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Medford Valley Scottish Rite Performs

the Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony

The Medford Valley performed the Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony last Monday evening to remember those Brethren who have passed to the Celestial Lodge and to renew our commitment to the ideals and virtues of the Masonic life we have chosen.  The Mystic Banquet could not be held however due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place.  Many thanks to Wise Master Chuck Fustish of the Medford Chapter of Rose Croix and the performing cast for their great performance of this important ceremony.

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Medford Valley Supports
Almeda Fire Relief Program

The Medford Valley Scottish Rite has joined the efforts of the Reames Chapter of the Eastern Star to provide support for the victims of the recent wildfire that destroyed thousands of homes in the Phoenix and Talent communities.  The Ladies of the Eastern Star Reames Chapter along with other Masonic related organizations are providing meals for families who have lost everything to this devastating fire.  The Medford Scottish Rite Center is providing our kitchen twice a month to the Ladies of the Eastern Star for cooking the meals distributed to the fire victims at three local parks.  We a very happy to support the Almeda Fire Relief Program of the Reames Chapter of the Eastern Star and their efforts to help the victims of these two communities in their time of need.

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Welcome Back Brethren!

  Medford Valley Scottish Rite held our first in-person Stated Meeting in over a year.  How good it is to see our Brothers again and get back to work in the Medford Valley.

Since the COVID status for Jackson County has changed from Extreme to High, we are now able to assemble based on guidelines from the State of Oregon and by permission of the Grand Master of Masons in Oregon.   This allows us to conduct assemblies within a specified number based on a prescribed matrix.  The Medford Valley will resume some limited meetings and ceremonies while observing the existing COVID mitigation guidelines of the State and edicts of the Grand Master.

A number of items were performed at this Stated Meeting.  We are preparing to conduct our Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony without the traditional Mystic Banquet next Monday April 19 at 6PM at the Scottish Rite Center to honor our departed Brothers who have crossed the vail within the last two years.  Additionally, we are practicing our degree work on the 4th and 14th degrees at home to keep proficient and, be ready when we are able to perform them for our numerous new candidates in waiting.

The Medford Valley Chapter of the Knights of Saint Andrew has combined their meeting with the Stated Meeting to reduce assemblies during this pandemic period.  The new Venerable Master of the Medford Chapter of the KSA was presented with his appropriately colored Hackle feather.   A Knighting Ceremony was also scheduled for May 3, 2021 for the three KSA Squires who have been in waiting for over a year.  The 2020 and 2021 KSA dues were collected and the KSA financial account is looking good.  The Medford Valley KSA Chapter is looking forward to aiding in the activities of our Valley.

The Order of the Knights of the Double Eagle Awards were presented to the Brethren who have earned additional bars of merit in 2020.  Congratulations to Brothers Billy Thompson and Chuck Fustish for their continued service to the Medford Valley Scottish Rite.   Well done!

The Medford Valley Scottish Rite has joined the efforts of the Reames Chapter of the Eastern Star to provide support for the victims of the recent wildfire that destroyed thousands of homes in the Phoenix and Talent communities.  The Ladies of the Eastern Star Reames Chapter along with other Masonic related organizations are providing meals for families who have lost everything to this devastating fire.  The Medford Scottish Rite Center is providing our kitchen twice a month to the Ladies of the Eastern Star for cooking the meals distributed to the fire victims at three local parks.  We a very happy to support the Almeda Fire Relief Program of the Reames Chapter of the Eastern Star and their efforts to help the victims of these two communities.

The Brethren of Medford Valley are excited about returning to the Masonic activities in our Valley and initiating our new candidates in the near future.  Your support is encouraged to restart our activities and events and to bring our Valley back from the doldrums that we were mired in this past year.  Be sure to check out our website at “MedfordValleyScottishRite.Com” on your browser.   Visit it regularly to keep informed as to the activities, events and information relative to the Medford Valley Scottish Rite.  Use the Events and Announcements tabs to get the latest information of activities and planned events for the Medford Valley.

Fraternally,

Bruce A. Kundert, 32°KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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Congratulations to our Medford Valley 2021 Scottish Rite ROTC Award Recipient, Cadet Marribett Malubay!

Cadet Marribett Malubay has demonstrated exceptional excellence by deeds and conduct during participation in extracurricular activities and community projects.  She has demonstrated academic excellence by being in the top 25% of his academic class and, demonstrated a potential for outstanding leadership by exhibiting qualities of dependability, good character, self discipline, good citizenship and patriotism.

