Digi Know that your Valley of Winston Salem supports student scholarships?

Brothers Michael Fischer, 32o KCCH, Bobby Adams, 33o, and Ray Ashby, 33o recently attended the Appalachian State University Scholarship reception.  Scholarships were presented to students so that North Carolina language learning disorders are effectively addressed by skilled practitioners in the North Carolina.

Recipients

Front (Left to Right)... Chelsea Russell, Glory Rognstad, Angela LeBarre, Jamie Gosey, and Program Director Devery Ward.

Back (Left to Right)... Bro. Michael Fischer, 32 o KCCH, Ill. Bro. Bobby Adams, 33o, and Ill. Bro. Ray Ashby, 33o

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10 times the donation, one-day only @ SMILE.AMAZON.COM

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Great news. We have an upcoming 1-day opportunity to drive additional AmazonSmile donations for North Carolina Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation Inc.

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) surveyed over 10,000 customers to measure perceptions of quality and value across retailers nationwide, and Amazon ranked #1.

In celebration of this recognition—and to say thank you to our customers for their support—on Thursday, March 16 only, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times our usual donation rate) of the price of eligible products customers purchase at smile.amazon.com. This offer begins at 12:00 AM Pacific Time, and expires at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

On Thursday, March 16, share the message below on social media, your website, and in email to increase donations to North Carolina Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation Inc. (Please do not share this promotion outside your organization until Thursday, March 16.)

Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to North Carolina Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation Inc. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/56-6049894.

Letters from Home, America’s Bombshell Due Coming to Greensboro, NC

LFHNATIONALLY TOURING GROUP RETURNS HOME FOR BENEFIT CONCERT
GREENSBORO, NC

In 2010, Erinn Diaz founded Letters From Home began in Winston-Salem, NC with their mission to travel the country honoring our nation’s veterans, active military heroes and their families, by reviving patriotism through music. Since that time they have become one of the fastest-growing musical movements in the nation, touring over 40 states. Their incredible singing harmonies, charming personalities and phenomenally energized tap dancing will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter and reviving your patriotic passion!
On July 7, 2017, they will be returning home for a one-day only performance of “Letters From Home: America’s
Bombshell Duo”. The show will feature Letters From Home creator Erinn Diaz, who is currently touring her one woman show “Letters From Home: The Patriot”. Erinn is also the founding artistic director of Spring Theatre in
Winston-Salem, is a published author, a national tap dancing champion and has been seen in over 200 productions and movies. Diaz produced the show at the suggestion of her late father, Pat Dearth, a Coast Guard veteran. Joining Diaz onstage on July 7th will be Courtney Groves from Minneapolis, MN who joined LFH’s Bombshell Duo Show in 2016. Courtney is a renowned singer and dancer who has been in several shows and movies and is excited to be a part of Letters From Home.
The Greensboro Valley of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of The James W. Cortland “Lodge of Perfection,” is pleased to sponsor the performance.
All proceeds benefit the RiteCare Hearing and Speech Clinics at Appalachian State University and East Carolina
University.
The box office is now open … https://carolinatheatre.com/event/gso-scottish-rite-letters-home/?occurrence_id=2170 Tickets are $35 or $25, depending on location, and can be purchased at the Carolina Theatre box office at 336-333- 2605 or www.CarolinaTheatre.com. VIP Tickets are available for $100 and include a preshow Gala in the beautiful Renaissance Room of the Carolina Theatre, featuring wine from Stokesdale’s Stonefield Cellars Winery and a meet-n-greet with the cast.
For more information on Letters From Home, to set up interviews, or for high resolution photographs, please
contact Colleen Novack at 336-528-5343 or emailing LFH@FirstInFlightEntertainment.com.

