From the Wise Master (August, 2008)

posted May 3, 2015, 7:18 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 3, 2015, 7:19 PM ]

Values

We are members of Scottish Rite because we want to be there and because we derive satisfaction from service to the organization and society. Each of us asked to be a member.  Despite the fact that we come from so many walks of life, we do have one thing in common.  We have a shared system of values.  I know that in some circles it is considered out of style to talk about values, but we, as Masons, don’t share that feeling.  Each year Masonic organizations announce themes, which become the focus for discussion during the year.  In previous years, those themes have focused on the importance of the family and other critical needs of society.

The most important resource that this organization has is found in its people, and the fundamental values possessed by our members determine how we act and react.  From values, we draw purpose, direction, vitality, and character.  Our ethics include loyalty to the ideals of our fraternal organization and our nation, selfless service, and personal responsibility.  We must recognize that personal value systems or ethics may vary from individual to individual, but professional integrity demands that each have an uncompromising commitment to the institutional values that form the bedrock of our Masonic profession and our nation.

Hal Leister, 32° Wise Master