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Valley of Columbus Learning Center
Valley of Columbus
Valley of Columbus 32 Masonic Learning Center for Children
Chairman of Board of Governors
Volunteer Spotlight - Dick Luckay Of the ten thousand Scottish Rite Masons in the valley of Columbus, only two men have earned both the prestigious thirty-third degree and Meritorious Service Award.And our own Dick Luckay is one of those men. Dick is the Chairman of the Valley of Columbus Learning Center for children, which teaches dyslexic children to read, write, and spell. Dick has written five plays for the Scottish Rite Players Club, and he has performed sixty times all over the state of Ohio. Dick is in charge of Poetry Prose Productions of Grandparents Living Theatre.GLT gives over 100 performances a year in nursing homes, retirement centers, senior centers, schools, and at CORRS. Starting out seven years ago, as a substitute reader Dick now hosts "Duty, Honor Country," which airs live on the first Wednesday of each month.For the past five years, Dick has interviewed ex-servicemen as well as active duty men and women. As an Air Force pilot for twenty years, Dick flew ninety-seven combat missions in Viet Nam.He finished his Air Force career at Lockbourne as Chief Instructor Pilot for KC 135 and logged 6,000 flying hours.Dick also served as Air Attache in Afghanistan."Every day is a good day."Dick says, as he signs off on his shows at CORRS.
Dick Luckay, Chairman of Valley of Columbus 32 Masonic Learning Center for Children Board of Governors a check for $ 5,000 to sponsor a child's tutoring for one year.In return, Ill. Bro.Luckay presents Worshipful Master, Douglas E. Hoover a Certificate of Appreciation for the gift.
Richard Luckay Chairman
Richard J. LuckayChairman of The Board of Directors
Dick Luckay, 32nd degree, M.S.A.In the 32nd degree, just before the allegory, a very inspiring, emotional speech is made.Luckay entered the United States Air Force and remained there for 20 years, as a pilot and instructor pilot.He flew and taught piloting of the KC-135 (That's the Air Force's version of the Boeing 707, made into a mid-air refueling tanker.) Dick flew 97 combat missions in the Vietnam war, refueling planes in the air and getting chased several times by North Vietnamese fighters and "S.A.M.'s".His last assignment as chief instructor pilot on the KC-135 was at Lockbourne A.F.B.He retired in 1973 as a Major and settled in Columbus.Still being a young man, he entered a new business, that of a direct mail company, where he became general manager and later, president.He retired from this career in 1983 and then began a third career working for the U.S. Post Office Dept., first as a mail carrier and then as a customer service representative.He retired again in 1994.Since that time, Bro.Luckay has busied himself as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Air Force Association, Rickenbacker chapter.He also donates many hours to the Central Ohio Reading Service (a radio service to the blind).Here, Dick does shows on poetry and prose.He also hosts a show called, "Duty, Honor, Country", where he interviews retired military people on the air.On top of all this comes his Masonic activities and they are many!Bro. Luckay entered most of his Masonic bodies while in the Air Force.His Blue Lodge raising was in 1961 at Plattsburgh, N.Y. In 1966 he took his Scottish Rite work in Albany, GA.He became a member of the Valley of Columbus in 1976, much to our benefit.In 1978 he was made a member of the Shrine's Legion of Honor unit (for Shriners with a military background).Bro. Dick got active in our Scottish Rite degree work in 1976 with walk-on parts in the 15th and 16th degrees.He presently portrays King Solomon in the 13th degree, Daniel in the 15th degreeaugchron1.gif (35475 bytes)and of course, the Flag Lecture in the 32nd degree.In addition to this, he has been a member of our Scottish Rite Players Club since 1983.In 1996 the Scottish Rite recognized his vast accomplishments by awarding him the Meritorious Service Award, one of our highest honors.Bro. Luckay is an acclaimed Masonic playwright.If your lodge has had the Scottish Rite Players Club perform, you've probably seen at least one of the plays Bro.Luckay has authored.He actually wrote, "The Lodge at Maple Grove", "East of the Altar", and his most recent work is a Masonic comedic-drama entitled, "Crisis at Crossroads".You brothers may have seen, "Greater Love Hath No Man", which is performed only in a tiled lodge. Bro.Dick has re-written this play, so that it may be put on in a public setting; he calls it, "Letters of Fire".If you get the chance, you've got to talk with this brother.He has had a full, rich, productive life.He has countless stories of exciting experiences to relate.And as I learned while visiting his home, Bro.Luckay is the prototype of, "an officer and a gentleman".