Valley of Portland

Orient of Oregon
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, S. J.

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•  Portland Valley 17th° Conferral

Posted:  Mon, Sep 11, 2017 12:39:58 pm


Tuesday the 19th of September, at 7:30 pm, the Portland Valley Scottish Rite will confer the 17th Degree of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America, “Knight of the East & West”.

All Scottish Rite Members of the 16th° or higher are welcome to attend. Visiting Brethren will need current dues card showing membership in the Scottish Rite. Attendance is exclusively for members of the Scottish Rite, as with all of our events, this is not open to the public.

The Duties of the 17th Degree are; “To work, to reflect and to pray. To hope, to trust and to believe. To teach the truths that are hidden in allegories and concealed by the symbols in Freemasonry.” The Lesson of the degree teaches; “An army of martyrs have offered up their lives to prove their faith or benefit mankind.”

6:00 pm Body Head Meeting
7:00 pm Dinner [Bratwurst & sauerkraut]
7:30 pm Scottish Rite University Intro
7:45 pm Degree
After the degree there will be a cast party and Social in the Members Lounge.

Confirmations on Facebook of attendance will not be counted for dinner. Please RSVP by email to for dinner reservations by no later than 11:00 am on the Monday before the event. Any requests that come in after the cut off will go on the standby list.

•  September State of the Rite Table Lodge at the Portland Valley

Posted:  Mon, Sep 11, 2017 10:37:01 am

Double Headed Eagle

Greetings Brethren,

On Tuesday, September 12th we will be having the State of The Rite Meeting for the Portland Valley done as a Table Lodge.

We will have short reports by various officers on the status of projects in the works as well as discussing logistics of the upcoming Degrees and Honors Ceremonies.

*Body Heads will talk about their body’s have coming up in the future
*VMAP Report (Specifically the clubs)
*Our Passport mentorship program

Dinner will be just $10 and it’s Taco Tuesday!
Please RSVP for dinner by emailing

5:30 pm Clark Trust
6:00 pm Social
7:00 pm Table Lodge Meeting (Kadosh Full, all other Bodies Short opening)
8:00 KSA Stated
Refreshments to follow.

•  Honoring the Grand Master

Posted:  Mon, Aug 28, 2017 8:53:42 pm


Greetings Brethren All,

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 the Portland Valley Scottish Rite will be having a Celebration in Honor of Most Worshipful Brother W. Myles McMillan, Grand Master of Masons in Oregon.

All Masons and their significant others are invited. Banquet is just $20 per person, payable at the door.

The festivities will start with a Social at 5:30 pm and continue into the evening with a formal dinner at 7:00 pm.

Please contact the Valley Office for reservations for you and your guest by no later than Friday September 1st.


•  2017 Scottish Rite Educational Foundation Award Recipients in the Portland Valley

Posted:  Sun, Aug 27, 2017 11:34:29 am

Symbolic Freemasonry, and by extension to some degree the Scottish Rite, frequently confronts the question of in what way, and even whether to engage in benevolent activities outside of the Freemasonry itself. What action would make our efforts unique and be integral with our Masonic teaching? With so many established non-Masonic charitable organizations directly accessible to each of us, what distinct value is being added by a Lodge action in this arena? These questions are best decided within each of our Lodges, of course, and cannot be answered here. However, the following quote may provide some direction:

“… the promotion of wisdom, strength, and beauty, in the form of patronage for the very arts and humanities about which we have always taught, is the best philanthropic hand that Masonry can extend to the world. A Lodge seeking to do good works will choose this course over all other options, because it speaks directly to the principles laid down in our several lectures, as well as to who we are and what we should become as Masons.”[1]

The work of our Oregon Scottish Rite Educational Foundation exemplifies the use of our philanthropic hand. It encourages the study of the arts and humanities among our Oregon youth. Our members, and our predecessors, who have supported the Foundation have enabled us to extend that hand to many hard working students over the years. This year the Foundation has selected once again a number of excellent students to receive our help toward their goal of being well-educated and contributing members of our society. In 2017, we were able to assist six impressive students from the Portland Valley.

