Another resounding success for Celebrating the Craft. At this point, over a MILLION Dollars have been raised. According to the SMJ Facebook page, contributions are now at $1,116,699.00
Thanks to the individuals and organizations that participated and donated.
If you utilize a program of new initiates becoming Squires - and we hope you do - there is a need to train those Squires to become a Knight. There are three basic approaches: orientation classes; immediate assignment to a Knight who can train; or, combination of both. Whatever works for your Chapter, don't ignore the new Squire. They need to be taught the precepts of the KSA - Charity and Service to the Valley. The more they know the more likely the will remain active and involved.
Group Orientation for New Squires in the Fresno (CA) Chapter of the KSA.
The Valley of Columbus, Ohio became the newest KSA Chapter - being Chartered on Jan 20th, 2018. Congratulations and Welcome to our new KSA Brother Knights.
Fire nearly destroyed an historic church in Kansas City, MO last November. From the ashes came a Masonic laid corner stone. The time capsule was placed in 1903. The Scottish Rite of Missouri held a delightful and revealing "grand opening" on January 25th. Many Masonic related items were revealed and their historic value discussed. Check the videos at this site: KC Corner Stone
The September/October issue of the Scottish Rite Journal contains an article about College Fraternities that have been founded by Masons. Most of us are familiar with ACACIA (crest at left) but aren't aware of the many others. Perhaps your fraternity is on this list. Check page 8 of your hardcopy for the beginning of the list, or go to the following website to read the article on-line.
You may be surprised to find that one College Sorority was founded by a group of Eastern Star Ladies. Masons and masonic ideals are the basis of many organizations.
On June 24th the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington, MN had a gala grand opening.
Located on the lush, 80-acre campus of the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington, Minnesota, the elegant, 47,000-square-foot Heritage Center will feature a 425-seat auditorium with jewel-box theater, 3,700 square foot Masonic museum and library, Masonic lodge room, meeting spaces and a full catering kitchen all open to the public and available for rental beginning September 1, 2016.
Check-out photos and more details at: Masonic Heritage Center.
In a recent survey of members, the New England Historical Genealogical Society asked about Masonic membership. The responses from 4,190 members may show us a trend we already suspect.
3% I am a Mason
23% My father is/was a Mason
34% One or both of my grandfathers were Masons
26% At least one of my great-grandfathers was a Mason
29% At least one of my more distant ancestors was a Mason
23% I don't know if any of my ancestors were Masons
12% No, none of my ancestors were Masons
These survey results are, at first, distressing... but, also challenging.
There is a great graphic on the Fayetteville (AR) Scottish Rite website. Click this link Roadmap to see a graph of Masonic organizations and their relationship to one another.