From the Personal Representative (June, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 7:10 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 7:11 PM ]
In April, several members of San Jose Scottish Rite had the pleasure of attending a Scottish Rite Management Workshop in Seattle. While conferences of this type are always inspirational, there were a number of small group sessions that some of us really found interesting and educational. The session that I was particularly taken by was devoted to the explanation of a new “off site” study course on the history, development and symbolism of Scottish Rite, from its earliest inception to the present day activity.
The course is not simply a review of the evolution of the order, it is an in-depth exposé of the rituals, philosophy, and sources of the rite. It is, in short, a graduate degree in Scottish Rite. 
Several of those attending the classes in Seattle purchased the source book on the spot and others of us chose to order it from Supreme Council. Having little space in my luggage, I chose the latter.
On my return to California, I introduced the matter to our Tuesday morning “Kitchen Cabinet” and was met with an enthusiastic response. Of the eight members at that particular meeting, all eight expressed an interest in pursuing the course of study, and it was suggested that, while the course is designed for individual study and research, it might be a good idea to set a particular time and place to allow the study to be done in groups. I called Supreme and spoke to Ill. Brent Morris, and he agreed that this would be an interesting and enjoyable way to take the course. Now my only problem is … how many copies do I order, and that’s the theme of this article.
If there is any interest in this idea, I need some response from the members of the valley. The study could lend itself to group sessions either at the Center, or sponsored by the clubs, but I need to have those interested contact me and let me know if you’d like to participate. The source book is $35.00 and if shipped individually the shipping is about $18.00. If we order as a body and resell the books to the brethren, there would be a slight savings in the shipping cost, and this is what I propose.
There seems to be quite a resurgence of interest in the history and philosophy of Freemasonry, and the enthusiasm for this course is an example of that trend. We say frequently that we are in search of further light in Masonry, my brothers, and this course will give meaning to that quest.
Let me know your desires. Call the office or me personally and let us know if this is of any interest to you. Depending on your response we will set up whatever kind of classes you would like and we will proceed from there.


Bob Winter - Personal representative of the Deputy of the Supreme Council in California

The Rite Word - June 2008, Volume 2, Issue 6