Amazon Smile

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Brothers, many of you may make purchases from Amazon.  If so, you are now challenged to utilize Smile Amazon, https://smile.amazon.com, where you are able to select your charity to contribute .05% of your qualifying purchase towards the North Carolina Scottish Rite Masonic Foundation (NCSRMF) automatically.
All purchases must be made using Smile Amazon log in.  Any other Amazon purchases will not qualify.  Our receiving account has been set up and distributions will be received quarterly.
How does our NCSRMF receive the donations?
Each quarter, the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to eligible charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. Donations will be transferred approximately 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter. To account for Product returns, a portion of the quarterly donations will be withheld until the next donation cycle, subject to any reduction due to returns from prior quarters. See the AmazonSmile Participation Agreement for more details.
How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.
What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.
Brothers, the children in North Carolina a counting on your continuing financial support.

2016 NASCAR NC RiteCare Raffle Winner

2016 NC RiteCare NASCAR Raffle Ticket

Rhyne Garris, Jr. of Jacksonville, NC is the winner.

Mr. Garris will receive a Certificate good for any race of his choosing for the 2017 Sprint Cup series  season.  The package consists of 2 admission passes to the race and garage access is included. 

Thanks to everyone that participated in 2016.  Be sure to stay on the lookout for our upcoming 2017 Raffle.

2015 Liberty Mutual Invitational Rite Voice Golf Tournament

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On October 5th, 2015 the North Carolina Scottish Foundation will host its fifth annual Liberty Mutual Rite Voice golf outing and fund raiser. Looking to raise awareness of its Rite Care Clinics in North Carolina, the NC Foundation has partnered with Liberty Mutual to hold their tournament at the Washington Duke Inn; the Inn is one of only three 4-Star rated resorts in the state of NC. Located on the campus of Duke University, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is an Award-winning hotel like no other in the region. Built in the style of an old English country inn the hotel is nestled on a 300-acre site and situated in the heartland of North Carolina. The Inn features the Duke University Golf Course, 271 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Fairview Dining Room and the Bull Durham Bar. The beautiful 18-hole championship Duke University Golf Course opened in 1957 and is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. Redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994, the Course is considered one of the top ten golf courses in North Carolina.

Site of the 2001 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, our Course consistently receives top rankings from Golf Digest, GolfWeek, Golf Magazine and the Zagat Survey.

Now it is time for us to come out and show our appreciation to Liberty Mutual and help raise additional funds for Rite Care. This is not just a Scottish Rite event, please encourage your friends, neighbors and coworkers to join us for a day of great golf and a great cause.

 

2014 Liberty Mutual Invitational Rite Voice Golf Tournament

On October 6th, 2014 the North Carolina Scottish Foundation will host its fourth annual Liberty Mutual Rite Voice golf outing and fund raiser. Looking to raise awareness of its Rite Care Clinics in North Carolina, the NC Foundation has partnered with Liberty Mutual to hold their tournament at the Washington Duke Inn; the Inn is one of only three 4-Star rated resorts in the state of NC. The activities will begin on the evening of October 5th with a silent auction and dinner.Located on the campus of Duke University, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is an Award-winning hotel like no other in the region. Built in the style of an old English country inn the hotel is nestled on a 300-acre site and situated in the heartland of North Carolina. The Inn features the Duke University Golf Course, 271 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, the award-winning Fairview Dining Room and the Bull Durham Bar. Arrangements have been made for those traveling from out of town to stay at the Washington Duke Inn for a very discounted rate! This special room rate is just for this event as the normal rate is $350 per night. Bring your spouse for the weekend and let her enjoy the beauty of the Washington Duke Inn.The beautiful 18-hole championship Duke University Golf Course opened in 1957 and is the only Robert Trent Jones-designed course in the region. Redesigned by Jones’ son, Rees, in 1994, the Course is considered one of the top ten golf courses in North Carolina.

Site of the 2001 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, our Course consistently receives top rankings from Golf Digest, GolfWeek, Golf Magazine and the Zagat Survey.

Now it is time for us to come out and show our appreciation to Liberty Mutual and help raise additional funds for Rite Care. This is not just a Scottish Rite event, please encourage your friends, neighbors and coworkers to join us for a day of great golf and a great cause.

