Our November gathering had all the ingredients required for a Stated Meeting of The Valley of Palm Springs Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. A large turn-out. Good Food. Good Fellowship. An informative speaker, all capped off with an Excellent round of Fund Raising for our Childhood Language and Learning Center!!
As always, Dianne and her crew from British Invasion Catering did a great job. Dinner was a complete sell-out!! I recom-mend you make your dinner reservations early for our December Stated Meeting. Arman Ordian, 32° PVM arranged for our evenings' speaker, Vicki Mariger. Vicki is the Executive Director for Atria Palm Desert. An upscale community for Independent Living as well as Assisted Living. Their unique services and amenities are second to none in this market. I urge you to call Vicki if you have an interest. Please see me for the contact information or visit www.atriapalmdesert.com.
It was my pleasure to announce to our members, guests, visitors and family that Brother Imanuel Eisendle, 32°, Worshipful Master of Palm Springs Masonic Lodge #693, F&AM, and his lovely wife Ulli, over this past summer, while they were in Austria, asked for and received donations from our Austrian Friends in the amount of $2,407.00!! Thank you very much Worshipful Eisendle for arranging this special donation. It was duly noted these funds were to be used exclusively for the salaries of our professional speech therapists of our Childhood Language and Learning Center.
The fun didn't stop there, not at all!! Dustin Murphy, 32°, Worshipful Master of Fontana Lodge #653 (For the second time) put out a challenge to match any Brother's $500 donation, dollar-for-dollar. Illustrious Stan Gold, 33° accepted the challenge and Boom! Another $1,000!! Then, our General Secretary, Robert Jacob, 32° KCCH put up another $500 and that generous donation was promptly matched by Worshipful Murphy!! That's $2,000. Thank You!!
All told, during the final quarter of 2014 our Brethren and their supporters brought in donations from the above PLUS, our Murder at the Haunted Tiki Hut, The Feast of Tishri and Brother Bernard Shannon 32° thru his 8th Annual Community Clinic. By my count, well over $9,000.
Please, as we enter 2015, support these great events and fundraisers. Many Brethren and others spend more hours than you will ever know in support of our charity, The Valley of Palm Springs Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Childhood Language and Learning Center. I am certain Shane DaCosta 32° and his Line of Officers will continue the good work we have accomplished. Please support them with the same zeal.
On a personal note, I would like you to know that it has been my Honor to serve as The Venerable Master of such an august group as The Valley of Palm Springs Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for 2014. Thank you for your support. Thank you for the opportunity. It has been an experience I will never forget!
Happy New Year!!
Kurt Handshuh, 32°