. JD Kline, 33°, Commander-in-Chief, Chair of Executive Board


9:10 AM                      Ill. Jack H. Speece, 33° – Nominating and Screening Committee


9:20 AM                      Ill. J. David Kline, 33° – Duties, Responsibilities, and Expectations of all

officers…including but not limited to:  Attendance at regular and executive board meetings…Dress…Reunions…MSA Selection…COD Meeting…Reunion Input…Supreme Council Meetings… Dialogue…Handouts…


                                                Trumpeteer – How it happens…what it costs…who gets it


Monthly Stated Meetings – What body is responsible when…program

contents…customary recognitions…opening and closing


10:15 AM                    Ill. Duncan P. McIntyre, 33° – Director of Work…Reunion/Degree Planning…Casts… 

“Book-End Concept” and “Core Values” defined


10:30 AM                    Ill. J. David Kline, 33° – Budget Preparation – What goes into it…how is it 

                                                managed…what can you spend…investments of the Valley


Secretary’s Duties and Responsibilities…how he can help you


10:45 AM                    Ill. JD Kline, 33° – Membership Brainstorming Ideas – Come prepared with at least one 

                                                idea to increase membership…


11:00 AM                    Executive Board Meeting -  Ill. JD Kline, 33°, Chair 


12:15 PM                    Lunch compliments of the Valley

26th Degree Film Auditions

Audition Notice 26th Degree Film:   Friends and Brothers Eternal.

Auditions will be held on Sunday January 26th from 2pm to 5pm at the Canton Masonic Temple located at 836 Market Ave N, Canton AND on Saturday February 1st from 10 am to 2 pm at the Tadmor Shrine Located at 3000 Krebs Drive Akron Ohio.

The story of the 26th Degree is set during the civil war with the majority of the action taking place during the Battle of Gettysburg.  Having appropriate facial hair (Beard, Mutton Chops, mustache, etc) is a plus, but not required.  Filming will be scheduled for the late spring and early summer of 2014. 

Civil War re-enactors are encouraged and welcome!

All parts are up for casting.  There are 20 speaking roles and many nonspeaking roles that range through all ages.

If you have a teenage son or grandson who would like to audition please feel free to bring him, if under age (18) he must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be required to sign for him. 

There are parts for teenage males who play the guitar, mandolin, violin, viola or other such instrument.   Please bring your instrument and be prepared to play the first two stanzas of the civil war era song “Lorena”.  We are also looking for a singer. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me through our facebook page Cast & Crew, Friends & Brothers (26th° Film), or email at or at 330 464 3300, Thank you.

The Great Secret Within Freemasonry

The November meeting will be on Thursday November 14th and will be conducted by the Altoona Chapter of Rose Croix.  The program for the evening is entitled “The Great Secret Within Freemasonry” and will teach you how to find it.  Sit back and enjoy this program that finds the message hidden in the words of ritual you probably know by heart.  Back before speculative Freemasonry, before the Masonic Guilds, before the earliest charters of for Masons, only Master Masons knew certain secrets of the Craft and those have been passed down through the millennia and exist within our ritual.  Find out what they are and the great secret they reveal!

Reunion a Great Success

This year brought changes to our Fall Reunion.  We moved our banquet back to the start of the Reunion instead of at the meeting afterwards.  What a difference it made!  Over 100 attended the banquet and all the new members of our Valley got a chance to meet other members and learn a bit about the Valley before receiving the 4th degree just after the banquet.

Saturday dawned on a full day of excellent degree work.  The 14th degree closed out the work of the Lodge of Perfection that had opened the night before.  With the Council, Princes of Jerusalem open, another excellent job of presenting the 15th degree commenced.  Then it was time for a very tasty lunch.  After lunch, the Chapter of Rose Croix was opened and additional information about the Valley and upcoming events was shared before the portrayal of the 18th degree.  Once again, the work was excellent and the stage crew changed scenes and props with speed and skill.  The work of the Chapter being concluded, the Consistory was opened for degree work.  The one-man performance of the 19th degree was a real joy to watch and very well done.  Then the dramatic 31st degree kept the momentum of the Reunion going.  Finally, the 32nd degree closed out the Reunion.

The work was excellent, the stage crew was superb and the class was welcomed into the Valley warmly!

Valley Website Features

Every issue of the Trumpeteer includes a note to check out the Valley’s website at, but there is more the site can do for you than just be there to go check once in a while.  Here are a couple useful features you can use from the website:

Sync Calendar – On the front page of the site is a list of upcoming events.  At the bottom of the box is a link for Google Calendar.  By using that link, you can connect the Valley calendar to your own web or email calendar.  Then you can get reminders and instant updates to any changes in dates or times as well as have new events automatically added to your calendar so you easily find out about them.

Twitter – Just below the list of upcoming events is little box that reads “follow us on twitter”.  That link takes you to our Twitter page, which is basically a quick snapshot of website posts.  If a new article or photo gets posted, it shows up on the Twitter feed.  If you have (or create) a Twitter account and then follow our page, you’ll see all the updates to the site from there or your mobile app without having to go to our website at all.

Those two features provide a way for you to sync your life with Valley news and events to save you tme and effort.  There are other features as well for you to interact with the articles using WordPress and our photo gallery using Tumblr if you’re familiar with those services.  If you are interested in syncing up to our services and are having trouble or don’t know where to start – just contact me:  or 814-880-7328.

The site is there and it is packed with spiffy features, but it is only as good as its content.  If you have some news or a picture you want to share, just send it along and it can go up immediately.  Without new posts, the site doesn’t do much for us.  Technology is cool and can do lots of things, but it still takes your input to have real value.


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