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2014 Liberty Mutual Invitational Rite Voice Golf Tournament Banquet Key Note Speaker

Dan Brooks, Head Coach of the Duke University Women’s Golf Team

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Duke women’s golf head coach Dan Brooks knows what it takes to make it to the pinnacle of a collegiate sport.  In 30 years as the coach of the Duke Blue Devils, he has helped guide his squads to six NCAA National Championships, 18 ACC Championships and 119 team victories, which is the most of any women’s golf coach in Division I history.

In 1998-99, all the hard work paid off as Duke secured the NCAA Championship, the first title for any Blue Devil women’s program in school history and the fourth overall.   Duke withstood the high expectations of being ranked No. 1 in the country during the preseason, fought off the pressure of sporting the top ranking for most of the year and finished by holding the lead from start to finish at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla.  It was one of the greatest seasons for any sport in school history.

In 2001-02, Brooks once again claimed the NCAA Championship in Auburn, Wash., as his Blue Devils fought off adversity in the fall without senior All-America and reigning NCAA Individual Champion Candy Hannemann.  The Blue Devils struggled, winning only one of four tournaments, but rebounded in the spring with Hannemann back in the lineup to win all seven tournaments they played.  Duke headed to the championship as the hottest team in golf.  The Blue Devils hung in the top four during the entire tournament and made up nine strokes in the last three holes of the final round to capture the title by six strokes.

In 2004-05, Brooks headed to his home state of Oregon for the second time as a head coach to lead the Blue Devils at the 2005 NCAA Championship.  With approximately 30 family and friends in attendance, Brooks kept the Blue Devils at striking distance the first two days and on the third day Duke came alive on the back nine sinking 15 birdies on its way to shooting 11-under-par over the final nine holes.

The back nine led Duke to a six-under-par score and an eight-stroke lead over Auburn, after going into the day with a nine-stroke deficit to the Tigers.  Leading the Duke charge was sophomore Anna Grzebien with a tournament-best round of 65 and Brittany Lang with a three-under-par 68.  Grzebien catapulted to the individual lead by four strokes with 18 holes remaining.  Grzebien and Duke hung on for a five-stroke team victory and one-stroke individual win in the final round.

In 2006, the Blue Devils were once again ranked No. 1 in the preseason and went on to be atop the polls for the entire season, but when it came time for the NCAA Championship the Blue Devils were not considered the favorite by many in the media contingent.

After the first two days, Duke was in second place only three shots off the lead, but for the second straight year the third round was moving day for the Blue Devils.  Duke went on to shoot a team-best one-under-par, 287, and went on to take a 13-stroke lead going into the final day.  The Blue Devils would go on to win the title by an amazing 10 strokes and earned back-to-back championships for the first time in women’s golf since 1997 and 1998.

In 2007, Brooks guided Duke to an amazing fifth NCAA title and its third straight NCAA crown.  The Blue Devils became only the second team to win three straight titles since ASU accomplished it from 1992-95.  Duke headed to the championship as the second ranked team in the nation and trailed by eight strokes after day one.  The Blue Devils made their run in the second round firing a one-under-par total of 287 and led by seven strokes after 36 holes of play.  Duke would never trail the rest of the way and won its fifth NCAA Championship by an astonishing 15 strokes.

After winning his third straight National Championship, Brooks was awarded the 2007 NGCA National Coach of the Year, marking the fifth time he had received national recognition.

Heading back to Tulsa, Okla., for the first time since claiming his first NCAA Championship, Brooks and the Blue Devils were able to make it a perfect 2-for-2 as Duke claimed its sixth NCAA Championship in 2013-14 with a two stroke win over Southern California at the Tulsa Country Club.

Duke opened the tournament in third place and was in second following 36 holes.  The Blue Devils carded an even-par, 278, in the third round on their way to opening a six-stroke lead with 18 holes remaining.  On the final day, Southern California made its charge and was 10-under-par at one point.  The Trojans would open a four-stroke lead on the back nine but Duke played the final nine holes at six-under to win the title.  Sophomore Celine Boutier placed second overall with a four-under, 276.

For the sixth time in his 30 years, Brooks was awarded the WGCA National Coach of the Year award as the Blue Devils won a total of five titles on the year.

