Volunteer Participation

posted May 14, 2015, 11:57 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 14, 2015, 11:57 AM ]
Participation continues to be one of the key concepts of our Scottish Rite Organization. We, as free Americans, have always wanted to be part of decisions affecting our lives. Freedom and the right to make decisions, people’s right to participate, was a grass root of our democracy. 
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. The organization needs your participation in its activities! Each participating Brother functions as a link between individuals and the organization’s management Teams!
Our Personal Representative, Ill Bob Winter, stated in the December issue of “The Rite Word”, “I am proud to say that we take second place to no one in our excellence in the field of charity, but we must not rest. We must strive to be better than ourselves, and better than our efforts of yesterday…” Plans for the 2009 year are being made and some new activities are being discussed and if selected will require personnel for planning and implementation. These activities will provide many opportunities for more Brethren to become involved as committee chairmen and committee members. Also, the Degree Teams still need members and “back-ups”, and newcomers are always welcome!
Your participation in Scottish Rite affairs will serve as a check and balance of the program, its plans, actions, and leadership, which can often mean the difference between success and failure. It is your leadership and experience, which contributes so heavily to the success of this organization.
The following are words taken from “Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor and Guide”: 
“The Scottish Rite degrees are lessons in practical living, presenting in dramatic form a reminder of how we may overcome the obstacles and temptations which may otherwise prevent us from living an honorable life. It would be unrealistic to suppose that any person could comprehend all our lessons at first blush. For this reason we encourage members of the Scottish Rite to faithfully attend our meetings and reunions, in order to refresh our memories by a recital of the lessons of wise philosophy.” We look forward to seeing you at our Reunion and Banquet on 20 and 21 February 2009!