The prestigious Stan and Jayne Schmidt Scholarship was awarded this year to a Portland Valley student, Ms. Willow Rakoncay. Ms. Rakoncay graduated from Beaverton High School. She plans a career in theater, with a goal of being a technical director of theaters. In fact, she has been accepted into the very selective theater arts program at DePaul University. Since the sixth grade, Ms. Rakoncay has been in 40 theater productions, three internships, and has written a short play presented at a local Renaissance faire.

Willow Rakoncay

Willow Rakoncay

Ms. Lauren Kang presented many accomplishments to recommend her to us. She earned a nearly perfect GPA at Jesuit High School. A driven intellectual interest in Chemistry led to perfection in the classroom, motivated her to create a new Chemistry club at Jesuit to help her classmates succeed in this challenging subject, and qualified her for a paid biochemistry research internship at Lewis and Clark College. Her demonstrated accomplishments outside of school include ten years of classical violin study, and 200h of community service in hospitals, shelters, and churches. Ms. Kang aspires to become a pediatrician. As a first step, she will earn a biochemistry degree at Washington University.

Mr. Jeremy Shahan was the runner up for the Walt and Shirlee Peters Scholarship this year, which is awarded annually to one outstanding applicant planning a career in natural science, mathematics, or related fields. Mr. Shahan plans to attend Oregon State University, where he will decide on a career in electrical or computer engineering, or in mathematics. Mr. Shahan graduated from Aloha High School. His recommenders stated, “Jeremy is a pure mathematician and a possible visionary,” and “shockingly analytical and brings a profound wisdom to the study of (English) literature.” These comments provide evidence of Mr. Shahan’s breadth of ability and interest, particularly in the Arts and Sciences that Masons revere.

Doug and Jeremy

Jeremy Shahan and Father Doug

Mr. Dang Duong was the Peters Scholarship award winner in 2017. In an unusual move, the committee again selected him for an award this year due to his continued, exceptional progress at Oregon State and financial need. Last year’s blog entry summarizes this man very well: “His academic record and extensive volunteer and work history are clear evidence of a purpose-driven life. He aspires to be a primary family care physician serving a rural community.” Since then Mr. Duong completed his junior year in pre-med at OSU and completed a competitive internship delivering medical services in rural India. Mr. Duong’s family home is in Clackamas, Oregon.

Dang Duong photo

Mr. Dang Duong with his mother

Portland resident, Mr. Jeff Cui is a clever communicator with excellent written communication skills. He graduated from Sunset High School with an exceptional GPA, earned an IB Diploma (International Bachelorette) at Sunset, and was a leader of Sunset’s National Honor Society. His recommenders describe a person of strong character, rounded interests, and an accomplished academic talent. Mr. Cui is also a musical talent, studying the violin for twelve years. He will be studying electrical engineering at USC (University of Southern California).

Jeff Cui with parents

Jeff Cui with his mother

Ms. Lena Grover is an enthusiastic learner, advocate, and leader. While maintaining an excellent GPA at Grant High School, she was an outdoor school student leader for three years; president of the Environment club; and was on the yearbook staff for three years, one as the editor. Her recommenders described her as insightful, practiced at thoughtful discourse, a careful detailed researcher, and a compassionate classmate and advocate. During the year after graduation, Ms. Grover paused to travel and develop several employment and life experiences. Next year she has decided to attend Central Wyoming College. It has an exceptional and unique program in environmental science. Ms. Grover ultimately aspires to teach environmental science at the high school level.

Lena Grover and Peter's photo

Mrs. Lena Grover and father Br. Peter (Doktor) Grover

Thus, once again our philanthropic hand has been extended. We are confident that the individuals it has touched will continue to develop into outstanding members of our society. Brethren, remember that it is through your contributions and bequeaths that we can maintain and strengthen the Foundation’s success.

Submitted for the Portland Valley Board of the Oregon Scottish Rite Educational Foundation,

Wayne K. Ford, 32º KSA

[1] A. Hammer, Observing the Craft, p.221 (2015)

•  Portland Valley Club Night Next Tuesday

Posted:  Sat, Aug 19, 2017 8:26:11 am

Club Night

Join us again next Tuesday for another Scottish Rite Club Night!

