Brethren of the Minneapolis Valley:
I hope that you and your families are well … and safe.
The COVID gathering restrictions in Minnesota are beginning to ease and it is obvious that our Masonic Brethren are yearning for the opportunity to gather again in Lodge. To encourage a safe return to our gatherings and at the request of our SGIG Tony Krall, Brothers from across the Orient have labored to develop, rehearse and present a unique Scottish Rite Reunion experience.
On May 6th and May 7th, the Orient of Minnesota will host an event that – to be sure – has never happened before in Minnesota – a Scottish Rite Reunion combining Degree Communication using the Zoom meeting platform, followed by in-person degree performances at the Valleys across Minnesota.
Over the course of the two evenings, we will communicate the eleven degrees of the Lodge of Perfection starting with the 4th Degree – Secret Master on Thursday evening. The work will conclude on Friday evening with the communication of 14th Degree – Perfect Elu.
Our Reunion Degrees will be presented starting at 6:30 PM on May 6th and again at 6:30 PM on May 7th. The Zoom meeting events will last approximately 90 minutes each evening.
In the weeks that follow, candidates will be invited into their Valley where the remaining terminal degrees, the 18th, 30th, and 32nd will be presented by the Ritual Teams.
Communication and membership teams from the Scottish Rite Valleys in Minnesota have communicated the details of the Reunion and we are excited that many Master Masons have petitioned to join the Scottish Rite in this Reunion. There is still time for Master Masons to submit petitions for the Reunion, but that time is drawing nigh. Petitions and the accompanying fees must be received in our Valley office by 5:30 PM on Tuesday, May 4th.
The Zoom meeting platform has become ever-present since the onset of the pandemic and the platform allows us to reach Brethren from across the State of Minnesota, permitting them to participate in this first-ever event from their home. While our Zoom meetings on May 6th and 7th will not be Masonic Tyled meetings, we are taking precautions to restrict attendance to Scottish Rite Masons and candidates only.
Registration is required for Scottish Rite Masons and candidates for the events on May 6 and 7. You will need to register only once for both events. A link to the online registration is here:
I encourage you to set aside even a part of your evenings on May 6th or 7th and enjoy the unique experience that our Brethren have prepared and support our newest Brethren of the Minneapolis Valley.