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.
Brother Masons are still suffering in the wake of the devasting summer storms. If you're looking for a worthy charity for your year-end giving, consider the following suggestions...
Hurricane Harvey has done a tremendous amount of damage to the Houston area. The Scottish Rite Valley of Houston has issues an Almoner's request for funds to aid Masonic Brothers and others currently in need of assisance. Visit the Houston Valley website at: Houston Funds Request
Funding for relief following hurricane damage in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico can be sent through the Masonic Services Association of North America. Mailing of Checks or on-line payment through PayPal are equally easy. The website allows funds to be designated to each appeal independently. Visit their website at: Masonic Services Association Website
Recently added to the list of 168 active chartered Knights of St. Andrew chapters are;
Hattiesburg (MS) on April 7, 2017- Sir Knight Arthur (Art) Patrick will serve as the Chieftain (Venerable Master) for this year.
Charleston (WV) received their charter on June 2, 2017- Sir Knight James Fox is their first Venerable Master.
Congratulations to both of these new chapters. If these are in neighboring Valleys to your own, make a point to congratulate and encourage the members and their officers.
The current count of Chapters stands at 168- 145 in the Southern Masonic Jurisdiction and 23 in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction..
That the Scottish Rite Has Talent is a FACT. The Celebrating the Craft webcast was a great success (again). The total dollars has reached $450,410. ...and the winner of the talent contest was Brother Pete Johnson, Jr, 32nd Degree, from Tucson, (AZ). Brother Pete wowed the audience with his tenor saxophone.
Great Job Scottish Rite and KSA Knights! Now is the time to get "tuned-up" for next year.
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.
The KSA Chapter in Rockville Centre is very active. They recently toured Washington, DC and Arlington- laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Take a few minutes to browse their Facebook Page for some worthwhile recognition and project ideas.
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.