I bring you sincere and warm fraternal greetings from your Valley. I must tell you in advance that this message may not be what you expect or what you may want to hear, but I feel it necessary to keep you, our members, informed. This is your Valley. Much has been happening over the winter, so I will try to bring you up to date. Last fall your trustees made decisions to have several fund raising ventures. These fundraisers are needed to balance our budget. Our membership is our only income, and our membership has decreased by over 50%. I do not need to tell you that expenses have only increased. I cannot stress enough how important these fundraisers are to our fiscal solvency.
In the meantime, over the Christmas holiday one of our two boilers used to heat the building failed. This obviously resulted in not having heat in much of the building, and numerous frozen pipes. Immediate steps were taken to get heat to the house portion of the building and to minimize damage. Unfortunately, this immediate work cost $3000. We are now working through our insurance company on the repair work. The extent of repair and the cost is yet unclear, but if the boiler needs replaced a ballpark figure is $250,000 – $300,000. We are hopeful that the boiler will not need replaced, and only plumbing repairs will be necessary.
It is currently unclear how much this repair will cost, and how much the insurance will cover. In any event, our insurance deductable is $5000.
Due to the age of our facility, many of the plumbing fixtures are insulated with asbestos. To repair the damaged fixtures, the asbestos needs to be properly removed. The asbestos remediation is going to cost $13,000, and may not be covered by insurance.
In the worst case scenario, it is estimated that these repairs will take up to five months. This fact has forced us to make even more decisions we certainly didn't want to make. Since we will not have heat in the auditorium, we must cancel the Passion Play for this year. Those of you who know me will understand how difficult this decision was for me. This performance is important to our Valley, and certainly an important part of my Easter season. We plan to hold the Play next year, including some improvements we’ve been wanting to initiate.
Also, we have postponed our 300 Club fundraising event which was scheduled for February 17th.
We will now hold this event on June ninth. This is the Saturday evening immediately following our reunion. This gives you the opportunity to attend if you come to the reunion, and eliminates any concern of travelling in bad weather. Therefore I encourage you, no, I implore you to buy a ticket and attend. An all-you-can eat dinner for two is included in the price of the ticket. Hopefully you will have some fun, the Consistory can raise some much-needed funding, and maybe you can win some money! Tickets are available from the office and cost $50 for two people.
Our second fundraiser is a 100 gun raffle. This ticket gives away 100 guns in 100 days, and the grand prize on the 101st day is $10,000. The tickets have been selling well, and cost $100. That's less than $1.00 a day. We will only sell 1000 tickets, and the drawing is based on the Pennsylvania 7:00 p.m. Pick 3 drawing. Most of us know someone who hunts or likes to shoot, so be sure to offer them a ticket.
Lastly, we are revitalizing our Capital Funds Campaign. If we can reach our goal, this will establish a permanent investment from which we could draw interest only to fund necessary projects. At my request, our Illustrious 2nd Lieutenant Commander, Marty Moses, has provided the enclosed description.
My Brothers, the fiscal situation we find ourselves in is serious. With everyone's assistance, we will not only get through it, but we will prosper. Please, if you can afford to, purchase or sell some tickets for our fundraisers and make a contribution to the Capital Funds Campaign. We have over 2000 members. If we all pitch in, we can and will turn this challenge around to a positive situation. I know our members are strong, caring and devoted. I know we can count on you.
On a brighter note, our March Quarterly meeting will be held on March 21st at the Kane Lodge at 7:30. I'm sure we will have updated information to share by then, and it's a great chance to be with your brothers. Our spring promotional dinners are right around the corner, so invite that mason who doesn't belong to our Valley to join. As always, your Valley is open to you. Please avail yourself and become involved in any way you wish. We are always available through Facebook, our website or by calling the office.
Until we meet again, I pray that the Supreme Architect of the Universe keeps you in his holy keeping.
Doors Open at 5:30PM - At the Coudersport Consistory
Drawing starts at 6:30PM
Tickets are available at the Consistory Office
Tickets must be paid in full by May 31, 2018.
$50.00 per ticket
All members with 300 Club tickets, please
return them as soon as you can, we need to get a head count ASAP for the meal.
Giant Sportsman's Raffle
100 Firearms and $10,000 Cash
*100 guns will be given away in 100 days for $100*
Plus Day 101 will be the drawing for $10,000 Cash
Tickets AVAILABLE NOW!!
ONLY 1,000 TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE!!
Winners determined by the Pennsylvania Pick 3 evening drawing.
Drawing runs April 1, 2018 thru July 10, 2018
$10,000 Cash Prize drawing on July 10, 2018
Tickets may be purchased from the
Coudersport Consistory Office, by
mail or you can pay by credit card.
Passion Play - Cancelled
It is with deep regret that the Trustees are cancelling the Passion Play for this year. We have experienced broken pipes which shut down the heating system in the auditorium. Although we are working diligently to fix that issue there is no assurance that we can do so by Passion Play. Our commitment to all of you is to bring renewed energy to this important depiction of the Story of Christ.
Valley Quarterly Meeting
March 21, 2018
At the Kane Masonic Lodge
Leon M. Abbott Scholarships provide financial support for the continuing education of young men and women from Scottish Rite families and Masonic related youth groups. Since 1951, more than $3 Million has been awarded to students from each state of the Northern Jurisdiction.
Scholarship applicants must be accepted at an accredited college or university and be currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior and the child of a Scottish Rite Mason in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, they may also be a member of a youth organization sponsored by the Masonic fraternally or a graduate of one of the 32nd degree Masonic Learning centers for Children in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.
Applicants can access the following website link to print scholarship application:
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE (2 COPIES) TO THE VALLEY SECRETARY BY APRIL 6, 2018. TWO COPIES OF FAMILY FEDERAL 1040 INCOME TAX FORM (AS REPORTED TO IRS) MUST ACCOMPANY EACH APPLICATION. ALSO INCLUDE GRADE TRANSCRIPTS.
Mail to: Coudersport Consistory, P.O. Box 69, Coudersport, PA 16915. (814)-274-8490