Brothers, what a tremendous event we just had in the first joint degree conferrals of the Scottish & York Rites!
Before the event I suppose many of us weren’t sure what to expect, for after all, this was a first for everyone and it’s natural to be a bit skeptical of change. But during the event I experienced a sense of brotherhood both between the Rites, and within each Rite, which brought a sense of enrichment and excitement. Joining the two Rites, and having brothers from other valleys, and chapters, councils and commanderies around the State participate in presenting the degrees, created an atmosphere of joining that was very uplifting to my spirit.
I heard many positive remarks from our large class of candidates. It was great to see the auditorium and dining hall so full of members and candidates! I believe that a very positive impression was made on our candidates, who are now of course our new brothers.