VOL. III, No. 05: 5 VMAP Questions to Consider Before the 2016 SR Workshops • Richmond SR Friends Dinner in the News • VMAP Snapshot: Boise, ID
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Five questions to consider before the 2016 Scottish Rite Workshops

Lt. Grand Commander James D. “Jim” Cole, 33°, SGIG in Virginia, has compiled five questions he would like attendees of the 2016 Scottish Rite Workshops to ponder before they arrive in Houston, Phoenix, and Charlotte:
  1. What one change in or addition to VMAP would most help your Valley?
  2. What program suggested by VMAP works well with any size Valley?
  3. How would you design the 2018 Workshops?
  4. What is the single best way to engage our existing members? 
  5. How can we keep new members attending after their initial Reunion?
During the workshops, we will talk about these questions and other VMAP-related topics in small breakouts before reporting these discussions to the larger group.

Even if you are not able to attend one of the 2016 workshops, we still would like to hear from you. Please send your answers to these questions your other VMAP-related suggestions to

We cannot improve and grow VMAP without your help. We sincerely thank you for your input!

It’s still not too late to register for any of the workshops! For more information, including a recently updated agenda, visit the Meetings & Workshops page.

You also can follow the 2016 Scottish Rite Workshops on Twitter via @TheScottishRite using #2016SRWorkshops.

VMAP Snapshot: Valley of Boise, ID

2016 VMAP Subject Area 7, Philanthropy, asks Valleys to conduct “fundraising programs for Orient or Valley specific charities.”
Valley of Boise, ID Knights of St. Andrew present a check to help fund programs for Idaho Veterans at the Idaho VA Home.

VMAP Snapshot logoAbove, the Valley of Boise, ID Knights of St. Andrew present a check to help fund programs for Idaho Veterans at the Idaho VA Home. (R to l.) James H. Ladd, 32°, Venerable Master; CSM Phil Hawkins (Ret.) VA Coordinator; Ted Bahr, 33°, Valley Secretary; and Ken Beaudreau, 32°, Past Venerable Master.

If you have photography of VMAP at work in your Valley or Orient, please email it to with a brief explanation, and your story might be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Valley of Richmond’s Scottish Rite Friends Dinner
Featured on Local Morning News

On Feb. 23, Ill. Moring Gravitt, 33°, and Bro. Herb Turner, KCCH, appeared on Richmond’s Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 to discuss 7th-Annual Scottish Rite Friends Dinner & Auction, which benefits their Valley’s RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program and other philanthropic programs.

To view the news piece:

Great job, Richmond Valley, in satisfying this task in VMAP Subject Area #8, Public image: “The Valley submits information on events or philanthropies to local news organizations at least once a year.” 
Remember, the goal of VMAP is to provide Valleys with a list of implementable activities to increase the engagement and involvement of their members. Download the 2016 VMAP Workbook for more information about subject areas and tasks.

For more information, visit the VMAP page at

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