Scottish Rite Class Dinner 2017

Scottish Rite Class Dinner 2017

By: Ill. Thomas Yeaw, Secretary Scottish Rite

On June 28, 2017, the Valley of Providence held its Annual Class Dinner. The evening began with a welcome by Ill.Steven E. Smith, 33°, Deputy for Rhode Island. He welcomed all the guests, and graduates to this special night. Ill.Andre Gregoire, 33° opened the ceremonies with an invocation, it was then followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. The first order of business for the evening was a great dinner enjoyed by approximately 150 Scottish Rite Masons and their ladies.

The next item on the agenda was the MSA ceremony, performed by Elliott Greene, president of the MSA Association. Brother Greene and his officers, did a fine job presenting the recipient Brother Robert Herbert with his jewel and certificates. Brother Herbert has served the Scottish Rite for many years in several different capacities. All of the MSA members joined Brother Greene at the podium and the ceremonies were done with perfection.

Following the MSA ceremony, the names were read of 18 brothers who have served the Valley of Providence for 50 years or more. Only one of these brothers was present, Ill.Kenneth Jencks, 33°, was presented with a 65-year service certificate by Ill.Steven E. Smith, 33°. Certificates were also presented to those brothers who brought in three or more new members to the Valley of Providence. Brothers Robert Lyle, Thomas Neyhart, David Wyman, and Charles O’Hara, were all congratulated by the Deputy for their fine work.

The installation of officers was held by Ill.Steven E. Smith, 33°, and Ill.Dennis W. Pothier, 33°. All the officers of the four bodies were formed at the podium during the installation ceremony. The installation was done with perfection and in proper order. The newly installed presiding officers are Brother Richard Ault, Commander-In-Chief, and Ill.Michael Northup, 33° Sovereign Prince. Our congratulations to all that were installed and we’re looking forward to the coming year at the Valley of Providence.

The final event of the evening was the awarding of Diplomas to the candidates of the Class of 2016/2017. All 28 candidates received along with their diplomas, their passports, permanent dues card and lapel pin. The Grand Master of Masons for the State of Rhode Island, Ill.Peter Iacobucci, 33°, was introduced and brought the greetings of the Grand Lodge, and wished our new members well in their journey through Scottish Rite.