I didn’t know what to expect when I joined the Valley of Dayton at the Fall Reunion of 2019. I was happy to find a welcoming community that values Ritual, Masonic Education, and lives up to its Core Values. I was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in 2014, however, at the time of the Fall Reunion, I wasn’t active in Freemasonry. An email invitation to this reunion led me to submit a petition.

My positive experience at the Fall Reunion reignited my passion for Freemasonry. It was the perfect way to reconnect with the Fraternity and inspired me to become active in my Blue Lodge. To continue my Scottish Rite education, I enrolled in the NMJ’s Hauts Grades Academy, which I highly recommend. It has been enlightening to delve into the history of each degree and study the meaning of the ritual. As a veteran, it was an honor to be recognized at the Fall Reunion by the Sovereign Grand Commander along with so many Brethren. The reunion is one of my all-time favorite Masonic memories. 

I’m thankful the Valley of Dayton is still active and vibrant during this shutdown. At the onset of coronavirus, the Valley instituted a calling program to check in on its at-risk members. It was time to put our Core Values into action. It was important to connect with these Brethren and it was a therapeutic experience to take part in. Additionally, the Supreme Council’s online video degrees and the Valley of Dayton’s online discussion groups have been a wonderful outlet. An outlet that I would not have had if I didn’t act upon that invitation to join the Scottish Rite. The lessons of Freemasonry can guide us during troubled times, I’m reminded to always be faithful and keep my hope in God. Be safe, Brethren.

“Spes mea in Deo est.”