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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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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 if 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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