For this reason, Cadet Malubay has been selected by her ROTC Commander, Major Mark Timmons, to receive this years Scottish Rite ROTC Award at Southern Oregon University, in Ashland Oregon.

Presentation of the Scottish Rite ROTC Achievement Award will be conducted at the University Of Oregon in Eugene Oregon.  Due too the COVID -19 restrictions this years presentation will be modified to comply with the required safety precautions.

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Passing of Brother Mason HRH Prince Philip

The Duke of Edinburgh

THE FREEMASONS ARE DEEPLY SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF PRINCE PHILIP AND WE EXTEND OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN AND THE ROYAL FAMILY

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh started his life in Freemasonry in 1952, at the age of 31. He was initiated into Navy Lodge, No 2612, on 5 December.

On 6 March 1953, HRH Prince Philip progressed to the Second Degree of Freemasonry, before advancing to the Third Degree on 4 May 1953. The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) issued his Grand Lodge Certificate on 7 May that same year and he has remained a member to this day.

The Duke of Edinburgh was born in Corfu on 10 June 1921, the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He therefore also held the title Prince of Greece and Denmark.

Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Prince Louis, who was Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord. He had a long and successful career in the Navy and rose to the rank of Commander.

Prince Philip was also a qualified pilot and was the first member of the Royal Family ever to fly out of Buckingham Palace in a helicopter.

The Duke of Edinburgh was known to drop into meetings at his Freemasons Lodge almost unannounced. Navy Lodge has a storied past and an amazing roster of luminaries appear upon its membership roll. The Lodge prides itself on being the premier Naval Lodge in the world, with an unparalleled history that includes four monarchs as past members – King Edward VII, King Edward VIII, King George VI, and King George II of the Hellenes.

The Duke of Edinburgh was patron or president of some 800 organizations, with special interests in scientific and technological research and development, the encouragement of sport, the welfare of young people, and conservation and the environment.

Freemasons can also count other members of the Royal Family among their number, including HRH the Duke of Kent, who is the longest-serving Grand Master of the UGLE.

As well as members of the Royal Family, Navy Lodge can proudly name three winners of the Victoria Cross among its past and present members; numerous Admirals, Generals, Vice-Admirals and Senior Officers; as well as other notables such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott – known as ‘Scott of the Antarctic – and many more.

Elsewhere, there is also a Duke of Edinburgh Lodge, No 1182, Liverpool, which was issued a warrant on 2 July 1867 and was consecrated on 1 August 1867. The Lodge was named after Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, who was then Duke of Edinburgh. He was born on 6 August 1844, the second son of Queen Victoria.

In addition, there is a Duke of Edinburgh Lodge in London, No 1259, which was consecrated on 4 May 1869. The Lodge was also named after Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, who became Duke of Edinburgh in 1866.

Reprinted from the Trestle Board of Medford Lodge #103 Medford Oregon

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Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony
Medford Valley Scottish Rite Center
April 19, 2021 – 6:00PM 

The Rose Croix Chapter of Medford Valley will traditionally observe the Celebration of Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday in our Remembrance and Renewal at the Medford Scottish Rite Center on April 19, 2021.  The words of this ceremony speak to the hearts and minds of all men but, are especially significant to Brothers of the Scottish Rite and all Masons. The ceremony normally includes the Mystic Banquet however, due to restrictions due to the COVID virus the Mystic Banquet that was first included as a ritual of the Eighteenth Degree which Charles de Ladebat prepared and published in 1856 in New Orleans will not be performed at this years ceremony. The Code of Statutes in 1866 lists Maundy Thursday as a feast day, and as of 1878, the Statutes indicated its observance as obligatory in normal times.
In deference to the Maundy Thursday rites of churches however, in 1994 it was deemed appropriate that a Scottish Rite non-obligatory “Celebration of Remembrance and Renewal” should replace the traditional Maundy Thursday observance and be held near the vernal equinox as much as possible.

The ceremony of Remembrance and Renewal, that would normally include the Mystic Banquet, is not a religious observance. It is neither the Feast of the Passover nor a Sacrament of the Holy Communion, although it normally would commemorate the spirit of both days.

