Welcome to the San Jose Scottish Rite

Freemasonry has been a part of San Jose for over 150 years. San Jose Lodge #10 (a blue lodge) was issued a dispensation to operate on 11 July 1850. The first recorded communication of degrees of Scottish Rite Masonry was on 16 May 1883 by Albert Pike and the San Jose Lodge of Perfection #13 (a part of Scottish Rite masonry) was organized on 10 March 1885. The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite has maintained a temple in San Jose since 1909 and we have been at our current location since 1984.

In addition to being a fraternal organization that attracts the best and most respected men from the community, the San Jose Scottish Rite supports many public institutions including police and fire departments.

When our facilities are not being used for Rite functions, we make them available for rental. Social & religious gatherings, weddings, conventions, reunions and educational events are all welcome at our facilities.

Our charity work is focused primarily on helping children with language and speech disorders. We maintain a clinic on our grounds where children receive treatment free from charge.

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Rebuilding the Temple

When we started the building campaign almost two years ago, it was designed to bring in dollars that would eventually lead to fostering even larger funds to help treat the kids in our clinic. Although our clinicians are doing amazing work for the children they treat, we have another 70 kids on the wait list that may very well never get the treatment they deserve. To be able to bring in another 1 or 2 clinicians to take on a bigger load, and bring the waitlist down, we need the requisite dollars to pay them. We can only accomplish this by creating a more attractive building that will help bring in larger dollars through our rental program. We have accomplished a dozen or so projects that will do just that, but again, we need additional dollars to finish the projects.

Over the last couple of years we have spent almost $300K upgrading the facility. New flooring, new paint, new curtains for the stage, new lighting for the stage, new window coverings in the dinning room and auditorium, new dishwasher, new walk in fridge downstairs, new member center, new conference room, new ceiling tiles in the main lobby, refurbish the clinic, etc.

We are currently working on remodeling the bathrooms in the Clinic and will shortly begin work on the rest of the bathrooms.

As you are all aware, we started the campaign almost 2 years ago. It was envisioned as a 2 – 3 year campaign where we have asked each of you to assist by either contributing a one-time gift or a pledge donation where you can contribute in smaller payments over a period of months as you choose. We are about 75% of the way through the estimated time to complete the campaign and we are very pleased and thankful that we have surpassed the 80% mark in funds raised which have been either directly donated in cash or with pledges which are expected to come in over the next many months.

To date, we have received about $175K in direct donations, and another $25K in long term pledges. This brings our total to about $200 or just over 80% towards our goal of $250,000. These donations have come from many different donors., but honestly only about 10% of the membership. There is still plenty of time in our campaign to contribute, and we hope each of you see the need and the benefit in what we are asking. You don’t have to make a large donation to make a difference. Every dollar is precious and will go a long way in accomplishing our goal. We ask only that you consider where we are headed as Scottish Rite Masons, and that you remember, “Each to his own ability”. Give as you can, but please participate at some level. Think of the funds we could raise if every member contributed just a little. A large donation, or small, it doesn’t matter. But please be a part of the solution.

I want to thank each of you who have so generously contributed thus far. As well, I want to thank in advance, each of you who makes a decision to come onboard and help us reach our ultimate goal. Our Valley is accomplishing amazing things. But, it is only because of you, our members, that we are so successful. You truly make the difference.

Setter of the Corner Stone $25,000+

Designer of the Royal Arch $9,000 to $24,999

Artesian of the Temple $3,000 to $8;999

Craftsman of the Pillars $1,500 to $2,999

Hewer of the Ashlars $750 to $1,499

Cutter of the Cedars $250 to $749

You can make a one time donation or alternatively you can make a pledge that will fit within your budget. And any amount will be gratefully accepted.

Please contact the Secretary to make your donation.