|Upcoming Events |
F1 Racing: Open to All Brothers!
October 01, 2014 to November 15, 2014
The F1 Racing Event on November 15 was developed as a “Special” event to draw candidates to the Fall One Day Class and then into their first Valley of Boston function. This event is FREE to all candidates who become a member of all 4 bodies in the Valley of Boston on November 1. All sponsors of the candidates can sign up to race with and against the Candidates a reduced price. Candidates and sponsors are signing up now.
Tickets are now available for any member of the Valley of Boston! Use the Fraternal Event Registration System to sign up today! Tickets are $45 per person. A tutorial has been created to assist you in the registration process.
An afternoon of fun at F1 Racing Boston located in Braintree, MA (across from the South Shore Plaza) on Saturday, November 15. The day will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. It is a 3 race format. Get one of the top 20 best times in the preliminaries, and be included in the semi-finals. Get one of the top 8 best times in the semi-finals, and race in the Finals! Race for a trophy and bragging rights as the best F1 Racer in the Valley of Boston Scottish Rite. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Note: you must be 18 years of age (which all Freemasons have to be anyways), possess a valid driver’s license, wear closed toed shoes, no alcohol before racing.
Research History with Online Mapping
October 05, 2014 to November 06, 2014
The Metro Boston area is full of a rich history that is second to none in the United States. From the Boston Common to the outskirts of the North and South Shores, there is history around every block. On November 22, the National Heritage Museum is holding a workshop for historians and map enthusiasts. “How to Do History with Online Mapping Tools” will take the use of online tools to create maps that chart the history of the Metro Boston area. Joanne Riley, University Archivist at UMass Boston, will team up with MetroBoston DataCommon to show you how to explore demographics, economics, and other pieces of history surrounding Boston.
The workshop runs on Saturday, November 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your seat early. Registration is due by Wednesday, November 5. Email email@example.com for questions and registrations.
Fill Your Passport
October 07, 2014 to November 01, 2014
The Valley of Boston is producing seven degrees at the Fall One Day Class on November 1: the 4°, 11°, 16°, 18°, 23°, 31° and 32°. This leaves twenty-two other degrees for any joining brother to witness in order to fill out their passport. For many Scottish Rite Masons, the degrees being presented this fall are not the only ones left blank in their passport. A great resource for any brother looking to witness all of the lessons within Scottish Rite is located on the Supreme Council website.
Utilizing the Member’s Center section of Supreme Council’s website will yield the Degree Dates page. This webpage shows a listing of all one hundred valleys within the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. Each valley has a section to list their upcoming degrees. Contact information of each Secretary is listed for any brother wishing to seek more information.
Looking to travel and fill your passport? Head over to Supreme Council’s webpage to find your degrees!
Using SPAM for Recruitment
October 15, 2014 to November 01, 2014
We all know that membership is the lifeblood of any organization. Successful and efficient recruitment is a challenge that takes work, determination and enthusiasm. This is why it can be a challenge for some to broach the topic of Scottish Rite to a brother and receive positive results.
A great tool to use for membership development has been a staple in the United States since the 1930s. If we can introduce SPAM to our brothers in blue lodge, we can show them the deliciousness that is Scottish Rite. What is SPAM?
It takes skill to be able to able to speak well and receive a positive response from people as you do so. Taking the time to develop your skills adds value to how you go about social interactions and being able to speak well on Scottish Rite. Developing skills can come from two general areas: action learning and interaction learning. Action learning is physically practicing what you are trying to improve. Interaction learning involves taking a step back and analyzing from a third person perspective; possibly with another person. Remember that practice makes permanent.
Being more knowledgeable about Scottish Rite can only help when pitching the idea of joining the Valley of Boston. Being able to recall more information will help your confidence, diffuse objections or concerns, and boost your own enthusiasm for the portions you speak on. Learn more by reading more into the history of Scottish Rite in general and the Valley of Boston in particular. Speak with your officers about the different aspects of the bodies. Don’t forget to attend the degrees and see any that you may have missed thus far!
Knowing who you are talking to and what their interests are is just as important as knowing the information. If you don’t know your audience, you cannot connect with them. Tailoring the description of certain pieces within the Valley of Boston will help relaying important information to newer or uninformed brothers. Regardless of the familiarity of a brother, the need to highlight the important aspects that are relative to the person you are conversing with can be a game changer. The easiest way to understand your audience is to ask questions and have them ask their own. Knowing what they care about and have questions on can greatly improve your pitch.
If you are not motivated and exciting when talking about Scottish Rite, your audience won’t be either. Enthusiasm is contagious; any gusto you have about Scottish Rite can be easily transferred during your conversations with another. The drive used at work and at home can be duplicated to help Scottish Rite and everyone that is a part of it. Be driven and have fun!
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The Bodies of the Scottish Rite, sitting in the Valley of Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acknowledge and yield allegiance to the Supreme Council, 33°, of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States of America, whose Grand East is in Lexington, Massachusetts.