Chapters of Rose Croix traditionally observe the celebration of the Mystic Banquet when held, as a memorial service honoring the Knights of their Chapter who have passed on during the preceding year.

This observance strengthens the ties of brotherly love, past and present. We meet together to break bread of fraternity, to reconcile ourselves with those we may have offended and, to drink the wine of refreshment and renewal. Thus, we celebrate the lives of our departed Brethren and all mankind. We are reminded that our lives are to be dedicated to the Masonic principles of duty and service to elevate mankind; for what is a man, if a man, does not make the world better?
This effort may be fraught with personal sacrifice, and requires the dedication to principles and values we as Scottish Rite Masons espouse.

As the earth brings forth new life in the spring, this celebration reminds us that the sincere man will find a reality that is seen with more than eyes. In the midst of life’s fleeting shadow, these rituals shed a bright light that reveals an abiding hope and sustaining confidence in man’s innate ability to be reborn.

Please join us at our Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony as announced below.

Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony (NOTE: no Mystic Banquet to be performed due to Covid Restrictions this year.)   All current mandatory COVID mitigation restrictions will be observed for your safety.

Apr. 19th, 2021 – 6:00PM at the Scottish Rite Center

3581 Lear Way, Medford, Oregon 97504

Ceremony will begin at 6:00pm
For more information call the Medford Scottish Rite Office at
541-772-2205

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Lifeline Screening at the Medford

 Scottish Rite Center March 25, 2021

Brethren,

Lifeline Screening will again be here on March 25, 2021 at 8:30am. If you have signed up for the screening, you will be notified in the near future.   All COVID mitigation restrictions will be followed for your safety.

Bruce A. Kundert, 32° KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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Medford Valley Executive and Stated Meeting

April 12, 2021

March 17, 2021

Brethren,

This letter is to inform you of a change in status of the Jackson County COVID mitigation level from Extreme to High and our plans to restart some in-person fraternal meetings starting April 12, 2021.  Although the new classification allows us to hold some small meetings, the basic COVID mitigation restrictions still apply such as, mask wearing, social distancing and personal sanitation measures such as hand washing and sanitation of the meeting areas.  The maximum attendance for our Scottish Rite Center is 25% of the legal maximum capacity of 115 persons.  This allows attendance of 29 people.  Since most of our assemblies are less than 29 people we should be able to schedule our Executive Meetings and Stated Meetings within the current State mandated COVID mitigation restrictions for Jackson County.  This change is in accordance with the edits of the Grand Master of Masons in Oregon and the SGIG for the Orient of Oregon relative to assembly sizing.  However, the Edit of the Grand Master does not allow dinners or any degrees being conducted at this time.

Accordingly, it is essential that all Body Heads, appointed officers and membership attend all meetings called to insure a quorum is present.  We plan to keep our meetings to a minimum to avoid unnecessary physical contact during this pandemic.

Brethren, I know it has been very frustrating due to the COVID virus and the shutdown of fraternal activities.  However, we must come back and get actively involved in the work of the Scottish Rite to keep our Valley strong and productive. It is easy to forget about performing your duties after a long period of inactivity such as we have had this past year but, we have to get restarted and involved again to bring our Valley back from the doldrums and perform our assigned responsibilities and duties. If we restart in April, we can be prepared to perform some activities following prudent COVID mitigation requirements and still meet and fellowship physically.

Take time to find our new website at; “MedfordValleyScottishRite.com” on your browser and visit it regularly to keep informed as to the activities, events, and information relative to the Medford Valley Scottish Rite.  Use the Events and Announcements tabs to get information of activities and planned events for the Medford Valley.

Fraternally,

Bruce A. Kundert, 32° KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

Executive Meeting at 6:00 PM at the SRC

Stated Meeting at 7:00 PM at the SRC

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Portland Valley Announces Postponement

of 2021 Spring Reunion

March 10, 2021—Portland, Oregon

Greetings Brethren,

Due to the ongoing situation with health and safety concerns, and with regard to the

cautionary Edict as of February 19th from Most Worshipful Brother Grand Master Mike

McGuyer continuing the ban on in-person Degree work for all Lodges, Appendant &

Concordant Bodies, the Portland Valley Body Head Committee has determined the 2021

Spring Reunion will now be postponed until a later date when circumstances are

conducive for us to return to the full grandeur and splendor of conferring the Degrees in

our historic Vaudeville era theater in the Portland Valley Temple. The Valley Leadership

appreciates both the guidance of the Grand Master and the patience of our Members and

Candidates as we appear to draw near to the conclusion of these troublesome times over

the last year’s pandemic. It is hoped to resume Stated Meetings in May and we look

forward to Degree work by late Spring or early summer.

