Abbott Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2016

The Leon M. Abbott Scholarships provided by Supreme Council give financial support for the continuing education of young men and women from Scottish Rite families. The grants are awarded annually to children of a Scottish Rite Mason of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, who is a high
school senior or currently enrolled at an accredited college or university, and who has attained a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. A child is also eligible if he/she is a member of DeMolay, Rainbow or Jobs Daughters in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, and is a high school senior or currently enrolled at an accredited college or university, and has attained a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

A Scottish Rite Mason who is a member of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction is also eligible for the Abbott Scholarship.

Applications go to John R. Biddle, 809 Walnut St., Roaring Spring, PA 16673. Please DO NOT send applications to the Secretary.



Spring Reunion Schedule – May 2, 2015

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

Knights of St. Andrew!

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:

Elected Officers
Venerable Master: Jeremy Johnson
Senior Warden: K. Dwayne Kaufman
Junior Warden: Joshua Kline
Secretary/Treasurer: Timothy Brinkmeyer

Appointed Officers
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!

Limited Additional Tickets Available

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, or call his cell and leave a message 814-330-8684.

Altoona Curve Tickets Mailed!

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!

Ballgame Ticket Deadline: 5/31!

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!

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.