Mark Your Calendars for August 8 to 10, 2018
for the National RiteCare® Conference in Los Angeles
The 2018 RiteCare Conference is a biennial conference of Scottish Rite Speech, Language and Literacy Programs, Scottish Rite leaders along with speech-language pathologists, literacy and dyslexia specialists, audiologists, graduate students, and parents gather to further the education and shared mission of RiteCare affiliated clinics, hospitals, and university speech-language programs “to help children communicate”.
The 2018 conference will be hosted by the Orient of California and will take place
August 8-10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
Educational programming will consist of three topic areas: Speech-Language Pathology/ Communication Disorders, Literacy and Dyslexia, and Executive Management.
Registration and hotel reservation information will follow in early January. Please follow our social media pages, web site, and The Scottish Rite Journal for updates.
We hope you will join us for this exciting event!
Kristin Hoffman, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of RiteCare® Operations in California
California Scottish Rite Foundation Save the Date flyer
Please Join Us for a Fun-Filled Fundraiser on Thursday, December 14, 2017
at the Sports Basement Presidio • 6 to 8 pm Tickets Only $5
100% of Ticket Sales Benefits the
San Francisco-Burlingame RiteCare® Childhood Language Center
REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration.
These action-packed sports films feature adventurous climbers including Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep-water soloing stage, and much more!
You don’t have to be an extreme sports participant or a rock climber to enjoy these films. They will thrill and amaze anyone who loves a challenge and enjoys the great outdoors!
Sports Basement Presidio has included the San Francisco-Burlingame Childhood Language Center as the sole beneficiary of this event – so purchase a ticket and invite your friends, neighbors, kids and grandkids to enjoy a night of fun, fellowship and unforgettable thrills.
• No-Host Refreshments Available
• Fantastic Raffle Prize Drawings
• Special Discounts on Sports Gear Just in Time for the Holidays
Schedule of Events at REEL ROCK 12 for RiteCare® Kids:
5:00 – Check-in opens, adult beverages available (21+), Vendor Village opens
5:45 – Pre-Show raffle, greetings & introduction
6:00 – Show begins
7:15 – Intermission
7:30 – Mid-Show raffle, intermission and announcements
7:45 – Second part of film begins
8:15 – Film ends, mingle & time to shop for sports and camping gear
During the all important back-to-school season, more and more children are returning to classrooms in California unable to learn – leaving them frustrated, discouraged and, sadly, feeling like failures.
Why are so many children failing in school?
For too many children, the answer often is that they have untreated communication challenges leaving them unable to read, express their thoughts and feelings and struggling to understand lessons and assignments from their teachers.
You can give the “Gift of Speech” to Kids.
As Chairman of the Board of the California Scottish Rite Foundation, I am sounding a clarion call for compassionate individuals and businesses to make a special back-to-school donation of $100 or more before October 31st to help RiteCare® kids.
You can choose to have your donation benefit any one of our 14 RiteCare® Childhood Language Centers and take satisfaction in knowing that you’re helping children in your own community.
These special Honor Roll gifts will be used exclusively to provide diagnostic testing and therapy without charge for children between the ages of 18 months up to 21 years of age who struggle with a variety of communication challenges.
You’ll be in good company as an Honor Roll Donor.
It is fitting that our Masonic Brother, Benjamin Franklin’s image appears on the $100 bill. As a Founding Father and a man of vision, Franklin was a strong supporter of charitable giving and education for our citizens.
Your gift of $100 by October 31st will elevate you to our highly respected Honor Roll Donor status.
Honor Roll Gifts will be recognized and appreciated.
When you become a CSRF Honor Roll Donor, your generosity will be recognized with:
1. A Certificate of Appreciation suitable for framing will be sent to you for displaying in your home or office.
2. Your Name will be listed on the Honor Roll of Donors at the Annual Communication of Masons in San Francisco in October of 2017.
3. Your name will be listed as an Honor Roll Donor in the January 2018 issue of “Speaking Up”, our Foundation’s bi-monthly publication.
4. Your name will have a place of honor in our Foundation’s annual progress report in 2018 recognizing your commitment to assisting children in need as an Honor Roll Donor.
