(HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.) Members of the Aruba Scottish Rite Club traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, recently for the annual Spring Reunion of the Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Harrisburg. The class was named in honor of Samuel R. Andrews, 33°, Past Sovereign Prince and Past Secretary of the Valley of Harrisburg.
There are four Masonic Bodies comprising the Valley of Harrisburg: the Lodge of Perfection has control over and the power to confer the fourth through the fourteenth degrees; the Council of Princes of Jerusalem has control over and power to confer the fifteenth and sixteenth degrees; the Chapter of Rose Croix has control over and the power to confer the seventeenth and eighteenth degrees; and the Consistory has full right and power over the nineteenth through the thirty-second degrees. Members of the class witnessed theatrical exemplification of 10 of the degrees over a two-day period. Degrees are rotated during the reunions to provide members the opportunity to witness the all degrees over a series of reunions. The first three degrees of fraternity are conferred in local Masonic lodges, sometimes referred to as “Blue Lodges”.
Peter P. Auwerda of Noord, Aruba, was a member of the class receiving the thirty-second degree conferral. He joins over 8,000 members of the Valley of Harrisburg.
The affiliation of the Aruba Scottish Rite Club was initiated 2009 by Robert E. Brightbill, 33°, and Past Sovereign Prince of the Council of Princes of Jerusalem in the Valley of Harrisburg.
The Valley of Harrisburg is also home to the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Central Pennsylvania which is sponsored by the Scottish Rite Masons.
Photo: Members of the Aruba Scottish Rite Club attending the Spring Reunion in the Valley of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Second from right is Robert E. Brightbill, 33° of Harrisburg. Far right is Simon Q. Oduber, 33°, of the Aruba Club. Photo credit: Alvin S. Goodman, 33°, of Harrisburg.