Fraternally,

Br. Nate Neff, 32º, KCCH

Portland Valley Personal Representative

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Passing of Brother Floyd Vernon Martin, 32°

Brethren,

The role of the workmen has been called and, one Master Mason, Brother Floyd Vernon Martin, 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 him 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 Floyd Martin, 32° was born April 23, 1929 and passed on February 19, 2021 at the age of 91 years.  His is survived by his beloved Wife Vickie.  Brother Martin was a member of the Sweet Home Masonic Lodge #202 in Sweet Home, Oregon.

Brother Martin received his early degrees in Salem Oregon and the 32nd degree in Portland Oregon where he also joined the Shrine.   In the late 70’s or early 80’s he demitted from Portland and joined Medford Valley Scottish Rite.   Brother Martin also joined Hillah Shriners in Medford Oregon.

No memorial or funeral arrangements have been received at this time.

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Scottish Rite March Stated Meeting

Monday, March 8, 2021– 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Bruce Kundert is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on March 8, 2021 at 7PM
Meeting ID: 742 0733 9056
Passcode: NKKx24

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Are donations to the Scottish Rite

Seale Scholarship Program Tax Deductible?

Brethren,

Here are the answers to the questions I have received so far.  Yes, your gifts of money are tax deductible.

Please make your checks out to: Scottish Rite Foundation and write on the memo line Seale Scholarship. Mail the checks to our Grand Commander Cole. Here is the address:

Seale Scholarship

attn. GC Cole

1733 Sixteenth Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

 

If you want to use your credit card here is how.

Call Ms Caitlyn Kent in the Development office # 202-777-3111. Tell her that you want to give a gift to the Seale Scholarship.

A big Thank you to all of you!

God bless each and everyone of you!

Gary Kuney, 33°

S.G.I.G. in Oregon

971-645-1272

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Meeting Information for the February 8, 2021

Scottish Rite Stated Meeting

Bruce Kundert is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on February 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM.

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Orient Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 16, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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A gift from the Supreme Council:  Audiobook –  “Morals & Dogma”

We know 2020 was a challenging year, and we thank you for all you have done and continue to do for your community and for the Scottish Rite as we move into 2021.

As our gift to Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction members for the new year, we are pleased to offer you free access to the official audiobook production of Albert Pike’s Morals & Dogma, Annotated Edition by Illustrious Bro. Arturo de Hoyos, 33°. It is available for streaming in the Members-Only content section of our website, ScottishRite.org.

Please note, you will be asked to log in to the Members-Only section of the website, if you are not already. If you have not yet set up your members account on the portal, you can do so within minutes. You will need your Scottish Rite Member number to set up the account.

Fraternally,

Maynard Edwards, KCCH

Member Engagement Manager

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Meeting Information for the January 11, 2021

Scottish Rite Stated Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting at:
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Meeting ID: 742 0733 9056
Passcode: NKKx24

Meeting Time:  7:00 PM

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Zoom Meeting Tips & Etiquette

Like many organizations around the globe, The Scottish Rite has been using Zoom to conduct meetings – and to promote fun and fellowship – among its members during the pandemic. The popular video meeting app has a multitude of features that make connecting virtually a breeze. Here are some tips to improve your next Zoom meeting:

Mute audio and turn off camera by default – To do it, go to Settings > Audio > Mute microphone when joining a meeting, and then Settings > Video > Turn off my video when joining a meeting.

Mute and unmute with the space bar – You don’t have to click the microphone button every time you want to speak or mute yourself. Simply press and hold the spacebar on your keyboard to mute or unmute your microphone.

Remember meeting etiquette – With Zoom meetings taking place outside of  temples, etiquette is more important than ever. Try to find a quiet, uncluttered area. Don’t eat on-camera. Use the “raise hand” function if you want to speak. React using the “thumbs up” or “clapping” emoji so you don’t interrupt. Finally, if you need to take a break, turn your camera off so you don’t unwittingly become the next viral video sensation.

For additional tips and helpful videos, visit the Zoom Help Center.

