VOL. III, No. 07: Brethren Engage at Phoenix 2016 Workshop • Valley Organizations: Dallas Photo Club • VMAP Snapshot: Little Rock, AR
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Brethren Engage in Phoenix at 
2016 Scottish Rite Workshop

Grand Commander Seale speaks with Phoenix Workshop attendees

Photo: Sovereign Grand Commander Ronald A. Seale, 33°, speaks with Phoenix Workshop attendees.

More than 200 Scottish Rite members from around the Southern Jurisdiction came together in Phoenix for the second of three Scottish Rite Workshops. Together they came up with 185 action items for the VMAP Committee to consider in enhancing the VMAP initiative as well as ideas for how the 2018 workshops should look.

The last workshop will be held in Charlotte, NC, April 15–16. For more information, visit the “Meetings and Workshops” page at

If you cannot attend, but would like to know what’s happening, we will be live-tweeting via @TheScottishRite that weekend using the hashtag #2016SRWorkshops.


Valley Organizations—How about a Photography Club?

Members of the Dallas Scottish Rite Photography Club

Subject Area 11 of the 2016 VMAP Workbook asks Valleys to establish niche organizations to encourage fellowship and enhance the membership experience.

One such Valley organization is the Scottish Rite Photography & Camera Club in the Valley of Dallas, TX.

We’ll let them tell you more about it:

The SR Photography and Camera club have had a wonderful year. Our monthly meetings are typically on the first Wednesday of the month so you can put this on your calendar for planning purposes. We also meet for a bite to eat next door at the green door at 6pm, Dutch treat then camera and club meeting at 7pm in the Heritage Room, which is located on the ground floor of the SR Cathedral Building. We ask that you RSVP so that in case we change locations and time, we can contact you at the last minute.

Member of the Dallas Scottish Rite Photography Club photographs tulipsWe are planning on kicking off the new year 2016 with some information on photo editing programs and sharing some experiences with you. Our first meeting will be held on January 6, 2016. Look for eblast for specifics about a week in advance.

Some highlights this past year were sessions on posing and getting them to look at the camera etc. We had a session at TSRHC and media department tour as well a session from staff photography Lee Baker. We had two outdoor shooting activities at the arboretum, one with Roger Bell and another with J. Darrel Kirkley. We shot photos after dark one night in front of the Cathedral and had a great time. What an incredible opportunity to share technical and creative information on the most interesting and exciting hobby of our generation. Please join us for more fun, fellowship and sharing knowledge in 2016.
—From the Scottish Rite News for the Valley of Texas, Fall 2015, p. 28

If your Valley doesn’t already have such a club, consider creating one. In addition to encouraging camaraderie, this can be a great resource for photographic coverage of events for Valley publications, web sites, and social media.

VMAP Snapshot: Valley of Little Rock, AR

Little Rock, AR, VMAP Committee at work

VMAP Snapshot logoAbove photo: The VMAP Committee at work (with its traditional meeting root beer on the table)
Several months ago, Bro. Barry Brady, 32°, VMAP Committee Chairman for the Valley of Little Rock, Arkansas, emailed the Supreme Council asking if he could use the VMAP logo to put on shirts for his VMAP Committee members: “I really like the design and think it would help generate some excitement about VMAP.” Here is the result!

Detail of T-shirt with VMAP logoMembers of the Little Rock, AR VMAP Committee

Left: Detail of the new T-shirts with the VMAP logo. Right: Members of the Little Rock VMAP Committee: (Front row, l. to r.) Alexander Winans, 32°, Thomas Lampirez, 32°, Barry Brady, 32°; (second row) Shaun Jennings, 32°, Bill Jones, 33°; (third row) Angelo Coppola, 33°, Max Easter, 32° KCCH.

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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