Developing consistency has been a trademark for the Duke program, just as Brooks, a six-time National Coach of the Year, has his own trademark of being an excellent teacher of the game.  Looking to win their seventh title, the Blue Devils return four letterwinners off last year’s squad, including National Player of the Year Celine Boutier and sophomore Sandy Choi.

Coach Brooks realizes that golfers are individuals, each having her own special needs and talents.  Through experience Brooks has learned to adapt his teaching and coaching abilities to the individual.

These working relationships between coach and player have made Duke as lethal a unit as any in the country. What Brooks and the Blue Devils have accomplished is very impressive: six NCAA Championships in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2014; a final ranking of No. 1 seven years in a row (2001-07); 10 straight top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championship from 2001-10; a runner-up finish at the 2013 NCAA Championship, a No. 8 final ranking in 2012; a tied for eighth placement at the 2010 NCAA Championship; a sixth place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championship; a third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championship and final ranking of No. 3; a third-place finish at the 2004 NCAA Championship; a second-place finish at the 2001 NCAA Championship; a final ranking of No. 2 in 2000; a No. 1 final ranking in 1999; a fourth-place finish at the 1998 NCAA Championship; a fourth-place finish in the 1994 NCAA Championship; a No. 1 national ranking during the 1992-93 campaign; a fifth-place finish at the NCAAs in 1988; a seventh-place NCAA spot in 1987; and a final national ranking of No. 16 at the conclusion of the 1984-85 season, Brooks’ first year at Duke.

Over the last 16 years, Duke has established itself as the nation’s top women’s collegiate golf team with six national titles, 93 event titles, 13 ACC titles, three NCAA individual champions and 57 individual medalist honors.

The women’s golf team won the first five national titles in women’s athletics at Duke University, each coming during the Brooks era.  The six NCAA Championships are also the most by any team in school history.

Duke has collected 18 ACC Championship titles during Brooks’ term with the Blue Devils, while 15 individuals have captured medalist honors at the ACC event under Brooks. He has coached 29 All-ACC selections and 12 Academic All-America choices. Brooks has also groomed 23 All-America players, including Virada Nirapathpongporn, Sarah LeBrun, Stephanie Sparks, Kathi Poppmeier, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Beth Bauer, Candy Hannemann, Brittany Lang, Anna Grzebien, Liz Janangelo, Jennie Lee, Amanda Blumenherst and Lindy Duncan.

On Oct. 23, 2005, Brooks won his 92nd career tournament, which broke Mark Gale of San Jose State’s record of 91 victories to become the all-time wins leader for NCAA Division I.  Altogether in Brooks’ 30 years, Duke has collected an incredible 119 tournament titles.

His efforts with the nationally known Duke squad haven’t gone unnoticed as Brooks was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Hall of Fame in 2001.  In addition to being tabbed ACC Coach of the Year in 1993, 1996-2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014,  Brooks has also picked up Region Coach of the Year accolades eight times and was the NGCA /WGCA National Coach of the Year in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

The 56-year-old Brooks received his B.S. degree in history from Oregon State in 1981. He was among OSU’s top golfers during his collegiate career.

In addition to his responsibilities with the women’s golf program, he teaches many students at the Duke Golf Club as a PGA Teaching Professional. He also directs a summer youth instructional program called the Duke Academy of Golf.

 

Duke Coaching Honors

 

National Coach of the Year

Dan Brooks…………….. 1999 (NGCA)

Dan Brooks…………….. 2001 (NGCA)

Dan Brooks………. 2002 (Golfweek)

Dan Brooks…………….. 2005 (NGCA)

Dan Brooks ……2007 (NGCA & Golfweek)

Dan Brooks……………. 2014 (WGCA)

 

District Coach of the Year

Ron Schmid……………………………. 1984

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 1988

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 1998

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 1999

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2004

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2005

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2006

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2007

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2014

 

ACC Coach of the Year

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 1993

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 1996

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 1997

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 1998

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 1999

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2000

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Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2006

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2007

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2012

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2013

Dan Brooks…………………………….. 2014

 

Duke Coaching History

Jane Lloyd……………………….. 1974-79

Ron Schmid…………………….. 1980-84

Dan Brooks          1985-present