Currently, there are 4 clubs. Additional clubs may be added in the future and we would still like to hear suggestions. 3 of the 4 clubs are open to all masons while the other 2 are for Scottish Rite members. Below you’ll find a list of the current clubs being offered along with the contacts if you’d like more information. If you’d like to start a club of your own, contact Brother Wilcox.

Masonic Music Club: 6:00 pm – Lounge
Masonic Music Club is open to all Master Masons and observes a wide array of music styles and theories. Brothers will enjoy instruction on various instruments, technology and programing. The heart of the Club is to share and observe the diverse interests of our fraternity and grow together in our musical understanding.
Contact Brother Pea.

Investment Club: 7:30 pm – Lounge
Open to all master masons, Investment Club teaches basic investment skills in regard to stocks, bonds and various funds. After a period of instruction, an investment game will begin with a “pretend” account.
Contact Brother Wilcox.

Scottish Rite University: 6:00 pm – Candidates Room
Open to all Scottish Rite members, the Scottish Rite University will observes and reflects on Scottish Rite degrees, literature and symbolism.
Contact Brother Roberts.

Qabalah Qlub: 7:00 pm – Candidates Room
Qabalah Qlub is open to all Scottish Rite members. We study the history and philosophy of Qabalah and learn a variety of Qabalistic practices and meditations.
Contact Brother Arneson.

As with all Scottish Rite events the attendance is not open to the general public. There will not be a meal this evening but there will be snacks and a Social in the Members Lounge from 5:30 – 6:00.
Dress code is casual.

•  SIGMUND SICHEL by Michael Robinson 32° KSA

Posted:  Wed, Aug 16, 2017 12:53:03 pm

1907 Sigmund Sichel KCCH

“Coming to America at the age of fifteen years, Sigmund Sichel has established himself in a creditable position among Portland’s citizens of true worth and value. Not only has he won a creditable place in commercial circles but has also left the impress of his individuality upon the legislative history of the state and has been concerned in those movements which work for a cleaner, better city and a higher, nobler citizenship.

He was born in Germany, December 16, 1857, and is a son of Simon and Malie Sichel, the former a merchant. He acquired his early education in the public schools of Germany and completed his course in a private school. At the age of fifteen years he crossed the Atlantic to America and on the 1st of April, 1873, arrived in Portland, making his way to the home of an uncle. Solomon Hirsch. He immediately sought employment and was engaged in clerking in retail stores until 1879, during which period he carefully saved his earnings until his capital was sufficient to enable him to engage in business on his own account.”[1]

“Looking northward he spent six months at Nanaimo, but, returning to Oregon, found employment eighteen months in our metropolis.

In 1880 he went to Goldendale and engaged in the mercantile business in the firm of Lowengart & Sichel, doing a very thriving business. In 1887 he became sole proprietor; and his operations were quite extensive, his annual sales amounting to one hundred thousand dollars.

On May 13, 1888, Goldendale was destroyed by fire, Mr. Sichel being a heavy loser. Still he at once started again in business, but sold out his interest there and removed to Portland, and is the senior partner of Sichel and Mayer, who are engaged in the wholesale and retail tobacco and cigar trade. This last venture reaps a golden harvest; and such is due to the patronage of the numerous friends Mr. Sichel has made through courtesy and fair dealing.” [2]

“ He conducts his business interests along well defined lines of activity and enterprise and has achieved results which are of a most substantial and gratifying character.

In 1903, when the city was granted a new charter, Mr. Sichel was made a member of the executive board by appointment of Judge George H. Williams and also became police commissioner, in which capacity he served for three years. In 1904 higher political honors were conferred upon him in his election to the state senate for a term of four years. He left the impress of his individuality upon many measures which were enacted and have found their way to the statute books of the state. He was the author of the bill providing a whipping post for wife beaters and also of the bill which allows the state to imprison a man who deserts his wife, his earnings to go to the wife. He was also instrumental in securing the passage of a law which reserved for the state the beautiful Multnomah Falls, among the highest falls of the country. He gave earnest and stalwart support to every measure and movement which he believed would benefit the state, and in the discharge of his public duties ever placed the general welfare before personal aggrandizement and the good of the commonwealth before partisanship.

In July, 1909, he was appointed on the executive board of public commissioners by Mayor Joseph Simon and was made chairman of the committee on city lighting. His labors in behalf of Portland have ever been of a practical and effective character, producing results which have constituted important factors in the city’s development.

