Thursday, August 18, 2011

Busy Summer

It has been one busy summer...

The July 9th Fund Raiser Dinner Dance for the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library, held in Amhesrt, NY was very succe

ssful! We had 138 in attendance, the food & fellowship was great and honoree M.'.W.'. Edward R. Trosin seemed quite pleased with the painting presented to him by the Library Trustees.

I was suffering from the sinus effects of a cold earlier in the week, which left me wondering if I would have a voice to MC the night's events. I survived but my voice was a wreck for the next 2 weeks.

Next up was the New York Scottish Rite's Council of Deliberation. It was held in Liverpool, NY and so driving was short.
Members of Trinity Chapter, Order of DeMolay presented the Flower Talk to the ladies
attending. There was not a dry eye following an excellent presentation by Brothers Brian Kershaw, Kyle Kennedy, Richard Torrey and
Conor Powell.

The Valley of Syracuse's Secretary, Ill.'. James D. Swan, Jr. 33° was elected Secretary for the CoD. Congratulations Jim!

The following weekend was just as busy with DeMolay's New York State Convention. Everyone had a great time with dances on both Friday & Saturday evenings, sports and lots of socializing. Trinity Chapter received the "Excellence in Leadership Preparation Award" and Brothers Conor Powell & Thomas Perry received awards recognizing their hard work in organizing the State
Degree Day held in the Spring. Master Councilor Joseph Cruz was awarded "Knight of the Year" from Excelsior Priory, Order of Knighthood.

Brother Thomas Perry followed Conor Powell as
the newly elected & installed State Junior Councilor. Conor, in the mean time, after deciding
not to run for higher office, was convinced to accept an appointed position & is now the State Deacon. Trinity Chapter is very proud of both of these young men & wish them much success in the ensuing year.

In addition to all that, I have updated & moved the Valley of Syracuse's website - visit it's new home at I am also serving on the planning committee for the Valley's 150th Anniversary which will be held on the weekend of April 27-29, 2012. Watch for more details.

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