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kadosh

Council of Kadosh Dinner (CANCELED)

(and Grand Masters Visitation)

January 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Was To be held at the Medford Scottish Rite Center.

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

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Good Bye 2020!

Hello

December 23, 2020

Brethren,

As the 2020 year fades into the past, it is time to look back at the challenges we have faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ramifications that affected our planned Medford Valley year.

Considering the Federal, State and Grand Lodge mandates as well as Supreme and Orient compliance to them, we have not had a “normal” schedule of events, meetings, dinners, degree practices and presentations since the first part of March.  Although we have communicated via many electronic mediums such as, emails, constant contact, our new website and virtual meetings via Zoom and Go to Meetings, we have not had the opportunity to meet face to face and enjoy the fellowship of our Brothers and their families.

I look forward to the time we can resume personal contact and once again fellowship and participate in those activities we all enjoy.

The Medford Valley like many others, has taken a major hit financially due to the mandated shutdown.  Loss of rental revenue flow and the ultimate cancellation of renter support has greatly reduced anticipated income originally projected in our 2020 budget calculations.  These reductions of income were mitigated by effective reductions in the projected expenses for utilities and operating expenses not required due to loss of tenant activity, fraternal activities and postponing some building repairs and proposed improvements.  These efforts resulted in maintaining control of our budget and having a positive residual at the end of the 2020 year that will be applied to the proposed 2021 budget.

The good news is; although 2020 has been a horrible experience for all in this nation and the world, we have weathered the storm and remained on course.  We have stayed within our projected budget figures and have significantly increased our financial investments bottom lines.  Thanks to all the Medford Valley Officers, Body Heads and all who have supported our efforts to navigate the COVID storm of 2020.  Your support and understanding has been greatly appreciated!  Further, distribution is presently underway of the COVID-19 vaccine with the hope of controlling this pandemic in the near future.  Current projections are still six months into the future before we can start to resume “normal” activities and events.  Until notified, we will have to adhere to the mitigation mandates limiting our activities and events in the 2021 year.

Again, thank you for your continued support and understanding.  Keep up to date on Medford Valley Scottish Rite information by visiting our website at:  medfordvalleyscottishrite.com and using the Events and Announcement tabs.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year!

Fraternally,

Bruce A. Kundert, 32* KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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Master Craftsman Is Now ONLINE!

This article appears in the July/August 2020 Scottish Rite Journal.

By Stuart Pool, 32°

Master Craftsman Program Manager

That’s right: Master Craftsman is now ONLINE! Since its inception in 2009, the Scottish Rite Master Craftsman education program has been a leading source for Masonic education, not only here in the Southern Jurisdiction, but also across the globe. There are currently three components under the Master Craftsman banner along with a Valley Education Tool. For the last decade, the programs have operated exclusively as a correspondence course, requiring participants to mail in quizzes for grading. They are returned with the next quiz. Over the years, surveys indicated that our members strongly supported an online option for the Master Craftsman Program. Well, we heard you! On May 13, 2020, the Supreme Council rolled out the “Master Craftsman: Ritual & History Program” in an online format. This uses for its text Ill. Arturo de Hoyos’s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide.

The online version of the Master Craftsman: Ritual & History program is identical to the correspondence course with a few exceptions:

IT’S DIGITAL! All the questions are answered on the computer and immediately sent to the Master Craftsman Program Manager, Bro. Stuart Pool, 32°.

Upon completing a quiz, a link for the next quiz will be displayed on the completion screen. If you need to step away, don’t worry! We’ll send you an email with the link.

Upon completing each quiz, you will see what percentage you got right on the quiz, and you also will receive an email with a PDF displaying your answers, so you can determine what you missed and can return to your book to find the correct answer.

If you’re worried about missing the notes you receive from the Supreme Council staff on your quizzes … don’t be. Every quiz still will be forwarded electronically to our reviewers, who will make comments and reply to your quiz before the essay is sent back to you.

Are you currently enrolled in the Master Craftsman Ritual & History correspondence course? Do you want to switch to the online version? No problem! Email Bro. Stuart Pool at [email protected] and ask about switching. We’ll generate a registration number for you to enter on the provided link, so you don’t need to start from scratch.

Every online quiz will require the confirmation number you received from the Scottish Rite Store when you purchased the program. If you lost the email or cannot find the number, just send an email to [email protected], and we’ll help. Please do not share your confirmation number with anyone, since it works for only one participant. Multiple entries of the same number will invalidate it and will likely stop your progress. Each quiz is generated for a single confirmation number, so sharing links and confirmation numbers with your brethren does not work.

