LOGAN, W.Va. – Members of the Scottish Rite Valley of Logan got some good news along with a good meal at the monthly Feb. 9 meeting at the Aracoma 99 Temple building. The ladies present who had prepared their meal that evening are planning on forming a Ladies Auxilliary to the local Scottish Rite.
Sara Mays, Trudy Ketchersied, Pamela Clay, Barbara Clay McCoy, Kathlean Ream and Kathy F. Chafin had
prepared soup and sandwiches for the meal that evening and if everything goes as planned they will continue to offer a helping hand on project, and will become a part of the Scottish Rite family in Logan. Plans are currently underway for the ladies to obtain a tax stamp and to set up their organization with bylaws and to nominate officers. The women have also been looking around at other women’s groups in the region to gather ideas.
Master Masons in good standing who are interested in becoming a part of the Scottish Rite can petition their local valley for membership by contacting the Scottish Rite secretary or a Scottish Rite member for a petition. The Scottish Rite Valley of Logan meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Aracoma 99 Masonic Temple on Main Street in Logan.
According to David Kristopher Durham another long time project of the SRVOL may be moving forward soon as “We will be holding a meeting at Aracoma Lodge on Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the possibility of starting up a chapter of the Knights of St. Andrew within the Logan Valley. We will need at least 10 members to start a KOSA Chapter. Any memer in good standing is invited to please come out and be with us. All participation is both welcomed and appreciated.”
The Scottish Rite is one of the other fraternal bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further personal fullfillment, education or furthering their Masonic career. Once he has acheived the status of third degree or “Master Mason” a Freemason in good standing can attain additional degrees or become an officer in other fraternal or service Masonic organizations such as the Scottish Rite, the York Rite or the Shriners. So-called appendant degrees represent a lateral move in a Masonic career. These degrees are available to the Master Mason via these and other bodies, including research lodges.
There are 32 standard degrees in Scottish Rite Freemasonry, each of which represents a lesson in
Masonic philisophy and teachings. In the United States, members of the Scottish Rite may also receive the special honor of the 33° by the Supreme Council, which is conferred upon Scottish Rite members for going above and beyond in their contributions to community, country or to Freemasonry.
In the United States there are two Scottish Rite Supreme Councils: one in Washington, D.C. (which controls the Southern Jurisdiction), and one in Lexington, Massachusetts (which controls the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction). They each have differing particular characteristics. In the Southern
Jurisdiction of the United States, the Supreme Council is presided over by a Grand Commander and Sovereign Grand Inspectors General (S.G.I.G.). Each S.G.I.G. is the head of the Rite in his respective Orient (or state).