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Global Leadership Summit – Special Group Viewing and Pricing

Join your fellow Valley of Dayton members in experiencing world-class leadership training as part of the Global Leadership Summit (https://globalleadership.org/) August 4 and 5 at the Dayton Masonic Center.

We will experience the summit together at the Dayton Masonic Center. Your ticket (only available from the Valley of Dayton at the link below) includes a special price for the two days plus coffee and donuts and lunch on both days. DO NOT BUY A TICKET FROM GLS – use the link below to register and pay the special $150 fee.

Special Valley of Dayton GLS Ticket

Two Great Educational Opportunities Coming in May

We’re pleased to announce two great educational opportunities at the Dayton Masonic Center (525 W. Riverview Avenue, Dayton, OH 45405)

Friday, May 13 – Cathedrals Built by Masons (open to the public)
Light Refreshments at 6:00 pm in the Billiard Room. Program begins at 7:00 pm in the Asylum (3rd floor)

It will be a lecture and color slide program of European Cathedrals accompanied by a display of primitive hand tools that would have built them, A few of the tools date from the 1500 and 1600’s. RWB Herner will discuss the Operative to Speculative Masonry transition. This program is open to the public – families and guests as well as Master Masons are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, May 25  – Our Mysterious Past (Master Masons only)
The program will be in the Center Lodge Room (2nd Floor) at 7:00 PM followed by light refreshments in the Billiard Room (basement)
In the early 1700s, a cachet of Masonic degrees in current practice was leaked by a mysterious pseudonymous author. While startling to the average person, the esoteric Mason found solemn and moving meaning in these rare degree ceremonies. Join together with RWB Bill Carter in a gathering of Master Masons to peer through the shrouding mists of Masonic history, to learn the startling yet enlightening wisdom from our ancient Brethren.
Our speaker will be RWB William M. Carter III, Junior Grand Warden, Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio

11th Degree Premieres Tonight (March 31) – Thursday Night at the Rite

Earlier this month, a large cast assembled to perform the 11° Sublime Master Elected for a video production crew from the Supreme Council. This group of actors met over two months and rehearsed six times to perfect the degree. Stage, sound, robing, and makeup support staff likewise gave their time to make this the best degree we could offer – not just to our Valley, but also to the entire Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

Announcing Stoicism & Freemasonry Study Group

“If anyone can refute me—show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective—I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone.” – Marcus Aurelius

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Throughout the ages, many schools of philosophy have emerged in an attempt to give man a prism through which to analyze the light of his life. In fact, Freemasonry can be viewed and explained as a system for intellectual and moral self improvement akin to the most influential schools of philosophy from antiquity. In an effort to better understand ourselves and our gentle craft, the Valley of Dayton Study circle is sponsoring a 3 part educational series focusing on one of the foundational philosophies that permeates our rituals, traditions, and teachings. This series, open to all members of the Valley of Dayton, will focus on the philosophical tradition of Stoicism. During this educational experience, we will learn the history of Stoicism, read one of its core texts, and host a round table discussion regarding the intersection of Stoic thought and Freemasonry. The first section of the series will be an evening with Dr. G. Matthew Adkins from the Humanities Department at Columbus State held on Zoom. Dr Adkins, the author of The Idea of the Sciences in French Enlightenment, A Reinterpretation,  will speak on the history, origins, and tenets of Stoicism on Sunday January 24, 2021 at 7 PM. Dr Adkins has kindly provided a copy of one of his research papers, Was Condorcet a Stoic? Rousseau, Universal Education, and Rational Autonomy in the French Enlightenment as a background piece. This paper is merely additional information for those interested and not necessary to attend, understand, or appreciate his presentation on Stoicism. The second portion of this series, to be held  February 21, 2021, will be a group discussion on one of the seminal texts of Stoicism, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. This work is a compilation of  the personal reflections of Marcus Aurelius, the last of the 5 Good Emperors of Rome. It is an intimate look into the private thoughts of a powerful man on how he could best improve himself on a daily basis. This work is available through your local bookseller, Amazon, Google Play Books (free version available), and Apple Books (free version available). During this discussion, participants are encouraged to bring their favorite quotes from Meditations to the group so that all can consider the importance and impact those words have for them. Details on the format (virtual or in person) will be given at a later date when the health situation in the Valley of Dayton can be better gauged. During the ultimate session of the series, to be held on March 21, 2021 via Zoom, Bro. Michael Cockroft, a past presenter on the Sunday Stoic podcast (episode 186), will lead the group in a discussion of Stoicism from a Masonic point of view. He will help us uncover the stoic influences and themes present in the rituals and traditions of Freemasonry, especially in the Scottish Rite. This will be an open dialogue for the brethren to explore their thoughts on what they have read and learned, and examine how they feel about the tenets of Stoicism within the Craft. Links and details for this discussion will be provided in early March via email and Facebook. The Valley is looking forward to having you join in with us for this unique educational opportunity.

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