To the Members or the Valley of Philadelphia and Candidates of the Fall Class,
Due to the escalating trend of COVID infections in the country and region, and after consultation with Valley Officers that are medical professionals in regional hospitals, I have decided to cancel the conferral of the 32nd degree that was scheduled on November 21 (next Saturday).
The 32nd degree will be conferred on April 9, 2021 as part of the Spring Reunion season. All candidates will become part of that class that will be named for its honoree, the Right Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Illustrious Thomas Gamon, 33°. The Right Worshipful Grand Master is scheduled to attend that reunion.
This was not a decision that was easily reached, but the health and safety of our members and candidates is of the utmost importance to me and my officers. The COVID infection trend has increased the risk level of holding a large event sooner than I had anticipated, and the potential of even one person becoming ill is too high a consequence. Consider that if one person attending would test positive after the event, it would require contact tracing and potentially quarantining - which is the last thing any of your families need during the holiday season.
I know how much the candidates (new members after attending the Virtual Reunions) were looking forward to the conferral, and how committed the cast was to providing each of you an outstanding experience. I ask everyone, “please do not lose your enthusiasm to join and be part of the Valley of Philadelphia”. I and all your new Brothers are looking forward to sharing the rich fellowship and spirit of Freemasonry that is at the heart of our Valley.
Our Education Committee is working on a Virtual Day of Light early in 2021, and the degrees that were postponed in 2020 due to COVID will be conferred in the Spring Reunion season. There may be more opportunities presented for you by the Valley to experience Scottish Rite Freemasonry, so watch your emails and the Valley’s Facebook Page. You are all welcome to any of the events.
I pray to the Grand Architect of the Universe that all of you and your families remain healthy and have an enjoyable holiday season.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Ill. Gerard R. Sealy, 33°
Valley of Philadelphia AASR