Please answer this call – and donate TODAY by clicking on the link below and making a donation of $100 or more to change a child’s life by providing life-improving therapy – the “Gift of Speech”.
Download the September-October issue of “Speaking Up” by clicking the link below: SpkUpSepOct2017
Americans across our nation were inspired by viewing the heroism and compassion of neighbors helping neighbors in Texas and Louisiana during Hurricane Harvey. Similarly, during the recent record-setting wildfires in California and other states in the West, communities have come together to lend a hand to those in need by providing housing to families, shelter for horses and pets, food and clothing and are making donations to assist neighbors as they recover from disaster.
We Are a Nation Committed to Helping Those in Need
These stories of ordinary people helping others be they neighbors or strangers – lifted spirits and showed that we are not as divided as politicians and political pundits might have us believe. We are, at our core, a nation of caring and compassionate people who will step up to do what we can to improve the world around us.
Keeping the Spirit of Generosity Ever Present in Our Lives
As the waters recede from flooded neighborhoods and as the ashes cool on hillsides once threatened by infernos, let’s keep the spirit of volunteerism and compassion alive.
One way to do that is to choose to elevate the messaging we bring into our lives and to join with others to continue to find ways to give our time, talents and energy to help those in need.
Register Now to Receive a FREE Subscription to “Speaking Up”
You can lift your spirits by signing up to receive a free subscription to the California Scottish Rite Foundation’s bi-monthly publication, “Speaking Up”.
Inside each issue are inspiring stories of how Scottish Rite Masons and countless donors and volunteers in communities all across California are working together to benefit children, students and military veterans by partnering with CSRF.
You can receive a printed copy of “Speaking Up” by contacting Mario Lopez at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the September-October issue of “Speaking Up” by clicking the link below: SpkUpSepOct2017
Scottish Rite Masons, Friends of the Center, donors and countless families in the greater Fresno area are justifiably proud of the extradorniary success and impact that the Frenso RiteCare® Childhood Language Center has had over the past 25 years.
The Center has been an unequaled and unique resource for children suffering with a wide variety of communication delays and disorders who have relied on the Center for life-improving speech-language therapy.
Under the guiding hand of Director Tom Tatum, children who had been unable to communicate and/or were struggling in school due to speech-language and literacy problems, have gained the skills and confidence to find success in a way that they never thought possible before they came to the Fresmo RiteCare® Childhood Language Center for help.
With a lot of pride and enthusiasm, the Scottish Rite Masons who founded the Center a quarter century ago and have been the stalwart supporters of the Center, have planned a very special 25th Anniversary Celebration – and they are inviting the public to join in the festivities.
Join in the Gala Silver Jubilee Celebration!
Tickets are available for this gala celebration which will be held at the Sunnyside Country Club on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The Sunnyside Country Club is located at 5704 E Butler Avenue in Fresno.
This very special Silver Jubilee Celebration will kick off at 4:30 pm with a wine tasting and some delicious hors d’oeuvres.
As guests enjoy the social time, there will be a Silent Auction as well as a fabulous Dessert Auction with an array of tempting homemade treats guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.
At 6 pm the excitement will build as a Live Auction begins with fantastic items up for bid.
After introductions and presentations, a delicious dinner will be served at 7:15.
Your Participation Will Help Provide the “Gift of Speech” to Kids in Fresno!
Tickets are just $60 per person and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Fresno RiteCare® Childhood Language Center. Proceeds will fund the work of the Center – helping kids receive the “Gift of Speech” because all therapy at RiteCare® is provided without charge to children struggling to communicate.
To reserve your tickets and join the celebration – please call 559-268-9631.
Don’t miss this fabulous summer tradition – feasting on steak, lobster, corn on the cob and more at the 27th Annual New England Summer Picnic on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Camarillo Grove Park.
For Information & Tickets Call Earl G. Williams at 626-367-7954 Advance Reservations Are Necessary
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017 Time: 10 am to 4 pm • Lunch Served 12 pm to 1 pm Location: Camarillo Grove Park • 6968 East Camarillo Springs Road Picnic Feast: 1 1/2 lb. Maine Lobster $40 pp or 1 lb. New York Steak $30 pp
Corn on the Cob, Coleslaw, Garlic Bread, Mussels (if available), Coffee, Water & Lemonade Entertainment: SheriMerry ADD, Raffle & Bake Sale
This fantastic summer picnic is sponsored by the Ventura Scottish Rite Bodies and proceeds will benefit the Santa Barbara RiteCare® Childhood Language Center where children receive speech-language therapy without charge!
