Van Rensselaer Lodge of Perfection

2023-2024 Annual Report

To the Illustrious Deputy, Illustrious Deputy Representative, Illustrious Active, Illustrious Brothers, fellow Presiding Officers, Officers of the Van Rensselaer Lodge of Perfection, and brethren all,

I would like to thank my brothers for allowing me to serve this last year as the Thrice Potent Master. It is with a great deal of humility and extreme gratitude that I stand here looking forward to my second year in office.

We began the year with the difficult challenge of replacing our Executive Secretary. Great effort was put in by many people to find the right person for the job. I believe that we hit a home run with our choice of Eric Smith, 33o.

Our officers worked very hard to provide our membership with a variety of events. We had family events such as the picnic and fall fest, educational events like the Double Eagle Con, and many, many fraternal events for our members. We had a Valley workday at “Feed My Starving Children” with over 50 members helping to pack meals for the hungry.  We have supported 17 charities from our community with financial assistance and invited them all to attend our first “Charity Night” to tell us about the things that they do to make the world a better place.

I believe that we offer the best variety of activities that can be found, but we can only remain strong with the input and support of our members.

Under the guidance of Terry Hartl, our Director of Work, the degrees have taken on new excitement as we have pushed into uncharted areas with our unique presentations, and I commend not only Terry but the directors and actors who have made this possible.

We have invested heavily in upgrades to our theater and have been rewarded with the dedication and drive that our tech crew has provided. I would like to commend our lighting, sound, wardrobe, make-up, and stage committees for their outstanding work.

We appreciate and thank our professional staff of Eric Smith, Debbie Pasiewicz, and Micheal Kuniej for all their help in making our events successful.

It is my honest belief that the Valley of Chicago is the finest Masonic organization anywhere in the country. We are blessed by the outstanding leadership and vision of our past Officers, board members, and staff. It is our challenge to follow in the footsteps of these great examples. It is my hope and prayer that we live up to this challenge.

Thank you for the trust that you have put in me, and I look forward to helping this valley rise to even greater heights.

Respectively Submitted,

Russell A. Scanlan, VA ,MSA, 33o

Thrice Potent Master