On the 23d of October 1888, Mr. Sichel was married to Miss Sarah Solomon, a native of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and unto them have been born two daughters, Ruth and Marian Josephine. Fraternally Mr. Sichel is connected with the Masons, in which he has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish

Rite, and is also a member of the Mystic Shrine. He likewise belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and was at one time grand president of the B’nai B’rith. He is serving on the board of governors of the Commercial Club and is a member of the Concordian Qub. He is president of the congregation of Beth Israel of Portland and was one of the first fifty members of the American Jewish committee. He was the vice president of the first Hebrew Benevolent Society of Portland. He is a correspondent of the Industrial Removal Society of New York, is president of the Society of Social Hygiene and has been a member of the ways and means committee of the Rose Festival Association. The extent and scope of his activities indicate the nature of his interests. He is a deep student of the vital, political, social and economic problems, has informed himself thoroughly on many subjects relative to the public welfare and at all times casts his aid and influence on the side of progress, reform and improvement.” [3]

Sichel Whipping post

Senator Sigmund Sichel, the father of whipping-post law” in Oregon – 1907

Portland, Ore., Jan. 10. – Senator Sigmund Sichel, the father of whipping-post law” in Oregon, is spiking his guns for a bitter fight which will be a feature of the legislative session next month. The Bar association of Multnomah county, is at the back of a movement to repeal the whipping-post law, and Senator Sichel, who drew up, introduced and successfully engineered the hard fight which placed the law on Oregon’s statute books two years ago, is preparing to battle against the repeal, tooth and nail.

 Oregon is one of the few states providing for the official whipping of wife beaters, and the Oregon law is perhaps the most conservative of any, in drafting the measure, Senator Sichel intended it to be more of a deterrent influence, preventing brutal men from beating their wives, than a means of wreaking punishment upon the offenders. That his intention was carried out in the actual working out of the whipping-post law is attested by the statement of District Attorney John Manning of Multnomah county, in which Oregon’s largest city in situated. Mr. manning declares that wife-beating has decreased fully ninety per cent since the passage of the whipping-post law, and that, while the fining and even imprisonment of wife-beaters for atrocious brutalities was formerly a matter of almost daily occurrence, since the whipping-post law has been in force it has been necessary to punish only two men at the post. 

The Sichel law is so drafted that the penalty of official lashing is to be ministered only in deliberate and brutal cases, the fine or term of imprisonment serving as a penalty where the wife beater can show that extreme aggravation or had other partial justification. The criminal is further guarded front unjust or undue suffering at the fact that three different tribunals must pass upon a case before the offender be sentenced.

Senator Sichel will go to the coming session at Salem next month armed with the written testimonials of police judges, superior court judges and district attorney, warmly commending the law, and Gov. Geo. E. Chamberlain who was recently quoted in favor of repeal, has assured Senator Sichel that instead of favoring the repeal, he will be one of the law’s most ardent defenders.

Senator Sichel, while acting as police commissioner, witnessed the abuse of women in the lower walks of life, many being compelled to lead a life of shame under the fists of men who had married them for the revenue they could bring from the dives, and this determined him to devise some means effective protection for these unfortunate women.

In the whipping-post law this means has been found, says Senator Sichel, for the ninety percent decrease in wife beating has proved it. In fight against the law’s repeal, Senator Sichel will have the support of the women as well as a generous proportion of the men. [4]

Masonic History

He likely was Raised during the years he was in Goldendale, Washington. He affiliated with Harmony Lodge #12 in Portland, in 1892. He joined the Oregon Scottish Rite becoming a member before 1896. He was Elected KCCH on October 24, 1907. He died about December 12, 1917 in Portland, Oregon.

[1] Portland Oregon Its History and Builders…, Gaston pages 149-150

[2]History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington 1889.