Get ready for a CLASSIC Summer event with something for EVERYONE at the 2017 RiteCare® Charity Golf Classic & Gift of Voice Banquet
When: Monday, July 31, 2017 – Tee Off at 11 am • Gift of Voice Banquet at 6 pm Where: Yorba Linda Country Club – 19400 E. Mountain View Ave., Yorba Linda Format: Shotgun Scramble Registration: $150 per golfer includes green fees and cart Golf/Dinner Package: $190 per golfer includes Gift of Voice Banquet Gift of Voice Banquet Only: $65 per person
Join in an afternoon of golf at one of Orange County’s premier Jack Nicklaus-designed courses. The Yorba Linda Country Club will provide the beautiful venue for this annual charity event benefiting the Orange County RiteCare® Childhood Language Center where kids receive speech-language therapy without charge to help them become great communicators!
Golfers and non-golfers alike will not want to miss the amazing food and wine offerings at the Gift of Voice Banquet. This unforgettable evening will feature mouthwatering cuisine and a selection of truly magnificent wines, personally selected by Master Sommelier, Michael Jordan.
You’ll also enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction and, after dinner, there will be a live auction giving you the chance to win some spectacular items.
This full day of fun is designed for golfers of all levels and is a chance for you, your family and friends to gather together to make a significant contribution to help kids receive the “Gift of Speech” at the Orange County Childhood Language Center.
A Great Day for a Great Cause
Proceeds from the golf tournament, dinner and auctions will benefit children receiving therapy at the Orange County RiteCare® Childhood Language Center. Your participation will help provide life-improving therapy to local children who are struggling with communication challenges. Children served at the Center have a variety of speech delays and disorders, experience difficulties in understanding words said to them and often struggle with reading at grade level. By taking part in this charity golf tournament and banquet, you will be reaching out to help kids improve their communication skills and go on to lead happy and productive lives.
What: SF Charity Fashion Show
Where: San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Center
When: Saturday, July 15th at 6 pm
What: A Fabulous Runway Show with Refreshments & Silent Auction
Why: To Provide Speech-Language Therapy to Kids at the San Francisco-Burlingame RiteCare® Childhood Language Center
If you’ve ever dreamed of attending a gala high fashion runway show, you will never have a more affordable and enjoyable time than being part of this exciting evening at the SF Charity Fashion Show on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Tickets from Only $10 or Choose Deluxe VIP Ticket Package!
Models will be walking the runway sporting beautiful fashions from leading designers and you can even choose a front row VIP seat. This is a great event for you, your friends and co-workers to enjoy together.
There will be delicious refreshments and some spectacular items up for bid at our Silent Auction and it’s all for a fantastic cause – helping to provide the Gift of Speech to kids who struggle to speak, read and communicate.
Help Provide the Gift of Speech to Benefit Local Kids!
Your participation will help provide life-improving therapy without charge for local youngsters at RiteCare®. Thanks to your generosity and caring heart, RiteCare® Kids become confident communicators and are ready to excel in school and live happy and productive lives.
We’re proud to announce the addition of a new staff member, Ms. Pat Utley. Pat brings a wealth of experience to CSRF including 30+ years as an Accounting Manager/Controller in the private sector. She has also served as a Secretary, Treasurer and Board Member for several concordant bodies of Freemasonry.
Our Foundation takes pride in the expertise of our Team Members. Throughout the year, we work diligently to maximize delivery of service within a framework that minimizes overhead – allowing us to operate on a cost-effective budget to best serve our Mission.
Our Team at the Foundation’s office in Santa Ana is always available to answer questions and provide assistance. Please call us with your questions, concerns and needs.
“A Mother’s Story” Shares the Journey of a Mother Seeking Help for Her Son
The California Scottish Rite Foundation invites you to view a new video that focuses on the often difficult journey that many parents face when they realize that their child is not meeting developmental milestones of speech.
This touching story is a personal testimonial of a mother’s love and her determination to find the best answers for her child’s struggle with communication challenges.