About the Scottish Rite

"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.

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If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Knights of St. Andrew, please ask any member!

The Double Eagle Award recognizes those members who are active and participate in the various activities and functions of the Greenville Valley. It is available to all members, and the only requirement is your participation! And it's so easy! Just keep track of your points, and turn them in!

Here are two forms you can use to keep track of your points as you earn them:

The first 500 points earns you the basic medal.

You will receive corresponding bars as you reach earn level for additional points earned:

Basic Medal 500
Red Bar 2,000
White Bar 5,000
Blue Bar 10,000
Gold Name Bar 25,000
Emerald Stone 50,000
Ruby Gem 75,000
Diamond Jewel 100,000

Note: points are cumulative.
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