NYS - COD
Some of our participating Brothers for the Master Traveler Degree. What a bunch :)
On Friday, 27 July 2012, The 2012 NYS- Council of Deliberation opened. Many of our officers and members were in attendence. After registration various informative sessions were presented along with some Valley administrative obligations. The NYS- COD also recognized
certain Valleys for their deligence to initiate efforts with Supreme Council goals and Vision. The Valley of Binghamton was recognized!
On Saturday, we did an outstanding job presenting the 4° for the entire NYS-COD.
Even with minor logistical complications, Brothers presented an exceptional performance. We thank each of them for their efforts.
Two special thanks must be mentioned. First and foremost we would like to thank our Valey President and Commander in Chief Dwight Jemison for his courage, commitment, and
dedication, He believed in all of our members when they thought perhaps we shouldn't perform in front of the NYS-COD. He gave us the inspiration to continue and excel. Thank you Dwight!
The second thanks is to our new Treasurer Joseph Goldman. His dedication and commitment to present a degree that all of our Brethren would be proud of, succeeded. We were able to present ourselves in a most commendable performance. Thank you Joe !!
2012 Membership Award
The Valley of Binghamton was one of two who met or exceeded their membership goals by showing growth within its ranks. The colletive efforts of the Valley of Binghamton was recognized for its ability to increase its membership ranks.We have been averaging appx. 7 new members per reunion. We need to excel slightly so that we can gain 10 members per reunion. We have also significantly reduced the number of demits and suspensions.This award was presented on Friday evening by our NYS-COD Deputy Commander Peter Samiec.
Van Rensselaer Membership Award
Illustrious Killian Henry Van Rensselaer, 33°Sovereign Grand Commander (1860-1867) A Great Man—A Devoted Mason
“Masons throughout the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction will ever revere the memory and the example of one of its most noble figures”
In keeping with the ardor and dedication to the Rite so intensely represented by
Illustrious Brother Van Rensselaer, this Supreme Council has created an award
in his name. The Van Rensselaer award may be bestowed on an exemplary Mason as
a singular individual, or to a state or Masonic Body within the Northern
Masonic Jurisdiction as a symbol of the highest dedication and endeavors in the field of membership growth or acts representative of the highest tenets of the Masonic fraternity.
For the extraordinary efforts of Tim McMullin for when as our Valley Hospitaler he seeked assistance of our Brothers. He exemplified not only our Vision and Mission statement of AASR-NMJ he also exemplified the basic tenets of Freemasonry for our Brothers whom received flood damage (09/2012) . As Ill Bro. Tim McMullin and the Valley of Binghamton are freemasons within the Grand Lodge of F & A Masons of the State of NY, this award was conveyed to our Most Worshipful Grand Master James Sullivanby our Sovereighn Grand Commander McNaughton. The award was actually presented at the conference at Supreme Council the week before
This award will be held and displayed at our Grand Lodge in NYC within the Livingston Library. Our Congratulations to our Valley of Binghamton,NYS Grand Lodge, NYS-COD and most
importantly Thank you to our Brother and friend Tim (and Elaine) for illustrating his commitment and dedication to our Brotherhood
Outstanding Merit Award
Rev. Bro. Jose Valencia received recognition for his untiring efforts and dedication to the Grand Architect and his efforts inspiriing our Brethren to recognize the relationship of our faith
and fraternity. Congratsulation for your continuing efforts.
Meritorius Service Award
The highlight of Saturday was watching Joanne Brenchley buffing Genes head so that
the glare would not show in pictures :) Actually, it was about Gene but not his
head. He dedicated his life to our Craft and all aspects of it. He exemplifies brotherhood. He does not recite the tenents or visions or missions of Masonry, he lives it. It is a part of every aspect of our Brothers life and he shares these philosphies with all.We can all learn by Gene's examples. Our dearest Gene( and Gail), thank you for all you do and we are honored to have you as a Brother of the Valley of Binghamton, THANK YOU!!
Message from our MSA Recipient
I would like to take this time and thank the Valley of Binghamton MSA’s for nominating me as the 2012 Recipient for the Valley, It was a humbling experience for me and my Wife Gail. The Banquet was special with all my special friends there to see me receive this award, Thank you Bro. Dean and Lavone Lewis for attending this special time.
The New York State Council of Deliberation Business meeting was held Saturday afternoon, I would suggest our members to attend if even only for the Degree. 1st thing in the
morning our Valley put on the 4th Degree, A big hearty thank you to Bro. Joe Goldman, 32º what an outstanding job he did putting everything together, Joe sorted and cleaned Costumes, then came up with backdrop scenes to project on the wall for the different section of the portrayal of the degree. He was our director, Did everything go smooth? Not always but he and we made it work,
Thanks to all the Bro’s for their part, Dwight Jemison 32º MSA, CommanderIn Chief, who was the shouting voice saying “Lets do this” for the COD and for the Valley to show them we could do it. Thanks to Ill, Bro. Gary Brenchley 33º MSA and Bro. Scott Kinne, 32 º for taking on the biggest parts for the degree and what a job they did. Thanks to all the other Bro’s that also made it work out. This Degree requires a big cast. Some Bro’s took on 2 parts, some stepped
up to the plate when things change due to unforeseen circumstances, Bro Marty DeVault, 32º was suppose to do 2 parts but opted to be in an accident instead.We were all thinking of you Marty and Pat. Get Well and recover.
Congratulations to Bro. Roy C. Fynboe, 32 º on being nominated to receive the MSA next year at COD. He was very surprised and very happy he couldn’t stop beaming. Our Ladies enjoyed a trip to Skaneateles Lake for a Lunch Cruise which was the highlight of the afternoon for
Eugene R. Graves, 32° MSA
2nd Lt. Commander Otseningo Consistory
Valley of Binghamton, AASR-NMJ