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Feast of Tishri Presentation has been cancelled for 2020

Brethren, the annual presentation of the traditional Feast of Tishri normally observed on the third Monday of October has been cancelled for the 2020 year. The Medford Valley Officers have called a virtual Zoom meeting for the month of October in leu of the Stated “in person” meeting. (See the Events Calendar tab on this website for details.) It has been decided; observance of the Tishri Feast would not be prudent at this time due to the current COVID-19 mitigation procedures in effect .

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Masonic Service for   IS Bob Hamilton, PP

Grants Pass Masonic Lodge #84 will be holding a Masonic Service for Brother IS Bob
Hamilton, Potentate Hillah Shriners 1992.
IS Bob passed to that house not built with hands on July 19, 2020. The service will be held on
October 10th, at 1:00pm, which would have been IS Bob’s 96 Birthday.
The service is hosted by IS Bob’s daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Steve Booth, at their
house just outside Grants Pass off Hwy 199. Their address is:
5287 Fish Hatchery Rd, Grants Pass
For questions or to RSVP, please contact John Rall, Hillah HPP at 541-507-7590.

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        Member Alert: FEMA Emergency Assistance

 

 

Member Alert: FEMA Emergency Assistance
Dear Chamber & Community Members,
Below are resources for those who have been impacted by the wildfires. Please share this email to anyone and everyone who needs assistance at this time.
Now that the Major Disaster Declaration is in effect for the State of Oregon, it is critical that all persons impacted by the wildfires sign up for assistance through FEMA as soon as possible.
The two primary ways to do so are as follows:
Visit the website: www.DisasterAssistance.gov
Call: 1-800-621-3362
Congressman Walden’s office has created the document, 2020 September Wildfires Major Disaster Handout, as a resource for those impacted by the wildfires. Please click the title of the document to access it.
Additionally, please also click the following link to access a fact sheet on what Individual Assistance from FEMA can provide for impacted individuals: Fact Sheet – Individual Assistance
Here are other links to resources for your use:
Thank you for helping us get these resources out to those who need them.
Together we can help keep Southern Oregon Strong.

The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County – 101 E 8th StreetMedford, OR 97501

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The recent devastating wildfires has left many in our community in need.  Here is one way we can help.

Habitat Friends –
Our ReStore and our Admin Office are still standing and we are thankful for the hard work of each and every member of the emergency response teams that worked tirelessly to save as much as possible. Much of our community is beyond recognition and hundreds of homes have been destroyed – thousands of lives have been impacted. Please know that as an organization, we are actively engaged in the recovery discussions and formulating ways that Habitat can support the immediate needs and long-term housing needs of our community.
For this moment and as an immediate need, we created a TOOL SHARE. We are accepting donations of items that impacted households can use during the recovery/clean-up process. Things that will help them as they look for sentimental/valuable items within the rubble.
We need shovels (all shapes and sizes), metal rakes, garden hoes, gloves, etc. We are currently accepting these items at our Habitat Admin Office (next door to the ReStore) 2201 S. Pacific Hwy Medford, OR 97501.
DONATION DAYS
Friday, Sept 11th from 10am to 4pm
Saturday, Sept 12th from 10am to 4pm
Out of concern for everyone’s safety we will not distribute these items until EMS has lifted evacuation orders and home sites have been deemed safe to return to.
Please watch our social media for current updates regarding our TOOL SHARE and other local developments.

Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity | PO Box 688–2201 S. Pacific HwyMedford, OR 97501

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Thank you for opening your doors for our community health screening Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Dear Ed,

Thank you for opening your doors for our community health screening in your area.  It is because of your generosity that Life Line Screening is able to bring these health screenings into your community and for that, we are very appreciative.

We look forward to working together again!

Sincerely,

Brianna Reed
Health Service Coordinator
Life Line Screening
Phone: (800) 897-9177 24911
Mobile: +1 3302042766
Email: [email protected]

www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle

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Medford Scottish Rite Lifeline Screening!

Brethren,

Lifeline Screening will again be here on 09/08/20 at 8:30am. If you have signed up for the screening, you will be notified in the near future. If you would like to have a screening, please call me so I can get you on the schedule.

Ed Davis
General Secretary
Medford Scottish Rite
541-772-2205

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Congratulations to our 2020-2021

Scholarship Recipient Garrett Joseph Arman

Mr. Garrett J. Arman has been selected to receive a $2,000.00 scholarship grant from the Oregon Scottish Rite Education Foundation for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Mr. Arman has chosen to continue his studies at Oregon State University.  We wish Garrett well and are looking forward to his advancement at Oregon State University.  Congratulations!

 

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Passing of Brother Robert Paul “Dad” Hamilton, 32°

Brethren,

The role of the workman has been called and, one Master Mason, Brother Robert Paul Hamilton, 32°, has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught his to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.  He will be missed.

Brother Bob Hamilton 32° was born October 10, 1924.  He served as Worshipful Master of Grants Pass Lodge #84 in Grants Pass Oregon. He was affectionately called “Dad” by those who knew him for his kind and considerate demeanor.  He was a great mentor to many young Masons in the Grants Pass Lodge and Hillah Shrine.