We are excited about expanding our program and believe this will be a great way of moving our Masonic Education forward to more members. We hope you enjoy participating in the program as much as we enjoyed making it for you! Get started by going to  www.scottishritestore.org and clicking on the “Masonic Education” tab.

This program is encouraged for our new candidates as well as present Scottish Rite Masons to learn more about the Scottish Rite and our commitment to personal excellence and service to our community and country.

If you would be interested in enrolling in this very informative class, please contact the Medford Scottish Rite Office and we will assist you in enrollment.

 

Bruce A. Kundert, 32* KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

(541) 772-2205 – [email protected]

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Individual Donations to the Oregon Scottish Rite

Speech and Language Charity for the 2020 tax year

 

Date:  December 21, 2020

Subject:  2020 individual donations for the Speech and Language Charity Donation Program of the Medford Valley Scottish Rite.

Dear Brethren,

If you would like to make an individual donation for the 2020 fiscal year to the Speech and Language Charity Program of Medford Valley Scottish Rite, please send your donation check to the Medford Valley office before the end of the 2020 year.  This will qualify you for a 2020 individual tax credit for your donation to the Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity as described below.

The Medford Valley Scottish Rite initiated a program last year to support the Oregon Scottish Rites’ Speech and Language Charity.  This program will allow the members of the Medford Valley Scottish Rite to join other Valleys in the Orient of Oregon in supporting the Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity which is a 501 (c) (3) private foundation.  This Charity was created over 36 years ago by the Oregon Scottish Rite members.  Its purpose is to provide young Oregon children who struggle with a multitude of communication issues to overcome their communications challenges.

Our Donation Program will partner with the Orient Program and help support a vibrant network of collaborations with Oregon University programs in speech-language pathology and selected non-profits affiliated with the Universities such as; the Speech and Hearing Sciences Program at Portland State University (SPHR) which is one such program.  We are simultaneously supporting the training of the next generation of speech-language pathologists with our contributions.

Our partnership provides the Oregon Scottish Rite, the PSU, SPHR program, and the Hello Clinic an opportunity to strengthen their reach to children with communications challenges.  It also allows speech-language pathology graduate students to broaden their clinical experience under the supervision of seasoned clinicians.

Your support of this program and your generous contributions to the Oregon Speech and Language Charity will be greatly appreciated.  These contributions will bring needed assistance to young patients whose lives will be greatly benefitted by your generous gift.

Please make your checks payable to:  Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Charity

If you would like to support this program or have any questions, please contact me or the General Secretary at the phone number or email address noted below.  Thank you for your interest and support for this vital program.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Bruce Kundert, 32° K.C.C.H.

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

3581 Lear Way

Medford, OR 97504

(541) 772-2205 – [email protected]

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Wishing you all a Happy Holiday season,

full of peace and joy!

The greatest part of the holiday season is the time spent

with those we hold most dear and love.

Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season

and a prosperous new year!

 

Medford Valley Scottish Rite, Orient of Oregon

Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Southern Jurisdiction, USA

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The Medford Scottish Rite Center’s location is in an   “Extreme Risk” category location and will continue in the Oregon mandated COVID-19 restrictions and comply with the Grand Master’s directives noted below until further notice.

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Latest Direction from The Grand Master of Masons in Oregon relative to the Oregon COVID restrictions:

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Holiday feast

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving Brethren!

The Medford Valley Scottish Rite of Freemasonry wishes each of you, your family, friends, and loved ones a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving holiday! The Valley is very thankful this holiday for all of our members who make this organization such a great one.  Enjoy the holiday taking all the proper safeguards to keep yourself, family and loved ones healthy and safe.

May the Great Architect bless you in all your holiday undertakings!

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Medford Valley Scottish Rite December Zoom Meeting

Scottish Rite Zoom Stated Meeting – Monday – December 14, 2020
Time:  7:00 – 7:30 pm
Description:  Bruce Kundert, 32* KCCH, Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon, is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting at the URL below:
Meeting ID: 781 1228 4939
Passcode: 9PZDfM

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Revised Plan for Elections and Installation of Officers

Brethren,

This is to inform you of a change in plans for the election and installation of the Body Heads for the 2021/2022 term for the Medford Valley Scottish Rite.  Plans are constantly changing due to the impact of the ever changing conditions relative to the COVID virus.  Please be advised that some plans have changed since the issuance of my last informational letter.

