"The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in the United States often omits the and, while the English Constitution in the United Kingdom omits the Scottish), commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite (or, in England and Australia, as the Rose Croix although this is only one of its degrees), is one of several Rites of Freemasonry. A Rite is a progressive series of degrees conferred by various Masonic organizations or bodies, each of which operates under the control of its own central authority. In the Scottish Rite the central authority is called a Supreme Council.

The Scottish Rite is one of the appendant bodies of Freemasonry that a Master Mason may join for further exposure to the principles of Freemasonry. It is also concordant, in that some of its degrees relate to the degrees of Symbolic (Craft) Freemasonry. In England and some other countries, while the Scottish Rite is not accorded official recognition by the Grand Lodge, only a recognised Freemason may join and there is no prohibition against his doing so. In the United States, however, the Scottish Rite is officially recognized by Grand Lodges as an extension of the degrees of Freemasonry. The Scottish Rite builds upon the ethical teachings and philosophy offered in the Craft (or Blue) Lodge, through dramatic presentation of the individual degrees."

Source: Wikipedia

To find out more, visit the official page of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction at https://scottishrite.org/

About the Program

In the early 1950s in Colorado, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States initiated a program to help children with speech and language disorders. The results obtained from this program led to the establishment of RiteCare clinics to provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.

Today, there are 178 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each facility is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite members, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly. With the good work of dedicated clinicians and parents, the Scottish Rite has achieved successes that could only be imagined a few years back. Children who might have remained educationally behind for a lifetime can now talk, read, and lead productive lives.

Program Eligibility

As a rule, the RiteCare® Clinics accept preschool children who have difficulty speaking or understanding the spoken word or school-age children who have difficulty learning to read. Some centers also offer literacy training for adults.

Inquiries on age groups and program offerings in specific areas should be addressed to the director of the local Scottish Rite facility. Equally important, all services are available regardless of race, creed, or the family’s inability to pay.

While all children in need are eligible for available RiteCare® Program treatment, please consult with your local facility for specific financial information.

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Contact the JIS Scottish Rite Center

Andy Chapman, 33°
G. Kent Elkins 33° PGM
Kevin S. Mertens, 32° KCCH

Mailing Address:
Scottish Rite Temple
P.O. Box 5776
Greenville, SC 29606-5776

817 Cleveland Street
Greenville, SC 29601-4412
Telephone: (864) 232-1673
Fax: (864) 232-8507
Email: [email protected]

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Prescription Program

Scottish Rite Masons Prescription Savings Card

For those of you who are not aware of this, the Scottish Rite is participating in a prescription savings card program, which benefits the RiteCare Centers every time it is used. The cards are free. It is a program for those who don't have a prescription card that will give them a discount on their medications. If you are interested in getting one of these cards, see Ill. G. Kent Elkins, our General Secretary.

Greenville Lodge Of Perfection

V. M. Charlie “Andy” Chapman, 33°
S. W. Ronnie P. “Pickle” Richards, 32° KCCH
J. W. Johnnie M. “Buddy” Jones, 32°
Orator John T. Mowbray, 32° KCCH
Treasurer: James A. Scott, 33°
Almoner: J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Secretary: G. Kent Elkins, 33°, PGM
Prelate: James B. Frazier, 32° KCCH
M. Of Cere. John S. Rush, 32°
Expert: Joseph E. Blaz, 32°
Asst. Expert: Jody Morgan, 32°
Capt. Of Host: Ronald Dodson, 32°
Tiler: Gerald Reeves, 32° KCCH

Greenville Council Of Kadosh

Master of Kadosh: Robert Elsner, 32° KCCH
1 st . Lt. Commander: James N. Turner, 32° KCCH
2 nd Lt. Commander: Greely R. Palmer, Jr., 33°
Chancellor: Kevin Mertens, 32° KCCH
Treasurer: James A. Scott, 33°
Recorder: G. Kent Elkins, 33°, PGM
Almoner: J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Mas. Of Ceremonies: Dennis Case, 32°
Turcopilier: Steven Lee Adams, 32°
Draper: Michael E. Peeler, 32°
1 st Deacon: Thomas E. Watson, 33°
2 nd Deacon: William Bryant, Sr., 32°
Bearer of Beauseant: William Bryant, Jr., 32°
Bearer of White Standard:J. Paul McWilliams, 32°
Bearer of Black Standard: John M. Parrish, 32°
Capt. Of Guard: Shane Culbertson, 32° KCCH
Tiler: Gerald C. Reeves, 32° KCCH