Brother Bob received the Scottish Rite degrees on November 9, 1984 in the Medford Valley. He was also a member of Hillah Shriners and served as Potentate in 1992.  Brother Bob was involved in numerous Masonic Organizations in his fraternal life serving a leadership role in Blue Lodge Masonry, Shrine Masonry, York Rite Masonry and Scottish Rite Masonry.   He died in Grants Pass Oregon on July 9, 2010 at the age of 96 years Brother Bob was a U. S.  Veteran serving in WWII.

Plans for a memorial service has not yet been announced.

 

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PR’s Announcement

July 22, 2020

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

Brethren,

A couple of weeks ago the SGIG called a tele-conference meeting with all the Orient PR’s and General Secretaries to discuss some threats received by the Portland Valley concerning their building.

As you have probably seen in the news; the situation in Portland has been concerning to say the least and the civil unrest along with  the restrictions necessitated by the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic has put a severe strain on our fraternities assemblies and events.   Until such time as these concerns can be alleviated, we will be instituting alternative means of coming together for business and communication.  The way things are going now, this may be prudent.  We are looking at how we may institute video conferencing sessions such as Zoom meetings for the Medford Valley where we can discuss business in a meeting environment until such time as we can resume normal in-person meetings.

The Orient SGIG and PR’s have been using this method to meet and formulate plans for various concerns and this style of meeting may be used a lot more by all Valleys across the Orient in the future.

The Medford Valley has instituted a website that will be used to communicate to the membership event schedules and announcements that are pertinent to the Medford Valley.  Please find on your browser; “MedfordValleyScottishRite.com” and put it in your bookmark bar or favorites bar to insure you can review it regularly and keep informed as to the events and concerns relative to the membership of the Medford Valley Scottish Rite.  This will be our means of communication to you in real time.

Brethren, we are still in COVID response mode and since we are dark the months of July and August normally, we will be looking at the situation as September approaches to determine the feasibility of possible re-opening.  With the resurgence of the Virus and the roll-back of the State of Oregon re-opening plan, resumption of the normal business mode might not be feasible at that time.  If not, we will institute the Zoom video conferencing sessions noted above, where we can discuss business in a meeting environment.

Patience and understanding are needed during these difficult times my Brothers.  This may be the new normal for quite a while.  Take care and stay safe until we meet again.

Bruce A. Kundert, 32* KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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Attention Medford Area Masons

The Medford Valley Scottish Rite is looking for Masons who’s current profession is as an emergency first responder.  If you personally work in these professions, please email or call the Medford Valley Scottish Rite office at; [email protected] or call 541-772-2205 for more details on how we can use your assistance.  We appreciate that many members may know someone who is not a member of the Fraternity but who works in one of these professions.  At this time we are only calling on our members currently working in these vocations.

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Passing of Brother Lawrence “Larry” G. Youmans, 32°

Brethren,

The role of the workman has been called and, one Master Mason, Brother Lawrence Youmans, 32°, has not answered to his name. He has laid down the working tools of life and with them has left that mortal part for which he no longer has use. His labors here below have taught his to divest his heart and conscience of the vices and superfluity of life, thereby fitting his mind as a living stone for that spiritual building, that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Strengthened in his labors here by faith in God, and confident of expectation of immortality, he has been granted admission to the Celestial Lodge above. His Brethren mourn the passing of a great man and Mason.  He will be missed.

Brother Larry Youmans 32° was born January 4, 1922 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  He was a lineman for Pacific NW Bell when he moved to Oregon. He served as Worshipful Master of Warren Lodge #10 in Jacksonville Oregon in 1977 and Worthy Patron Adarel Chapter #3 in 1972. He received the Scottish Rite degrees on April 4, 2015 in the Medford Valley. He was also a member Hillah Shriners and served as Potentate in 1989.  Brother Larry was involved in numerous Masonic Organizations in his fraternal life serving a leadership role in Blue Lodge Masonry, Shrine Masonry, York Rite Masonry and Scottish Rite Masonry.   He died in Medford Oregon on June 26, 2020 at the age of 98 years.  Brother Larry has been an inspiration to many area Masons and was a personal mentor to me in numerous Masonic Organizations when I affiliated to Oregon.  Brother Larry was a devout ritualist and held to proper form and protocol in all his Masonic service.  Brother Larry was a U. S. Navy veteran serving in WWII and the Korean Wars as a crew member of a Destroyer/Gun Boat.  He met his lifelong mate Pat Youmans at the end of WWII.   They settled down only for Larry to be recalled to active duty in the U.S. Navy five years later, to serve in the Korean War.  Since then they were inseparable until his beloved Pat passed nine months ago.  He is survived by his three children, Linda DeVenney of Salem, Oregon, Mike Youmans of Madras, Oregon and Susan Wetzel of Medford, Oregon.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.  Donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in his name.

 

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