The 2015 valley of Palm Springs Installation of officers was a great success! There was over 60 guests who came out to see this outstanding line of officers be installed. The evening started with a classic Masonic meal of steak and potatoes presented nicely by our catering crew. We then moved into the lodge room for our main event. Illustrious Mark Gibson 33° as Installing Officer, Michael Powell 32°, KCCH as Master of Ceremonies and Illustrious Charlie Ash, 33° as Installing Chaplain put on a near flawless installation. There were 14 Honor Men attending including Illustrious Herb Wilkins 33°, Grand Cross of the Court of Honor and a pair of Valley Personal Representatives, Illustrious John Nolan 33° from San Bernardino and Illustrious Richard Wood 33° from Santa Ana.
After having the gavel presented to me I had the opportunity to briefly introduce my plans for the year. This year will be a year of Progress and Revitalization. With our Valley participating in VMAP we will have every opportunity to give our existing the experience they originally joined Scottish Rite for and to build excitement to attract new members. The first step in this process will take place at our February meeting as we will confer the 4th degree prior to our stated meeting. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend a 4th degree recently please take this opportunity to come out and observe the first of the Ineffable Degrees. We will have a separate program in the dining room for the ladies & guests.
I would like to thank my brothers from the Valley of Palm Springs for choosing me to lead the way this year and as Venerable Master, I pledge to perform all my official duties to the best of my abilities and strive in knowledge, truth, charity, and brotherly love insuring that our Valley will always have honor and respect among the Craft that will last an eternity.
Shane DaCosta, 32°