[3] Portland Oregon Its History and Builders…, Gaston pages 149-150

[4] [“Wife Beating Now Decreasing – In Oregon Because of the “Whipping Post” Law. – Since Establishment of Law Only Two Men Have Been Whipped – Ninety Per Cent Decrease. – Despite Good Law Has Done, Some in the State Want Law Repealed.” Logansport Daily Reporter (In.), Jan. 10, 1907, p. 5]

About the author:

MDR Fall 2016

Michael D. Robinson 32° KSA, was the second Master Mason Raised in Esoterika Lodge #227, and the first member Raised in that Lodge to serve as Worshipful Master. He was elected Master in 2013 and 2014, and currently serves as Historian.  He is also Historian for Research Lodge #198 and Eugene Lodge #11 and District Deputy of District #13. Brother Robinson was appointed Historian of the Scottish Rite Orient of Oregon in December of 2014. He was the recipient of the “Novus Astorum” from the Portland Valley Scottish Rite in 2010, and the Hiram Award from Esoterika Lodge in 2012. In March of 2015 he was made Secretary of the Eugene Valley, and Director of the Work for that Valley in January of 2017.

•  Rite Movie Night

Posted:  Thu, Aug 10, 2017 9:36:03 am


Rite Movie Night!
Next Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00 pm the Portland Valley Scottish Rite will have a movie night in the auditorium. 

The feature for the evening will be the full length film National Treasure (PG). A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. 
Benjamin Franklin Gates descends from a family of treasure-seekers who’ve all hunted for the same thing: a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Ben’s close to discovering its whereabouts, as is his competition, but the FBI is also hip to the hunt.

The greatest adventure history has ever revealed!

Doors open at 6:00 pm for a social. 
The feature will start at 7:00 pm and the run time is 2 hours and 11 minutes. .

This event is open to all Masons and their Families and Friends. As with all our events this is not open to the general public.

NOTE: There will be snacks but no meal for this event; make sure you dine before arrival. Dress is casual.

•  Tiki Luau Tuesday the 29th!!!

Posted:  Wed, Aug 9, 2017 1:04:03 pm


Greetings Brethren, 

You are cordially invited to an end of Summer Tiki Luau Social at the Portland Valley Scottish Rite Tuesday August 29th at 7 pm.

We will have fun and games along with music and a buffet catered by Big Kahuna’s Barbeque of Portland. Attire will be very casual and Hawaiian shirts are recommended.

This is open to guests so bring your family and friends. As with all our events this is not open to the general public.

Cost is just $15 per person payable at the door, RSVP’s are due by Tuesday the 22nd, if we can get at least 50 people to attend we will be ordering a whole pig!

Contact the Office at to RSVP ASAP!

•  The Power of the Human Mind

Posted:  Wed, Aug 2, 2017 6:26:20 pm


Portland Valley Rose Croix Presents

​The Power of the Human Mind, a presentation of evidence for the case of naturally occurring human mental ability, followed by a guided meditation in open Rose Croix lodge. Come and learn about the health benefits and other uses of meditation and then the scientific breakthroughs that prove the ability of focused mental effort. After that we will adjourn to the Lodge room to share the sollumn experience of guided meditation as Masonic Brethren with shared intention.

All Scottish Rite members of the 18th Degree from recognized Jurisdictions are welcome to attend. As with all our events it is not open to the public.

Please join us and experience the magic of this one of a kind event!

Tuesday August 8th, 7-9pm

•  Portland Valley Scottish Rite: Theater Education Night.

Posted:  Thu, Jul 27, 2017 11:05:03 am

Theater Education Night August 1st

The next Theater Education night will be held Tuesday night, August 1st. 

Br. Jim Dorman will present a workshop on Stage Presence, an essential element of live theater. He has extensive experience in theater and performing arts, spanning from college to his current musical performance career. At one time, Jim was a key participant in the stage presentations delivered at our Scottish Rite Center. He knows the light by which Scottish Rite Masons work!

The objective of the workshop will be to explain and exemplify introductory elements of vocal projection, character development, and mental focus. Audience members will be selected to help demonstrate how to develop these skills, which when honed, become essential for professional quality theater.

6:00 pm Social
7:00 pm Workshop

This will be both enriching for seasoned ritualists of the Scottish Rite and also for anyone looking to improve the theatrical aspects and participation in the Blue Lodge Craft degrees.

As with all our events this is not open to the public.
This is another of the Rite Night Light events for this summer so there will not be a meal but we will have snacks and the attire for the evening will be business casual.
Please contact with any questions.

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