Van Rensselaer Lodge of Perfection
2019-2020 Annual Report
To the Deputy, Deputy Representative, Active Emeritus, Presiding Officers, Officers of the Lodge of Perfection and Members of the Valley of Chicago:
I come to you humbly and most sincerely to say thank you, Thank you for allowing me to serve you as the Thrice Potent Master for the previous year.
I had some big shoes to fill to make this body proud and I hope I have accomplished just a part of that.
While there were many items on the agendas of myself and my fellow presiding officers our plans have changed from March 15 to the current day. Believe me, it was not by our choice, but it is what had to be done.
What a year we have had. We have had guest speakers, educational programs, and some amazingly fun events. We shared some lasting brotherhood, that cannot be taken away.
Our Fraternal Relations nights were above the expectations of all. Our Fall Reunion will never be forgotten by anyone that attended.
Our goal as the executive committee is to continue this tradition and give you, the members of the greatest valley in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, a value that cannot be duplicated.
While we have had a tremendous set back that most of us have not seen in our lifetime, we continue to work with the Cathedral Board to provide support and help to each one of you. From weekly calls to almoner support, to meals and groceries if needed. We are here for you and your families.
I would be remiss if I did not offer some additional thanks.
To Brother David Koss and his team, I thank you for your assistance and rapid response to all of our requests this year.
To our past presiding officers of the Lodge, I thank you for your leadership and knowledge. To the officers of the Lodge of Perfection, I thank you personally for your kindness and support.
My fellow presiding officers who make up the executive committee, I thank you for your support in asking me to take on the role as Chairman of the Executive committee. From day one, we tried to devise a plan to make our members number one, and I can only hope we accomplished that for you.
Some additional thanks to offering are to Brother Joe Schiavone, who signed my petition to join freemasonry and started me on a journey that I would never asked to be changed.
To Brother Jay Faermark, MSA, what a great mentor and some of the greatest advice I have ever received from any one man.
To one man and Brother, in particular, Ill. Brother Anthony R. Cracco, 33o, I thank you for all you have offered me in my Scottish Rite and Masonic Career. You have literally been there since day one for me and have always offered great advice and support, I can only hope I have made you proud.
To my loving and caring wife, I can never say thank you enough for your continued support. Sometimes we forget our Masonic Widows, but I can not forget to thank her for everything.
My brethren of the Valley of Chicago, I charge you to continue to work with the officers to make your experience better. Tell them what you need. Tell them what you want to see us do. Take part in a degree. Work with the many various committees in the valley and make the change you want to see.
I can also say, my experience as an officer has been nothing short of amazing. Take the time, step up, and ask a presiding officer to put you into a line and take part in the leadership of this valley, as you will not be sorry.
As my year as Thrice Potent Master has come to a close, I can say, YES, it is true what they tell you, “Don’t blink, because before you know it, it will be over.”
We have come a long way with this valley, and we continue to move forward and progress towards perfection. Not human perfection, but that spiritual and moral perfection that we all strive to achieve.
My brethren, I thank you, I love you all and I respectfully request the acceptance of this report.
Angelo S. Deserio
Thrice Potent Master
Van Rensselaer Lodge of Perfection