In our November Stated Meeting the membership agreed to retain the existing Body Heads for the next 2021/2022 term.    This in effect allows the Body Head Officers to continue in their present positions for the next term to continue with the business of the Valley’s fraternal activities.   The SGIG has advised; he is allowing the retention of the existing Valley Body Heads to remain in their positions for the next term without need of an election or an installation due to the COIVID mitigation restrictions recently imposed.

On November 13, the Governor of Oregon imposed a two-week “freeze” effective November 18 through December 2.  This directive is due to the recent spike in COVID cases in the State of Oregon.  This directive imposes certain restrictions and closures in an effort to mitigate the rapid spread of the virus in our State.  The Scottish Rite Center is a communal venue, affected by a number of these restrictions and must comply with the directive of our State government.  Therefore, the Scottish Rite Center must close our venue to all outside groups until the State imposed restrictions are lifted.

The COVID virus has affected our ability to assemble and perform in-person meetings and events due to the restrictions involved over the last eight months.  The virus is getting worst every month and the outlook is not positive until a vaccine has been found and distributed.  Therefore, the Scottish Rite Center will be shut down to all events and activities including Stated Meetings until it is deemed safe to re-open once the spread of the virus has been contained.  Since we will not be having physical events, it is essential that the Body Heads attend all virtual Zoom meetings called as we are holding Zoom meetings to avoid unnecessary physical contact during this pandemic but still addressing the need to conduct essential Valley business.

Brethren, I know it has been a very frustrating and complex year due to the COVID virus and the shutdown of fraternal activities.   In my recent letter I had discussed the possibility of having a Virtual Reunion to initiate our new candidates.  However, it has been determined that waiting until we can hold a proper physical reunion would be more meaningful and impressive to the new candidates.    Therefore, we will postpone the initiations until that time.

I would encourage all the cast members of the 4th and 14th degrees to practice their lines at home and prepare to be ready when the opportunity presents itself to meet and hold a proper reunion for our new candidates.  This will save time when the chance comes to assemble and perform our degrees in the proper Lodge setting.

I hope that everyone is safe and well.    Take time to find our new website at; “MedfordValleyScottishRite.com” on your browser, put it on your favorites list and visit it regularly in these uncertain and changeable times to keep informed as to the activities, events, and information relative to the Medford Valley Scottish Rite.  View the Events Calendar tab and the Announcements tab as these inform you of the upcoming events, time, place and other information relative to those events.   The Announcements tab has information as to current activities and happenings that may be in your interest.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Bruce A. Kundert, 32° KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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Announcement of November 9, 2020 Stated Meeting

Brethren,

We will be holding our November Stated Meeting on November 9, 2020 at 7:00pm in the Medford Scottish Rite Center.

This has been a trying year for everyone due to the shutdown and other restrictions caused by the COVID 19 virus.   However, we are trying to get back on track to have a successful year in 2021.

Please try to attend if you are able as we will be discussing the Proposed Budget for 2021 and plans for processing our new candidates relative to the constraints imposed by the COVID 19 virus on our degree presentations and reunion attendance availability.

If you are not able to come or, you have concerns of socially interacting due to the virus and do not want to attend at this time, you can request a copy of the 2021 Proposed Budget by calling the General Secretary at 541-772-2205 or emailing your request to [email protected].

Attendance at the Stated Meeting will require full compliance with current COVID 19 safety restrictions such as; wearing a mask at all time, social distancing and frequent hand washing is encouraged.

It has been a long time since we have physically assembled and we look forward to a great turnout and hope we will see you there.

 

Fraternally and sincerely,

Bruce A. Kundert, 32° KCCH

Personal Representative of the SGIG in Oregon

Medford Valley Scottish Rite

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Passing of Brother Scott A. Logan

Brethren, we are saddened to hear of the passing of our Southern Oregon Brother Scott A. Logan on October 26, 2020.  Brother Scott is the Son of Illustrious Brother and Past Grand Master Lyle Logan, Personal Representative of Klamath Falls Valley.  We extend our condolences to the Logan family for their loss.  Brother Scott will be sorely missed.  The funerary and memorial arrangements are unknown at this time.

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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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