Congratulations to Illustrious James D. Cole, 33°of Richmond, Virginia, the newly elected Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction.
Grand Commander Cole was elected at the AASR-SJ 2019 Biennial Session held at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. He takes on the position from retiring, now-Past Grand Commander, Ill. Ronald A, Seale, 33°, who served in this position for 16 years, since October of 2003.
Brother Cole most recently served as the Lt. Grand Commander and as the SGIC of Virginia.
Congratulations to Illus. Brother Cole from all Knights of St. Andrew.
Get your "toe tapping" shoes out of storage - we're going to "Music City" in mid-June for the 5th International Gathering of Knights. When Las Vegas Chapter was unable to host our biennial event, our Brother Knights in Nashville stepped forward. Check the "2020 Gathering" page on this website for the latest information. We'll post news as the planning proceeds.
After years of service to the Scottish Rite, Southern Masonic Jurisdiction, our Grand Commander, Ron Seale has announced his retirement effective this month. Read his emotional and heart-felt article "Until We Meet Again" in the current issue (July-August) of the Scottish Rite Journal - or follow this link: Grand Commanders Message Thank you, Brother Seale, for your years of dedicated work improving our Scottish Rite.
The Honorees to receive the KCCH and 33rd Degree distinctions this year are listed on the SR SJ Website by Orient and Valley. Check the list and make a point to congratulate your Brothers whose names are there. Follow this link: List of Honor Men White Caps or Red - we applaud you!!
Looking for a new and fun Fund Raising idea. Try a "Ride"... Upcoming is the Fourth Annual "Ride" that the Wheeling (WV) KSA uses to raise funds for their RiteCare Clinic.
For more details, check our Projects and Charities page or visit their Facebook page with the link below.
The Knights of St. Andrew Chapter in Wheeling (WV) has a Facebook page where you will find more details. Visit their site Wheeling Facebook and "Join" to keep abreast of their activities.
Let us know where you find educational, informative and positive action websites and we'll add them to this listing:
Whence Came You
The Masonic Roundtable
Masonic Radio Theater
Speaker – Scottish Rite Journal Podcasts
Check your Scottish Rite Journal for an interesting article regarding the Deadwood Scottish Rite reaching their 125th Anniversary. Watch here for more Deadwood news as a new KSA Chapter is in the organization/chartering stages.
October, 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Chartering of the Guthrie (OK) Chapter of the Knights of St. Andrew. At a celebration dinner, the members presented Brother, Sir Knight, Ralph Fullenwider with the first ever Lifetime Service Award.
A Charter Member, Brother Ralph was instrumental in writing the scripts for the Processional and Knighting Ceremony. He also designed and created the KSA logo which became the badge utilized by most of the 169 Chapters of the KSA today. And, there's more! Ralph and his wife Charlotte sewed the first 14 kilt uniforms (including sporrans) owned by the Chapter. They also created the original banner now on display in the museum outside the Egyptian Room in the Guthrie Scottish Rite Center.
All current Chapters of the Knights of St. Andrew owe Brother Ralph Fullenwider a huge “Thanks” for giving the organization a wonderful start.
Philadelphia became the 172nd Knights of St. Andrew with a Charter Ceremony on June 20, 2018. This new Chapter became the 23rd in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. Congratulations to our Brother Knights in Philly!
At this time, two more Chapters are organizing... watch for more news regarding them. KSA on the Grow!
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.
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.