The Rebirth of the
Initiated at the Joint Meeting in December 2006,
the idea of once again publishing a newsletter
for the members (2133) of the Barrie Valley has
been given the go-ahead by the Barrie Valley
A new look and feel.
The lighter paper worked out well as did the
stapling. I am very pleased with the adjustments
we made and look forward to your feedback when
you see and feel the finished product.
Edition, Volume2, Issue 1, May 2009
currently available for distribution.
Editor: Ill. Bro. Robert Brethour,
Report (a snippet)
As your Almoner
it is my job to disburse the charity of the
Barrie Valley, on your behalf. Each January,
these are some of the words recited to me at
investiture -"Masonry expends too little in
charity in proportion to the means of her
members. It is your particular duty to seek out
those in need. The most deserving cases are
often those who seek concealment and suffer in
silence." Those are challenging words for each
of us. And I do mean all of us since this job is
certainly not doable by one person.
I rely on you to
spot situations, investigate those cases and
advise me of the details. We cannot possibly
deal with every situation - and sadly there are
those who any amount of money would not benefit,
only provide a few hours of gratification - but
I assure you that due consideration will be
given to your requests once facts and
circumstances are appropriately investigated.
-Ill. Bro. Cam Goodman,
33°, Grand Almoner
annual Scottish Rite BBQ will be held at 99
Morrow Road on Saturday, August 15th.
Along with the good food and fellowship that
marks this event, also featured will be a
graduate of the London Learning Centre.
You will be able to hear for yourself the
tremendous positive impact Scottish Rite
Learning Centres have. Tickets are available
now! Bring your friends - bring your family! But
hurry - this event always sells out!
Barrie Valley Learning Centre
A committee, chaired
by Ill. Bro. Doug Jagges, 33°, announces the opening
Learning Centre for Dyslexic children in the
Because of your
generosity, the Scottish Rite Learning Centre in
Barrie is moving ahead on schedule! The Learning
Centre will provide free tutoring to children
with difficulties in reading, writing and
related scholastic skills formally identified as
A special web
page for the Learning Centre has been created for
this website to keep the brethren informed on
each step of the journey.
On May 14, 2011
the Barrie Valley once again will host a "Masons
Day". The purpose of this special day is to
stimulate interest from within Craft Lodges
throughout our jurisdiction in Scottish Rite
Freemasonry. No less than 24 Entered Apprentice,
Fellowcraft and Master Masons were in attendance to
learn about Scottish Rite, meet some of the
principal officers, and witness the drama
portion of the 16th Degree. This event is a
wonderful way to introduce potential candidates
to all that Scottish Rite has to offer. If you
know of someone who might be interested, why not
invite them to next year’s Masons Day!!!
Next one is May 14, 2011,
see photo here.
In 2009 the Spring
Reunions will be named in honour of Ill Bro.
Donald N. Campbell,
33°, and the Fall Reunions will be named in honour of
Ill. Bro. Fred Moore, 33°.
The District of
Muskoka is home to rather unique idea - a local
Scottish Rite Club which meets four times a
year. Their motto: “The Rite club at the right
The Muskoka Scottish
Rite Club recently made a donation of $3,000.00
towards our new Valley of Barrie Learning
Centre. Paul Stephen, Chairman of Fundraising,
was on hand for the presentation of this most
Honorary Inspectors General
Coroneted at the
135th Supreme Council session, held in Hamilton
last September, Ill. Bros. Jim Leeks, 33°,
Mike Wood, 33°, , were welcomed as Honorary
Inspectors Generals for the Valley of Barrie. We
congratulate these fine Masons on attaining
Scottish Rite's highest rank and honour.
Subject to the
approval of the Barrie Valley Trustees, plans
are underway for the formation of a new degree
team for our Consistory. The final decision on
exactly which degree has yet to be determined,
but whichever degree is selected we are looking
at a significant cast size.
There are many challenges in forming a new
degree team, but hopefully it will be approved
and up and running sometime next year. There
will be many parts to fill - large and small -
would like to involve as many people as
possible. If you are interested in the
opportunity to be a part of the cast of a brand
new degree team, this is your chance! Please
contact Robert Brethour (phone and email are on
page 8) to join the team!
Members of Barrie
Valley, this is your website and I trust you
will share it with the Master Masons in your
lodge. The chatter has been excellent!
suggestions, or critiques can be
emailed to webmaster, Ill.
Jim Kirk-White, 33°,
he will be pleased to entertain them.
His email is
If you have any
pictures of Barrie Valley events, please send them to
the webmaster for possible publication in this
site. See below ``Gallery`` links for examples.
The webmaster will be happy to tweak them for
use on the website.
Link to all issues of the