From the Venerable Master (April 2018

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:48 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Have you ever stopped to wonder what led you to join Scottish Rite?  Maybe you have, or maybe you’ve known all along exactly why you decided to invest your time and money in the organization.

But if you haven’t thought about it for a while, especially if you haven’t attended in some time, then I ask you to talk a few moments and ponder.  Go ahead, we’ll wait.

So do you remember?  Chances are, whatever the reasons were, the same is still true today.  The lessons taught in our degrees are the same.  The fellowship we enjoy at each of our meetings is still there. The collective Masonic knowledge of our members is probably greater than ever before.

As with any Masonic organization, the beauties contained in our body are derived not only from its principles, ideals, and philosophies, but from its members.  That means that you and I change the organization and make it better simply by being there and participating.  And as we’ve already seen, the reasons to participate are the same as when you joined. 

The Scottish Rite has so much to offer Masonry and the world at large, but it functions best through our interaction with each offer.  We draw from one another.  We learn, grow, and become better together.  The more of us there are, the better we become, not only as a body, but as individuals. We want you be a strong & vibrant part of what we do, so that we can become better.

We’re looking forward to our statewide reunion, taking place in Oakland on June 29 and 30, and July 1.  This unique event hasn’t been seen in California in decades.  I hope you will make plans to be there.  More importantly, talk to your Masonic brethren, and encourage them to a part of this very special class of candidates.  What an exciting weekend that will be.

This year, the Lodge of Perfection is sponsoring a day in San Francisco, including a trip to Alcatraz, and an optional ride on the Rocket Boats.  A sign-up sheet is available in the office at the Scottish Rite.  You can talk to me directly if you would like details. I hope to see you all soon.

Randy Downey, Venerable Master