From the Commander , Council of Kadosh (February, 2013)

posted May 26, 2015, 7:11 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 7:58 PM ]
Over the years, I have had occasion to discuss the Masonic Fraternity with a number of people. Some people believe they know a lot about the Masons. And a few non-Masons actually do. But most people don't know much because they don't  know where to find accurate information. And they don't know anybody who is a Mason. Most people are really not interested.
A number of Mason's wear rings with the ubiquitous Square and Compass. If you're a Mason or if you come from a Masonic family, you immediately recognize the Square and Compass emblem. In my experience, however, most people have little idea what that symbol means or that the wearer is a member of a venerable institution. Or that there actually is such a thing as a venerable institution.
One assumption that any non-Masons make is that the Masonic Fraternity is a monolithic organization, meaning that there is large, centrally controlled body of men who specialize in group-think, secretly influence historical events, or dream of  world domination.
They are surprised when I tell them that Masonry is composite of interdependent organizations. An individual may limit his or her membership to one group and occasional participation. Or, one may join over a dozen groups and become active in each. We joke the member who presents himself for his three Degrees, then you next see him half a century later when his gets his 50-year pin. i have not been a member for 50 years yet, so I cannot claim to actually know somebody like that.
But I do know a large number of people who belong to a number of Masonic organizations, and, outside of occasional scheduling conflicts, seem to find time for all of them. On top of that, they get themselves recruited into leadership roles. Fortunately for such individuals, most leadership jobs are regularly rotated, with officers advancing to the next higher position each calendar year. There are many opportunities for a member to participate. Unfortunately, the number of members willing and able to take on a job with substantial responsibility has clearly been dwindling.
Here at the San Jose Scottish Rite, we are blessed with a strong corps of active members, augmented with a steady influx of enthusiastic new members. As a result, the officer lines in each of the four bodies are filled, as well as positions for trustees, administrators, and degree-teams. And the men in those jobs want to participate and are eager to create good and worthwhile experiences.
As we start a new Scottish Rite year, we are planning a number of activities, from reunions, to receptions, to activities offsite. Whatever we do, it will be fun because we make it fun. It will be educational because we do our homework. And it will be done well because we practice our rituals. Why do we do it? Because we find value in it. The experience is worthwhile, uplifting, and meaningful. That's why we are here.

Daniel Doornbos
Commander