Greetings Brethren of the Minneapolis Valley,
Our Minneapolis Valley Lodge of Perfection will hold a Special Meeting at our Scottish Rite Masonic Center on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, starting promptly at 6:30 PM. The purpose of this Special Meeting is to read and ballot on the petitions submitted by Master Masons to join our Fall 2021 Degrees that commence on Thursday, September 2. Our Lodge of Perfection Bylaws require a 5-day advanced notice for Special Meetings but because of the short time in between our membership event last week and the start of our Degrees on September 2, our SGIG has waived the advance notice requirement.
If your schedule permits, please join your Brethren of the Minneapolis Valley for this meeting.
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.
Along with reconstructing the support structure for the stage drops, the Scottish Rite Building and Museum Foundation Board has invested in a new, state of the art lighting system for both the stage and the auditorium. The new LED lights give us an amazing color spectrum and multiple special effects to work with for lighting our degree work. This is a whole new era for lighting our excellent degrees. And with these new capabilities and possibilities comes some exciting challenges in learning, creating, stepping into and executing the potential of this lighting system. We can add drama, mood and movement that will deepen the experiences of our degree work. The system has resident special effects like rainbow, circle, figure 8, spiral and can can. If you know what any of those are, we want you! And we can create our own special effects like a brightening dawn effect at the beginning of a degree. Sound familiar?
And we need YOU! Yes, we need Lighting Committee Members who would like to be part of a close-knit, fun group of men dedicated to bringing more Light to (Scottish Rite) Masonry. If you like having fun with technologies, programming, experimenting with new tech, we can use your talents and curiosity. If you are a tech nerd or enjoy the creative process or have a knack for solving problems that would create attention-grabbing impacts on a theater experience, we want your expertise. Even if you’re not all that tech savvy but curious and want to watch our degrees from the best seats in the house while following the action with lights, you’ll enjoy our merry band of men. If you are interested in pursuing more information, asking some questions, or coming to look at the new setup for lighting, please contact me. We will be having some training sessions coming up soon for you to jump in on the start-up. We spread out the work to lighten the load for all. Come join our easy-going group and enjoy the company of enlightened gents. Check us out! We’re looking forward to
In Light and Brotherhood,
Chair, Lighting Committee