J.D. Charles For The Logan Banner
September 29, 2013
The Illustrious H. Jack Yost, 33 degree Sovereign Grand Inspector General (WV), visited members of the Valley of Logan Scottish Rite in September to discuss preparations for the Scottish Rite’s upcoming centennial anniversary in West Virginia.
Yost noted that the 100th Anniversary of the Scottish Rite will be celebrated at a gala event in Clarksburg and asked members to bring some candidates for induction into the Masonic fraternity at the celebration on November 2.
“We hope to have 100 candidates,” Yost said, noting that Martinsburg has 30 candidates lined up and waiting for the event.
During the visit SGIG Yost also spoke the situation of Scottish Rite Masonry within the state and overseas as he gave details of his meeting with his counterpart from Poland. Yost met the man when they were both given their 33rd degree honors, and his Eastern European friend was astounded to find out that representatives of state and national government in the USA were not only allowed to be openly involved in Scottish Right Freemasonry, but in fact it is not uncommon in his home state.
Yost said he was overwhelmed when he realized that Scottish Rite Masonry in some Eastern European Countries was discouraged and frowned upon officially, which made him that much more appreciative of “the freedoms we enjoy in the United States to take part in the Scottish Rite- Freedoms many people in Poland did not have for decades.”
Yost explained that Scottish Rite Freemasonry was outlawed from 1922 to 1993 in Poland, and still today it is discouraged among most government officials and agencies.
“Many people were eliminated over that period from invasions of the Germans in World War II and the Russians,” he explained, noting that today there are only 100 Scottish Rite Freemasons in Poland – a small number compared to the number of Scottish Rite Freemasons in a rural state such as West Virginia.
Yost also singled out local Scottish Rite members Bobby Stotridge, Roger Bryant and Earnest Martin of the
Logan Valley Scottish Rite for upcoming honors they would be receiving when inducted into the Knight Commander Court of Honor.