Greenville Chapter Rose Croix

Wise Master: Gerry L. Morgan, 32°
S. Warden: Robert W. Kendrick, 32° KCCH
J. Warden: John R. Susie, 32°
Treasurer: James A. Scott, 33°
Secretary: G. Kent Elkins, 33°
Almoner: J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Mas. Of Ceremonies: Richard D. Jeffress, 32°
Expert: Keith R. Johnson, 32°
Asst. Expert: Paul Anderson, 32°
Standard Bearer: Michael W. Heatherly, 32°
Guardian of Temple: Deane McKinley, 32°
Tiler: Gerald C. Reeves, 32° KCCH

Greenville Consistory

Master of Kadosh: James W. Lyle, 32° KCCH
Prior: G. Walker Moore, 32° KCCH
Preceptor: Brandon West, 32° KCCH
Chancellor: Vernon Lee Aultman, 32° KCCH
Minister of State: James R. Humphries, 33°
Treasurer: James A. Scott, 33°
Registar: G. Kent Elkins, 33°, PGM
Almoner: J. Dennis Julian, 33°
Mas. Of Ceremonies: Daniel E. Rancourt, 32°
Expert: Sean jones, 32°
Asst. Expert: Jonathan Davenport, 32°
Captain of Guard: Shane Culbertson, 32° KCCH
Tiler: Gerald C. Reeves, 32° KCCH

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About the Master Craftsman program

The Scottish Rite Master Craftsman (SRMC) program is an exciting, by-mail correspondence course designed and administered by staff at the House of the Temple in Washington, DC, under the guidance and leadership of the Supreme Council, 33°, of the A&A Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. Currently, three courses and a Group Studies Program constitute the SRMC.

What will you study?

While a Scottish Rite, SJ, member may use Group Studies program at any time, the three courses are meant to be taken in the following order:

  • Program I: The Symbolic Lodge will familiarize students with aspects of the development of Blue Lodge Masonry and explore some of its developing symbolism. This will reveal that the “High Degrees” began to develop soon after formation of the Premier Grand Lodge (1717). Albert Pike’s book, Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry, along with Arturo de Hoyos’s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide (3d ed.) will be used to demonstrate a rational and philosophical interpretation for much of what is found in Craft Masonry.
  • Program II: Scottish Rite History & Ritual consists of six lessons, utilizing the Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross, and A Bridge to Light (4th ed.) by Rex Hutchens, 33°, Grand Cross, as its textbooks.
  • Program III: Scottish Rite Philosophy uses Albert Pike’s Morals & Dogma, Annotated Edition, by Arturo de Hoyos, 33°, Grand Cross and returns to the ritual of the Scottish Rite to re-explore it on a deeper level, by looking for the moral lesson imparted in each degree and then applying that lesson to one’s everyday life. The course consists of 33 quizzes, grouped into 10 sections

Upon completion of each course listed above, the participant will be rewarded with a medal or pins to denote multiple completions.The Group Studies program operates differently from the three courses. 

Master Craftsman Study Group

A group setting is far and away the best way to learn and experience all that these programs have to offer. This is simply because Freemasonry is not a solitary pursuit, but rather a social experience—we gather in Lodges together for a reason! In fact, social engagement while finding more light in Masonry can be (and often is) more rewarding than simply answering some questions about a reading assignment. This is because you are learning not only about yourself through the ritual and its symbolism, but about others and their unique relationship to the deep philosophies and mysteries that are contained in the material, too.

Brother John Parrish, 32º is the leader and coordinator for the Greenville Valley Master Craftsman Study Group. John has led several study groups, and is planning more for the future.

Please complete and submit this form to contact Bro. John M. Parrish, 32º for more information

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